What If? Writing Prompts: Horror III

Halloween is just around the corner, so why not stock up on some new “What If?” Writing Prompts for the occasion? This week features another set of horror-themed prompts. See what scary stories you can create from these ideas! Have fun!

What If - Parchment and QuillWhat if… you woke up in someone else’s body?

What if… your neighbors became zombies and started coming after you?

What if… you discovered a monster living in your basement?

What if… the ghost stories you and your childhood friends used to tell… turned out to be true?

What if… you discovered a carnivorous plant… that ate people?

Good luck writing some more horror stories!

If you have any “What If?” writing prompt suggestions (for any theme), please feel free to share them in the comments below. Ideas I like may be featured in future “What If?” posts, with full credit and a link to your blog (if you have one)! Also, if you’ve written a piece based on an idea you’ve found here, be sure to link back to the respective “What If?” post. I would love to see what you’ve done with the prompt! Thank you!

Nightmare

Outside, the moon begins to rise.
You lie in bed and close your eyes.
Into a peaceful sleep, you fall,
Until the nightmares come to call.

You’re in a forest all alone
When suddenly, you hear a groan.
You turn and what should stop your breath?
A monstrous face that looks like Death.

You tell yourself it’s just a dream,
But then you hear the creature scream.
Oh, what a horrifying sound:
A roar that shakes the very ground.

As terror rises in your heart,
You stumble backwards with a start,
And faster than you knew you could,
You race into the haunted wood.

You turn a corner, two, and three,
But anywhere you try to flee,
The maze will always lead you back
Into the world of endless black.

You try to run, you try to hide.
There’s no escape; you’re trapped inside
This dreadful place of dark and gloom,
Where one wrong step means certain doom.

You dare to glance behind at last
And see the beast is gaining fast.
You close your eyes and start to pray
That somehow it will be okay.

Yet once you give in to the night,
The monster halts in blinding light,
And quickly as you saw its face,
It vanishes without a trace.

The warm bright light envelops you.
The cold dark black turns into blue.
You raise your head and breathe a sigh
To see the early morning sky.

You lie back down and rest your head,
Relieved to know you’re safe in bed.
The moon gave way to greet the sun.
The nightmare’s over. You have won.

Blood Moon

When the moon appears,
Demons rise to claim the night.
I could not escape.

It took just one bite
To transform me into this
Blood-thirsty creature.

I long for the days
When I used to be human.
Now I’m a monster.

Every night, I drink
The blood of innocent souls.
An eternal curse.

So heed this warning:
Vampires lurk in the shadows.
Beware the blood moon.

First Taste

It was the most delicious thing I had ever eaten.

You never forget your first taste, my father had told me. Oh, how right he was. I had tried to resist my instinct, but I couldn’t any longer.

My mouth watered long after the last bite. The monthly helpings of rabbit and fox I had known until now were nothing compared to this. Such succulent meat; not too bony and just the right amount of blood and fat to make it juicy without being heavy. And the crispy skin? Sublime! What a great idea to roast it first! I was lucky not to overcook it. Fires made with the clumsy paws of a wolf have a way of going awry.

As I sucked the last bits of meat off the bones, I heard rustling from afar. Following the call of the moon, I slunk toward the dim light in the distance, careful to stay hidden as the glowing torches came into view. The next sight to meet my eyes made me grin.

Three more foolish humans wandering through the woods, no doubt searching for the first. How predictable.

I licked my lips as I crouched in the shadows, more than ready for a second taste. Tonight I was going to eat very well.

What If? Writing Prompts: Horror II

Once again, here’s a fresh round of “What If?” Writing Prompts for you. I realize I haven’t shared any particularly scary prompts since Halloween, so this week’s post features the second set in this segment themed to the horror genre, featuring prompts suggested by members of Writer’s Carnival! What sorts of creepy tales can you spin around these ideas? Enjoy!

What If - Parchment and QuillWhat if… Hannibal Lecter were your neighbor?
(Submitted by: Christina, Writer’s Carnival member)

What if… humanity had to adapt to life underground… and drastically changed after thousands of years in the dark?
(Submitted by: Anisa A. Claire, co-founder of Writer’s Carnival)

What if… your cat became smarter and started trying to kill you?
(Submitted by: Tim Hillebrant, Writer’s Carnival staff member)

What if… the second you stepped out of bed, a hand reached out from under it and grabbed your ankle?

What if… you received a package in the mail containing a human head?

Have fun writing your own tales of horror!

If you have any “What If?” writing prompt suggestions (for any theme), please feel free to share them in the comments below. Ideas I like may be featured in future “What If?” posts, with full credit and a link to your blog (if you have one)! Also, if you’ve written a piece based on an idea you’ve found here, be sure to link back to the respective “What If?” post. I would love to see what you’ve done with the prompt! Thank you!

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