The internet is home to many strange and unusual legends. Courtesy of Creepypasta - a website where contributors create, add to, and spread fictional horror imagery and stories - unaware readers may be led to believe some of these tall tales are true, such as the legend of the Rake. This creature is depicted as an ancient humanoid monster making its first appearance all the way back in the 12th century. Like Slender Man, it has garnered a large creative response from Creepypasta contributors who hope to perpetuate the question, "is the Rake real?"
The answer is, of course, no, but the beauty of the current social media landscape is that information spreads like mad online. The Rake first appeared on the anonymous website 4chan in 2005 , and countless stories, photos, and videos have surfaced since then. Over time, the Rake creepypasta has built quite a reputation and created an internet trail for itself.
The Rake is characterized by its authors as a tall, thin humanoid monster with no body hair. Many depictions resemble an overgrown dog, and the stories about the Rake claim it's over six feet tall. The Rake's hands are long and sharp. In some photos, it's seen crawling on all fours.
The most striking feature of the Rake, as the stories go, is its eyes. One fictionalized journal entry supposedly translated from Spanish in 1880 explains what it's like after you look into the creature's eyes: "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."
According to the lore, the Rake first created a stir in 2003 after numerous people in the northeastern United States, specifically upstate New York, started sharing sightings of a bizarre creature. The Rake was spotted in mostly rural areas, leaving a wake of terror and intrigue in its path. One person even claimed they noticed it in Idaho. A media blackout apparently followed these tales, and Creepypasta says all of the evidence supporting the existence of the Rake disappeared.
In 2006, a group of internet sleuths decided to gather all the details available about the Rake, compiling them chronologically. The group "accumulated nearly two dozen documents."
The legend purports the Rake's eyes are more than just visually striking, they are also its most powerful quality. One of the legends suggests, "the Rake has glowing white almost orb looking eyes," but most seem to believe "the Rake's eyes are black and empty."
Though the physical descriptions may vary, the legend makes it clear that bad things happen to those who peer into the Rake's eyes. Those who are unfortunate enough to make eye contact with the monster are destined to become its prey. One fictional journal entry from 2006, supposedly from a woman who lost her husband and daughter to the Rake, reads:
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.
As it is with many legends on Creepypasta, the Rake's mythos has been enhanced with falsified visual and auditory evidence. In 2006, a video was uploaded to YouTube where two men from Spain are wandering through a wooded area at night documenting their encounters with the skeletal remains of deer and fawn when they happen upon a creature who looks like the Rake crouching in the distance. Eventually, the creature glances at them, and its large eyes are reflected by the men's flashlights.
The video went viral after it was uploaded, launching the Rake's mythos into deeper parts of the internet. As would be expected, after spotting the creature, the men in the video run for their lives.