The Rake is the name of a creature with very little information about it. It is described by original reports as a "naked man, or a "large hairless dog of some sort," with a body position that seemed "unnatural, as if it had been hit by a car or something." The Rake's name refers to its hands, which appear to be very large claws. It is capable of inflicting serious damage to a victim in seconds and is extremely violent. Not only is the Rake dangerous, but it is also silent, capable of slipping into the sleeping room of a victim unnoticed; the Rake appears to prefer killing its victims when they are completely oblivious to its' presence, typically while they are sleeping, and it's accepted M.O of killing is lacerating its target to death causing them to die of blood loss or dismemberment in a gory fashion. The Rake's apparent method of travel is teleportation, meaning it can materialize in any unseen location via a portal.
The Rake originated on 4chan’s /b/ board in late 2005. An anonymous poster started a thread with the post “hey /b/ lets make a new monster”. Naturally, there were many ideas, but one stood out, and another poster created a new thread based on this idea. This eventually formed into what we now know as “The Rake”. The now famous creepypasta was first posted to the personal blog of Something Awful user Brian Somerville on July 20th, 2006. It was the first story in a series entitled “Horror Theater,” but Somerville does not indicate if the text was taken from another website or if it was written specifically for that blog post. According to the mythology, firsthand accounts of The Rake has been described as early as in the 12th century and documented for the first time in 1691. The story also alleges that strange events in the northeastern U.S. involving the creature led to brief local media interest in the summer of 2003, but most written accounts of the creature have been mysteriously destroyed since.
- His true creator is unknown, however the version from the well known creepypasta was created by Brian Somerville.