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Oh, did we think I forgot? I didn’t xD I just haven’t gotten around to writing a blog for the past few days! I’ve been super busy doing Kinktober commissions. Anyway, I wanted to go ahead and throw you guys out your horror writing prompts. If you enjoy any of them, please write them up and link back to my blog ❤ I’d love to read them!

October 1st: A girl goes missing in the woods and her parents find only a decrepit and scary doll left behind. They soon learn that the doll is actually their daughter. And she’s alive. (credit to all prompts for 1-4 found here)

October 2nd:

October 3rd: A young brother and sister find an old door in their basement that wasn’t there before.

October 4th:

 

So, there we go! There are four prompts for you to work with, and I would love to see what you can come up with in relation to them! 

Until I see your responses! I can’t wait!

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Hey, everyone! It is that time again! October has rolled around, and it’s time for my annual 31 Horror Prompts for October posts! I will be posting a horror-themed writing prompt every day this month! If you want your prompts featured, just link back to me when you post your prompt, and I will be posting some of my favorites at the end of the day when I post my reply! Even if I don’t get to do a reply, I will still post a blog linking y’alls responses!

So, let’s get started!

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So, here we go! Let’s get into that horror mood! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with for this!

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horror-promptsHey, everyone. I’ve clearly continued with my “I’m behind on doing my writing prompt responses.” And I very well may continue that for a bit more. I’m hoping to catch up over this weekend, but we’ll see. I will, however, continue to post the prompts ❤ And I’m playing catch up with that today. I actually kind of like doing them in a big post though, because it gives the people who don’t want to do daily prompts a variety all in one place.

Anyway, NaNo is getting closer and closer, so I encourage you to apply these prompts to your characters, if you can. After all, there’s nothing wrong with that!

Prompt #25

“There’s a body-shaped gap in the thick forest brush that wasn’t there before. Upon closer inspection, each of the branches around the gap are seared as if burned.”

Prompt #26

You wake up one day to find your dead husband/best friend sitting in your living room.

Prompt #27

The smell beneath the floorboards was getting worse every day

So, there we go. Three new prompts. I think that they’ll be pretty fun to tackle. I tried to make sure that they each had a different type of feel to them. Bonus points for you guys if you can work in your MC’s from your NaNo novel this year for the prompts – if you do that, make sure to link me back when you post it. I”d love to see what you’re writing, and I’m going to compile and post everything together after you’ve done it.

Even though I’ve been getting behind on these prompts, it has still been a real adventure for me. I really love posting prompts – I usually only do it once a week… and that’s completely manageable for me to complete. Though one every day has been a bit much, just coming up with the prompts is a fun and creative process for me. I’m glad that you guys have been enjoying it as much as you have, and you can rest assured that I’m going to do this again for next Halloween!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey, everyone. So, here is the response to Prompt #22, and I have to say that it was actually interesting to write. I usually change the perspective when I answer prompts that have the word you in them, but this time, I decided that I was going to experiement and see what happened.

I’m actually kind of pleased with it. I don’t think that I could write an entire book this way, but I do think that I could write a few short stories using this method. Anyway, I’ll let you get right to it! To the story!

Your Thundering Heart

It was the noise that woke you, and the noise that sent your heart to thundering. It jolted hard in your chest, a loud thud, thud, thud that was hard to breathe around. You’d had this problem since you were a child – noises that woke you, and a terror that left you slicked with sweat and cold. Your mother had told you it was all in your head, and your father made fun of you and told you to be braver.

There was never any real sympathy from either of them, because they always seemed to assume that you were just a child, feeling childish feelings. They thought you’d grow out of it – and they were certain that it wasn’t going to be something that followed you into adulthood.

They were wrong.

The noise was loud, and it had sounded like a growl. Your blood feels almost slugging in your veins now, chilled, full of terror that makes you run like ice. It’s a strange sensation – but you know if you close your eyes and concentrate, you can calm yourself.

