Penpal - Dathan Auerbach


By Dathan Auerbach

  • Release Date: 2012-11-18
  • Genre: Horror
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 598 Ratings)


In an attempt to make sense of his own mysterious and unsettling childhood memories, a man begins to reconstruct his past. As the games and adventures of his youth become engulfed by a larger story, he finds that it forms a tapestry of unbelievable horror that he never could have expected. 

Each chapter completes a different piece of the puzzle for both you and the narrator, and by the end of it all, you will wish that you could forget what he never knew.


  • Great book

    By insomiadistict
    If you enjoy good writer creepy stories this book is the one for you ! I loved it and read it in two sittings 🙇🏻‍♀️
  • Superb!

    By Fluffyseb
    Couldn’t put it down. Once the pieces start falling into place, the premise goes from odd, creepy, to terrifying.
  • Poorly written, couldn’t read it.

    By LeeNewark
    I’m sorry but I couldn’t get passed the first couple of pages. It’s not very well written. Maybe I’ll give it a second chance but I seriously don’t get how it had so many 5 star reviews.
  • Mwg

    By ChunkyLoaf
    This book seems unorganized and not very compelling. I normally love creepypasta, but this story just seems to close with no purpose. Try “suffer the children” instead, a much more satisfying read.
  • Creepy and cruel.

    By knikolla
    The book started pretty solid, creepy and mysterios. Some twists early on were satisfying. As I read on, it became more and more repetitive and lost that edge. 2/3rds through I started skimming just to see where the book was going next, since I had lost interest. Ultimately, the ending was unsatisfying.
  • Haunting

    By Nesskrissy
    I read this book for the first time three years ago, after coming across it on r/nosleep on Reddit. Every time I revisit this book I am left feeling bewildered and nauseous and I cannot put it down. Very well done. I highly recommend this book to everyone I know who loves a good read.
  • Never Read Better

    By Do Not Microwave
    I’ve read this book several times since my cousin recommended it to me. It never ceases to amaze. I can confidently say that this is my number one favorite book of all time. I find myself nearly speechless after each read. 10/10 would recommend to anyone looking for something that will inflict strong emotion.
  • Brilliantly mysterious!

    By Sheikiara
    Words cannot truly describe how systematically eerie this story begins to become as, the writer builds suspense by narrating his childhood memories in a way that subconsciously pulls you in and doesn’t let go.
  • I will be forever scarred.........

    By *Shazam666*
    A sad, scary, thrilling story of two young friends, and what a seemingly single innocent event at school, can rip apart two families, and how the suffering never ends. It has left me scarred, scared, sad, and some what hopeless. Makes you ponder a bit when you put your info out there...... Pen Pal is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, and you can’t help but ride that roller coaster of emotions throughout the book. Well done!!
  • Chilling, heartbreaking, and terrified the hell out of me

    By NKG120
    Yet I couldn’t put it down. I read it twice; the first time I read through many of the crucial parts too quickly in anticipation of that was coming next that I wanted to go over it again to make sure I understood every detail, and the significance of each. Other reviewers have said it and I agree that this book will stay with you long after you read it, and that, I believe, is usually a great indicator of how good a story is told.