Becky’s Grave

[Challenge: Write a horror story based on a bit of local paranormal history.] Another cat. Another drape of dew-sodden fur over a worn headstone, blood sticky on the granite. Hardened black drips of candle wax make a witch-ring about the grave. Another Halloween. I never understood the part about the cats. A real witch would never. Whatever it is they want from me, living cats draw ghosts aplenty; that poor carcass will only draw flies. I want to bury the wretched thing right now; I can touch things, if I want enough. But any activity on my part would only … Continue reading Becky’s Grave

Before Halloween Ends

A soft rain is falling, throwing up a thick, perfect mist just for us, just for Halloween. Leaving the Haunted Open Mic, after two hours telling and listening to ghost stories, I wished for a moment that I had a longer drive ahead of me, so I could stay wrapped in that atmosphere just a bit longer. Then I realized I hadn’t yet done my favorite Halloween activity. And in the spirit of All Hallows Read, I’d like to share it with you, before it’s over. Turn off all the lights, press Play, and close your eyes. Continue reading Before Halloween Ends

More Horror Prompts

Here are a few more horror prompts for anyone having trouble with their horror stories. Our current challenge is a short (1000-word) haunted house piece, so perhaps not all of the prompts will suit—but, then again, if you’re in the mood to challenge yourself even further, it could be fun to see what kind of story you can craft from one of these prompts within the limitations already set. Also, plot generators, anyone? They’re so much fun to play with. This first one is specifically horror and VERY involved—perhaps better suited to a longer work, such as a novel or a … Continue reading More Horror Prompts