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[–]KristenKutThroat 842 points843 points  (28 children)

And we all just read it.... The gates are open

[–]Feebslulunbanjo 530 points531 points  (12 children)

That's what I was thinking! That Roly Poly bastard's going down if he touches my cats!

[–]shitwhore 264 points265 points  (2 children)

Roly Poly is no animal,

More so a cannibal,

No interest in you,

But your firstborn will do!

/u/Clarimonde you like it?

[–]Feebslulunbanjo 25 points26 points  (1 child)

That's awesome!

[–]shitwhore 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Thanks a lot man! :)

[–]freekje1996 107 points108 points  (3 children)

It sounds like clown is on the menu for tonight. I'm sure he'd make for a great stew.

[–]theknightinthetardis 133 points134 points  (2 children)

It may taste a bit funny, but in a pinch, it'll do.

[–]youleftme 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Will we cut off a piece of his big, rounded bunion?

Or how 'bout a clown foot seasoned with onion?

[–]ApostateHeathen 22 points23 points  (0 children)

we shall dine on the clown a through the night.

and bring the killer into the light.

[–]QueenGamer1992 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Same! My cat Rocky is a fat, lazy little shit, and I love him so much I will fight to the death to protect my sweet furry baby kitties from that fucking psycho clown!

[–]thetrickyshow1 83 points84 points  (10 children)

OP wants to send us to "topsy-turvy" to save his daughter.

[–]Astrosimi 78 points79 points  (8 children)

You have my sword.

[–]Brock_Music 67 points68 points  (7 children)

And my axe!

[–]FuzzyBanditz 51 points52 points  (6 children)

And my Bow!

[–]8t88m8 64 points65 points  (4 children)

It is settled then. You shall henceforth be known as the fellowship of Topsy-Turvy.

[–]Winter-Stardust 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Now that's a film that should be funded. I have...about 75 cents. Can we start filming next week?

[–]zangor 32 points33 points  (0 children)

I dunno man...$0.75.

Maybe all 5 of us can meet up, corner a clown, then beat the shit out of him in front of a go pro.

Where's Ginny!!?

[–]NessTheGamer 13 points14 points  (1 child)

"Fly You Fools!" -Me fighting the Joker, Roly-Poly's slave.

[–]FedX 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I heard there's candy?

[–]CurtisKaiju 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Damn it OP you fa-

Actually, no. Nevermind.

[–]Inurian59 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Nah man, the book itself is the terrifying object, not the contents

[–]crybannanna 23 points24 points  (1 child)

As long as you don't read Reddit posts aloud, I think you're okay.

[–]Lamenardo 16 points17 points  (0 children)


[–]subhumancreature 1134 points1135 points  (38 children)

This is one of the creepiest stories I've read on here. What makes it creepier is the rhyming. Turning something horrific into something fun and lively in the form of a child's book. I could even hear creepy clown music in my head as I read your story. It's so haunting some of the lines are repeating in my head over and over. Truly no sleep tonight : (

[–]Fried_Coke 213 points214 points  (1 child)

I feel ya. The imagery with the rhythm gave this a surreal feel. I love it but at the same time, fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

[–]abaddamn 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Roly poly has come back to town

Not one kid was to be found

Poor Ginny had already fattened up

You could clearly see his smile

Dear me! I had better run a mile!

[–]poopf4rt 29 points30 points  (1 child)

The one true thing that takes away sleep is paranormal stories for me. I don't deal well with ghosts. Anything else is alright to listen to or read.

[–]pooptuna 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Maybe you just heard his theme song

[–]lenswipe 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What makes it creepier is the rhyming. Turning something horrific into something fun and lively in the form of a child's book. I could even hear creepy clown music in my head as I read your story. It's so haunting some of the lines are repeating in my head over and over.

You mean like this? or perhaps this one?

[–]dlo77 262 points263 points  (17 children)

Roly Poly sounds like he could be Pennywise's long lost brother.

[–]WCityMike3 92 points93 points  (11 children)

[–]Calamity_of_Jane 38 points39 points  (7 children)

Dandelo! I've often wondered what, er... fertilized, shall we say? the eggs that Dandelo may have hatched from.

[–]David_the_Wanderer 28 points29 points  (3 children)

If I recall correctly, IT is, well... it; it has no gender. Perhaps its species is capable of producing offsprings without a partner.

[–]wasterni 14 points15 points  (2 children)

They believed It to be female as It was pregnant and laying eggs.

[–]David_the_Wanderer 12 points13 points  (1 child)

True, but what the Losers believe and what is true doesn't necessarily coincide. It could be self-fertilizing.

