Creepypasta and Other Eerie Starches

In this spooktacular episode, we talk to Ash and Jon of the Horror Vanguard podcast about the internet-based form of horror fiction known as creepypasta.

In a culture increasingly controlled by a small handful of media corporations, creepypasta presents a form of communal storytelling, a digital version of the campfire where kids gather round to swap scary stories. We take a look at how creepypasta uses the unique structure of the internet to give us the creeps and how it falls into the greater tradition of horror and gothic literature. We also examine why the entertainment industry’s attempts to capitalize on creepypasta so often fail, and how creepypasta can survive as the internet grows ever more centralized.

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