Candle Cove

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Candle Cove is a creepypasta online horror story written by webcartoonist and author Kris Straub in 2009.[1] The story centers around a fictional television series, also titled Candle Cove, that could only be viewed by a small group of people, predominantly children, who later recall the disturbing show on a web forum.[2]

Straub has stated that he was inspired to write the creepypasta after reading "Area 36-Year-Old Still Has Occasional Lidsville Nightmare", an article published via the satirical news outlet The Onion.[3] Straub's story quickly became popular, inspiring numerous YouTube videos, and fan-fictions. [3][4] In 2015 Straub self-published Candle Cove in a collection of short stories entitled Candle Cove and Other Stories. The Verge commented that Candle Cove differed from other creepypastas in that while most creepypasta have an "anonymous folkloric quality", Candle Cove's originated from a known source and author.[5]

A television adaptation, Channel Zero: Candle Cove, premiered on Syfy on October 11, 2016.

Synopsis[edit]

The story is told via a thread on a forum called the "NetNostalgia Forums", where a group of users discuss an unusual television show, Candle Cove. The show is about a young girl named Janice, who imagines herself to be friends with pirates. The pirate characters are said to be portrayed by puppets.

As the users continue to reminisce they begin to recall more disturbing details about the show, such as a character known as the "Skin-Taker", a skeleton pirate who wears clothing made out of children's skin, and an episode that consisted entirely of the puppets flailing and screaming. The story closes with a user stating that they had recently visited their mother, who revealed that during the times the user said they were watching Candle Cove, all the mother saw on the TV was static.

Television adaptation[edit]

In 2015 the SyFy Channel announced their intent to adapt the Candle Cove story as the first season of a newly announced series, Channel Zero.[6] The season, named after the creepypasta, expands on the story and centers on a child psychologist who has returned home in order to investigate the 1980s disappearances of his brother and other children.[7] Channel Zero: Candle Cove stars Paul Schneider and Fiona Shaw, and premiered on October 11, 2016.[8]

Reception[edit]

Will Wiles of Aeon wrote that Candle Cove was "among the best creepypastas out there" and a good example of using the messageboard and forum format as a storytelling tactic.[9][10] The Verge has written praise for the creepypasta, stating that it was "a perfectly dark spin on our nostalgia for the half-remembered stories of our childhood, that realization that the things we liked as kids were much, much creepier than we thought."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenzen, Olu (2016-03-23). The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures. Routledge. ISBN 9781317042181. 
  2. ^ Peters, Lucia. "Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren't: Candle Cove". Crushable. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  3. ^ a b Burkart, Gregory (2016-08-25). "CREEPYPASTA: Revisiting CANDLE COVE — The Scariest Children's Show of All Time?". Blumhouse.com. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  4. ^ Grundhauser, Eric (2016-10-07). "Do You Remember Candle Cove?". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  5. ^ a b Robertson, Adi (2015-07-01). "SyFy is making a TV series based on one of the internet's best scary stories". The Verge. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  6. ^ Hipes, Patrick. "'Channel Zero' Anthology Series Gets Greenlight From Syfy For 2-Season Run". Deadline.com. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Goldberg, Leslie (June 30, 2015). "Syfy Prepping Anthology Based on Web Horror Phenomenon 'Creepypasta'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  8. ^ Abrams, Natalie (August 3, 2016). "Syfy sets premiere dates for 'Incorporated,' 'Van Helsing,' more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  9. ^ Wiles, Will. "'Creepypasta' is how the internet learns our fears". Aeon. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  10. ^ Newitz, Annalee. "Has Creepypasta Reinvented Classic Folklore?". io9. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 

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