The Story of Lisa

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Since going viral, The Story of Lisa has been sending chills down the spines of online horror communities. The project, often dubbed ‘The Little Pink Backpack’, has been widely shared on Reddit, Tumblr, 4Chan and Creepypasta and has reached the ranks of the top internet ghost stories. We spoke to it’s creator Sunny Schreiner about the inspiration, backstory and the reaction to the piece.

“Online, fans have dubbed the story “The Pink Backpack.” When I first wrote the story, though, it wasn’t called that, and actually, I didn’t originally intend for it to be seen by anyone else. I was looking around the store one day, bored, when I came across this preschool notebook like we always had in elementary school. Being a huge fan of dark and creepy things, I started thinking “What’s the creepiest thing I could do with this?” So I bought it (along with a package of 96 crayons), brought it home, and went to work. Originally, I had intended to draw a series of “family outing” pictures with a sick twist (for example; “Family Vacation!” – with a picture of the parents pulling out of the driveway and leaving the child in a burning house). But I thought that might be a bit much, so instead, I decided maybe a story written as a child’s journal with an imaginary friend who was, to adults, not so imaginary.

I was 19 when I wrote it, so this was about six years ago. It wasn’t until a couple years later that I found the notebook again while going through some of my things I’d left at my mom’s house when I moved out. Someone convinced me to upload it to the paranormal board of 4chan. I was kind of apprehensive to do, since the people who spend time on that website are… questionable, at best. But I ended up doing it (uploading it to my DeviantART the same night). All I said was something to the effect of “Never pick up a random pink backpack that you find in an abandoned alley.” The response I got from that alone was enough to satisfy me. So many people believed it was real, and those who didn’t were quickly attacked by the crowd of believers.

The first time I ever heard anything about it after the 4chan debut was maybe a year or two later. A friend of mine saw it floating around Tumblr and linked me to it. I was so surprised at how many reblogs it had gotten. I spent a good hour just reading through all the comments, and so many people were terrified by it, saying they’d be having a difficult time getting to sleep, or that they were worried for their own children. Since then, it’s been on 9gag, Reddit, Imgur, and FEARnet, and I’m constantly getting questions from people asking me if it’s real. My general answer to that so far has been: “believe what you want to believe.” There are some people who want to believe that it’s real; to believe that there is something out there bigger than what we have come to understand, and even if my story is just a work of fiction, who am I to crush their hopes? There are also those who want some kind of reassurance that it is indeed a work of fiction, presumably to help ease their minds and let them sleep at night. Since I have no way of knowing which people are which, I’ve always just told them to believe what they choose. There have been a couple of instances where there was simply no doubt whatsoever, and the inquiries were about me and how I am doing/coping after what I “went through” as a child. For those people, I simply reassured them that I am doing just fine and that I am healthy and happy.

I have since written other similar stories which can be found on my DeviantART page.
In December of 2013, I was contacted by a production company who specializes in horror movies because they had seen my work on FEARnet. They expressed interest in Lisa’s potential as a motion picture and have paired me with a screenwriter who is currently working together with me on this project. At the present time, I have no sort of time frame for when the movie will be released, but it is in progress and my best guess says it will probably happen within the next couple of years.”

For those of you who haven’t read the story, check it out below.

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“This is Lisa. She is my friend. My mom and dad cant see her so they sed she is an imaganery friend. Lisa is a nice friend.”

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“Today I tried to plant a flower in the yard. I tried to plant it by the sandbox but Lisa said thats where her daddy is sleeping so I plantd in a cup of dert.”

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“Lisa is at school with me today. I brot her for show and tell but Mrs. Monroe got angry becase she can’t see Lisa. Lisa got sad so she hid the chockbord eraser.”

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“Yesterday was my birthday party. Mom bought pizza but no one came. Lisa said people came on the porch and then left. But they left presents. I got 3 barbies and some shooes and 5 dollars. Me and Lisa played Barbies.”

