The Rake

The Rake is a creepypasta story about a creature that watches you while you sleep and kills you when you wake. Nobody really knows if the creature exists, whether it is an urban legend or a ghost story.

The Rake Creepypasta

The Rake

During the summer of 2003, events in the northeastern United States involving a strange, humanlike creature sparked brief local media interest before an apparent blackout was enacted. Little or no information was left intact, as most online and written accounts of the creature were mysteriously destroyed.

Witnesses told stories of their disturbing enounters with a creature of unkown origin. Emotions ranged from extreme fright and discomfort to an almost childlike sense of playfulness and curiosity. While their published versions are no longer on record, the memories remained powerful. Several of the people involved began looking for answers.

By 2006, nearly two dozen documents had been collected, dating from the 12th century to the present day and spanning four continents. In all cases, the stories were almost identical. What follows are brief excerpts from the documents.

(A Suicide Note, 1964)

As I prepare to take my life, I feel it necessary to assuage any guilt or pain I have introduced through this act. It is not the fault of anyone other than him. For once I awoke and felt his presence and once I awoke and saw his form. Once again, I awoke and heard his voice and looked into his eyes. I cannot sleep without fear of what I might next awake to experience. I cannot ever wake. Goodbye.

Found in the same wooden box were two empty envelopes addressed to William and Rose, and one loose personal letter with no envelope.

‘Dearest Linnie, I have prayed for you. He spoke your name.’

(A Journal Entry translated from Spanish, 1880)

I have experienced the greatest terror. I have experienced the greatest terror. I have experienced the greatest terror. 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. I hear his voice.

(A Mariner’s Log, 1691)

He came to me in my sleep. From the foot of my bed I felt a sensation. He took everything. We must return to England. We shall not return here again at the request of the Rake.

(A Witness Statement, 2006)

Three years ago, I had just returned from a trip to Niagara Falls with my family for the 4th of July. We were all very exhausted after a long day of driving, so my husband and I put the kids to bed and called it a night.

At about 4 AM, I woke up thinking my husband had gotten up to use the restroom. I used the moment to steal back the sheets, only to wake him in the process. I apologized and told him I thought he got out of bed. When he turned to face me, he gasped and pulled his feet up from the end of the bed so quickly that his knee almost knocked me out of the bed. He then grabbed me and said nothing.

As my eyes adjusted to the dark, I was able to see what caused the strange reaction. At the foot of the bed, sitting and facing away from us, there was what appeared to be a naked man, or a large hairless dog of some sort. The position of its body was disturbing and unnatural, as if it had been hit by a car or something. For some reason, I was not instantly frightened by it, but more concerned as to its condition. At this point I was somewhat under the assumption that we were supposed to help him.

My husband was peering over his arm and knee, tucked into the fetal position, occasionally glancing at me before his eyes returned to the creature.

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, just staring at my husband. The creature then placed its hand on his knee and ran into the hallway, leading to the kids’ rooms.

I screamed and ran for the lightswitch, planning to stop him before he hurt my children. When I got to the hallway, the light from the bedroom was enough to see it crouching and hunched over about 20 feet away. He turned around and looked directly at me, covered in blood. I flipped the switch on the wall and saw my daughter Clara.

The creature ran down the stairs while my husband and I rushed to help our daughter. She was very badly injured and spoke only once more in her short life.

“He is the Rake,” she whispered.

that night, while rushing our daughter to the hospital, my husband drove his car into a lake. He did not survive.

Being a small town, news got around pretty quickly. The police were helpful at first, and the local newspaper took a lot of interest as well. However, the story was never published and the local television news never followed up either.

For several months, my son and I stayed in a hotel near my parents’ house. After we decided to return home, I began looking for answers myself. I eventually located a man in the next town over who had a similar story. We got in contact and began talking about our experiences. He knew of two other people in New York who had seen the creature we now referred to as the Rake.

It took the four of us about two solid years of hunting on the internet and writing letters to come up with a small collection of what we believe to be accounts of the Rake. None of them gave any details, history or follow up. One journal had an entry involving the creature in its first 3 pages, and never mentioned it again. A ship’s log explained nothing of the encounter, saying only that they were told to leave by the Rake. That was the last entry in the log.

There were, however, many instances where the creature’s visit was one of a series of visits with the same person. Multiple people also mentioned being spoken to, my daughter included. This led us to wonder if the Rake had visited any of us before our last encounter.

Every night, for two weeks, I set up a digital recorder near my bed and left it running all night. Each morning, when I woke up, I would scan through the sounds of me tossing and turning in my bed. By the end of the second week, I going through the recording when I thought I heard something different. What I found was a shrill voice. It was the Rake.
I can’t listen to it long enough to even begin to transcribe it. I haven’t let anyone listen to it yet. All I know is that I’ve heard it before, and I now believe that it spoke when it was sitting in front of my husband. I don’t remember hearing anything at the time, but for some reason, the voice on the recorder immediately brings me back to that moment.

The thoughts that must have gone through my daughter’s head make me very upset.

I have not seen the Rake since he ruined my life, but I know that he has been in my room while I slept. I know and fear that one night I’ll wake up to see him staring at me.

Comments

  1. candyheart15712 says

    @Xximma_eat_your_heartxX

    Thats rude !i know that was a accidint but u dont have to punch a dog?

  2. XOterrorgirlOX says

    omg OMG OMG OMG guys listen so I
    searched rake on youtube and people said
    that the real rake video that was watched like
    30million times was taken by a guy and the
    guy went missing omg he went missing from
    four years ago I CANT EVEN

  3. scareddead says

    So I was reading this at night in my bed after waking up and almost died when I heard something fall.

