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         It was a nice summer day, my 5-year-old son James was playing outside in the backyard of our suburban home. James has always been a quiet boy, he plays by himself mostly, he never had many friends, but he has always had a wild imagination. I was in the kitchen feeding our dog Fido, when I heard what sounded like James talking to someone in the backyard. I’m not sure who it was he could be talking to, could he have finally made a friend? Being a single mom it’s hard for me to always keep an eye on my son, so I decided to go outside and check on him.
         When I went into the backyard I was a bit confused, because James was the only person back there. Was he talking to himself? I could have sworn I heard another voice. “James! It’s time to come inside.” I called out to him. He came inside and sat down at the kitchen table, it was about lunchtime so I decided to make him a turkey sandwich. “James. Who were you talking to out there?” I asked. James looked up for a moment, “I was playing with my new friend,” he said smiling. I poured him some milk and continued to pry, as any good mother would. “Does your friend have a name? Why didn’t you ask him to have lunch with us?” I asked. James stared at me for a moment before replying, “His name is Laughing Jack.” I was a bit taken back by what he had said. “Oh? That’s a strange name. What does your friend look like?” I asked a bit confused. “He’s a clown. He has long hair and a big swirly cone nose. He’s got long arms and baggy pants, with stripy socks, and he always smiles.” I realized my son was talking about an imaginary friend. I suppose it is normal for kids his age to have imaginary friends, especially when he has no real kids to play with. It’s probably just a phase.

         The rest of the day went by as per usual, and it was starting to get late so I put James to bed. I tucked him in, gave him a kiss, and made sure to turn on his nightlight before I closed the door. I was pretty tired myself so I decided to go to bed not long after. I had an awful nightmare…

         It was dark. I was in some kind of rundown amusement park. I was scared, running through an endless field of empty tents, broken down rides, and abandoned game huts. The whole place had a horrible look to it. Everything was black and white, the prize stuffed animals all hung from nooses in the game huts, all with sick grins stitched on their faces. It felt like the whole park was looking at me, even though there wasn’t another living thing in sight. Then suddenly, I began to hear music play. The sounds of Pop Goes the Weasel being played on a squeezebox echoed through the park, it was hypnotizing. I followed its tune to the circus tent almost in a trance, unable to stop my legs from moving forward. It was pitch black, the only light came from a single spotlight shining on the center of the big top. As I walked toward the light the music slowed down, I found myself singing along unable to stop.
“All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey though twas all in fun…”
The music stopped right before its climax, and suddenly the lights shot on. The intensity of the lights was practically blinding, all I could see was a small dark silhouette shuffle towards me. Then another one appeared, and another, and another. There were dozens of them, all coming toward me. I couldn’t move, my legs were frozen, all I could do was watch as the haunting figures drew nearer. As they got closer I could see… THEY WERE CHILDREN! As I looked at each one I noticed they were all horribly disfigured and mutilated. Some had cuts all over their body, others were severely burnt, and others were missing limbs, even eyes! The children enveloped me, clawing at my flesh, dragging me to the ground, and tearing inside me. As the children tore me apart and I faded away, all I could hear was laughter, horrible, awful, evil, laughter.

