Cameraheads (partially found creepypasta; 2009)
Cameraheads (otherwise referred to as Camerahead, The Cameraheads, "I killed a Camerahead", etc.) is an early creepypasta first posted on the paranormal boards of 4chan on Saturday, August 8th, 2009 (having previously been claimed to have been made in 2008).
"/x/ what's a camerahead?
I was walking home through a nearby gully and came across a weird stack of rocks and a torn envelope with some writing on it. It appeared to have been written in charcoal or ash.
It said, "I KILLED A CAMERAHEAD" on the next line "IT TOOK TREVOR" and the last line "GET HELP IF I DON'T COME BACK"
and there was a miniDV nearby. this was all that was on it besides static, though i had to watch it a few times before i found this clip.Who took this video? A camerahead sounds really silly if it's a monster with a camera for a head."
The plot of the creepypasta involved a person who discovers a pile of rocks, a MiniDV videocassette, and a torn envelope scattered on the ground while walking, with signs of a struggle being indicated. Inside the envelope, there was a note written in ash or charcoal that contained the phrases "I killed a Camerahead", "It took Trevor", and "Get help if I don't come back". The person uploads the contents of the cassette to YouTube, and begins to research what happened and what the Cameraheads are. They soon find themselves being stalked by the creatures however, whereupon they begin to descend into madness.
The story is purported to be similar in format to the novel House of Leaves, and featured elements of an ARG, with "cursed" images and videos from the tape (claimed to be memories of what the Camerahead itself had seen) and documents of the Camerahead's previous victims being posted alongside the story itself.
Descriptions as to what the Cameraheads themselves look like vary, with some sources describing them as outwardly human creatures that acted (perhaps unwittingly) as living surveillance cameras, others describing them as having cameras instead of heads (hence the name), and some claiming that they were of a biomechanical design similar to the works of H.R. Giger.
Following the initial posting of the story, it became the first creepypasta to be detailed on the paranormal board's wiki "/x/enopedia" following its establishment later in 2009. It is here that details related to the story would remain for several years, even being featured in the "bullshit" category of the wiki, indicating that it was frequently reposted to the point of oversaturation. Over time however, interest would gradually begin to wane in the site, which, alongside numerous attacks from other image boards, lead to its rebranding and eventual shutdown. When this occurred, all media posted on the site, including Cameraheads, went with it. Unlike most of the site's contents however, Cameraheads and all material accompanying it remained largely unaccounted for, with archives of the /x/enopedia page being few and far between. The same was true for the paranormal boards, of which no archives are known to exist prior to 2014, by which time people were beginning to take note of the unavailability of the story. For many years after its initial posting, the story and all material related to it seemed to be entirely lost.
On August 16th, 2020, a 4chan user posted a link to a video related to the creepypasta in a thread discussing it (among other lost media). The video (titled simply "camerahead") was uploaded to YouTube on August 8th, 2009 (the same day as the initial 4chan thread) by user kotyakov, and featured the description "weird video i captured from a minidv i found in a gully near my house". General consensus agreed early on that the video was indeed part of the creepypasta, and the finding of the initial 4chan thread has since outright confirmed it.
On October 19th, 2020, Lost Media Wiki user Marnen005 discovered an archived link of the Recent Changes section of /x/enopedia via archive site archive.is. It was through this that they discovered an RSS feed of edits to the page for Cameraheads, which contained a full transcript of the initial post that began the story, but did not contain any details made beyond it. Interestingly, this archived page seems to contradict much of the available information related to the story, claiming that only one post and YouTube video were made related to the story before the initial poster went silent, as opposed to most people's claims of there being a large amount of posts and supplementary material created. It is currently unclear if this inaccuracy is on the part of /x/enopedia or those giving their recollections of the story.
- ObscUrban Legend Wikia page for the Cameraheads. Retrieved 20 Jun '20
- Google Doc featuring a text dump of the /x/enopedia page. Retrieved 19 Oct '20
- 4chan post featuring a user's recollection of the story. Retrieved 20 Jun '20
- 4chan thread giving a description of the creatures. Retrieved 20 Jun '20
- YouTube video briefly discussing the story and information surrounding it. Retrieved 20 Jun '20
- Reddit post describing the history of /x/enopedia. Retrieved 20 Jun '20
- Reddit post about Cameraheads. Retrieved 20 Jun '20
- Archived 4chan thread discussing Cameraheads in which the video is first mentioned. Retrieved 19 Oct '20
- Archive of the /x/enopedia page for Cameraheads. Retrieved 19 Oct '20