Your humble host.
Your humble host.

If you wanna get right to the challenge, skip down to “FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE!” and champagne Leo

With Halloween nearly upon us, I’m thinking of my favorite monsters. Frankenstein, The Werewolf, Dracula, the Mummy…

Classics, to be sure. I first remember them in movies, and they kept me up at night!


Dracula was my favorite monster, but lately I’m thinking vampires have lost their mojo. Maybe  I grew up. But I never understood the Mummy. He was so slow! And something about the werewolf terrorizing people during a full moon once a month just sounded way too PMS-ey to me.

Meh. And what's up with the fingers?
And what’s up with the fingers?

Monsters used to be scary, but that’s going back to Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. After Karloff narrated How The Grinch Stole Christmas, I’m not sure he was scary at all anymore.

Even when I was a kid, it was probably more suspense than actual scares that got to me.

Dracula intended to kill you; now he’s asking you on a date. Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula was decent, but also not really scary.

And don’t get me started on Twilight or Buffy.

They're more GORY than scary...
They’re more GORY than scary…

What was the last scary vampire movie or book???

Was there even one?

And what makes scary stories SCARY?

Well, we’re about to find out.




Halloween Edition

Your mission: Startle us. Scare us. Get the hairs on the back of our necks standing up. It’s NOT as easy as you think! Write a story that makes the reader jump. Wouldn’t it be great to get a bunch of those to learn tension and suspense from? I think being scared comes from the unknown, a surprise, fear, tension, dread, etc. One or more of those tension-builders are necessary in most good storytelling anyway. So it’s like hitting the tension gym!


ONLY 1000 WORDS???
ONLY 1000 WORDS???

You have 1,000 words to make us jump.


You can write about anything but your goal is to put a fright into the reader. If you can do that by typing BOO at the right place, you’re golden. Probably you’ll need to weave a story in there somewhere.

The bill for this shindig might scare you, Dano
The bill for this shindig might scare you, Dano

Here are THE RULES

  1. You write 1000 words more or less on the topic.
  2. Post it on your blog
  3. Reference us on your blog and this challenge so your regular readers don’t think you’ve gone batty. (Get it? Batty?)
  4. Post your link to your story here in the comments section.
  5. You have until 12 noon EST (sunny Florida time) on Friday October 23, 2015, to unveil your scary masterpiece. Just in time for us to show your scariness off for Halloween.

Read and comment on each other’s stories both here and on their blog, generating traffic but also feedback. You could learn something, too. (I hope to.)


Published by Dan Alatorre AUTHOR

International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

32 thoughts on “FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE! Halloween Edition: SCARE ME

  1. So far, you guys have done a GREAT job of creating a scary MOOD. That’s a big take away. Also there is palpable TENSION in these stories! Tess and Todd have hit it solid.

    Great job of this so far!

    1. Thank you, that’s awesome feedback. Any negatives? I need those too!

      I enjoyed R. Todd’s story because it made me feel the atmosphere and visualise the setting. I look forward to reading some more over the next week.

      1. It’s difficult to find negatives in a 1000 word piece. You have so little time to set the stage and create the scene, then you have to make action happen quickly and make a decent finish. Anything I’d criticize is something any author would say they’d have fixed if they had more time or a few more words. I’ve been very impressed with these over the last two weeks.

  2. Thanks, Dan. I´ll try, but you know… we never express emotions and fears (feelings!) the same way we do in our mother tongue. But I promise I´ll try ;-). Maybe, I could write in Spanish and then translate. Anyway, thanks for being so encouraging 🙂

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