“I Told You To Smile” by Robert Cherry | Narrated by Sky Fortinski

“I Told You To Smile” by Robert Cherry | Narrated by Sky Fortinski

“I Told You To Smile”
Author: Robert Cherry
Narrator: Sky Fortinski
Sound Design: Craig Groshek
Post-Production: Craig Groshek

Story © Robert Cherry
Audio production © Chilling Entertainment, LLC

Sky Fortinski narrates this classic creepypasta tale by author Robert Cherry that teaches us that sometimes when you hear strange noises at night, you shouldn’t just assume it was the house settling, or someone playing tricks on you.  If the hair on the back of your neck stands up and you feel a chill down your spine, just start running.  You might get a head start before it catches you.

Robert Cherry is a horror author who has penned some of the most popular creepypasta tales of all time, including I Told You to Smile. You can connect with him via his Twitter page here: https://www.twitter.com/MrRobertCherry

Sky Fortinski is a one-time narrator for Chilling Tales for Dark Nights. Little is known about Mr. Fortinski.  If interested, you can view his YouTube channel page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/MalevolentNut/




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“I Told You To Smile”
Author: Robert Cherry

It was the 2nd of January, 2:04 AM. I woke up to a knocking on the door. One knock every 3 seconds. I slipped on my slippers and walked down the stairs. As I walked down, the knocking on the door got faster, almost like a heartbeat. When I got to the door, the knocking stopped, I looked outside and nobody was there.

I went back up to my room and went back to bed, thinking it was just some kids playing a prank. At 4:21 AM I woke up to the front door slamming shut. I jumped, terrified. I looked over at my frosted window to find “smile” written all over it in the frost. I grabbed my phone next to me, ready to call 911, only to find a message written on it saying “I told you to smile”. I cried and ran for my life running outside.

As soon as I got outside I knocked on my neighbors house across the road. They answered and held me while I sobbed. They phoned the police. At exactly 5:42, the police came to my neighbors house after an extensive search of my house. They told me there had been no evidence at all of anyone in my house other than me. The messages on the window were gone, same with my phone. They told me to get some sleep and advised me to see the doctor about stress and anxiety problems. I knew what happened to me was real.

The following evening, after spending the day at my neighbors, I went home. I went up to my bedroom and set up a camera. It was aimed at my bedroom door and my bed. I set it to record and went to sleep. Thankfully, I slept through the night. However, as I watched the footage, I couldn’t believe what I saw.

At 3 in the morning, something crawled out from under my bed. It was a completely naked, anorexic man. He stood  up and looked at me on the bed. He did so for another hour, not moving at all. Then he moved. He walked over to the camera until his face took up the whole shot. He was extremely pale and had bulging veins all over his head. His eyes were completely black, with a huge smile on his face. He stared at the camera for another two hours, not blinking, just slightly twisting his head every now and again.

After two hours of him staring went past, he walked back over to my bed and crawled back under. I skipped the video forward until it showed me getting up and walking over to the camera. The video finished. I was frozen with fear. The video showed him going back under, but not leaving. Whatever it was, the video finished.  It was still there.

© Robert Cherry

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One comment

  1. Amazing story! Written by an amazing writer! No wonder kids can’t sleep at night! Great job :)