  4. Dusk_scarlet says

    Just think of seeing some1 staring at you when you just wake up make me chills. So scary.

  5. creepypastafangirl says

    Picture Day
    Me: Okay, hair looks great, makeup’s good, outfit equals awesome, I’m ready!
    Jeff: No, not that one, no, no, AHA! This hoodie looks epic!
    Smile Dog:*thinking* Man this new collar’s itchy!
    Me: Everybody ready?
    Everyone: Yep!
    Me: Let’s-a go!
    LATER…
    Photographer: Alright, smile!
    Me: Wait, where’s the Rake?
    Rake:*dumps water over everybody as the photographer takes the pic*
    Everyone:*screams*
    Me: RAKE!!!
    Tell me what you think of my stories!

  6. krystenhook11 says

    Slit mouth woman’s wedding
    Organ player:*here comes the bride*
    Slit mouth:yes I take him as my husband
    Rake:yes I will marry her
    Priest:you may now kiss the bride
    *smooching*
    Me walking in
    Rake:rrrrruuuuuunnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!
    *running away*
    Me:wait I just want to congratulate you!!!!!

  7. XxNightmaregirlxX says

    @Klarris143 Lol!! You’re funny, maybe u should be a ccomedian!! Or is it comelian? Either one you should be it! I mean the one that go on programmes like Live at the Appolo! Who has played bubble wrap? I have and I screamed so loudly my mum could hear me from outside!! I then started crying I was so scared!! I am nine by the way, so don’t call me a wimp!!!! :P

  8. klarri143 says

    OH MY LAWD! IWAS HALF WAY DONE WITH THE STORY ALL SCARED AND SHIZ AND THEN IHEAR SOMETHING BANG ON MY FRONT DOOR! OH WELL ITS ALL GOOD JUST NO SLEEPING FOR ME AT ALL THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS…. NO BIG DEAL..

  9. Izzy says

    Well, I am know sleeping in the bathroom tonight so I can be in a room with a locked door and no windows. Is that dumb? I don’t care… To scared to care.

  10. Evelyn Darling says

    @queen of chills
    you can’t. It will maul you when you open your eyes. before you can register wat’s going on! its so scary

  11. chocolateteddybear says

    Wow this is like so creepy because it sounds real and now even though i am 13 i think i will be afraid to sleep without the light on

  12. MerrBearBallet says

    okay does he like target certain people? cuz that is pretty dang CREEPY!!!!! He looks so thin if i wake up and hes sitting there i will offer him something to eat before he finishes me off

  13. Xximma-eat-your-heartxX says

    if I woke up and saw that thing sat at the end of my bed I would punch it in the face…. Seriously I react before I think.. I punched my dog in the nose cos I felt her sniffing my foot under the covers -_-

  14. spiralz and ghosts says

    it seems that creppypasta has a lot of jobs and seems to be in every story he or she writes like for dead bart he or she was a journalist and hes in this story, i dont believe it

  15. 1997PianoGirl13 says

    YesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesYES!!! I love The Rake!!! He’s my second favourite creepypasta!!!! 1st is Jeff…. 3rd is Slendy… heh :D But…. try posting stuff I’ve never heard of…?
    Oh, & Gidgey…. how DARE you ಠ_ಠ though, I didn’t find out about Slendy from CreepyPasta…

  16. Gidgey says

    The only thing that freaks me out about this story is the picture! Holy S*** ITS CREEPY!

  17. bratzgirl2233 says

    I don’t wanna read it cus I know what it’s about and sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet :(

  18. Dead Girl XXx says

    @XxScaryRudyxX lol even i didnt read this #1 i dont have time right now #2 that picture creeps me out! :O

  19. XxdeliciosscreamsxX says

    0.O DAT IS SO CREEPY! I LOVE IT! IMA SEE WHO JEFF IS! wish me good luck so i dont wet my panties lmao! :P

  20. rashona says

    So creepy! I live in the north east and the photo looks like my bedroom. Im so scared

  21. furrykinz2234 says

    i read this when it first came out,(about 6:00 yesterday)went to bed, and didn’t sleep till 6:55

    is it me or does creepypasta make me feel like these strange stories are real?

  22. konmos says

    Princess Of The Demons@i love jeff the killer.One of my friends almost had a heart attack when i showed him a picture of jeff!

  23. Lovely Demon says

    this is indeed a creepy story and it is quite interesting. i hope there will be more added that can top how creepy this one is.

  24. htfnutty4575 says

    @scaryforkids I like the creepypastas and the other stories,but I recommend not to put these. Sweet apple massacre and the lost dragon tales

  25. Princess Of The Demons says

    Scaryforkids, I like the new posts, but creepypastas? I just feel that they’re too scary for a site called scaryforKIDS. I’m not trying to be rude, but I’m just saying. For example, when I read the squidward story on creepypasta wiki, I was plain terrified…so much, I was scared to turn around and I even jumped when I heard my sister.

    But it’s your site, so whatever I guess…But if your gonna post these stories, can you PLEASE put Jeff the Killer? I actually like him!

  26. B-Lovely says

    I think there are 3 posts every day. I can’t believe how many scary stories are circulating out there, and if you can’t get those, you could easily find those “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”, and you also made up that “Tell Me Your Story” section. Wow, you guys think ahead! :D

  27. Dreymon says

    seeingStars, there’s been like 6 new posts in the last 2 days. Oh, and mr. mrs. ms. poster…thanks for the new creepy tale!

  28. deerrose6 says

    Very creepy indeed. I wonder what he (the rake) finds in watching poeple sleep and sometimes even kill them.

  29. furrykinz2234 says

    is it creepy that i tried to read this same story yesterday but my computer wouldn’t let me and i wanted to read it so badly and it turns up here?

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