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Tiny Horrors Told by Cole is Instagram at its creepiest

I’d like to personally thank the Tales by Cole – @talesbycole Instagram account for giving me serious Insta-esteem issues. Creepytimes.com has been on Instagram for… I don’t know, 3 years now (@thecreepytimes Hit us up yo!) and while we do okay, it could be much better.

Some people though, they have an Insta-ability to blow you away (I’m done with the ‘Insta-‘ stuff now!). Case in point: Tiny Horrors Told by Cole. Or how I refer to the account now, “Why the hell can’t I do that… huh @talesbycole, why?”

Here’s the thing though, don’t go in expecting massive explosions and huge effects. Because this isn’t that. Tales by Coles is deft. It’s subtle. It takes something we know and just puts… something on it. I’m not using “something” to avoid a good adverb here. It’s because you can’t, and you shouldn’t, be able describe it. It works. That’s all you should care about.

We’ve seen the mini horrors in his posts, or versions of them, all over the internet. The packaging though: the old-TV-signal type distortion, the crackling in the background, the hollow voice and the pacing of the narration. There it is. That’s your something. In some ways the posts take you back to small signs of “off-ness” and oddity you would get from shows like “The Outer Limits” but in a format perfectly suited and intensely fitting for Instagram.

The Tales by Cole posts speak to the best the horror genre can be in modern formats like Instagram. That insinuation is often better than the obvious. That a hint of something terrible is terrifying. That creepy is about subtlety and being uncomfortable can feel really great.

So sit a minute, check out the creepy “something” that is Tiny Horrors Told by Cole and then, please, don’t judge @thecreepytimes too harshly, we need a little love too.

#1 I tried to have a nice dinner tonight…

#2 Sometimes I wonder how it is out there…

#3 The picture of me, on your bedside table is cute…

#4 You have the most beautiful eyes…

#5 As stressful as it could be from time to time…

#6 I sat listening to my friends…

#7 My brother and I sat down with the ouija board…

#8 With the level of technology NASA has access to…

#9 I can hear 1 year into the future…

#10 I told her there was no monster in her closet…

#11 My girlfriend was scared when…

#12 I don’t mind when a stranger…

#13 As I was driving…

#14 It’s been so dark, for so long…

#15 The new neighbours stood at my door…

#16 After I asked the crystal ball to tell me…

#17 My girlfriend hates the summer heat…

#18 Pizza guy delivered my pizza and said…

#19 “We found your daughter” the officer said…

Written by Danny Beauregard

Danny is the founder of creepytimes.com and your resident raving loon. When not writing and researching for the site he's busy being a husband and a father.

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