Being a writer by day, which keeps me happily occupied out of the sun, I’m familiar with (and enamoured of) the legendary six-word novel, which cuts straight to the heart of a story by telling it in the most succinct way possible. This raw, bare-bones approach to storytelling really lends itself to horror; it can work either by delivering a short, sharp shock, or by leaving your imagination to fill in the darkest gaps.
I’ve been dreaming up some of my own six-word horror stories, and here are (appropriately) six of them:
My sleep ended; my nightmare didn’t.
It’s getting closer and closer and
Sun shining; birds singing; victims decomposing.
Stole his heart (not a metaphor).
And still, never stopping, it follows.
My reflection smiled while I screamed.
I’d love it if all you spooky kids out there would create and share some six-word scares of your own. Leave one in the Comments, tweet @ using the hashtag #SixWordScares or write it down and bury it under a rowan tree at full moon. I’ll be waiting.