[–]wasterni 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Good point. Considering that It seems to have given birth/laid fertilized eggs numerous times over the years, it would make the most sense if It was hermaphroditic.

[–]SkullyKitt 8 points9 points  (0 children)


I had always assumed Dandelo was related to Ardelia, the monster in The Library Policeman, but she too is probably some kind of todash creature; feeds on emotion, periods of hibernation broken by kidnapping children, the ability to affect an appearance or illusion in order to make herself more appealing or terrifying to prey, etc.

[–]steeljaw 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I always assumed that Pennywise was from a different dimension and could probably produce his own spawn without a mate, but that his nature would make him hunt them and kill them because there's not enough room in Derry for more than himself..

[–]WCityMike3 6 points7 points  (0 children)

There's a line in the scene where IT is the witch with '80s Bev where she says she's both her own mother and father, so I imagine she self-fertilizes.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

You say true, I say thankee.

See you on Odd's Lane

[–]steeljaw 2 points3 points  (0 children)

First come smiles, then come lies, then comes gunfire..

[–]UsingTheSameWind 23 points24 points  (1 child)

We all float down here.

[–]Theyarewatchi 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Sounds like Tommy Taffy's long lost brother.


[–]Selptcher 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He's the version of Pennywise that a company made that wanted to have a creepy clown but didn't wanna get sued.

[–]freakthezeke 359 points360 points  (11 children)

Ba ba ba doook dooook doooooooook!

[–]Shacrak4 43 points44 points  (0 children)

I laughed at this. I was thinking about posting the exact same thing

[–]arcticwolffox 30 points31 points  (0 children)


[–]dunnee88 69 points70 points  (2 children)


[–]BillNyewalker 178 points179 points  (4 children)

Ginny's been taken? We need to find the nearest abandoned bathroom. Oh and don't forget the sword of gryffindor

[–]_RubiconCrosser_ 76 points77 points  (2 children)

deleted What is this?

[–]sneakpeekbot 22 points23 points  (1 child)

[–]JoeBidenBot 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Get that thing I sent you?

[–]jtlannister 139 points140 points  (7 children)

I don't know who you are;

I don't know what you want.

If you're looking for a ransom,

I'm sorry - I can't.

But what I do have

Is a very special set of skills.

Skills acquired over a very long career;

I've made plenty of kills.

If you let my daughter go now,

That'll be the end of the matter.

I won't search for you,

Or try to trace your letter.

But if you don't -

I will look for you.

I will find you.

And I will kill you.

[–]Lepherdis 85 points86 points  (2 children)

Honestly, this made me feel better about the creepy story. Now I can sleep knowing that Liam Neeson is going to find and kill Roly Poly and I don't have to be afraid anymore.

[–]Mrbig799 40 points41 points  (1 child)

I'd pay to watch a movie where Liam Neeson went around Topsy Turvy land killing all the monsters in search of the evil clown who took his daughter.

[–]FuzzyBanditz 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Sweet. Neeson makes everything personal, so no fear of Roly Poly........Neeson gets things done......

Although, on a side note I have terrible ADHD and with it an incredible overactive imagination and the whole time I was reading the story, the annoying song from the Inside Out movie was playing in my head. BING BONG BING BONG.

"Who's your friend who likes to play? Bing Bong, Bing Bong His rocket makes you yell "Hooray!" Bing Bong, Bing Bong Who's the best in every way, and wants to sing this song to say Bing Bong, Bing Bong!"

[–]MrAwesome54 91 points92 points  (4 children)

I kept thinking about that stupid kid show with the spherical kid hanging out with the cubular kid. Twas called Roly Poly Oly

[–]spacehurps 88 points89 points  (0 children)

He's Roly Poly Oly

He's small and smart and round

And in the land of curves and curls

He's gonna put you in the ground

[–]RudolphMorphi 7 points8 points  (2 children)

God I hated that show.

[–]DXL4e 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Come on... Is a Cult Classic

[–]Heff2010 85 points86 points  (7 children)

You just made us all read that... Well, the only little kids I know are the literal spawn of satin... They'd probably end up torturing him more than him to them... May god have mercy on his poor soul...

[–]TheAbstract97 192 points193 points  (1 child)

You know kids that were born from clothing fabric?

[–]Heff2010 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Lol! Didn't even notice I misspelled that!! I'll leave it up for my own embarrassment.

[–]HoodwinkingGnome 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Roly Poly would love those spawn of satin to make dresses for Ginny.

