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Writing Horror: Scary Writing Prompt Game #18

Happy Tuesday, Spookies!

Welcome to another round of the scary writing prompt game. I'll be shaking things up a little this month, but the general gist remains the same:

I'll announce the prompt, then you guys post your response in the comment section. At the beginning of each round, I'll share my favorite bits from the previous month's entries before announcing the next prompt. At the end of the year there will be a spooky prize drawing for two lucky winners. *All* participants are automatically entered to win!

Now, for the new stuff:

-Now accepting entries via Tumblr! Reblog with your entry attached, then tag your post with the hashtag #scarywritingpromptgame and spread the horror love on your dash! (Even if you only do a Tumblr entry and never comment on the actual post, I will still enter it for the grand prize at the end of the year.)

-Different types of prompts! For the majority of the prompts over the last seventeen months, I put together the beginnings of a spooky story and asked participants to finish the story as they saw fit. While I don't plan on eliminating that format of prompt completely from future games, I will be starting to integrate many different types (and lengths) of prompts so that more people can participate without dedicating the amount of time that the longer prompts sometimes take.

That about covers it! I can't wait to see what you guys come up with, both on Tumblr and in the comments below. *howls like a werewolf*


Last month's prompt introduced us to Nadia, a bitter girl with a jar witch spell on her mind and revenge in her heart. Did her clumsily executed ritual turn out how she expected? These were my favorite bits from the responses:

A surge of white-hot pain cut Nadia off mid-sentence. She clutched her head and dropped to her knees. Her vision blurred, and then doubled. Her stomach cramped and her lungs ached. Nadia felt like she was being squeezed to death by an invisible fist.

“There,” the witch whispered. “Now what is Janice’s will be yours…forever.”

The witch disappeared into the shadows, leaving only smudges of ash behind. -participant Jenna Lehne


She tried to get up, but could only raise her body a centimeter. In her mirror, a red mouse stared back at her. Her pulse couldn’t race any faster now. Its speed actually felt comfortable. Instead, her red fur turned white. She had to get to the window, to the witch for help. She crawled to the edge of the bed and took a short, deep breath. She would have to jump down to the floor.

As she sailed through the air, she flopped to avoid her landing. Her water glass sat on the floor beside her bed. -participant

Awesome job, Spookies!! I had a blast reading through your entries.


This Month's Prompt:

the "Pale Man" from Pan's Labyrinth- one of my faves!
Freddy Kreuger. Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Samara Morgan. Chucky, aka Charles Lee Ray.

We all have our favorite terror icons, but for this month's prompt, I invite you to create your very own other-wordly horror monster/serial killer. What do they look like? How do they like to claim their victims? Where
do they come from/what is their purpose?

The sky is the limit with this one. Let your creepy, freaky imaginations go wild. I can't wait to picture your terrifying creations in my head....

Unleash the Hellhounds!
Amy Lukavics

Amy lurks within the forested mountains of Arizona. When she isn't reading or writing creepy stories, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms. She is the author of Daughters Unto Devils (Harlequin Teen 2015) and The Women In The Walls (Harlequin Teen 2016).

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