An interactive horror story about family, unease, and loss.

Originally released in 2013, this version has been slightly revised and updated to play better with contemporary browsers.

Best with headphones.  No loud noises or screams. Will not work with mobile or touchscreens.

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Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(102 total ratings)
GenreInteractive Fiction
Made withTwine
TagsCreepy, Horror, Psychological Horror, Twine


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I am new to twine. How do you show multiple text boxes in one page? 


This is genuinely one of my favorite works of fiction, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone that will listen. Do you have a transcript of the story? I know it takes something away from the experience, but I cannot get my friend to play through it. They still want to read the story, though!


absolutely horrifying in the best ways possible. i have a new fear of basements now!


This was absolutely terrifying to me and I had to space out the days to it. I'm not sure if there is a proper ending, as I was stuck at the screen where you hear someone humming "You Are My Sunshine" in a deep rumbling voice and seeing the image of very long hair legs. But aside from that, the subtle way of the screen darkening each time you progress deeper down, the effect of the flashlight and usage of the sounds was so effective and terrifying. I absolutely adored it if only it didn't make me want to scream in fright! Amazing twine, really enjoyed it!


This is such a terrifying, beautiful, and haunting game. So well done!

how do i play the game? it says something about local storage

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Twine (what this was made in) uses cookies to store save data and displays that error when you have cookies blocked.

Just switching to a web browser you use less often is probably the easiest way to play the game, as they'll typically have cookies enabled by default.


I can't believe it's taken me this long to play this. I love it.


i am stuck on the image with very, very hairy leg


I really, REALLY want someone to remaster this into a 3D/2D adventure game where you explore the caves and have to avoid "Father"


This is one of the few games that actually made me feel uneasy. If you're up for some reading I highly recommend this


I read this a long, long time ago, and coming back to it today, it holds up just as well now as it did then. A wonderfully unsettling and vivid piece that I'll always hold dear in my heart.


The quality of writing in this story really sets it apart from many other attempts at IF horror. It would be creepy in any form.


This is really such an amazing game. It was incredibly atmospheric, and this is truly one of the best twine games I've ever played. The flashlight effect was ingenious, too!


Can't believe this is almost a decade old. Dang. I've really slipped in terms of my keeping up to date with IF or Twine more generally. This is still one of the best, honestly up there with Emily Short and Adam Cadre and other stalwarts. I selfishly hope academia doesn't keep you so busy you won't make more games.


holy shit. wonderful use of the few sounds. the writing makes you feel dirty and unclean but in a good way. and that flashlight effect is unlike anything in twine i've ever seen. truly a treasure that made my skin itch.


Well, this is going to live in the back of my mind for a long, long time.


this game still endures in my memory as one of the best twine pieces i ever had the pleasure of experiencing. i think i must have been in middle school or just going into high school and it scared the ever-living daylights out of me the first time i ever played it. i'm glad to be able to return to it again with this update!


Man, what a classic. Glad to see this get an update!

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Such a good game. I was pleasently surprised to find out that this one and "the uncle who works for nintendo" have the same author. Good job man.


The original version of this game is probably my favorite Twine game, hands-down! Glad to see it still getting love.