[–]evilamnesiac 80 points81 points  (7 children)

I actually know this one, I been in a similar situation when I was a boy, my mother worked it out, Its lyric magic, its been used for centuries mainly in northern Europe and Scandinavia, words have meaning, as such they have power. You need to continue the rhyme to get her back (she hasn't 'gone' per se, its complicated), Whatever entity is using it has fucked up by naming the place its taken her which is good news for you. You can use the rhyme to get there but DO NOT use the 'three Mississippis' as this is a one way trip! Write down (preferable on the same piece of paper so it continues the poem) something along the lines of:

Poor Daddy was saddened. by his ginnys demise. when a wonderful thought. light up his sad eyes.

If Roly can rhyme here. and Ginny rhyme there. why don't I just go see her. through that door by the stairs.

A door that once opened. Leads me straight there. right to topsy turvy land. where ginny is scared.

This door has no lock. this door has no keys. yet oddly it opens. for just ginny and me.

Remember, the words it speaks have meaning where it lives, but yours do too, only when written down to continue the spell though. Get a gun, preferably a shotgun as their physical form doesn't always align with how they appear (some of it is illusion created by the spell) so a spread of shot is preferable.

Make sure you make the door for you and your daughter ONLY, if you create a door roly can pass through he will. and most importantly DO NOT KILL ROLY from his side of the door, 'topsy turvy land only exists as part of his rhyme, others can add to the rhyme because he included the two little boys when he was't there, but once he is dead the rhyme will collapse as will the world it created. be wary of how you word things, he is much more experienced at lyric magic and will try and trip you up. avoid speaking to him, if you have to insert words like 'orange' that don't rhyme, it will make it extremely difficult to entwine you in his spell.

Good luck!

[–]Microvisiondoubldown 31 points32 points  (0 children)

You seem to know an unusually great deal about this. ... a suspicious amount

[–]Rochester05 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Wow! This is some very interesting shit. Can you tell us more?

[–]evilamnesiac 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I don't remember much, just the a white, featureless sky, like a child's painting. To be honest I was the one rescued, not the rescuer. My grandfather and great grandfather were Rat catchers by trade, so they deal with this kind of thing. but that's another story, much darker story.

[–]Shacrak4 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]RudolphMorphi 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Ba ba dook dook dook.

[–]tallulha 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I knew the story reminded me of something

[–]melancholicsnowman 59 points60 points  (1 child)

Holy Crap, i was just new to reddit and this was one of the Subscriptions that Reddit would give to new people. I was just unsubscribing to the others, and then i found this and oh. No sleep indeed. I thought this subreddit would just be for no sleep people :(

[–]Thenewpissant 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Gotcha bish.

[–]HeadScrewedOnWrong 40 points41 points  (1 child)

Just like iPhone 7. No Jack.

[–]BlastingAwsome 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ba dum tss

[–]DrunkenHobo-Patnor 88 points89 points  (5 children)

Damn op, it's always heart wrenching to lose a child, hope you find her...

[–]MattBobak711 49 points50 points  (2 children)

or whats left of her...

[–]TheCoyoteBlack 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I don't think he'd want what's left after roly poly's done, tbh.

[–]Dartinius 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I read this once, Then I read it two times, Now I can't shake the feeling, That all the comments are rhymes.

[–]giohippoToo 10 points11 points  (0 children)

That sounded like The Cat In The Hat with Cannibal ending

[–]GenocidalBallsack 10 points11 points  (0 children)

If you want to see this in movie form but a lot more depressing, watch The Babadook on Netflix

[–]WhyNotThinkBig 41 points42 points  (2 children)

This is a default sub and I've never bothered to unsubscribe. I never understood the name, and now I know why.

[–]WhoShotMyGoat 45 points46 points  (1 child)


[–]Thenewpissant 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]TwinsisterWendy 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Good story... however, how would you know every word of the book by heart if you only read it once and then threw it away?

[–]koala-balla 18 points19 points  (5 children)

Don't say it, don't think it

[–]ElNumberoJuan 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Came in with low expectations. Expectations were met.

[–]17761812 5 points6 points  (2 children)

The pee wee man.

[–]CorgRage 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Why did this make me laugh

[–]David_the_Wanderer 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Because it'd be a better movie than the Bye Bye Man.

[–]xanaxandgin 8 points9 points  (1 child)

You should get in touch with /u/DoubleDoorBastard - I've heard he can help you out with anything you need, and barely asks for anything in return.

[–]DoubleDoorBastard 8 points9 points  (0 children)

All you need is a name. Not too much to ask.