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“Mrs. Monroe is apsent today. Our supstatoot is named Mrs. Digman. She is pretty and nice and is letting us have snack time after diary time. I wish Mrs. Digman can stay our teacher.”

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“Today Jonnathin Parker stole my pencil sack. Mrs. Digman couldnt find it so she maide him give me his pencils. Lisa came to school too but Mrs. Digman can’t see her but she said she beleives that Lisa is real.”

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“Yesterday Lisa and me went on a long walk until the moon came out. Daddy got realy mad and said Lisa is stupid and fake. Lisa got sad and disapeered. Today she didn’t come to school but Mrs. Digman said Mrs. Monroe won’t come back.”

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“Daddy was at work all day yesterday. He didn’t even come home to eat dinner. Today he is still at work. Mom packed me a pudding in my lunch today. Pudding is my favorite.”

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“I miss Lisa. Daddy is really busy at work. He didn’t come home at the weekend. Mom is angry at him. I’m going to write a letter for Lisa.”

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“Dear Lisa,
I miss you. Please come back. I’m sorry when my dad was mean. You are my best friend.”

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“Lisa came back yesterday. She said sorry for leaving and I told her my dad won’t come home. Lisa said Mrs. Monroe and him are sleeping like her dad. I hope they wake up soon.”

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53 thoughts on “The Story of Lisa

  • godddessss@hotmail.com'
    October 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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    Super cool! I could see where it was heading by the last 3 pages. The premise is great! I will definitely watch this in the movies.

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    • pirarucu62@gmail.com'
      February 22, 2015 at 7:24 am
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      i’m just wondering how Lisa did away with those people, where she disappeared to, WHY she disappeared and how she died.

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  • cancersupergirl@gmail.com'
    October 11, 2014 at 5:51 pm
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    So now it is wrote by a horror author, its brilliant, but when everybody tought it was writen by a kid, that kid hat “problems and need help”. If my kid has write tis kind of story whit the graphics I would tell her she is gone be a great horror author and all her best sellers became top movies! 😀

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    • greghoyne@aol.com'
      January 22, 2015 at 3:21 am
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      You cannot spell…

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    • greghoyne@aol.com'
      January 22, 2015 at 3:21 am
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      You cannot spell…

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      • jenlamoureux@gmail.com'
        January 22, 2015 at 2:17 pm
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        Is being a dick to random people on the Internet a hobby for you or is it just all you have in life? Any reasonable person could probably conclude the other person’s first language isn’t English.

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        • greghoyne@aol.com'
          January 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm
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          Jen? Are you a man or woman? Pic looks like a man…

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          • jenlamoureux@gmail.com'
            January 23, 2015 at 8:17 pm
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            Guess being a dick is what they teach at UF. I suppose that’s about the most intelligent response a person could expect from a loser fertilizer salesman who trolls people on the internet for fun.

          • greghoyne@aol.com'
            January 23, 2015 at 8:51 pm
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            Wow Ken, you are a detective! I thought inbreeding was against the law ??

          • jenlamoureux@gmail.com'
            January 24, 2015 at 12:24 am
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            You should be nicer to people, Greg…

          • greghoyne@aol.com'
            January 24, 2015 at 4:31 am
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            You too

          • inuzojustin@aol.com'
            August 31, 2016 at 8:27 pm
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            grow the fuck up

          • poopmembrane@gmail.com'
            March 18, 2016 at 11:16 am
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            I know this is old, and it is unlikely you will see this, however I just want to out that by your logic you are a toddler.

        • darkmagickan@gmail.com'
          October 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm
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          I know people born and raised in my home state whose spelling is that bad. You are the one assuming.

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          • jenlamoureux@gmail.com'
            October 22, 2015 at 6:58 pm
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            Right. One could assume, as you obviously have. Or one could actually look at the commenter’s profile and see that her native language is Dutch. Dicks of a feather I guess though. Right?

