Poll: Does The Rake's story scare you?
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Yes / I am American.
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99 34%
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#1
To me, The Rake is a big fail for a terror story. How about you?

Tell me what you expect from the story and what you get at the end.
If you have nightmares, how are they like?
Any theories for its successful plot?


I WANT TO KNOW WHY THIS STORY IS EFFECTIVE ON A CERTAIN AUDIENCE.

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The Rake

During the summer of 2003, events in the northeastern United States involving a strange, humanlike creature sparked brief local media interest before an apparent blackout was enacted. Little or no information was left intact, as most online and written accounts of the creature were mysteriously destroyed.

Primarily focused in rural New York state, self proclaimed witnesses told stories of thier enounters with a creature of unkown origin. Emotions ranged from extremely traumatic levels of fright and discomfort, to an almost childlike sense of playfulness and curiosity. While their published versions are no longer on record, the memories remained powerful. Several of the involved parties began looking for answers that year.

In early 2006, the collaboration had accumulated nearly two dozen documents dating between the 12th century and present day, spanning 4 continents. In almost all cases, the stories were identical. I’ve been in contact with a member of this group and was able to get some exceprts from their upcoming book.

The Rake

A Suicide Note: 1964

As I prepare to take my life, I feel it necessary to assuage any guilt or pain I have introduced through this act. It is not the fault of anyone other than him. For once I awoke and felt his presence. And once I awoke and saw his form. Once again I awoke and heard his voice, and looked into his eyes. I cannot sleep without fear of what I might next awake to experience. I cannot ever wake. Goodbye.

Found in the same wooden box were two empty envelopes addressed to William and Rose, and one loose personal letter with no envelope.

‘Dearest Linnie,
I have prayed for you. He spoke your name.’

A Journal Entry (translated from Spanish): 1880

I have experience the greatest terror. I have experienced the greatest terror. I have experienced the greatest terror. I see his eyes when I close mine. They are hollow. Black. They saw me and pierced me. His wet hand. I will not sleep. His voice (unintelligible text).

A Mariner’s Log: 1691

He came to me in my sleep. From the foot of my bed I felt a sensation. He took everything. We must return to England. We shall not return here again at the request of the Rake.

From a Witness: 2006

Three years ago, I had just returned from a trip from Niagara Falls with my family for the 4th of July. We were all very exhausted after a long day of driving, so my husband and I put the kids right to bed and called it a night.

At about 4am, I woke up thinking my husband had gotten up to use the restroom. I used the moment to steal back the sheets, only to wake him in the process. I appologized and told him I though he got out of bed. When he turned to face me, he gasped and pulled his feet up from the end of the bed so quickly his knee almost knocked me out of the bed. He then grabbed me and said nothing.

After adjusting to the dark for a half second, I was able to see what caused the strange reaction. At the foot of the bed, sitting and facing away from us, there was what appeared to be a naked man, or a large hairless dog of some sort. It’s body position was disturbing and unnatural, as if it had been hit by a car or something. For some reason, I was not instantly frightened by it, but more concerned as to its condition. At this point I was somewhat under the assumption that we were supposed to help him.

My husband was peering over his arm and knee, tucked into the fetal position, occasionally glancing at me before returning to the creature.

In a flurry of motion, the creature scrambled around the side of the bed, and then crawled quickly in a flailing sort of motion right along the bed until it was less than a foot from my husband’s face. The creature was completely silent for about 30 seconds (or probably closer to 5, it just seemed like a while) just looking at my husband. The creature then placed its hand on his knee and ran into the hallway, leading to the kids’ rooms.

I screamed and ran for the lightswitch, planning to stop him before he hurt my children. When I got to the hallway, the light from the bedroom was enough to see it crouching and hunched over about 20 feet away. He turned around and looked directly at me, covered in blood. I flipped the switch on the wall and saw my daughter Clara.

The creature ran down the stairs while my husband and I rushed to help our daughter. She was very badly injured and spoke only once more in her short life. She said “he is the Rake”.

My husband drove his car into a lake that night, while rushing our daughter to the hospital. He did not survive.

Being a small town, news got around pretty quickly. The police were helpful at first, and the local newspaper took a lot of interest as well. However, the story was never published and the local television news never followed up either.

