Over the years stories, and especially short fiction, have been getting shorter and shorter. Writers pushing themselves to be as minimalist as possible. These writers have found their skills challenged even further on web mediums like twitter, which limit your character count to 140. From these limitations has blossomed a new brand of micro fiction. Some of the most powerful of these micro stroies can be found in the horror genre.
My favorite collection of these micro horror stories come from a contest posted to the website Reddit where the creator asked the reddit community to submit “the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences.” What was produced from this prompt was a treasure trove of two sentence horror gems. One of the most popular of these stories reads:
I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.”
-Juan J Ruiz
Sometimes the comments on the stories add another element to them, sometimes they are just comments. But the stories are worth the read, providing some vivid imagrey and some very real chills. As stores begin breaking out the pumpkin and witch decorations and fall sets into the air (at least here in PA) these two sentence horror stories are a great way to get ready for the Halloween season. Or at least they give some great ideas for campfire stories.
The Reddit two sentence horror stories can be found at http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up
[author] [author_info]Amber Timlin is a writing geek. She is obsessed with reading, watching and creating anything and everything sci-fi, fantasy, horror, paranormal, or just plain weird. Originally from West Chester, PA (aka Dub C) she now lives with her fiance and two cats in Royersford, PA (RoFo!). She has a MFA in Creative Writing from Arcadia University and is currently working her first novel. She works part-time with her father supplying book-fairs to local schools through his company Jabberwocky Books For Kids. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. [/author_info] [/author]