          • Ryan.meeks.21@gmail.com'
            March 25, 2016 at 6:26 pm
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            Um is it normal to check out people’s profiles because of comments they make? I’m thinking twice about this social media bs. If everybody is like Jen, that’s creepy.

          • aholten2000@gmail.com'
            May 9, 2016 at 5:50 pm
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            How is it creepy? Just don’t share anything you don’t want people to know. Profiles are there for people to look at, smart one.

        • vanzantgirl@gmail.com'
          June 29, 2016 at 3:51 am
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          You shouldn’t tell someone not to be mean and then call them a dick and stupid. And no, not everyone assumes the same things you do. Sorry.

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        • crimsonking109@aol.com'
          August 14, 2016 at 7:25 pm
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          Greatest comment ever. Thank you

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        • cuddlykittehs@yahoo.com'
          January 26, 2017 at 5:10 am
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          Chill the fuck out, mate. That’s the least insulting way of saying,”your spelling is shite” ever seen. Kato just pointed out *SOMEONE ELSE’S* crappy spelling.

          You’re the only one making it rude, by suddenly flipping out.

          meanwhile, later on, OP gives a very friendly explanative response. Grow the fuck up.

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      • cancersupergirl@gmail.com'
        February 13, 2015 at 4:30 am
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        I am from Holland so English is not my mother language, and it was late in the evening when I wrote it, so my head was tired and could not concentrate any more. Main thing is also that I am dyslectic, so even in Dutch it is difficult for me to spell.

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        • ashandjoey0702@gmail.com'
          August 25, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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          Don’t worry doll…I see worse spelling errors everyday on Facebook. You’ve witnessed firsthand the ignorance of Americans. They don’t care that you know TWO languages (which makes you much smarter than them….they have that whole “I’m American and all I need is English cause we’re the fucking best” thing going on.) All they worry about is that you misspelled a few words and that’s something they can jump on and be a dick about. In the end, do you really give a fuck if some douchbag who has nothing better to do than talk shit to ppl on the internet thinks you can’t spell? No reason to get worked up and you shouldn’t feel the need to explain yourself to some idiot. At least there are still ppl like this Jen lady that will stand up for others when jackasses feel the need to run their mouths.

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          • nfassler1@gmail.com'
            December 17, 2016 at 11:18 pm
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            SmashlyD, can you please stop stereotyping different cultures? I’m Canadian, but I know many people from America who know Spanish, Japanese, and my friend can speak German. So I am kindly asking you to stop calling Americans stupid and dumb. Thank you!

        • satsusun5@gmail.com'
          January 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm
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          Ya! Dun worry Hun. I’m WAY younger than you but I’m still 100% Japanese. I excel at English, huh.*Wink**wink*

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          • kingsinland@gmail.com'
            May 30, 2017 at 11:49 pm
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            but thats a chinese name

        • cuddlykittehs@yahoo.com'
          January 26, 2017 at 5:13 am
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          Ah, it’s fine. Yee did well enough, this is much better. The point got across, more then can be said for some NATURAL English speakers online.

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      • wyldesage.jodi@cheerful.com'
        October 21, 2015 at 7:18 am
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        I doubt that’s the problem. Everything wrong in that post is dropped letters. They probably have a bad keyboard and just didn’t proof-read. I’ve had the same problem with an old laptop.

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      • raythered@gmail.com'
        August 24, 2016 at 5:15 am
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        And you are a dickhead who gets off on grammer correction. See how I spelt grammar incorrectly so you could get that tingly feeling in your little panties you sad prick.

