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Dear David

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Updated Apr 06, 2021 at 07:21AM EDT by andcallmeshirley.

Added Nov 08, 2017 at 01:28PM EST by Adam.

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Dear David is an ongoing story told by Adam Ellis via Twitter documenting a ghost named "Dear David" who supposedly haunts in his apartment. While not confirmed to be fictional, the story is reminiscent of a creepypasta.


On August 7th, 2017, popular cartoonist Adam Ellis[1] began telling the story of how a dead child is haunting his apartment and is trying to kill him. His first tweet gained over 55,000 retweets and 76,000 likes (shown below).

Adam Ellis @moby_dickhead Follow So, my apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he's trying to kill me. (thread) AU


Over the course of many tweets, Ellis documented the story of his haunting. The story tells the tale of his encounter with a ghost named "Dear David," a dead child who will only answer two questions. If you ask him a third question, he kills you. In his story, Ellis meets Dead David and asks him three questions, initiating the haunting. In his story, Ellis has included pictures of his cats engaging in the strange behavior, as well as pictures and videos of his apartment documenting the haunting. The entire story is included in a Storify.[2] The story was covered by The Berry[3] on August 8th and Bustle[5] on August 9th. An Imgur[4] thread posted on August 10th, gaining over 157,000 views.

On August 28th, Ellis posted a video of a rocking chair in his apartment rocking by itself (shown below).

The story was updated occasionally for about four months, and featured several moments where Ellis may have encountered the ghost while traveling.[7] Ellis picked the story up again in November of 2017. On November 6th, 2017, he began a new thread detailing the latest updates on the story.[6] In this update, he included photos of the ghost taken in the dark (shown below, left). Twitter users raised the brightness on the photo and discovered a child-like figure in the photo (shown below, right). This update was covered by AOL,[8] Seventeen,[9] and more.

Adam Ellis @moby_dickhead Follow Nix @KissMOOPlaa Follow Replying to @moby_dickhead

December 2017 Update

On December 12th, Ellis updated the Twitter thread about Dear David, this time with more photographs of the supposed apparition.[10] Ellis claimed he set his phone to take a picture every 60 seconds, and after hundreds of photos of nothingness, he eventually saw David. The child then slumped over a chair for several minutes, then stood over Ellis, noticed the camera, and evidently approached it (shown below).

Adam Ellis @moby_dickhead Follow 1 11:16 PM 12 Dec 2017 Adam Ellis Follow @moby_dickhead He was on the bed. Inches from me, staring down at me sleeping 1:22 PM -12 Dec 2017 Adam Ellis @moby_dickhead Follow Here's the final photo on the scroll. 11:24 PM -12 Dec 2017

The Daily Dot covered the updates on December 14th.[11] The Sun[12] also covered the updates that day, saying fans thought the update proved the story was fake.

Film Adaptation

On June 6th, 2018, The Wrap[13] reported that Dear David was being adapted into a film with the help of Buzzfeed Studios and It producer Dan Lin's production company Rideback.

Ellis maintained an air of mystery over whether or not Dead David was "real," telling TheWrap, “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.”

According to TheWrap, other people attached to the project include Mike Van Waes (writer), Evan Turner (story, executive producer), BuzzFeed Studios’ Lauren Dolgan and Hieu Ho, and Jonathan Eirich (producers).

The Daily Dot wrote that "perhaps coincidentally" Ellis' run-ins with the ghost have been less frequent since he left Buzzfeed in February of 2018 to focus on "personal projects."[14]

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Top Comments


Its bullshit we all know its bullshit no logical person would stay in a house if they thought they would legitimately die. Theres no such thing as soft spot dented ghost child, hes obviously doing it for the attention for his comic

But its fun, he did a pretty good job. There were no good creepy pastas this Halloween so ill take this. That photo is pretty spoopy and he didn't end it with some cringe shit like "it was my dead girl friends kid" or something retarded that ruins it.


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