How To Make Anything Scary

I told you, long ago, how to make monsters.

But, now, specifically, I am going to spend a few moments on how to make anything scary.

Everyone is afraid of something.

And, to elicit fear, you only need to hit them in the right spot. Continue reading

Horror Can Be Fun

High-minded aspirations and delusions of grandeur and self-importance related to art and culture and all aside, I like horror because I like horror. Yeah, I have done posts about how darkness challenges me, how I like to test my limits, but, there’s more to it—even if it is basal in nature.

Horror is fun.

Scaring people, making people shudder, it’s fun. Continue reading

Mega Flash Fiction: Campfire Tales

The fire was warmer than Henry thought it ever could be. This close, it was something beyond heat; it was a dry pain, a wrapping skin melt. And he couldn’t move away from it, that option was even more dangerous. The shiny metal this close to his neck promised a much warmer and wetter pain should he make the attempt.

“You didn’t like my story, huh?” Finn asked, pressing the knife closer. With the light casting on his face, he was the second brightest thing in the forest of barren trees. A fox ran by and cracked twigs, and both boys–even if not consciously–noticed it.

“It wasn’t scary,” Henry replied, his eyes wide. “But I didn’t not like it.”

“What’s wrong with my ghost story? You want to see scary? I can show you scary!” Continue reading

The Newest Fear For People

As a horror writer, I think about what scares people. And, in the new world we live in, the thing people seem most anxious about, if not outright terrified of, is technology.

And I think I have one big clue about why we get so worried, collectively, about machines. It’s the same reason we fear monsters and demons and ghosts.

Loss of control. Continue reading

Christmas Collection #4: Scariest Fiction! “Flash Fiction: Waking Nightmares”

(Originally posted March 11th, 2015)


For those that don’t read the comments at the end of my articles (read: everyone), my blogger friend Nemo proposed the idea of a story that used a location as the central character. (You can read the conversation here: Click me). I decided it sounded like a cool idea.

Here’s my attempt at it.

It’s called:

Waking Nightmares

It occurred to me on a random summer night, while I was laying on the singular bed inside a house with no fewer than fifty rooms, that I will never kill anyone. Continue reading

Flash Fiction: Heat

A story about a dark outcome. A story hopefully never real.

A story called:

Heat

We drive because an airplane would be too slow. The takeoff would not happen in time, and that wasn’t an option when we knew what was coming.

And we did know, but no one else did. We would sound like maniacs on the street if we tried to tell them. Continue reading

How To Make Monsters

Quake in fear my readers! Quake! For the storm approaches and soon, oh so very soon, my creation will walk amongst the world. And it will bring fear, and sorrow!

How’d I do it you ask? Fool! You think I would stop here and simply tell you the secrets of evil? The recipe for monsters?

Do you really think I have that big of an ego?

Because I totally do. So let’s get started! Continue reading

FLASH FICTION: FUZZ

So…I love writing horror.

Like a lot.

So for the month of October, I am going to keep scratching that itch.

Who knows, maybe I’ll just keep making spooky flash fictions even when it is not around Halloween.

But, that’s later. Till that time comes, I am just here to scare. So here’s the next terrifying flash fiction.

I present:

FUZZ

“It is estimated that the average American watches five hours of television daily. However, like all estimates, there are exceptions to the rule.” Continue reading

The Scariest Book I Have Ever Read

Warning: The following contains disturbing content that may legitimately scare or otherwise upset readers. I am not joking. If you are not of a stoic nature, please go read a different article. I recommend this. (Click the green letters) 

I have read many books in my life time.

All sorts of genres: Horror, Fantasy, Science fiction, etc.

I have even read the Twilight Books.

But for the longest time my favorite genres have been horror, science fiction, and dystopia.

I am only stating this so my words have weight. So that you understand I am not just blowing smoke here.

So, when I say this is the scariest book I have ever read, you should feel a chill go up your spine. Continue reading

FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: FROM SENTENCE TO STORY

Looks like Chuck Wendig has yet another challenge for us.

This time, we need to create a 1k word story out of a single starting sentence.

So of course, I had to get in on that.

It took a long time to decide, but I eventually picked Kirsten’s:

There was an awkward moment as my breath hitched, my mouth too dry to swallow and my knees just seconds away from sending the rest of me folding into a pile of sweaty flesh at his feet, when I saw him smile.

So, to continue the month of Halloween, I bring you:

Showbiz!

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