The internet phenomenon known as Creepypasta, which encourages writers to conjure up the most horrifying short stories imaginable, has led to the creation of some serious pop culture icons, most notably the nightmarish Slender Man. Many of the stories have become viral urban legends, like the web’s own version of campfire tales.
Variety reports today that Machinima, the Warner Bros.-backed digital media company, is partnering with master of horror Clive Barker on the upcoming live-action series Creepy Pasta, which will bring some of those nightmare-inducing stories to life.
In the web series, says the site, Barker enters the world of internet horror fan fiction, affectionately known as “creepy pasta,” covering such urban legends as Slender Man and Ben Drowned.
The Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character that originated as an Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen (a.k.a. “Victor Surge”) in 2009. It is depicted as resembling a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and usually featureless face, wearing a black suit. Stories of the Slender Man commonly feature him stalking, abducting or traumatizing people, particularly children. The Slender Man is not confined to a single narrative, but appears in many disparate works of fiction, mostly composed online.
BEN Drowned, or Haunted Majora’s Mask, is a well-known creepypasta (and later, an alternate reality game) created by Alex Hall, also known as “Jadusable”. The story revolves around a Majora’s Mask cartridge that is haunted by the ghost (if it is a ghost) of a boy named Ben.
No word yet on when Creepy Pasta will premiere, though we’ll be sure to keep you posted as we learn more.