The Rake is a humanoid creature with canine movements who supposedly stalks and tortures its prey. It has been described as hairless with hollow eyes. He has strange and unnatural movements, as if he’d been hit by a car. This creature is associated heavily with Slenderman.
What’s the story?
According to The Slender Man Wikia and Creepypasta, The Rake was first written of in the 12th Century. However, the oldest written account found is from 1691 from a Mariner’s Log:
He came to me in my sleep. From the foot of my bed I felt a sensation. He took everything. We must return to England. We shall not return here again at the request of the Rake.
In 1880, a Spanish journal entry was translated, describing the Rake as having “hollow eyes” and “wet hands.”
The next written account found was from 1964. It is a suicide note:
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.
Along with this note was a personal letter to a woman named Linnie:
I have prayed for you. He spoke your name.
The most recent sighting is from 2006. It is the most thorough account of an encounter with this mysterious being. A woman and her husband wake up in the middle of the night to find a strange creature sitting at the end of their bed. Once it’s seen, it rushes to the side of the bed to stare at the husband, then runs out of the room. It attacks their daughter and runs out of the house. The daughter’s last words were, “It is the Rake.” That same night, the husband and daughter die after he drives into a lake while rushing to the hospital.
The woman found others in the area who had encountered the Rake. She came to understand that this creature visits its prey many times. Under this realization, she set up a digital recorder to record while she slept. For the first two weeks, she only heard the sounds of her sleeping. In the third week, however, she heard a shrill voice. This was evidence enough that the Rake still visits her and sits at the end of her bed at night.
Though nobody knows who the Rake is or how he came about, he is heavily associated with Slenderman. Many believe that he is a proxy created by Slenderman from a human being. Others believe that, through his own self-loathing and self-harm, he mutated into the creature he is today.
What’s it based on?
The legend of the Rake comes from Creepypasta, which openly claims that the stories found on the site are fictional. There is not much information available on this creature, only a few written eyewitness accounts.
How’s it used today?
The Rake is the center of a horror video game called Rake. He is featured in online horror stories on sites such as Creepypasta and The Slenderman Wikia. He also appears in a web series by a YouTube channel called EverymanHYBRID.
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