Saturday, 1 April 2017

DARK WEB: AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CREEPYPASTA PART 32: 1999 – THE TERRIFYING TRUTH

THIS FEATURE FIRST APPEARED AT UK HORROR SCENE HERE. ALL SUBSEQUENT CHAPTERS WILL APPEAR THERE FIRST


Creepypasta exists to horrify and disturb. All horror serves this simple purpose — to provoke a visceral response in its audience.
As such it regularly visits more taboo subject matter, including the physical harm of children.
One of the most famous stories that so perfectly encapsulates this trope, is Giant Engineer’s infamous 1999, a pasta I’ve already covered in this series of features.
As Giant Engineer’s story has unfolded it has been subject to lengthy delays between updates. It was during one of these lengthy breaks that another writer took up the story, penning a spin-off series. That writer was Sabian Lockheart AKA DeviantArt user Sabian002 and his story is 1999 – The Terrifying Truth.




Sabian’s first post was published on 12 August 2014, which you can read here.
It details a series of events that befell Sabian when, after reading the original 1999, he decided to investigate Caledon Local 21 and the sinister Mr Bear.
Sabian’s research uncovers the actual location at which the story is based and, more importantly, the email address from which Elliot (the protagonist of 1999) received communications from Mr Bear. Upon sending a message himself to this address, Sabian receives a reply, purportedly from the deranged antagonist of Giant Engineer’s story.
As the two exchange messages, Sabian unwittingly draws himself – and his own family – to the attention of a potentially dangerous predator.


On 8 April the following year, Sabian followed this post up with another, this time titled 1999 – The Caledon Local 21 Profile. In this post Sabian reveals that he has continued his research into the events of 1999 and the man behind behind the programmes broadcast on Caledon Local 21 and with the help of a fellow researcher, John Mytych, worked out that Mr Bear’s communications may well be emanating from a town VERY close to Sabian’s own home. This story also alludes to the fact that Mr Bear may not be working alone.


Later that same day Sabian published 1999 – I’m Responsible. In this update Sabian and Mytych’s research takes an even darker twist as a Sabian reveals the truth behind a seemingly innocuous image and text file he had received via email from Mr Bear the previous November. It shows a young girl, in make-up. Little does Sabian realise that a follow-up image would be sent, months later… and so, according to Mr Bear, would a mysterious package.


Sabian followed this entry up on 7 September of last year with 1999: A Part of Me. In this blog post Sabian sheds further light on his ongoing investigation, including references to Elliot’s own story about a fake Caledon 21 YouTUbe account. However, when the Channel’s owner posts a rebuttal along with a video that seems to depict the poisoning of two young boys, Sabian is not so sure. The plot thickens when a fellow DeviantArt user, Gavin, based in Canada, reveals that he received a visit from a mysterious man who asked about Sabian by name. However, more shocking still is the reveal that Mr Bear has known Sabian since his own childhood, when he had a friend named Courtney who disappeared under mysterious circumstances…




In 1999: The Hidden Truth, also published on 7 September 2015. Sabian continues his examination of the childhood events at St Lawrence Seaway. In it he tells of an incident during which Sabian’s family, while on holiday, had to be rescued from a burning boat. He also explores Elliot’s latest description of one of Mr Bear’s videos and comes to the chilling realisation that it may well pertain to satanic rituals, and Elliot himself may play a far larger role in the furry antagonist’s plans than even he realises…


The next update to Sabian’s story, Caledon 21: Emergent Dismay was published last year on 20 June. In it Sabian reveals the truth behind an invitation to  a children’s party that he received at his family home, plus the shocking discovery he made at the address the invitation provided.


Fabian’s followed this update with one published in September 2016 and was titled 1999: High Definition. In it Sabian explains a little more about himself, including his nom de plume. However, he also reveals that he may have discovered footage of one of the original episodes of Booby aired on Caledon Local 21, the nightmarish Playing With Scissors, plus another chilling hint that Mr Bear is drawing ever closer.

The story continued on 5 December with 1999: Black Sabbath. This chapter expands on Mr Bear's work linking to that of satanic rituals, including the dates on which they are often committed, while also recounting the events of the time in which Lockhart reported Mr Bear's perceived harassment, not least towards his young daughter, to the police.

The latest update is titled 1999: Local Television and was posted on 18 February. In it we hear about another horrifying video by the sinister Mr Bear, one which comes with a shocking revelation for Sabian...




The expanded 1999 series penned by Lockheart is an excellent accompaniment to Giant Engineer’s original story. Referencing not just Elliot’s story but the assorted web phenomenon surrounding the original story, including the assorted YouTube channels and other ‘spin-off’ stories, it’s very thorough and written to a higher standard than a lot of similar stories. Unfolding as a proper investigation, complete with dead-ends, red herrings and even clues that are yet to play a part, it’s a fascinating read and one that takes all the strengths of the source material and just runs with them.
With the story yet to conclude, Lockheart’s blog remains a must-read in the pasta community.


I was lucky enough to talk to Sabian Lockheart about his story via email, our conversation follows below.