[–]Achlysia 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This reminds me of the Babadook

[–]Thainen 15 points16 points  (0 children)

It's a long shot, but there's something you can try. Go to a library. Any library. Ask the librarian for a "particular peculiar publication". Use these exact words. If the librarian agrees to help you or asks what you mean, they can't do anything for you. Ask another one or demand to see the head librarian. Now, if they absolutely refuse to let you see any of the "proscribed" books (again, this exact word), you've found the person you're looking for. Tell them your story. They will keep refusing to help you, but be persistent: it's their job, and, whatever they say, you DO have a right to see the book, since you have read it. Threatening to recite it out loud might help. Once they give up, you'll know what to do next.

[–]Krieg_The_Powerful 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Maybe you can hire one of the multitudes of people who can travel between dimensions on this subreddit.

[–]memelord2365 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Don't tell me what to do

[–]LiterallyDeceased 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I guarantee if he took my niece he'd be begging us to take her back. I love that kid to death, but she's got a hell of an attitude when she doesn't get her way.

[–]Ultima34 6 points7 points  (0 children)

As horrible as it sounds you might want to intensely study the book. It may be the only way to save your daughter. It's possible Roly Poly made a mistake and accidentally left a clue as to how to get into the topsy turvy in an illustration or in the wording.

If you can't find your book or need more help look for a locally owned book store. Not a Barnes and Noble or anything like that but a small operation by someone who loves books. I'm sure they'll have heard of this story before and might be able to help you.

[–]cactustit 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I have a feeling that now that the first book is gone, there will be another of Ginny's story. So it's that book that people should avoid reading! Even scarier coz we don't know what it will be titled or look like.

[–]undefinite_resonance 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Unreal this is truly fucked up.

[–]Prodigybomb79 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Babadook anyone?

[–]opalescex 4 points5 points  (0 children)

good job you actually made clowns scary

[–]NikNorth 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Quite a chilling description. Reminds me of a radio public service announcement I heard 5 years ago about similar incidents: https://eveningshadows.bandcamp.com/track/the-night-clown

[–]robrobusa 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Am I the only one who thinks of the Australian Horror Film Babadook?

[–]We_bare 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The scariest part of this whole thing is now OP has got everyone talking in rhyme o.O

[–]Zeonmymaster 5 points6 points  (1 child)

They sell this book at Barnes and Noble. 24.99 each

[–]williamreid4 8 points9 points  (0 children)

"Hail to the chef" Boney African Feet

[–]odacaesar 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I read this aloud in James Sunderland's voice.

[–]Boo__Bitchcraft 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And he hung the boy up on an old meat hook.


[–]letmeknowwhatyouneed 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is just amazing! I'm reading everything in rhymes now.

[–]Carnage0223 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Don't say it don't think it!

[–]mufcordie 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Bone Apple-tea

[–]xliquidcocaine 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Lol I knew something was up when the author used the words "techno voodoo" in a children's book..

[–]melon_sky_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If I had gold I'd give it to you. This was amazing.

[–]Blessed2416 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wow!!! Truly a creepy but incredible read! Such twisted entertainment! Awesome work!!!!!

[–]rolyfuckingdiscopoly 2 points3 points  (0 children)

hm. well I am pretty hungry but I think I'll just make a quesadilla.

[–]Theons_sausage 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Great work, this was frightening.

[–]SageAndersen1101 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My worst nightmare. My stomach is churning just reading this, clowns have been my biggest fear for as long as I can remember. I'm speechless OP.

[–]EpikSwag 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I think someone has to actually illustrate this now.

[–]MISREADS-YOUR-POSTS 15 points16 points  (1 child)

The tale of hugh mungus and the feminist

[–]Wishiwashome 4 points5 points  (1 child)

So sorry OP.... I hate fucking clowns...

[–]GenericallyTerrible 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Me too... It always feels funny.

[–]Socialist7 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Chilling! Especially to a coulrophobe like myself!

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh man , I'd love to get a few copies of this printed and donated to random charity shops. It'd be awesome.

[–]icenerveshatter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you're feelin' down just stare at a clown!

[–]SongLyricsHere 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I have the strangest sense of deja vu on this. I could swear I've heard the ending elsewhere. So creepy!

[–]PickleChaingun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wouldn't the better idea be to read it through? It seems like not finishing it to the child was the mistake.

[–]k1ngsrock 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We will make a team. Hunt the fat fuck with every tool in our hand! i will be the engie ;(

[–]OptaFizzle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don't think it, Don't say it

[–]uncreativeusername31 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Rollie Pollie Ollie?