Great Job, Internet!: Take a deep dive into disturbing fan fiction about your childhood heroes

Fan fiction can be a weird thing. Authors can use it to create scenes that never happened, like a particularly raunchy Mulder/Scully roll in the hay, or just use characters from an existing product—Twilight, let’s say—to create something totally new, a la 50 Shades Of Grey.

And then there’s the really weird stuff. As The Daily Dot pointed out earlier this week, there are currently quite a few horror-based fan fiction stories being published involving beloved childhood icons. Take, for instance, Squidward’s Suicide, where “a Nickelodeon intern finds a discarded, cursed SpongeBob Squarepants episode spliced with images of childhood mutilation.” The story ends with the action its title suggests, with disturbing imagery about how “Squidward’s sobbing sounded real, as if the sound wasn’t coming from the speakers but as if the speakers were holes the sound was coming through from the other …

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