A fictional horror story has gone viral, sparking all kinds of conversation online, from Reddit’s Creepypasta subreddit, to our own /Kopitiam subforum. While the story itself isn’t that scary, it does introduce a new way of storytelling, by leveraging on a medium more relevant to youngsters: WhatsApp.
The horror story, titled “annie96 is typing…” on Stories for Your Screen, tells the tale of a couple at night. The female is alone at home, chatting with someone who’s presumably her boyfriend when suddenly, she hears noises coming from outside her home. After hesitating a moment, she eventually peeks out her window only to find…
We’ll spare you any spoilers, but what’s unique about this story is in its storytelling: the story reads as a WhatsApp conversation, prompting the reader to tap at the bottom of the screen for new conversation entries. We recommend readers to read the story on a smartphone or tablet, as there are some additional…features that can only be experienced when read on the mobile page.
Sure, the story itself isn’t that entirely spooky and there are some discrepancies related to the story (particularly the ending), but “annie96” is going viral simply because it is a short story delivered in a way that relates to its readers, and making it an interactive experience for them.
(Source: Stories for Your Screen)