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Monday, January 25, 2021

Reader's Diary #2164 - Kris Straub: Candle Cove

 Well, I learned a new term today. Probably familiar to a lot of you already, "creepypasta" refers to horror legends that have been shared across the internet. Kris Straub's creepypasta "Candle Cove" also falls under the banner of epistolary fiction as it's entirely made up of a chat on a message board. 

It revolves around an obscure children's show that the chatters are reminiscing about from the 70s. They're nostalgic at first, but as the chat progresses more and more details emerge about how messed up the show actually was, and then there's an even scarier reveal at the end. 

I truly loved this story. Straub captures the dialogue of chat boards and gen x'rs with such authenticity. And the descriptions are so vivid. It's not surprising that the story was adapted for tv.


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