         I woke up the next morning in a cold sweat. After taking a few deep breaths I looked over and saw that a few of James’ action figures were positioned facing me on top of my nightstand. I sighed, James had probably woken up early and put these here. I gathered up the toys and made my way to James’ room, however when I opened the door James was sound asleep. I just shrugged and placed the toys back into his toy box, and headed out to the living room. A little while later James woke up and I made him his breakfast. He was quiet and seemed a bit groggy, perhaps he didn’t sleep well either. I decided to ask him about the toys, “James honey, did you put the toys in mommy’s room this morning?” His eyes shot up at me for a moment then quickly glanced back down at his cereal. “Laughing Jack did it.” I rolled my eyes and responded, “Well you tell ‘Laughing Jack’ to keep the toys in your room.” James nodded and finished up his breakfast, then decided to go play out in the back yard.
          I went to relax in the living room and I must have dozed off, because I woke up a couple hours later. “Shit! I need to check on James.” I was a bit worried, it had been over 2 hours and I haven’t checked on him. I stepped out into the backyard, but James wasn’t there anymore. I was getting nervous so I called out to him, “JAMES! JAMES WHERE ARE YOU?!” Just then I heard a giggle come from the front yard. I rushed through the gate around to the front of the house. James was sitting on the sidewalk. I breathed a sigh of relief and walked over to him, “James how many times have I told you to stay in the backya… James, what are you eating?” James looked up at me then reached into his pocket and pulled out a hand full of hard candies in all colors. This made me very nervous, “James, who gave you that candy?” James just stared at me not speaking. “JAMES! Please, tell mommy where you got that candy.” James hung his head down and said “Laughing Jack gave it to me.” My heart sunk, I kneeled down to look him in the eye, “ James I’ve had had enough of this damn Laughing Jack thing, HE IS NOT REAL! Now this is a very serious situation and I need to know who gave you the candy!” I could see my son’s eyes tear up, “But mama, Laughing Jack DID give me the candy.” I closed my eyes and took a deep breath, James has never lied to me but what he’s telling me is impossible. I make him spit out the candy and I throw the rest away, James appears to be fine. Maybe I’m just overreacting after all he could have gotten it from Tom and Linda from next door, or Mr. Walker down the street. Either way I’m going to have to keep a closer eye on James. That night I put James to bed as usual, and decided to go to bed early myself.
        Suddenly I was woken up by a loud bang coming from the kitchen. I sprung out of bed and hurried down the stairs. When I got to the kitchen I was horrified. Every thing on the counters had been thrown on the floor, and our dog Fido hung dead from the light fixture. His stomach was cut open and stuffed with candy, the same type that James was eating earlier that day. My shock was quickly broken by a sharp scream coming from James’ room followed by loud crashes. I quickly grabbed a knife from the drawer and moved up the stairs with the speed that only a mother whose child is in danger could have. I burst through the door and flicked on the lights. Everything in the room was knocked over and tossed on the floor, my poor son in his bed crying and shaking with fear, a pool of urine staining the sheets. I scooped my child up and ran out of the house and went next door to Tom and Linda’s house, Luckily they were still awake. They let me use their phone and I called the police. It didn’t take them long to arrive, and I explained what had happened, they looked at me as if I were crazy. They searched the house, but all they found was a dead dog and 2 trashed rooms. The officer told me that someone had probably gotten into the house and done this right before making a quick escape when they heard me coming up the stairs. I knew it wasn’t true. All the doors were locked and none of the windows were open, whatever was in my house didn’t come from outside.

         The next day James stayed inside, I didn’t want him to leave my sight. I went into the garage and found his old baby monitor and set it up in his room, if anything comes into his room tonight, I was going to be able to hear it. I went to the kitchen and grabbed the largest knife from the drawer and put it on my nightstand. Imaginary friend or not, I’m not letting anything hurt my little boy.
         Soon enough night came. I put James to bed, he was afraid, but I promised him that I wasn’t going to let anything happen to him. I tucked him in, gave him a kiss, and turned on the nightlight. Before closing the door I whispered to him “Goodnight James, I love you.”
I tried to stay up as long as I could, but after a few hours I felt myself drifting off. My baby would be safe for the night and I needed to sleep. Just as I lay my head on the pillow I heard a soft noise come form the baby monitor I had put on my nightstand. At first it sounded like interference, like the kind a radio would make. Then it turned into a soft moan. Was James asleep? Then I heard it, the laugh from my nightmare, that horrible laugh. I sprung up from bed and grabbed the knife from under my pillow. I rushed over to James’ room and creaked the door open. I tried the light switch but it wouldn’t come on. I took a step in and I could feel the warm thick liquid on my feet. Suddenly James’ nightlight came on and I could see the absolute horror laid out in front of me.
         James’ body was nailed up on the wall, the nails piercing through his hands and feet. His chest was cut wide open and his organs hung down to the floor. His eyes and tongue had been removed along with most of his teeth. I was disgusted, I could hardly believe this was my baby boy. Then I heard it again, the soft desperate moan. JAMES WAS STILL ALIVE! My baby, my poor baby, in so much pain barely clinging to life. I ran across the room and vomited on the floor, but my sickness was interrupted by a horrible cackle coming from behind me. I spun around while still wiping bile from my mouth, then out of the shadows emerged the fiend responsible for all this horror, Laughing Jack. His ghost white skin and matted black hair hung down to his shoulders. He had piercing white eyes surrounded by dark black rings. His twisted smile revealed a row of sharp jagged teeth, and his skin didn’t look like skin at all, it almost looked like rubber or plastic. He wore a patchy, black and white clown outfit with striped sleeves and socks. His body itself was grotesque, his long arms hanging down past his waist and the way he was poised made him look almost boneless, like a ragdoll. He let out a sickening laugh as if to let me know he was pleased with my reaction to his ‘work’. He then turned around slowly in front of James and began to laugh even more at the horrific sight he has laid out. That was enough to shake me from my terror, I snapped, “GET AWAY FROM HIM YOU BASTARD!” I rushed at the monster raising the knife above my head, and stabbed down at him, but as soon as the knife touched him he disappeared in a cloud of black smoke. The knife passed right through and pierced James’ still beating heart, splashing the warm blood on my face….

