In keeping with the Halloween spirit, let’s have a bit of scary fun.
Let’s take a look at some horror writing prompts, which will bring out your dark side.
Whether you are a horror writer, or you just want to flex your creative juices, these prompts ought to send chills down your spine – which may or may not be a good thing.
Horror writing prompts
1. The ice cream truck
2. Hollywood screams
Pick 5 of your favourite actors and cast them as characters in a horror film.
For each write the following:
- Their backstory. Where do they come from? What do they do for work or study? Are they rich or poor?
- What is their reaction to the situation they find themselves in. Do they get angry and fearful or do they remain calm?
- Their death or near death scene. How do they die? If the escape, how do they do that?
3. Inside a bag
4. The bird
Write a story about a creepy bird. Start your story with “It is perched on a branch, not far from my window, watching, staring with an unfathomable black eye.”
6. The nightmare
You used to have this recurring nightmare which would wake you up screaming in the middle of the night. You haven’t had it for several years, but one night, you wake up screaming again. A few minutes later, you realize it isn’t just a nightmare. You are living the nightmare.
What is that nightmare? What happens, and how do you get back to reality?
7. The gargoyles
Horror writers, do you have your own tried and tested writing prompts? Care to share them with us?