The week of October 26, 2014

Net of the Living Dead

Behind the no-budget YouTube series that changed the face of horror

By Aaron Sankin

Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about Marble Hornets but were literally too scared to ask.

Quote of the week

“The Internet is a place for the absurd, the ridiculous, the hilarious, the sublime. Every website on death doesn’t need to be falling leaves and tree logos. People can handle a conversation on death that isn’t 100 percent serious.”

—Caitlin Doughty

Features

The legacy of Rotten.com

By Audra Schroeder

How the Internet’s original shock site warped a generation.

Raising the Arctic Shadow

By Kristopher Patten

An original horror story from Reddit’s NoSleep community.

The 3D-printed future of Halloween

By Mike Wehner

With only a few clicks, you could have the perfect costume.

The secret foundation that contains the world’s paranormal artifacts

By Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

What is the SCP Foundation, and what is it protecting and containing?

The definitive guide to creepypasta—the Internet’s scariest urban legends

By Aja Romano

Don’t blame us when you can’t sleep tonight.

Me IRL: Caitlin Doughty

By Audra Schroeder

YouTube’s favorite mortician tackles the big unknown.

Opinion

How to pick out a Halloween costume that won’t get you punched in the face

By Nico Lang

Step away from the blackface.

Slender Man is whoever you want him to be

By Gillian Branstetter

Blaming an Internet folk character won’t help us find answers.

How Halloween became the gay Christmas

By Samantha Allen

Halloween wasn’t born this way—we had to convert it.