         No… what have I done? My baby, I killed my baby! I immediately fell to my knees, and I could hear sirens in the distance growing louder… My boy, my sweet baby boy… I promised mommy would protect you… But I failed… I’m sorry James… I’m so sorry…

         Police soon arrived to find me in front of my son, still wielding the knife covered in my baby’s blood. The trial was short, insanity. I was placed in the Phiropoulos House for the Criminally Insane, where I have been for the past 2 months. Its not so bad here, the only reason I’m awake now is because someone is playing Pop Goes the Weasel outside my window… Ill talk to the orderlies about it in the morning…
Ok here it is the Laughing Jack Creepypasta. Enjoy

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Where to start with this? Well it's unlike any pasta I've seen before and I loved it. Laughing Jack seems like every kids nightmare but yet he kinda draws you in at the same time,makes you want to find out more about him. I loved the originality of this pasta and Laughing Jack kinda makes me think of a hybrid of Stephen King's IT and Freddy Krueger and I don't know why. I'd love to see more of Jack,he's an terrifying and interesting character.Also the ending makes you wonder if he was real or whether the mum was insane. Great job :)
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a awesome creepypasta. sounds like a jack the ripper, slender, and freddy cruger. i found a few typos like, candy and I throw the rest away. it could be threw or while i throw. another typo was only a mother whose child is in danger could have. could have what? could have mustered ect. other than that though pretty good story. loved the ending could she have been insane. could she have laughing jack and houlitinating? left a few questions like, what happened to the father? and why does jack kill people? is he a searial killer? or is he insane? keep up the good work.
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wills-got-skills Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good job
Creepehpashta Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Good God, that's scary. You're a good writer!
ImpalerQueen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I watched a video recently on YouTube called 10 Scariest and Iconic Creepypastas, and I think it was the section about Laughing Jack that scared the crap out of me (I made the mistake of watching this with the lights off...). Great job, I don't think Stephen King couldn't have done it better.
LGEJFFE1998 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
I love this story but what about when he was rainbow jack than the boy leaves and grows up 13 years later jack gets all his anger out and kills him just as a queation. And this story is creepily aesome !!
finnickssugarcubes Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Although this isn't the original story.....I's still pretty good
SnuffBomb Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Student Filmographer
Um no... this is the original story, who the hell told you otherwise?
kittenluvgirl Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Student Artist
Well, I have a question.

Does it ever mention Jack's backstory? My friends say he was abandoned for like, 13 years and thats when he became Laughing Jack. Did you ever mention his backstory somewhere? Just asking.
kittenluvgirl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Student Artist
Thank you!
SnuffBomb Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Student Filmographer
My creepypasta prequel Origin of Laughing Jack
blake40705 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
never seen any story where a kid has an imaginary friend that turns out to be real and murders someone, and mutilation just fucking original oh not to forget the going to an insane asylum for a crime they didn't commit. MOST ORIGINAL PIECE OF SHIT EVER!!!!
DoctorDremora678 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015   General Artist
This is old but I might as well get out my thoughts.

Compared to some of the other s***pastas out there, this one honestly is as bad as them. It's still pretty bad but not as bad as Jeff, Sally, Jack, Clockwork, etc. The beginning is okay but the build up toward the climax is rather awkward. The entire story has some cliched elements but they are done passably. There a few logical problems and some odd contrivances but again, not as bad as the others.

Over all it's a 3.5/10 pretty bad or 4/10 mediocre.

