Writing Horror: Scary Writing Prompt Game #1


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 Happy Saturday, friends!!

I thought it would be fun for me to host a little writing prompt game here from time to time, to help get those creepy juices flowing (or splattering.)  

So, here's how it works: I'll announce the prompt, then you guys post a 1-2 paragraph response in the comment section. I will reply to all comments left!

Let's get spooky!


Today's prompt is:

-What is the silliest thing you have ever been scared of? Describe what exactly about it sent shivers up your spine.

Unleash the Hellhounds!

   










13 comments:

  1. I guess the silliest thing I have ever been afraid of is a real fear people have, but it is the situation that makes it silly. I grew up in the very land locked state of Arizona, where there are no oeanic animals for many hundreds of miles. But when I was younger I absolutely refused to swim in my backyard pool at night because I was CERTAIN...sharks were going to eat me. I could swim all day without a problem, because I could see everything easily, and anything that big under the water would have been easy to spot. But at night, my imagination ran away with me, and somehow sharks got into my pool, acclimated to the chlorine, and were looking to eat me. I refused to even stand on the steps for a long time, and when I would dip my toes in, I was pretty sure I'd lose them.

    I blame this fear, as most people might, on the movie Jaws, and specifically the opening scene where they are night swimming. This wasn't just an "Ooo that's creepy" situation for me, it was a real phobia that I had because I'd altered my behavior to accommodate my fear. Fortunately now, swimming at night is not an issue even though I live in California, where sharks are present...I just make sure to avoid the ocean ;-)

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    1. If it makes you feel any better... I am 23, and this is still a nagging, tickling fear that I have in the back of my head when I swim.

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  2. Awesome story Kenneth! I also grew up in Arizona. :) I really think that Jaws inspired some serious toe-dipping fears in people all over, and for good reason too. (Without a doubt, the Jaws ride at Universal Studios was the SCARIEST RIDE EVER when I was younger.) I really love the idea of a swimming pool that's infested with sharks (but only at night!)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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  3. For the longest time when I was a kid (well ... even when I was a teenager and even on rare occasions when I've visiting my parents and alone in the house at night), I was afraid that someone was living in our roof. I would let my imagination go crazy whenever I was left alone in our house at night. Old houses make weird sounds sometimes, like all the creaking and shifting that's sparked by seemingly nothing -- I just couldn't be it was nothing. I was POSITIVE that there was something living in the attic. Someone who might eventually come down and kill me. Sometimes I was certain that someone could see me through the mirrors in our house so I would crotch down and sneak below them when I didn't want him to know I was home alone.

    It was irrational, and even as a kid I knew that wasn't possible but ... I also was fairly positive an evil vampire or Michael Meyers from Halloween couldn't be hiding in my closet, too, but that didn't stop me from closing the door and propping books against it so I'd hear it if they decided to try and open it back up. But the silliest part of the Someone-Is-In-My-Roof fear is where it came from: CSI. I obsessively watched that show as a kid and there was one episode where someone was hiding in a girl's ceiling and did come down one night to murder her. Nothing else that happened in that show stuck with me like that episode did -- and I have no idea why.

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    1. Gaah I love that--the idea of someone living on your roof is truly frightening, holy cats. Same with attic stuff.

      A few months ago I was home alone with my three year old and seven month old and thought I heard a bump on the roof. My daughter looked at me in confusion and I just said all confidently, "It was just the house-" but got cut off by the VERY specific sound of footsteps directly above us, over to where the pantry is (the pantry that has access to the attic.) I had a HEART ATTACK...until I looked outside and saw that the apartment people had sent someone to make a repair on the roof. Doh! .

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    2. Oh my God, I would have died if that happened! Good thing it turned out to be nothing.

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  4. I had a nightmare about a street nearby when I was younger. I was walking down it alone and all of a sudden I was surrounded by all these different monsters. I felt trapped and unable to help myself. It took me ages to be able to walk down that street, especially in the dark because all I'd remember was that nightmare and being chased by things that I couldn't defend myself against. Made me feel absolutely sick to the stomach when I'd go anywhere near it.

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    1. I love/hate how nightmares can embed certain feelings in us that will linger for years afterward. Definitely provides for some good writing inspiration, though! I feel like there's a short story in there for you somewhere.

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  5. Birds. I must get on my computer ans write about it.

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  6. Omg when I was a little kid there was a coatrack in my room, and I swear it was the scariest thing in the world. I don't know how to describe it, but there was a carved wooden heart on the top of it and it was painted with ribbons that made a shape like an evil face (if you squinted and tilted your head a little.) I had nightmares about that thing. All the time. And even now I get a little uneasy when I visit my parents and see it in the guest room.

    That is probably the most embarrassing thing I've ever confessed on the internet.

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    1. Bahaha K Botts! That thing DOES sound kind of evil...and I totally get the "if you squinted and tilted your head a little," LOL! I would say that you should have put a sheet over it but that kind of would have made it just as bad...

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    2. Yeah eventually I convinced my mom to move it out of my room. Although she refused for a while, out of a "she needs to face her fear" kind of sentiment.

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