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    • liliana.att.net@att.net'
      October 5, 2015 at 12:17 am
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      maybe the story is actually real cuz kids can see things we dont and young kids these days dont know any creepy stuff until there older

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    • inuzojustin@aol.com'
      August 31, 2016 at 8:26 pm
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      hey idiots this is real shit this really was found in a little girls journal the poor girls father and teacher are dead like the ghost and her dad im asumming the reason the journal stops there is becauase she got in a fight with lisa and lisa killed her thats proballly why they found the journal they were looking for evidence or it could just be an investigation of her dad and teacher but the question still remains where the hell is this girl all we know is the journal

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      • kittiesoncatnip@satx.rr.com'
        December 28, 2016 at 6:33 am
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        did you even read the fuckin article dude

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  • dmagnusson65@gmail.com'
    January 11, 2015 at 1:43 am
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    I found pages scattered over google images, but I could never piece them together. I was so happy when I found them in order. Truly scary, and I like how it was different than most in the way that it was a story and an illustration.

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  • kmaritato@gmail.com'
    January 22, 2015 at 3:45 am
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    Know how I knew it was fake? When the teacher “disappeared” and the sub immediately got the job. Trust me, as someone who did plenty of substitute teaching before getting a full-time gig they’d never hire you that easily.

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    • yourservicesareunneeded@hotmail.com'
      May 28, 2015 at 3:32 am
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      They never said the sub was hired on permanently? All we know is the kid wanted the sub to be there forever and then some time later the sub was still there (which if no other teachers had her requested in that timeframe is totally believable) and told the students that their teacher was never coming back. She never said “I’m your new teacher now” or anything like that, did she?

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      • laceyyy@gmail.com'
        July 22, 2015 at 10:14 pm
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        nivekious just got SCHOOLED! by a GIRL(i think)! excellent.

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        • gamerninja777@gmail.com'
          February 3, 2017 at 10:44 am
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          Your feminisim is leaking more than your panties when you see that there are unwashed dishes.

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  • solikaoneill@gmail.com'
    May 27, 2015 at 6:06 pm
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    This is super cool! I love the story. I don’t like fearnet because there stuff seems to be based all around gore and less about fear, but if you can pull off the story with them this could be their leading film. Super cool love it!

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    • HMproductions2014@gmail.com'
      December 9, 2015 at 9:49 pm
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      that’s what I thought when I first saw it.

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  • davidolvera1999@yahoo.com'
    March 15, 2016 at 10:50 am
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    Oh dear… this became MAMA, didn’t it?

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  • gilgamesh969696@gmail.com'
    May 21, 2016 at 9:10 pm
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    fake or real . no matter what…
    this is nice .

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  • haileybcoleman@icloud.com'
    July 31, 2016 at 6:00 am
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    love every one just don’t take sunny from me or u die!!!!!! >Lisa<

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  • gyigaspsi@yahoo.com'
    November 8, 2016 at 6:03 am
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    Lisa seems like a nice friend. i don’t know why people are all freaked out.

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  • lisacoleman1998@gmail.com'
    January 12, 2017 at 11:29 pm
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    I find this super creepy for one reason….. My name is Lisa…. Am I going to become some kinda demon when I die?!?!

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      • 17colemanlisha@springtownisd.us'
        April 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm
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        … just because you replied, I’m going to haunt you first when I become a demon… lol jk

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  • phythosh@gmail.com'
    February 22, 2017 at 7:21 pm
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    this story is scary

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  • Cool.Mine.Craft.55555@gmail.com'
    May 25, 2017 at 11:23 pm
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    I love this cant wait for a movie, about to scare the s*** out of my lil’ bro with it

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    • Cool.Mine.Craft.55555@gmail.com'
      May 25, 2017 at 11:25 pm
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      welp, my bro was on Minecraft and refused to look, ill get him soon tho…

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  • Cool.Mine.Craft.55555@gmail.com'
    May 25, 2017 at 11:27 pm
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    whats the movie name goanna be?

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  • 4themuzekman@gmail.com'
    June 11, 2017 at 1:46 pm
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    You know what’s really “dickish”?
    Drawing a supernatural character
    AS A TODDLER would….AND leaving it
    AS a legitimate ‘find’ for MONTHS.
    It doesn’t qualify as ART.
    IT QUALIFIES AS FUCKING SICK
    AND DEPRAVED! And( kids) there is where I draw – no pun intended-
    the (dickin) LINE.

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