The creepy, real-life ghost story that’s taking over Twitter

Illustrator Adam Ellis says he’s being haunted by a child ghost. Twitter is lapping it up.

Adam Ellis looking worried as midnight approaches and his cats claw at the door

Adam Ellis looking worried as midnight approaches and his cats claw at the door

Since the inception of Twitter, the microblogging platform has mainly been used for instantaneous coverage of current events and pithy commentary that relies on punch ahead of depth. That’s not to say more expansive uses for the format haven’t been deployed, but up until recently, its potential for deep, longform narrative writing hasn’t been its killer selling point. In the past week, however, a particularly ingenious ghost story has shown some of what Twitter could be capable of as a storytelling media.

It all began when Adam Ellis began telling the story of Dear David, a stirring and occasionally heart-stopping tale, in a series of tweeted plotpoints spanning the past three weeks. Like all gripping yarns, it’s best read in its uncut form – with some judiciously selected mood lighting perhaps – but for the unitiated, a précis runs as follows.

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