HICKEY'S HOUSE OF HORRORS: Hi Sabian, thank you for agreeing to answer my questions.
A quick query to start – I have seen some theories online that you are Giant Engineer, the original author of 1999. It seems pretty obvious to me that you aren't but can you confirm either way?
SABIAN LOCKHEART: Yes, I can certainly affirm that I am not the original author of 1999. But the notion is flattering, as the writing style and immersive nature of that story’s content so wonderful.
HHoH: Thank you! Now, in your own words, tell us a little about 1999: The Terrifying Truth and your subsequent chapters of the story.
SL: Surely. The original story of 1999 The Terrifying Truth is about what happened when I started to investigate the original story for myself, and what subsequently happened. It ended with more ambiguity than of any certain impending doom, but more or less emphasized utilizing caution when investigating stories of this kind, because so quickly ambiguity can become certainty.
The following story revolved more or less around an email a viewer sent me. He had apparently run an IP tracker on the email address from which I was receiving messages. He honestly had no idea what it meant, because he didn’t live anywhere near this small town the tracker had indicated. But it really scared me, because that little nowhere town is literally only a five-minute drive from my house. This all really happened. It could be a prank or whatever, but I also underscored how the antagonist in 1999 could easily have had help, and likely did. Even if it is just a story, it is certainly written that way, which I also point out and discuss.
All the sequel chapters revolve around real instances regarding interactions on the internet, and more recently, more tangible interactions as well.


HHoH: What served as your inspiration for the story? Why did you choose to tackle 1999, one of the most popular Creepypastas?
SL: My inspiration for writing The Terrifying Truth was obviously the story of 1999 itself. In a way, because my story is a report of real events, I guess didn’t really choose to tackle 1999. In a way, it chose me, if that makes sense.


HHoH: Were you at all nervous adapting such a well-loved story?
SL: Oh yes, I was certainly nervous. I still am. I don’t want to mess with the masterpiece written by the original author, or offend anyone. I always have, and would like to state I do not believe it is the actual protagonist from the original story harassing me.
Rather I believe it to be some form of obsessed fan of that story. I guess, I am sort of supplying a side story that is a result of the original story, which I believe the author has already confirmed as fiction.


HHoH: Would you say you're a fan of Creepypasta? If so, what is your favorite Creepypasta by a creator other than yourself?
SL: I’m a huge fan of everything horror, especially Creepypasta, because it’s taken on a life of its own, and what it represents. Creepypasta has become something more than the sum of its parts, its evolved into a sub-genre of horror, and is revitalizing radio theater.
But the greatest and more admirable thing about the “Creepypasta” genre’, is that it is fueled by creative collaboration. Anyone who has a story to tell literally adds to it as a whole. It supports young artists, authors, film-makers. the list goes on.
As a Creepypasta narrator, I think its narrating submitted stories that I enjoy the most. To an author, a story is a being that they created, a literal work of art, and being able to assist in cutting through the red tape and posting it right to my channel where it gets them that instant recognition, I think really helps to give them motivation to keep writing. And during this process, I’ve been given the privilege to watch some authors really grow in the past few years.
As for my favorite Creepypasta creators, I’d have to say that Mr. Creepypasta and TheSeekerAlexis are my favorite narrators, and Vincent Cava is my favorite Creepypasta author.


HHoH: Why do you think Creepypasta resonates so well with the fandom?
SL: Creepypasta resonates with the fandom because it is a result of the fandom. Its created by the fans, and reflection of their creations.


HHoH: What do you think the appeal of 1999 is to fans?
SL: This one’s easy – the realism. 1999 is so realistic, people still question whether or not it’s a true story. As an author, real or not, I admire that. That’s like catching lightning in a bottle. Even after an hour of listening to a narration of it, or reading it yourself, it leaves you questioning that. It’s a story the mind has trouble getting away from.


HHoH: Which writers, horror or otherwise, do you consider yourself a fan of?
SL: I really like Vincent Cava’s work, Michael Whitehouse, H.P. Lovecraft, and Natasha Preston. R.L. Stein and Bachman have some great stuff out there as well.


HHoH: What work of your own are you most proud of?
SL: Now this is a tough question. I really like Soft Flesh, because from the Title on through its total ambiguity. It takes a somewhat controversial topic and totally flips it on its head.
Be My Valentine is another favorite of my own work too, just because of the totality of its implications combined with the ending delivered in literally the final sentence. Also, a new work of mine that will be published by the time this is received is What Twisted Branches Weave. I was listening to a lot of Lovecraft when I wrote this and am just very happy with how it came out. (Listen to it here.)


HHoH: The fans are very passionate about these stories. Are than any examples of fan art that really impresses you?
SL: I love fan-art that gets sent to me. It’s another one of those favorite things about writing and narrating. Most of the fan-art I receive I post as my profile pics or banners for my various social media pages. I can’t draw very well, so all the pictures I use are literally made by others.


HHoH: Will you ever return to the story in the future? And what else can your fans look forward to from you in the days ahead? Would you consider adapting any other popular pastas?
SL: I most certainly will continue with my 1999 stories as long as my investigative efforts keep revealing more to tell.
As for adapting other Creepypasta stories, I’ve written a few Slenderman stories, a Rake story, a Smile Dog story, an Eyeless Jack story, a Seedeater story, and a Bunnyman story. Also, my co-writer, Doughboy420, has written me Laughing Jack and Jeff the Killer stories. Darkside Nemo has written one as well.
But yes, I plan on continuing to write more stories around popular Creepypasta, as well as some other stories as well.


UKHS: Finally, are there any links to which you'd like me to send my readers to see more of your work?
SL: Absolutely, I’ll provide a few here:
What Twisted Branches Weave: https://youtu.be/sGTIIsFeZGg
With Sabian’s story one of the thousands of accomplished creepy tales unfolding over at DeviantArt, it is a shining example of how this upstart site is fast becoming one of the premier sources for well-written, original creepypastas.
Come back next time when I’ll be writing about another story born over at DeviantArt.

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