Urban Legend or No?

Whatever you do- be careful where you tread on the Net

Ayla Faullin

It started with a picture released on a 4chan forum on May 12th, 2019. An anonymous user asked for strange, disquieting images that felt ‘off’. That was the first time this image was seen, along with an ominous message. 

“If you’re not careful and you no-clip out of reality in the wrong areas, you’ll end up in the Backrooms, where it’s nothing but the stink of old moist carpet, the madness of mono-yellow, the endless background noise of fluorescent lights at maximum hum-buzz, and approximately six hundred million square miles of randomly segmented empty rooms to be trapped in. God save you if you hear something wandering nearby because it sure as [heck] heard you.” 

This mini-story and image became the spark for an internet-wide creepypasta, with thousands of followers making new horror content for this legend. The story has continued into this year, with a YouTuber creating a new analog horror based on Backrooms, titled, The Backrooms: Found Footage. The first video was released in January of this year, depicting a teenage boy who fell through reality, stumbling across strange things and running into one of the Backroom’s terrifying monsters before perishing while the camera plummets away.  

This series has continued throughout this year, with more releases adding to the lore and mystery. Games have been made based on it, challenging players to escape the Backrooms without running into any monsters. Film Theory, a popular YouTube channel, also covered ways to possibly escape the maze using logical reasoning and marking a path. Others make memes about it, joking about the horror and how real the fandom likes to make it seem. 

Regardless of whether or not you believe in the Backrooms, it’s an interesting and intense story to be involved across the various platforms, whether you’re discussing monsters or strategizing on how to survive. I encourage you to look into it, but be careful where you step or you might end up wandering aimlessly through empty, yellow hallways.