Candle Cove is a story by Kris Straub written in the format of an online forum thread where people reminisce about a half-remembered children's television series from the 1970s.
After sharing memories of the creepy dolls from the series, and discussing nightmares from watching the show, one poster asks their mother about the series and is told that they just used to tune the TV to static and "watch dead air for 30 minutes".
The story is in the format of a series of blog posts.
As the explorers move further into the cave, strange hieroglyphs and winds are encountered.
In a final blog post, Ted writes that he and his companions would be bringing a gun into the cave after experiencing a series of nightmares and hallucinations.
The blog has not been updated since the final post.
In 2005, the author of Ted the Caver revealed that it was an original work of fiction partially inspired by true events.
In 2013, an independent film adaptation of the story was released, called Living Dark: the Story of Ted the Caver."_9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9" is the screen name of an anonymous writer of science fiction horror short fiction on the social news website Reddit.The work attracted media attention following its publication beginning in April 2016.In the mainstream media, creepypastas relating to the fictitious Slender Man character came to public attention after the 2014 "Slender Man stabbing", in which a twelve-year-old girl from Waukesha, WI was stabbed by two of her friends; the perpetrators claimed they "wanted to prove the [Slender Man] skeptics" wrong.Slender Man is a thin, tall man with a blank face, wearing a black suit, who is said to stalk and traumatise people.The character originated in a 2009 Something Awful Photoshop competition, and creepypastas were written shortly afterwards.