|Origin Story||The Rake by Bryan Sommerville|
The Rake is one of the most well known creepypasta monsters in existence.
The Rake is the name of a creature with very little information about it. It is described by original reports as a "naked man, or a "large hairless dog of some sort," with a body position that seemed "unnatural, as if it had been hit by a car or something." The Rake's name refers to its hands, which appear to be very large claws. It is capable of inflicting serious damage to a victim in seconds and is extremely violent. Not only is the Rake dangerous, but it is also silent, capable of slipping into the sleeping room of a victim unnoticed; the Rake appears to prefer killing its victims when they are completely oblivious to its' presence, typically while they are sleeping, and it's accepted M.O of killing is lacerating its target to death causing them to die of blood loss or dismemberment in a gory fashion.
The Rake originated on 4chan’s /b/ board in late 2005. An anonymous poster started a thread with the post “hey /b/ lets make a new monster”. Naturally, there were many ideas, but one stood out, and another poster created a new thread based on this idea. This eventually formed into what we now know as “The Rake”. The now famous creepypasta was first posted to the personal blog of Something Awful user Bryan Somerville on July 20th, 2006.
According to the creepypasta, the Rake was described on four continents, and it's first description took place in the 12th century (1101-1200), but the earliest provided testimony was in 1691. A Mariner's Log" (1691): 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." The next known account happened in the 1800s, where a Spanish journal entry is cited, describing "it" as having hollow eyes. Following that is a 1964 suicide note, where the author claims his/her suicide is due to repeated encounters with the Rake, which apparently stalks him/her. She writes that she fears for "Linnie," as the Rake spoke his/her name. This indicates that the creature stalks a victim over a long period of time, or tortures it's victims. A witness "in 2006" provides the most complete tale of the Rake, when she and her husband awake to the Rake sitting at the end of their bed. It scurried to the bed side, and stared at the witnesses' husband, it then ran into their children's' room, where it attacked their daughter. It fled as the couple approached, and their daughter's final words were, "He is the Rake." Her husband and daughter died; driving into a lake when rushing to the hospital. The witness claims, having found many more accounts and contacts who are being or have been stalked by the Rake, that she heard it speak to her.
Bryan Sommerville's creepypasta was reposted on Live Journal on 20 December 2008, before then spreading like wildfire, appearing on the /x/ board at 4chan in April of the following year, then Something Awful in June, before appearing on the Paranormal subreddit in August 2010.
Backstory of the RakeEdit
According to this interview  Bryan Sommerville conducted with the website "UK Horror Scene" in 2016, the Rake described in Bryan's creepypasta started off a human born into a small exiled group forced from the community into the wilderness. As the small group rapidly collapsed, the remaining few were forced to eat the dead. During this period the man who would become the Rake matured rapidly and eventually moved on as the only survivor, beginning to transform into the creature known today as "The Rake". With the mentality of a wild animal and the intelligence of a human, the Rake no longer has any hint of humanity remaining especially after being chased away by scared people with torches and guns for hundreds of years.
Who created them?Edit
The 4chan community and Bryan Sommerville.