For several months, my son Justin and I stayed in a hotel near my parent’s house. After we decided to return home, I began looking for answers myself. I eventually located a man in the next town over who had a similar story. We got in contact and began talking about our experiences. He knew of two other people in New York who had seen the creature we now referred to as the Rake.

It took the four of us about two solid years of hunting on the internet and writing letters to come up with a small collection of what we believe to be accounts of the Rake. None of them gave any details, history or follow up. One journal had an entry involving the creature in its first 3 pages, and never mentioned it again. A ship’s log explained nothing of the encounter, saying only that they were told to leave by the Rake. That was the last entry in the log.

There were, however, many instances where the creature’s visit was one of a series of visits with the same person. Multiple people also mentioned being spoken to, my daughter included. This led us to wonder if the Rake had visited any of us before our last encounter.

I set up a digital recorder near my bed and left it running all night, every night, for two weeks. I would tediously scan through the sounds of me rolling around in my bed each day when I woke up. By the end of the second week, I was quite used to the occasional sound of sleep while blurring through the recording at 8 times the normal speed. (This still took almost an hour every day)

On the first day of the third week, I thought I heard something different. What I found was a shrill voice. It was the Rake. I can’t listen to it long enough to even begin to transcribe it. I haven’t let anyone listen to it yet. All I know is that I’ve heard it before, and I now believe that it spoke when it was sitting in front of my husband. I don’t remember hearing anything at the time, but for some reason, the voice on the recorder immediately brings me back to that moment.

The thoughts that must have gone through my daughter’s head make me very upset.

I have not seen the Rake since he ruined my life, but I know that he has been in my room while I slept. I know and fear that one night I’ll wake up to see him staring at me.
Last edited by Fiire at Sep 30, 2009,
#3
Yes i found it scary, i don't live in America, but i think its just the thought of being woken from your sleep by something at the end of your bed, its one of those things that you fear at childhood and it never really goes away.
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Think of that next time you are not allowed to laugh.
#6
I was really disappointed when I read it because everybody was scared by it but I thought it was lame.
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#7
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Yes i found it scary, i don't live in America, but i think its just the thought of being woken from your sleep by something at the end of your bed, its one of those things that you fear at childhood and it never really goes away.


This, except I'm American.

And especially the bolded parts, QFT.
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#8
I'm not going to read all of that so i'm assuming that this "Rake" anally penetrated its victims until death?
Most of the important things


in the world have been accomplished


by people who have kept on


trying when there seemed to be no hope at all
#9
tl;dr
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#10
I just read it today but I wasn't scared by it.

It's usually more scary to see something in a movie, don't you think?
#11
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I just read it today but I wasn't scared by it.

It's usually more scary to see something in a movie, don't you think?

Yeah, movies are visual… ya know.
#12
Freaky Creature with a stupid name
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#14
i watched ET once, and i woke up in the middle of the night and i saw the ET guy and got scared ****less. Thinking a bloody figure would brutally attack me in the middle of the night is very very scary. It freaked me out for the first 3 days wen i read it, but now it doesn't, kinda like its old news
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#16
There's no actual proof so i'm not to scared it'll probably play on my mind tonight when i go to bed though.
#19
It didn't really scary me as much as it creeped me out. This would be an awesome idea for a movie if done correctly. There hasn't been a decent horror film in years.
#21
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It didn't really scary me as much as it creeped me out. This would be an awesome idea for a movie if done correctly. There hasn't been a decent horror film in years.


Apart from 1408.
#22
i thought this was about 'raking'/ sweeping. i would have killed him with a low e guitar string, this is stupid
#23
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i would have killed him with a low e guitar string


though that would be my 'bottom' C.
Last edited by Yahto Sun at Sep 30, 2009,
#24
Why are you asking if we're American?

How many Egyptians are scared by the Rake story?


For the record, I was scared shitless the night I read the story, but that may also be because I read most of the nightmare inducement thread that night too.
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#25
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Why are you asking if we're American?

How many Egyptians are scared by the Rake story?

Because I've noticed it is mainly Americans sacred by the story. The rest seem quite indifferent towards it.
I just had to get proof through a poll.
Check the stats.
#27
Well I woke up on night seeing a rake like figure standing next to my bed. I screamed pretty hard then. A few years after that I read that Rake story for the first time. I didn't sleep for 3 nights because I suddenly remembered what happened before.


