Previously: “Where Bad Kids Go.”
“The Little Pink Backpack,” also known as “The Story of Lisa,” is the work of artist Sunny Schreiner. Originally written when she was 19, she came up with the idea when she spotted a notebook — the kind little kids use in school — while running errands one day. She told Popcorn Horror, “Being a huge fan of dark and creepy things, I started thinking, ‘What’s the creepiest thing I could do with this?’ So I bought it (along with a package of 96 crayons), brought it home, and went to work.”
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She didn’t put it on the Internet until a few years later; she rediscovered it when going through some of the things she’d left at her mother’s house when she moved out. She uploaded it both to 4chan’s /x/ paranormal board, as well as to her DeviantART page — and from there, it spread like proverbial wildfire. A production company contacted her about turning the story into a movie in December of 2013; there’s no timeline as to when it might actually be released yet, but Shreiner is currently working with a screenwriter to develop the script. We probably haven’t heard the last of Lisa.
Head to Shreiner’s DeviantART page to see the full story in all its illustrated glory.
“This is Lisa. She is my friend. My mom and dad can’t see her, so they said she is an imaginary friend. Lisa is a nice friend.”
“Today I tried to plant a flower in the yard. I tried to plant it by the sandbox, but Lisa said that’s where her daddy is sleeping. So I planted it in a cup of dirt.”
“Lisa is at school with me today. I brought her for show and tell, but Mrs. Monroe got angry because she can’t see Lisa. Lisa got sad so she hid the chalkboard eraser.”
“Yesterday was my birthday party. Mom bought pizza but no one came. Lisa said people came on the porch and then left. But they left presents. I got three Barbies and some shoes and five dollars. Me and Lisa played Barbies.”
“Mrs. Monroe is absent today. Our substitute is named Mrs. Digman. She is pretty and nice and is letting us have snack time after diary time. I wish Mrs. Digman can stay our teacher.”
“Today Jonathan Parker stole my pencil sack. Mrs. Digman couldn’t find it so she made him give me his pencils. Lisa came to school too but Mrs. Digman can’t see her, but she said she believes Lisa is real.”
[Photo via dimitrisvetsika1969/Pixabay, remixed by Lucia Peters]