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David standing over Adam. Photo by Adam Ellis via Twitter. Is this story fact or fiction?

Dear David is jumping from the Twitterverse into the cinematic world, and his followers can’t wait for the movie release.

Let’s start at the beginning: Adam Ellis. Ellis is a former BuzzFeed writer and illustrator. On top of that, he wrote Books of Adam: The Blunder Years and the upcoming book, Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously.

Adam became a finalist for the Shorty Awards in the category of Weird.

Plus, he documented a creepy story of a haunting in his apartment, which became a smash hit on Twitter.

The ‘Dear David’ Story

On August 7, 2017, Adam went to Twitter and tweeted the haunted story of his apartment. The story is about a dead boy who was trying to kill him. The boy appeared in his dreams, at first, then crossed over to reality.

At the time, Adam did not know the boy’s name.  A few nights after his first encounter, he dreamed of a girl coming to him and asking, “You’ve seen Dear David, haven’t you?” She tells him, “He’s dead. He only appears at midnight, and you can ask him two questions if you said, ‘Dear David’ first. But never try to ask him a third question, or he’ll kill you.”

When David visited Adam in the dream world again, Adam asked him two questions, “Dear David, how did you die?” and “Dear David, what happened in the store?” David answered Adam’s questions, but, like any horror movie, you do what you’re told not to do. Adam asked a third question, “Who pushed the shelf?”

David did not reply.


Adam documented the events by posting them on his Twitter account. Believing moving apartments will cause the haunting to end, Adam stated that he’d even moved from the bottom floor of his building to the apartment above him, when it became available. Fat chance Adam. It always follows you, right?

He recorded his two cats looking at the front door at midnight. After a few nights of the cats repeating this routine, Adam takes a picture through his peephole.

Adam announced he used a sound app to record the sounds. The app turns on when noises are created. He uploaded these sounds at SoundCloud. What do you hear?

Adam tweeted he bought a Polaroid camera to take photos of his apartment. He wanted to see if he could capture anything on film. A photo he took in the hallway turned out black.

He then bought a surveillance camera to record anything happening in his apartment.  The green chair rocked, a turtle shell fell off the wall, and one cat was acting weird.

He goes on with documentation via his cellphone where David makes an appearance.

Adam’s documentation of the events lasted from August 2017 to March of 2018.

The ‘Dear David’ Twitter Story has Come to a (Temporary?) End

On March 12, 2018, Adam tweeted he is fine. On March 18, 2018, he responded to a tweet asking him if he was done with the ‘David’ saga. Adam responded: “I’ve said a few times that I’d update if anything happened. I’m not going to start inventing stuff just to keep a steady flow of updates. I promise I’ll keep you informed…”

Fans of the Dear David story feel David has possessed Adam and is the reason there are no updates on the hauntings.

The ‘Dear David’ Movie

Adam Ellis announced on social media that Dear David the movie is in the works.

Working on it is Dan Lin, who produced It and It: Chapter Two. Joining him is screenwriter Mike Van Waes who wrote The Conjuring story The Crooked Man.

With names like that, chances are this movie will be as exciting as the Twitter story.

After reading the full Dear David story, how do you think the story will adapt to the big screen? And more importantly, do you think this story is a work of fiction from a writer, or is the haunting true?

Speaking of horror stories, check out this article on why PG-13 horror films are a bad idea.

Tracie lives in the United States and is an enthusiastic and versatile writer with an academic background in journalism and creative writing. She's an aspiring journalist, screenwriter, and novelist.



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