You’ve had to calm yourself for so many years now that you’ve learned to get a hold on it. Your eyes are opened, you aren’t sleeping anymore. Your nightmares can’t touch you, so you can calm yourself down.

One deep breath, and you need to concentrate on the beating of your heart. It’s thick in your chest, and you know that it’s going to take some time to calm itself… but it always does. One more deep breath, and you focus in on the sound of your heartbeat. You have to concentrate on it, and you have to will it to slow – until your heart slows down, nothing is going to be calm. until you can calm yourself, nothing is going to feel better.

Once you feel better, you can get up – you’ll have a shower, you might get a drink. You’re certainly done sleeping for the night – there’s never any sleeping after one of these episodes, but that’s all right.

People at work are used to the dark bags under your eyes. Your mother and father don’t ask you how you’ve been sleeping anymore, and there’s a part of you that wonders if you’re a disappointment to them after all.

But that doesn’t matter – none of that matters but the beating of your heart, and that’s what you concentrate on.

Thud, thud, thud.

(thud, thud, thud.)

It’s strange – something is wrong. Something about the sound that you’re so used to concentrating on is off, and that’s not okay.

Thud, thud, thud.

(thud, thud, thud.)

You realize that the thundering of your heart has an echo that isn’t coming from you.

So, there we go! I think that the particular method of writing from that perspective was a good exercise in and of itself. I really enjoy doing things differently, because it gives me a chance to grow and expand my writing talents. I strive each and every day to improve myself – I’ll never be content with the level that I’m at, because I’m always reaching for that next step up. I’ll be happy with my talent, and I’ll know that I should try to do something with it, but the moment that you stop wanting to improve is the moment that you give up on ever getting better. 

Anyway, I’d love to see what you guys did with this prompt. With NaNo getting so close, I know that we’re all scrambling to get prepared. I may actually gear my next writing prompt towards previous stories that you guys have written, or what you’re doing to prepare for NaNo! I’ll see if I can come up with something! 

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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horror-promptsHey, everyone! I’m still working on playing Catchup, but I will get there eventually. For now, I’m going to give you my response to prompt #21. I actually already wrote 22, but I can’t post it up until I get this one finished, so, let’s get to it!

The Light

The brightness that had stolen my vision away from me finally faded, and I found myself desperately wishing that it would return. I didn’t want to see what was happening in front of me. I didn’t want to see the fact that there were things there, waiting at the end of that bright light. They’d brought me into the light, spilled from my bed and pulled from my window in a completely impossible fashion – I’d gravitated, floated through the air in the bright beam, without any control of my arms or legs. I’d wanted to scream, but I couldn’t fill my lungs with enough air to make more than a whimpering noise.

Beside me, my husband had been asleep, and he hadn’t so much as twitched or moved when I’d been pulled from the room. As I spilled upward and into the air, the light had intensified – I’d tried to fight, but the brighter that it became, the harder it was for me to even think about moving… until it had stolen my vision away and I didn’t see where it had swept me.

Only, I was seeing it now. Everything was metallic, and pristine – the technology alone was something that I’d never witnessed. I couldn’t wrap my head around what was going on in the background though – all of the beeps and lights meant nothing to me… because the things were standing in front of me, and I couldn’t make sense of them.

They were tall and skeletal – they reminded me of insects, with dark black skin that glittered under the bright lights, and huge disc-like eyes that were somehow darker than the rest of them. Their arms were long, and their fingers had an extra knuckle… and they looked at me with a measure of intelligence that shouldn’t have come from a being that looked so frightening.

And yet, they spoke to each other in a strange language that was more clicking than words, and they approached my still prone body. They didn’t have body language that I understood, and I couldn’t read what was going on in their eyes… but a part of me knew that they had no intentions towards me that were pleasant. It was confirmed when they sidestepped to a table – sharp instruments rested there; knives, needles, things that I couldn’t understand, couldn’t describe. They took them up in those long, impossibly elegant fingers and came towards me.

