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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.
~ A journal entry from 1880 detailing the Rake.
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.
~ A 1964 suicide note, the victim's demise caused by the Rake.

The Rake is an internet meme and urban legend, originating in the Creepypasta story of the same name. It is popularly viewed as a disturbing humanoid creature living in the northeastern United States.

It is reported to stalk people for years, learning all it can about them, and even threatening them with information on their family, friends, and personal lives. It is fiercely territorial, and though it usually only attacks when provoked, it has attacked out of malice many times.


The Rake's legend originates from the website 4chan. In 2005, an anonymous user posted a thread where he uploaded many ideas of new monsters to the website. In particular, one stood out, resulting in the user creating a new post regarding more ideas about the creature. In the new post, the user just described the photography in his own words.

Eventually, the photo got its name "The Rake". The story and mythos went through many changes and alterations in the beginning. One of the earliest stories about the Rake was posted on Something Awful website. On July 20, 2006, it became the first story in a series named "Horror Theater", but theories exist if the text was original or was it taken from another website.


Most of The Rake's descriptions by the witnesses and victims are mostly similar.

The Rake is a pale, bald and skinny humanoid-like entity with long limbs. Being described to be a naked man or a large hairless dog. Its claws also seems to be sharp. It is often seen to have white eyes which glow bright at night or in the darkness. In some footages, Rake is shown to be doesn't have pupils and has a sharp jaw.


The Rake is known to be extremely hostile and aggressive towards its prey and victims. The Rake seems to be quiet intelligent, It usually stalks its victims for quiet a long time before attacking them with its unbelievable speed and sharp claws.



According to mythology, stories of the Rake seemingly began in the early twelfth century. However, most material documentation or reports have been mysteriously lost or destroyed over the years.


The first recorded incident of the Rake was documented in a mariner's log dated in 1691, who traveled to the Northern United States from England. The Rake attacked the mariner in his sleep and allegedly demanded they leave, to which the mariner and his crew complied.


A Spanish journal entry dated from 1880 came from an individual traumatized by the constant stalking from the Rake and was unable to sleep or relax due to being in constant fear and panic. It is unknown what happened to the author.


A suicide note written before a man took his life in 1964 detailed a similar experience to the author of the journal in 1880, as constant stalking and attacks from the Rake caused the author to live in constant paranoia and fear. However, this one resulted in the victim taking his life, leaving behind two empty envelopes addressed to individuals known as William and Rose, and one loose personal letter with no envelope reading "Dearest Linnie, I have prayed for you. He spoke your name.".


During the summer of 2003, the Rake was allegedly captured on camera and sparked media interest until the creature was mysteriously blacklisted from publication, and all of the records from the event were mysteriously destroyed. Later that year, a team of researchers and investigators began collecting evidence of the Rake and archiving it, which included the aforementioned reports and the following account.


An eyewitness account in 2006 came from a woman who told about her tragic encounter with the Rake. Her husband woke in the early morning, woke her up, and pointed out a humanoid creature seated at the foot of their bed. The Rake scurried up to the woman's husband and stared at him, then turned around and headed for their children's rooms.

The woman and her husband chased after it, only to find it hunched over the body of their daughter (named Clara), covered in blood and having seriously injured the child. The Rake escaped and the woman's husband got the dying girl into the car. He drove to a hospital, but ran the car into a lake on the way there, killing both himself and Clara in the accident.

The woman and her son stayed in a hotel for a while after the event, then returned home. When they did, the woman began researching the creature and discovered all she could about it, and set up audio monitors in case she could hear it. Eventually, she heard it speaking on the audio device, though she refused to share what it said. She claims that, while she has not directly seen the Rake since the incident, she knows that it has been in her room while she sleeps.

As of the time of the incident, the aforementioned investigative team gathered over a dozen material documents and reports of the Rake's existence, which they plan to publish in a book.

Other Media


The Rake in Rake.

The Rake appears as the main antagonist in the horror video game of the same name. In the game, investigator and hunter Gordon Davis attempt to capture footage and evidence of the Rake and potentially even the Rake itself.

However, the task proves harder than expected, as the Rake has its own plans for the hunter and leads him into darkness and insanity. This version is portrayed as much more feral, but still intelligent and crafty, able to lure and trap its hunter.

The game also includes a multiplayer mode with two or more unnamed hunters in the same roles, where the Rake relentlessly stalks them as they try to fend it off with firearms and traps.


The Rake also appears in the story known as "Skinwalker", where The Rake kills the grandfather of the narrator while the father of said narrator survives. The narrator's dad and his father is out hunting one night after deer or coyotes. However they come upon a brutalized animal carcasses and they thought it was something they could take care of, so they track the blood until they find the creature who did all of that. The dad of the narrator says he wish they never found The Rake. The grandfather of the narrator hesitates because of the concerns of it being a sickly person and tries to get The Rake to talk. The Rake attacks the father of the father of the narrator and kills him, no matter how much the dad of the narrator tries to get it off it was no use and so the father of the narrator flees to their landlord and seek shelter and manages to cut off the hand of The Rake before it is able to get in. Since the narrator's mother died, the father of the narrator went back into the forest in hopes to settle some old scores.


The Rake in EverymanHYBRID.

Main article: The Rake (Slenderverse)

The Rake appears as a supporting antagonist In multiple Slenderverse series. It is occasionally portrayed as a servant/minion to Slender Man, (EverymanHYBRID), though others have also portrayed it as a being with its own goals and motivations, often different from Slender Man (WhisperedFaith, Stan Frederick).

The Rake has been shown to be quite intelligent, though can also be quite feral. The Slenderverse series Stan Frederick also established the Rake's personal realm, where it takes it's victims' bodies. In this realm, the victims continue living beyond death, as if it is an after life of sorts. The Rake's antagonistic roles include, but are not limited to: EverymanHYBRID, WhisperedFaith, Stan Frederick, KeratinGarden, TrialofLeaves, SlenderHaunting, and Afraid At Home (Part 2)/Stargazer.

The Rake (2018 Film)

Main article: The Rake (2018)


  • The Rake appeared as one of the main antagonists in "The Rake vs Dogman", where it fought the infamous Michigan Dogman.
  • The Rake has gained a following of people that believe the Creepypasta may be based on true events or at least inspired by real-life accounts of humanoid cryptids.
    • The Rake's original image is based on the believing evidence of a real-image of the Dover Demon.
  • Though it is described as humanoid, the Rake is assumed to have other forms, and is, in fact, a dark form with vast and frightening abilities and powers.
  • The Rake has been confirmed to have been inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

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