IWSG: Writing Horror
Posted on November 1, 2017

Let me start off by saying that I am not a huge horror genre fan. I don't read or normally write horror, and I never watch horror movies, but whenever Halloween comes around I feel challenged. Can I send chills down a reader's spine? Can I get a reader to shiver? Can I freak them out, even just a little?

This year, I planned on writing a gory short story, sort of zombie-ish, about a conscious soul trapped in a uncontrollable being that requires the taste of human flesh. Mind vs. Body. Psyche vs. Survival. But, unfortunately, an editing deadline for my novel kept me from finishing it.

<<Cue the boo's>>  (no pun intended -- okay maybe a small pun intended :-D )

So, instead, I re-shared an older post titled "Promises" to satisfy my Halloween fix. But, in case you missed it, you can get it here, along with a handful of other horror-esque short stories I've written in the past.

If any of my stories gave you goosebumps, please let me know.

If you write horror short stories, share the links. Please warn me if you think I'm too faint of heart, because if I stay up at night due to your story scaring the crap out of me, then I will spam you.

If you know of any short stories that freaked you out or gave you shivers, please share them here. I'd love to check them out.

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  1. I read Promises, and that was scary enough for me! Whoa. I don't read or write horror very often either, so my threshold also is pretty low.

    1. My threshold used to be really low, until I started writing it. I still can't watch a horror movie, though. I'm a bit of a chicken.

  2. I enjoyed Promises! Very creepy. This year I did a piece of flash fiction for every day in October, following #nightmarefuel prompts provided by another writer (Bliss Morgan). Some came out better and scarier than others, but it was a lot of fun to take a walk on the creepy side every day. https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/Apn4pB

    1. Thanks Samantha. I just read #28 of the #NightmareFuel promtps, and it was fantastic. I found it mostly sweet, but that last line angered me, and now I want it dead! Awesome story!

    2. Thanks! Like you, I don't write a lot of horror, so some of my pieces came out more fantasy or just weird, but it was a lot of fun writing 30 pieces of flash fiction. If I can find the time to go back and develop a few of them, I'll have some new work to submit!

  3. I hope you get to still write that story, because it sounds awesome. It's a classic, but Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" has always given me chills.


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