The Rake is an alleged monster that attacks and kills humans.
Appearance: The Rake is described as a 6ft tall, gray-skinned humanoid with sparse hair, black, sunken or hollow eyes, large jaws capable of unhinging, peg-like teeth and large fingers and/or claws on it's hands. In some tellings of the story the Rake has an almost hairless canine look to it. For an image of the Rake, click HERE.
Lore: According to lore, people who accidentally sight the Rake are chosen to be it's next victims. During the first initial sighting, usually at night in out of the way places, the Rake will simply stare down the person. The person will be generally frightened but will recover when they return to the safety of their home. However, within a few nights the Rake will enter the home of the person and the unfortunate victim will awaken to see the monster staring at them from the foot of the bed. From that time on the Rake will make regular appearances. Eventually, the Rake will either outright kill and gut the victim with it's long claws and feast on the victim's internal organs or it will drive them mad. Those whom the Rake does not outright kill will be driven insane and usually end up killing themselves. Sightings and encounters with the Rake have allegedly been reported since the 1800s. Several diary and journal entries have been found which documented the horrifying attacks of the creature. At least one person who committed suicide in the 1960s left a suicide note that mentioned the monster. Reports of sightings of the Rake have become popular online. The Rake was also featured on the show, Monsters & Mysteries In America. The segment featured Wayward Tattoo shop owner, Kerrie Fargiorgio, who recited her horrifying tale of sighting the Rake one night while out with her boyfriend in Eerie, PA. Fargiorgio claimed that after sneaking out of her dorm to smoke and make-out with her boyfriend that she saw the Rake in the distance. Fargiorgio claimed the Rake was about to attack when it was scared off by the Proctor who was out walking with his dog in search of students who were out after dark. Fargiorgio then claimed that the Rake entered her room and attempted to kill her as she slept. Lucky for Fargiorgio, her roommate awoke which seemed to scare off the creature. Fargiorgio's encounter is frightening but there's only one problem. The Rake is completely made up.
Fakelore: The Rake was invented starting in 2005 by people who specifically decided to brainstorm and invent a new monster. It began on the site 4chan as a thread with the title, "hey, lets /b/ make a new monster." The monster's appearance, characteristics, powers and behavior then slowly were created as people began to contribute to the thread. Even an elaborate back-story dating to the 1800s was invented. In 2006 tales of the creature began to be spread online and people began to believe it was a real monster. No sighting or attack of the Rake has ever occurred prior to it's invention in 2005. The Rake simply does not exist.
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