No, Spooky Spaghetti isn't a real site (but it is inspired by some)

Can you guess which real horror websites the fictional one takes after?
Pretty Little Liars: Summer School on Max
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Pretty Little Liars: Summer School just released its first two episodes, and one thing we (and Mouse) can't stop talking about is the fictional website introduced in the premiere titled "Spooky Spaghetti."

Mouse has been spending most of her time devouring every post on the site, which is primarily dedicated to scary stories, hoaxes, folklore, and theories regarding season 1's big bad, Archie Waters, and his missing mother, Rose Waters, last seen as a patient at Radley Sanitarium.

According to lore on the site, Archie skinned his mother out of revenge for her keeping him in a cage his whole life and then used her skin to make his creepy Leatherface-esque mask.

Some of the Spooky Spaghetti lore reveals terrifying truths about Bloody Rose Waters

And yes, that tidbit is true, even though the girls think it's fake in the show. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, co-showrunners Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Lindsay Calhoon Bring discussed the season and confirmed as much. That's why Bloody Rose wears bloody bandages around her face, her son skinned her!

"We had sort of this patchwork mask of leather sewn together, and we thought, 'That's so eerie. That's so terrifying. What's the story there? How did that mask come to be?' And we thought the most horrific version of that was, 'Well, he skinned his mother. He skinned his mother's face and he sewed it up and he wears it around.' So, we loved the iconography of this sort of skinless woman."

Julia Cotton from Hellraiser II: Hellbound heavily inspired the creation of Bloody Rose. Cotton famously gets her face ripped off by the Cenobites in a particularly gruesome scene.

The real-world parallel is popular horror website creepypasta

Even though Spooky Spaghetti isn't real, it is based on the very real website creepypasta, which has been around for decades, beginning as a simple catch-all term for sharing horror fiction and legends online on subreddits like r/nosleep. There is an official now, with all sorts of terrifying stories submitted by users from around the world.

Even though creepypasta is a website, it still functions as a term that people use to describe scary stuff they find on the internet, like the infamous Slender Man, a creepypasta created by Eric Knudsen in the Something Awful forum. Some popular creepypastas have even been published in books, like Penpal by Dathan Auerbach, which originated on r/nosleep.

According to Aguirre-Sacasa himself, in addition to creepypasta, Spooky Spaghetti also pays homage to the popular horror website and multi-media company Bloody Disgusting.

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