Hey everyone, I just wanted firstly to apologize for the delay in this post; I was busy the last couple of days and didn’t have any time to write a review until now, but I hope you’re as excited as I am as I tell you about MrCreepyPasta’s latest installment in the anthology, “The Creepypasta Collection”!
Once again, it’s the month of Halloween and we’ve got a new collection of short stories to read. Unlike how I formatted last year’s review though, I’ve decided on just summarizing the stories into a paragraph each, followed by listing my top stories out of the twenty (yes TWENTY) and why I think they stand out best. I’ll even mention some honorable ones, because I’m going to be honest here: not only did it take me hours to write the review and summarize each creepypasta, but the formatting onto Reader’s Boulevard was a literal nightmare. It was depressing, so I thought I’d save my sanity by shortening it down to summaries and not twenty separate reviews.
With that said, let’s once again dive into the horror anthology edited by MrCreepyPasta, “The Creepypasta Collection Volume 2”
“Your Secret Admirer” by MrCreepypasta: an unnamed narrator sends a letter to a girl he likes, describes his love for her and proceeds to explain to her how he gruesomely murdered those who wronged her. And as stalker horror goes, it has some gruesome twists, and it’s good.
“Bubbles” by Max Lobwell: a weird sickness is plaguing a hospital.
“Marsh Baywood Shirts” by TalesofTim: two boys in the outlands are wondering why their distant father doesn’t spend time with them, and they discover why deep in the marshland behind their house.
“For Love and Hot Chocolate” by K. Banning Kellum: after an unfortunate car crash that left his beloved wife Christine in a severe coma, Blain Kellerman doesn’t know what to do. With her family wanting to pull the plug, he suddenly finds his salvation in the most unlikely of places; an ancient God who wants to test Blain’s devotion to his wife. But can he gamble on this deal at the risk of being sent to a place worse than Hell?
“The Crawlspace” by Madame Macabre: a shy college student studying abroad in Rome is excited for her trip. While sleeping in the apartment she shares with her flatmates, she can’t help but feel like she’s being watched.
“That Thing Up There” by WellHeyProductions: even giving the plot away will ruin the experience, but it’s certainly worth a read. Great suspense, perfect mystery, and a nice twist that will make you look at childhood monsters in a different light.
“Proxy” by Aaron Shotwell: after having a severe stroke, an elderly man is used as an experiment to test a new cybernetics system, but will the demons of his past corrupt his new life?
“I Suffer from Short-Term Memory Loss” by Jagger Rosenfeld: a twenty-something nobody realizes he’s lost his keys after waking up one day. Questioning his memory for months, he soon recovers the keys to suddenly discover a shocking secret that he didn’t want to remember after all.
“The Puppeteer” by BleedingHeartworks: a new college student who, after moving into his apartment, slowly grows depressed over time and isolates himself in his room to the point he never leaves or has human contact. Days later, he’s stopped going to classes, stopped answering his parent’s calls, and has become convinced the whole world hates him. Then cue a strange, body-snatching monster.
“Hobo Heart-Strings” by Chris OZ Fulton: a teenage girl named C.C. forms an unlikely friendship with a homeless boy with a skeletal dog. As their bond grows and more of her friends begin to disappear as the nameless boy tells more about himself, C.C. will not expect to learn the truth.
“Craters in Her Face” by Madame Macabre: after the death of her loving grandmother, who has a legacy of art restoration, a young woman discovers a beautiful painting of her grandmother’s that she remembers as being ugly, having ‘craters in her face’. Taking it into her home however, she begins to discover the painting going through a route that’s a cross between Dorian Gray and the Flute Lady from IT (2017).
“If Only they were Cannibals” by Jamie Townsend: a basic story about a woman sheltered in her home during the zombie apocalypse, but with one hell of a demented addition to the zombie mythos.
“Tunnel 72F” by Michael Whitehouse: a formerly confident and brave man named Henke recounts his chilling tale about his trek into the tunnels underneath a museum in Amsterdam.
“Bats in Winter” by Isaac Boissonneau: two collegue police officers are sent in to investigate a gruesome crime scene caused by an infected boy. This boy, one of twenty others, are infected with a plague that causes their flesh to burn in UV-sunlight, their cells to regenerate despite age, and a sharp craving for…you guessed it, blood.
“I was Invited to a Sleepover” by M.J. Orz: a young man recounts his tale of going to s sleepover with a friend and his brother, the brother’s disappearance, and tries to remember what happened.
“I Couldn’t Afford a Tattoo, so I Found Someone Who Would Do It For Free” by Leonard Petracci (boy that’s a long title): to make a long title short, a broke guy gets a tattoo at a renegade parlor shop, but with disastrous results.
“The Strangest Case of Henry Montague” by The Right Hand of Doom: a mad scientist believes he has opened the portal to hell, and the disturbed villagers have decided to see if it truly works.
“The Beast of Battered Grove” by Christopher Maxim: a waitress named Pam is walking back home while reading a fantasy book involving witches, spells and monsters the like, but discovers the line between fiction and reality isn’t so different.
“Slumber Party” by Ashley Franz Holzmann: several young boys are greeted by a mysterious being called the Man during a sleepover, and what comes next will shock and disturb all who read.
“Neptune’s Fancy” by Vincent V. Cava: a crew in the Pacific discover a mysterious woman with fins and webbed digits, who claims to be the wife of Poseidon. Promising rubies, gems and gold in exchange for bringing her home, the excited crew don’t hesitate. However, cabin fever combined uncertainty in their journey makes one question what is really going on, and who this mysterious woman is really devoted to.
Out of the twenty stories here, my personal favorites have to be (this isn’t ordered) “Neptune’s Fancy”, “I Suffer from Short-Term Memory Loss”, “For Love and Hot Chocolate”, “Your Secret Admirer” and “Bats of Winter”.
The first mentioned is a seafaring thriller with memorable characters and a brilliant extension of a certain fictional mythos that has been a pinnacle of defining the creepypasta fandom. The second story mentioned makes you question your own sanity and how much horror can be done to the point you want to forget. The third is—while more of a feelspasta—well-written with great peril and a romantic couple that’ll make you root all the way. The fourth mentioned is so twisted with gruesome murdered (seriously, what the killer did the Julie made me think of crawling insects in a whole new light. *shudders*). Lastly, “Bats of Winter” is well-paced with the urban style of Tokyo Ghoul and the horror just to match. Also, is it me or does it feel like the prequel to Daybreakers? I mean, it has the same tone, the same morbidity towards those turning, and even a writing style that makes you feel like the virus will become commonplace like vampires did in Daybreakers (which is really good to watch on Halloween; totally recommend it if you’re a fan of Ethan Hawke).
Even so, I’ll still admit the rest of the stories aren’t half bad. If you’re up for another collection of creepy stories that’ll make you question your sanity or send chills up your spine, this is definitely worth a buy.
Once again, go grab “The Creepypasta Collection: Volume 2” at your nearest online store. Also, do help support MrCreepyPasta and his amazing narrations on YouTube at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrCreepyPasta
Happy Halloween everybody! 😀
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