That's just me though.
NTSEFAN Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
Now this is awesome.
EyelessJasmyne Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
Are you the original authr, if not than do you know who is the original author? 
Siner666 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
Years later this still brings a chill to my spine.
darkstormskull Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015   Artist
My fav creepypasta story
DeathRoe Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely amazing I could never really find LJs creepypasta I knew who he was but not really how awesome he was 😆 the story was awesome but I probably won't get any sleep tonight lol
Lightning31 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Laughing Jack is my favourite creepypasta! I love him! Thanks for creating the upmost best creepypasta of all time! 
Shadster759 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!! :3 Am I insane?!?!?! NAH!!!!
Razor440 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Poor jack :(

Makes me sad! But a very intriguing story.
pushok2003 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is a great CreepyPasta, BUT I CAN'T STAND IT WHEN LITTLE INNOCENT KIDS GET HURT OR KILLED.Sorry, I've had nightmares about my little brother getting killed along with my family and this story reminded me of those.Still awesome, though. 
PuppetChainsaw Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I started laughing at the dog's name, ''Fido''. XD
I just had to laugh, sorry! Otherwise, it's a awesome Creepypasta! Great Job!
yugifan115 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... I had heard a story of Lj narrated by Mr. Creepypasta, but this is down right amazing! I love it!!
leone3600 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
So wait are you the creator of LJ?
MsPrussiaLover Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist
Yes, he is.
CaptainFrightNite Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional Writer
Ahoy there, mate. I was wondering if I would be able to narrate your story on my YouTube channel? I will of course give you full credit with a link to your story.

Take care.  Pirate wave 
LaughingJojo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you for made L.J.!
Deadly-Rainbow13 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
I wasn't planning on sleeping tonight, anyways.. o~o
S-Dragon123 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've heard so much about this story, and I must say it fully deserves the popularity it has gained. I personally enjoyed this tale and would invite any and all in the horror community to read it. Clowns can be scary to some people just as is, but you've gone and taken the terror to a whole new level! Starting out with Jack as just an imaginary friend who comforts young kids, yet it's all just a play in order to ultimately devour them and destroy the lives of their parents. Similar to most Creepypastas, no one is safe with Laughing Jack around, and that makes him a truly terrifying character.  
Frostbiter88 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014   General Artist
Amazing and brilliance.
The legend that is LJ shall live on!
Keep up the spectacular work, Snuffbomb ^^
Sleepy-Fox1 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
TheMagFour Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny thing name is James ;-;
Deadly-Rainbow13 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
//pat pat

...i'm so sorry ;-;
TheMagFour Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*cries in corner*
Deadly-Rainbow13 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
//crawls over and sits next to

it's okay..

you're still alive, right? c:
TheMagFour Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*snif* yus ;u;
Deadly-Rainbow13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
awe yay c:

NightPanic Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hooooold up! you made up that creepy bastard? Thats the only creepypasta a had a hard time listening to because *shivers* i... hate... clowns... but you did inspire my own creepypasta. thank you for the inspiration and the nightmares.
ANGELWOLFCHILD Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I can't believe it's taken me this long to comment on this!

This is an absolutely amazing creepypasta, thoroughly gripping all the way through and quite terrifying. Laughing Jack is one of my favourite pastas, and even though I've never had any fear of clowns whatsoever he is very scary. You're a very talented writer and incredibly creative, fantastic work on this awesome story. 
CottonCannibal Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Laughing jack is a rlly badass creepypasta, everytime i think of him all i picture is an insane clown who kills children.
MacyIsHere Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wasn't planning to sleep tonight
i can never eat candy again (except for reeses)
or look at clowns the same way
(i've been all ways scared of clowns)
Shark-Demon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But seriously this is one scariest things I read in awhile.
laughingJackfangirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Laughing Jack is my favorite thanks for inventing him!
ForgottenScarsLove Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconomgomgomgplz: I finally found you!!!!! Youre the one who voices Jeff In the Seer!!!! :iconhappymewplz: :iconfoundyouplz: :iconyouareawesomeplz:
Drawingskills555 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, my gosh, really? AMAZING!!!awesome smiley animated Llama Emoji 27 (Awesome) [V2] :jumpingjacks: 
ForgottenScarsLove Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It sounds like him at lest :iconhappymewplz:
Drawingskills555 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, actually it is him! ^u^ Well, he got kicked off, but still!
ForgottenScarsLove Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconwhatthehellplz: when did this happen?!
Drawingskills555 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know when, but he was kicked off because of some supposed hate art. I'm getting two sides of the story.
InvaderIka Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ok. Now I shouldn't have read this before bed xD
"Now I will fucking kill your family if you don't tell me why you don't like fucking clowns!" -Captain Spalding  "Devils Rejects"
Cheow12 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Great story dude, great story. I loved it all the way through.
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