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Creepypasta and the evolution of internet horror storytelling

2 Girls 1 Podcast CREEPYPASTA

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From urban legends to Slender Man.

Ghost stories around the campfire are as old as humanity itself, but spooky tales became memes unto themselves as the web matured. Creepypasta (a derivative of “copypasta” which is derivative of “copy/paste”) is the catch-all term and dominant wiki for the spooky stories that circulate and mutate on the internet.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet stuff on stage) talk to Andrew Movitz (aka ClericOfMadness), the founder of the Creepypasta wiki, about why these stories tap our deepest fears and the transformation of Creepypasta culture into an author-centric community.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by The Podglomerate.

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Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman is the director of video and producer of 2 Girls 1 Podcast at the Daily Dot. He has been making internet shows and viral videos for nearly a decade, and has directed top talent including John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Kate McKinnon, Alton Brown, and the Sesame Street Muppets. Silverman is also the creator of FREE DAD VIDEOS, a comedy and music channel with his young children.