A History of Reddit’s Creepypasta Horror Sub R/NoSleep


What Is Reddit No Sleep?

The subreddit known as “nosleep” allows authors to post their own realistic, scary stories, to be enjoyed by a community of readers who often engage with the stories as if they really happened.Feb 25, 2020


Horror Stories from Reddit: Nosleep


I’ll be blunt: I went to India to kill myself. In a way, I got my wish.Life had become a bleak and grey thing that looked to be a prison woven out of countless invisible strands. Money. Cubicle. Bad food. Bad sleep. I was two years out of college and seeing the rest of my years flowing straight ahead with no deviation and no freedom. Raised on video games and television, I was now …

5 Tips For Writing A NoSleep Horror Story


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How long are NoSleep stories?

Stories of 2500 words and over.

Note: We have no maximum word count, but incredibly long stories have to be exceptionally good for us to accept them. We get so many stories that would adapt into a production of an hour or more, and often their length isn’t warranted.

5. Try Vitamins D3 and B12

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Tip by user

If you are constantly tired even when you get enough sleep, you may be lacking in vitamins B12 and D3. There is research to support the idea that lower levels of vitamin D3 are related to poor sleep quality, short sleep duration, and sleepiness. Lack of vitamin B12 has been linked to disorders of the sleep-wake rhythm.

To improve your intake of vitamin D3 eat more oily fish, liver, egg yolks, and butter. For B12 drink more milk and eat more fish, meat, poultry, and eggs. While you can use supplements, it is best to consult a doctor before adding them to your daily regime.

14. Ask Your Doctor About DSPS

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Tip by user

Are you a night owl? Have you tried everything from a new fancy mattress to melatonin to help you go to sleep before midnight to no avail? If so, you may need to talk to your doctor about Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS) also known as Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD).

People with this disorder have a chronic dysregulation of their normal circadian rhythm. This means that if you have this problem your body doesn’t signal tiredness until way later, sometimes well past midnight. You may also have trouble waking for normal school or work hours. There are treatments that have been useful in treating people with this disorder. One treatment that is effective is light therapy — using a box that mimics natural outdoor light.

A competitive space

So if NoSleep writers keep landing book and film deals, why isn’t everyone cashing in? Why aren’t budding writers flocking to the sub to try and see their own work achieve commercial success?

Well, a lot of them are. And that makes it a very competitive space.

Michael Kelley (u/Blindfate) is a 30-year-old leather scientist who has also been involved in NoSleep since the early days. As well as acting as a moderator on the sub, he also writes horror under the name M. M. Kelley.

Although Kelley said he has seen some NoSleep authors succeed in making a living from their writing, he said there aren’t many.

“I see a lot who are trying,” said Kelley. “Writing is extremely competitive and NoSleep success isn’t necessarily commercial success.”

Kelley described the process of going from NoSleep to a career in writing as “incredibly difficult”.

“I’m watching a handful of friends who are insanely gifted struggle trying to make it,” he said. “Building a following, marketing, all on top of writing are extremely difficult to do.”

I know, from my own experiences, what Kelley means. Alongside working for Mashable, I also write horror and over the past few months I’ve tried to jump on the NoSleep ghost train.

It’s competitive, alright. That much is clear right from the start. Multiple new stories are posted every hour, and only a very small handful make it past the 1,000 upvote mark. So far I’ve posted three stories to NoSleep; they all seem to have been fairly well received, but my best-performing story only has around 300 upvotes.

That was good enough to make it to the top five — and reach an audience of close to 20,000 readers — but not good enough to reach to the elusive top spot.

 My best-performing NoSleep story... so far.  Cred

My best-performing NoSleep story… so far. Credit: reddit

Everyone has to play along in the comments

There are over 14 million Reddit users signed up to r/NoSleep. The sub began back in March 2010, and the distinct brand of horror has become its own culture in the decade since — dubbed “creepypasta.”

A group of moderators, led by Christine (cmd102), ensures every post is approved and follows the strict set of rules before it is posted. A story has to be believably within reason, be a first-person narrative, and the writer cannot die before the end.

Mods also read every comment made on the stories, making sure they are respectful and contribute to the discussion by playing along.

Rog doesn’t remember when he first came across r/NoSleep, but he was sucked in and has been a long-time fan for seven or eight years. He’s been a mod for about a year now, helping out with reading the stories and contacting writers if they need to make changes before being published or if they haven’t made the cut.

He dedicates 10-20 hours a week of his spare time to the sub, yet still finds himself losing hours by falling down “the NoSleep rabbit hole,” especially when it’s a series with multiple parts that provides a slow burn with plenty of character development.

“It’s not something I like to read at 3 a.m. because I will never sleep,” he said, fittingly.

What Rog loves about the sub is the “creep factor” that really makes you feel terror for the person who is writing the story. It’s a very specific brand of horror where the community gets involved and interacts with the writer, so they become part of the story.

“The whole goal of the story is to inspire fear in others,” Rog said. “In some of my favorites, you can feel it. I don’t know if they’ve actually experienced this in their lives, but they’re either exceptional writers or they’re just putting out what they feel.”

Where you should start

Rog thinks the sub isn’t just a great place for entertainment, but also for writers to hone their craft and really experiment with their voice.

“The guidelines of posting forces you to be a better writer, honestly, because you’ve got to stick to within this certain parameters and then still craft something that’s interesting and engaging,” he said, “and I think that helps writers a lot.”

Rebecca loves how much variation there is on r/NoSleep, which makes sense given hundreds of stories are submitted every day.

“I think the ones that make the most impact are the ones where there’s more of a beautiful aspect to them as well, or something really grim,” she said.

Some of her highlights include “Free Coffee with Order of Pie by /u/Deadnspread, the 8-year long “Correspondence” series by /u/bloodstains, and “The New Fish” by /u/Theworldisgrim. She said her favorite is probably “Let Me Introduce the Demon Inside of You” by u/ByfelsDisciple.

“It’s really haunting because it’s about the concentration camps, which is a really difficult thing to write about,” she said. “But I think that’s emblematic of what’s so cool about r/NoSleep — it’s not just ghost stories or someone being chased by a killer, you can write something really deep like that and still have it meet all of the rules.”