In the 90s, when I was actually young, we loved sharing scary stories and urban legends of your cousin’s cousin who had TOTALLY been “high-beamed” and attacked by gang members. At slumber parties we tried to levitate our skinniest friend doing “light as a feather, stiff as a board” and attempted to summon Candyman in our bedroom mirrors. Now, we live on the internet. So instead of slumber party whisperings and campfire ghost stories we have creepypastas, the “no sleep” subbreddit, and viral hauntings spread via Twitter.
Enter Adam Ellis, a NYC based cartoonist and writer working for Buzzfeed. On Aug. 7, 2017 he posted this on Twitter: “My apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he’s trying to kill me.” And so, Dear David was born. The ongoing saga of Ellis’s apartment being haunted by the ghost of a child with a deformed head gained him about a million twitter followers. Fans followed along as David allegedly traveled to Japan to continue haunting Ellis and eventually showed up in photographic “evidence”.
Ellis left Buzzfeed in February to pursue other projects, and all seemed to be quiet on the Dear David front….until now.
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Earlier this week, The Wrap posted an exclusive report that Buzzfeed Studios would be partnering with It producer Dan Lin to turn Dear David into a feature length film. Mike Van Waes (The Crooked Man) is already attached as the writer, based on a story by Van Waes and Evan Turner. BuzzFeed Studios’ Lauren Dolgan and Hieu Ho will produce alongside Lin and Jonathan Eirich with Turner serving as executive producer. The timing of this, coinciding with the lack of David related activities on Twitter, has led to speculation that Dear David was a story concocted by Ellis. Even if this is the case, Ellis is a talented writer who has made a compelling ghost story. But for his part, Ellis told the Wrap that David is 100% real:
I’ve never been interested in convincing anyone that ghosts are real–I just wanted to tell my story…If it was all fiction, I probably would’ve updated more than once every couple weeks.
Now that I’m all grown up, I have a little bit more skepticism than I did in the 90s. But I still believe in the possibility of the paranormal, and I relish the opportunity to believe in things that go bump in the night. Maybe Adam Ellis did invent Dear David, but does it really matter? It’s the possibility of the paranormal that keeps us all guessing. Maybe we WANT it to be real, and that’s why the tradition of the ghost story is still alive even in the digital age.
Do you believe in ghosts? Are you excited to see a Dear David movie come to the big screen? Let us know in the comments below,