"I will attempt to write an internet short horror story, or creepypasta, which observes and adheres to the typical conventions of the horror genre, including building suspense and inciting fear in the reader. I will display my story across a range of internet sites, including the Creepypasta Wiki, and measure its effectiveness with the feedback I receive from an accompanying survey.
I will also analyse other short horror stories that exist online. I theorise that the digital form of short horror stories in recent years has made significant changes to the genre, particularly in terms of content. I hope to show that the online presence of such creepypastas as Funnymouth, The Rake, Jeff the Killer and the Slenderman mythos serve to make their contents all the more believable, and therefore more frightening."
So, that's the plan! Some time in January/February, I'll write up my creepypasta (it has to be 5000 words, so that'll be fun) and post it here. Then I'm hoping other people on the site will be kind enough to read it and give their opinion. In return, I'd be happy to exchange llamas, comment on their work and/or shamelessly plug them on my deviantArt profile. Good karma and all that.
As far as I can tell, this is the first academic paper of its kind about creepypastas, so it's all new ground for me, but I know I'm going to enjoy it immensely.
Oh, and if you have any ideas about what kind of horror story this should be, then please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for reading! x