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“Tailypo” by Veronica Byrd | Otis Jiry’s Creepypasta Crypt

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Otis Jiry narrates this story – one of the hundreds of variants of Mark Twain’s Golden Arm story, and one of the dozens of Tailypo legends that abound – as written by Veronica Byrd and originally featured on the website The Moonlit Road.  In this story, a man and his three hunting dogs confront a woodland creature after severing and devouring its tail ... Read More »

“Tailypo” by Eric Selsemeyer | Narrated by Otis Jiry

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Otis Jiry narrates this classic Appalachian folktale, as retold by Eric Selsemeyer, about a man who bites off more than he can chew when he slices the tale off of an odd creature that takes up residence one night upon his roof.  A hunter, he sees no reason why he shouldn’t eat the tail.  When the creature whose digit he’s ... Read More »

“The Green Ribbon” | Short Animated Film Based on the Classic Alvin Schwartz Folktale HD 1080p

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This film was produced in 2010 by illustrator/animator Christine McMullen and Kim Zazzara, as a student project, and utilizes paper puppets.  It is a testament to what can be done with modern software such as iMovie and Final Cut. The film is based on the classic folktale as retold many times.  The most common version of the tale heard was in Alvin ... Read More »

“The Terrible Old Man” by H.P. Lovecraft | Otis Jiry’s Creepypasta Crypt

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Otis Jiry narrates this story by H.P. Lovecraft (R.I.P.), about three robbers that take little heed of the locals’ cautionary whisperings about a strange elderly man “so old that no one can remember when he was young, and so taciturn that few know his real name,” and disregard them completely when they hear that the Old Man possesses a treasure. They act immediately ... Read More »

“August Heat” by W.F. Harvey | Narrated by Patrick Rothfuss (feat. Jesse Cornett)

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New York Times best selling author Patrick Rothfuss, with assistance from Chilling Tales for Dark Nights regular Jesse Cornett, narrates this classic tale of terror by author W.F. Harvey, written in 1910, about two men whose glimpses, each of the other’s possible future, lead them to a strange paralyzed standoff. On a scorching August day, artist James Clarence Withencroft draws a sketch: ... Read More »

“Sarah O’Bannon” | Narrated by Otis Jiry (feat. Alicia Pavlis)

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Otis Jiry narrates this classic creepypasta story about a gravedigger and his encounter with a woman who has apparently been buried alive, who manages to get his attention by ringing the bell atop the pipe that links the inside of her pine-box prison to the outside world. What the gravedigger soon learns is that although you shouldn’t judge a book ... Read More »

“Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” by M.R. James | Narrated by Peter Yearsley

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Peter Yearsley narrates this classic tale of terror by English author M.R. James, originally written in 1904, about one Professor Parkins of St. James College, who, following the end of a school term, embarks on a golfing trip to Burnstow, England. A friend asks Parkins if, while he’s there, he could examine a former Templar site, to determine if it would be ... Read More »

“Smee” by A.M. Barrage | Narrated by David Lewis Richardson

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David Lewis Richardson reads this classic horror tale, which takes place at a manor in the English countryside, by author A.M. Barrage, about a group of people who decide to entertain themselves one by playing a “hide and seek”-style game called “It’s Me,” or “Smee,” if you prefer. When the last man is left standing and discovers that the number ... Read More »

“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce | Narrated by Jesse Cornett

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Jesse Cornett brings to this life the tale “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” as written in the late 19th century by American author Ambrose Bierce (1842–1913). Originally published by The San Francisco Examiner in 1890, it was first collected in Bierce’s 1891 book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. The story, which is set during the Civil War, is famous for its irregular time sequence and twist ending. ... Read More »

“There is a Reaper” by Charles V. De Vet | Narrated by Daryl Castillo

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Narrator Daryl Castillo returns to lend his voice to this classic tale from 1953, as written by master-of-the-macabre Charles V. De Vet (R.I.P.), about a millionaire who goes to some rather extreme lengths to discover the secrets of the afterlife, which leads to similarly extreme repercussions.  Read (and listen) on, and find out just how this man discovers that “There ... Read More »

“Milk Bottles” by Maria Leach | Narrated by Craig Groshek

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This is the story of a shopkeeper who sees the same woman rush into her store several nights in a row, always grabbing a bottle of milk and then running out into the night. After several nights of this bizarre behavior, he and a few friends decide to follow her, to find that she is returning – to a graveyard. ... Read More »

“The Thing in the Window” | Narrated by Jordan Antle

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An anonymous author penned this dreadful tale of terror about a boy and a creature outside his window – a creature that will not stop staring at him.  This story has often been recorded and posted online, but narrator Jordan Antle’s version here is one of the very best we have found.  We hope you enjoy this tale! “The Thing ... Read More »