Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Rake


It would seem that the world of the paranormal has a new resident(s).  Perhaps a cousin to the mysterious dark shadow people, numerous photos and videos of unknown creatures with what appears to be white translucent skin have been posted on internet forums and forwarded via email to everyone’s friends and grandmas.  Speculation runs rampant, some witnesses claiming the creatures are a race of alien/human hybrids while others insist they are demons in the flesh.  Other theories support the notions that these creatures are everything from man-eating zombies to insidious Anunaki, presumably working for the Illuminati to bring about the end of the world.



This creature(s) has became known as the Rake.  Other than the gardening tool, a rake is also defined as an immoral or dissolute person. This immoral person seems to have mutated into a strange creature that is usually crouched, runs on all fours, has a hinged jaw with hundreds of dull pointed teeth, glowing eyes, and is usually spotted in suburban areas.  When spotted, it usually just stares back.  If it is provoked, it opens its mouth and its eyes widen.
 
The Rake from the YouTube video at the end


The Rake is said to be notorious for stalking its victims and inducing nightmares.  It seems that it feeds off their fear, for some time, before it eventually mauls them to death. The nightmares are always the same, the person sees the creature sitting at the end of their bed, observing them while they sleep.  

Some websites would have you believe Rake stories go back centuries, reproducing letters they claim were written by witnesses, many of whom were said to have been driven mad after their encounter and took their own life.  The real genesis of these sightings go back to 2003.  The internet has taken the urban legend phenomena to another level, it’s anonymity allowing fiction to be passed along as gospel. Someone catches wind of it, tells a friend, and the next thing you know you’re listening to how a friend of a friend actually saw this thing. Paranormal forums are a great place for fooling ‘some of the people all the time.’ 



The tale most often circulated concerning the Rake involves a woman waking to see the Rake sitting on the foot of her bed.  She went to wake her husband who was in bed with her, when the creature quickly darted out of the room and down the hall towards their daughter’s room.  Then she heard a scream.  She and her husband rushed to their daughter, who had been attacked.  She whispered, “It is the Rake.” The woman stayed home with their other child while the father left with the daughter on their way to the hospital, but they never arrived.  Their vehicle crashed into the lake, killing them.  The woman was tormented by the Rake afterward, and began searching for others with similar experiences.
  
Major news networks aired a photo of the creature that was said to have been captured by a trail cam in 2006 (although the time stamp has been changed to 2010 to try and keep the story fresh and timely).  The person who submitted the photo wished to remain anonymous (red flag). 




The original image

As exciting as it would be to have a zombie demon alien wandering around in the woods, we’re sad to say the Rake is just a product of someone’s overactive imagination.  The Rake was born on the Creepypasta website.  In 2005 a user posted a thread wanting to make a ‘new monster.’  Soon this description was posted, combining ideas posted from various users: 
Here’s what we've got so far: Humanoid, about six feet tall when standing, but usually crouches and walks on all fours. It has very pale skin. The face is blank. As in, no nose, no mouth. However, it has three solid green eyes, one in the middle of its forehead, and the other two on either side of its head, towards the back. Usually seen in front yards in suburban areas. Usually just watches the observer, but will stand up and attack if approached. When it attacks, a mouth opens up, as if a hinged skull that opens at the chin. Reveals many tiny, but dull teeth.
The Rake meme has inspired a number of internet-based video games as well as several hoax videos, faux-photos, and fan art.  The photos and videos of the Rake are hoaxes, albeit some of them very well done.  Undoubtedly the next cryptid hoax is already in the works out there somewhere.  Question everything...if you have time before you're mauled to death.

Following is the best Rake 'evidence' we've came across.  There's either a Very emaciated actor at work or some really good CGI guys:










Lol, this pic sums up our thoughts on the Rake pretty well!




6 comments:

  1. The Rake is a creepypasta and as such is fictional, as is the Slender Man, despite their cleverly constructed origins. They are made to create sensations of fear, and as such have been developed with convincing back stories to engage their readers more effectively.

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  2. urban legends, creepypastas and such function as modern mythology, just as the grimm brothers' tales did back in their day. "don't do this, or this will happen."

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  3. dude its not fake me and my friends saw it in the woods tonight.....it tried to attack us and my friend shot it then it waddled to a treetrunk then it ran behind us btw we had pellet guns not real guns because we are teenagers

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    1. i believe you so much...

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  4. next time get some pics nathaneal, and send them to me!!!

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  5. You want to know the scariest part of the story? It's that 100 years from now the Rake's Creepypasta origins will have been forgotten and the legend of the Rake will be all that's left. I studied anthropology and I suspect that many of our myths and legends began this way, only without the internet of course.

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