Yes, I know it was probably just a nightmare, but still...
#28
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Because I've noticed it is mainly Americans sacred by the story. The rest seem quite indifferent towards it.
I just had to get proof through a poll.
Check the stats.

3:7 scared Americans
10:27 scared non-Americans
Inconclusive in my book.

Anyone who's not scared by it isn't trying to be scared by it.
I like being scared, and read it with the intention of being scared.
If you go in all 'Nothing can scare me! I'm a fearless, manly teenager. Ha ha ha!' then obviously you're not going to get into it. That and you have no imagination.

After all, the internet killed books.
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Last edited by wiliscool at Sep 30, 2009,
#30
I have heard so many people flip a **** over that story and say "it was so scary". And then I read it. That **** was retarded.
#31
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The only reason I was ever afraid of it, right here.
#32
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3:7 scared Americans
10:27 scared non-Americans
Inconclusive in my book.

Anyone who's not scared by it isn't trying to be scared by it.
I like being scared, and read it with the intention of being scared.
If you go in all 'Nothing can scare me! I'm a fearless, manly teenager. Ha ha ha!' then obviously you're not going to get into it. That and you have no imagination.

After all, the internet killed books.


Eh, it's just.
The premise of the story just doesn't scare me.

It's creepy and intriguing, but not particularly scary.
#33
Quote by wiliscool
3:7 scared Americans
10:27 scared non-Americans
Inconclusive in my book.

Yes, inconclusive for me too. I expected that people would not try to be "fearless" teens.
But they didn't. Honesty is not to common nowadays, specially over the internet.
#34
Quote by wiliscool
3:7 scared Americans
10:27 scared non-Americans
Inconclusive in my book.

Anyone who's not scared by it isn't trying to be scared by it.
I like being scared, and read it with the intention of being scared.
If you go in all 'Nothing can scare me! I'm a fearless, manly teenager. Ha ha ha!' then obviously you're not going to get into it. That and you have no imagination.

After all, the internet killed books.


No offense, but you're sounding like a moron. The story was NOT scary, and that's coming from someone who has both read and written much horror fiction.

EDIT: I got the feeling that this story raped Lovecraft the same way Stephenie Meyer tried to ruin centuries of vampire lore for us.
Last edited by Yahto Sun at Sep 30, 2009,
#35
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Yes, inconclusive for me too. I expected that people would not try to be "fearless" teens.
But they didn't. Honesty is not to common nowadays, specially over the internet.

You understand what I'm saying.

If you don't want to be scared by it, you won't be.
Either way, most people won't admit to being scared.

Here's to horror.



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No offense, but you're sounding like a moron. The story was NOT scary, and that's coming from someone who has both read and written much horror fiction.

Look, I believe you if you say it didn't get to you, but it scared the hell out of me. So yes, it is scary.
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#36
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Look, I believe you if you say it didn't get to you, but it scared the hell out of me. So yes, it is scary.


Subjectively scary to you, not scary to me.

I call bull**** on your whole 'fearless teenagers' premise. The mark of a good horror/fantasy writer is the ability to scare the daylights out of even the most unwilling audience.

'The Rake' is therefore a terrible attempt at horror.
Last edited by Yahto Sun at Sep 30, 2009,
#38
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Subjectively scary to you, not scary to me.

I call bull**** on your whole 'fearless teenagers' premise. The mark of a good horror/fantasy writer is to scare the daylights out of even the most unwilling audience.

'The Rake' is therefore a terrible attempt at horror.



Have you seen the nightmare inducement thread?
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1171721

If The Rake's not scary to you, I'd like to see what is


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Is it even real? 99.99% of creepypastas aren't.

Also, no, it didn't scare me at all.
Oh, yeah. It's based on eyewitness accounts
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Last edited by wiliscool at Sep 30, 2009,
#39
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Subjectively scary to you, not scary to me.
...

'The Rake' is therefore a terrible attempt at horror.

Did you just say that scariness is subjective, so he can't say whether its scary, and then give yourself some magical authority to say it's scary?

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#40
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Have you seen the nightmare inducement thread?
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1171721

If The Rake's not scary to you, I'd like to see what is


I'd read through the thread a while ago, and The Rake was one of the least scary stories in there.

Scariest I've read? Off the top of my head it'd be either Lovecraft's Rats In The Walls, Donovan's Brain (not sure of the author) or American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

Do you read much, williscool?
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