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.
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.
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.
FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE!
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!
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.
Here are THE RULES
- You write 1000 words more or less on the topic.
- Post it on your blog
- Reference us on your blog and this challenge so your regular readers don’t think you’ve gone batty. (Get it? Batty?)
- Post your link to your story here in the comments section.
- 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.)
GET TO IT!