I tried to suck in enough air to scream. I tried to fight, to move… but the beam of light above me shone brighter, and I couldn’t cry out when the first brush of metal punctured my flesh.

So, aliens. Aliiiens. Ahem. Honestly, though, I think that a lot of people have the fear of aliens. I can’t imagine them as strange little gray men, but I can imagine them as something terrifying and too cruel for their own good. Scientists, here specifically to learn what they can from humans, like we do from the poor animals we have in labs. Anyway, this was a really fun prompt to write – I’m sure that people can take it in so many different ways. I really enjoy seeing what everyone can come up with – as writers, we all have so many different stories inside of us.

It’s just up to us to let them out.

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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I’m actually going to write this before I post my prompt response from yesterday. I’m working on it, but it’s turning into a really long story… and I haven’t gotten the chance to get to the horror element of it.

Me and those long stories that I can’t help but to write.

Anyway, we need Day 19’s Writing Prompt, even if I end up having to post the rest of this prompt tomorrow! So, let’s get to it!


Prompt #19

The knife plunges into her chest and she stumbles. When she straightens and yanks the blade out, to your horror, she doesn’t bleed.


So, there we go! Prompt #19. If you want to change it up and write from the lady’s perspective, do it. If you want to write about the person experiencing it, go for it. ❤ It’s up to you!

If you end up responding to this prompt, make sure to link back to both myself and Garett!

I’m going to make a list of all of the responses at the end of the month, so we can have a big compilation of horror stories, for anyone who is really in the Halloween mood and wants to get their fix.

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey, everyone! It’s Day 18 of October, so it’s time for the 18th Prompt in my 31 Horror Prompts for October. I’m going to do something a little broad spectrum here. Instead of giving you a prompt so to speak, I’m going to give you a topic. I want to see what kind of emotion and reaction one word can elicit. So, this is a one word prompt, and I’m excited for it.


Prompt #18

One Word Prompt: Death


And there we are. Are you going to write about Death as an individual, are you going to write about the death of a character? There are so many directions in which you could take this, and I’m honestly just really excited to see exactly what it is that you do. I think that sometimes as writers, one word inspiration prompts can be interesting – it gives us a chance to see how every writer can view the word differently. It’s something that you can do with your NaNo Novel as well. If you’re stuck, pick a word, and settle your scene around it.

Anyway, I’ll hop away to get my actual NaNo prep Blog written up!

Make sure if you reply that you link back to my blog, so that I can see it!

I’m going to make a list of all of the responses at the end of the month, so we can have a big compilation of horror stories, for anyone who is really in the Halloween mood and wants to get their fix.

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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It’s time for Day 16’s writing prompt! This time, I just linked some music and said to go crazy and have fun with it. I do enjoy some free form writing every now and then, given without any kind of influence or say. So, I’ll go ahead and get posted what I wrote!


The Chill

It’s dark and there is a chill spilling through the air. The night is crisp with it, almost cold enough to steal your breath away. Almost cold enough that you don’t want to step outside. But you do anyway because that dark sky is calling you, the stars scattered like a thousand lights caught in a dark web. It calls to you like a lover from some distant dream, writing letters in prose that you can’t quite grasp, in a language that has long since been forgotten, but that you still somehow understand.

You go out into the darkness because you don’t have a choice. The beating of your heart, the thundering in your chest is too much to ignore. It’s too much to say no to – you have to see that dark sky, and you have to know what’s calling you. You go out because you must, and because you feel like you’ll suffocate without that cold air hitting your lungs.

It’s dark when you’re outside, though – so dark that you can’t see anything but the stars. The moon is black, vanished from the sky like it’s hiding its face from what you’re about to do. After all, those who seek the darkness, those who are called by the faint whispers of the stars are never out for innocent purposes.

You’re doing something nefarious.

You’re doing something that will make a change.

You’re doing something that could paint the sky red if you do it enough.

You want to give those stars a litany in the form of a scream – not your scream, of course… but the scream of another. The night is cold, and the air is crisp… and you set to the streets in search of your next victim.


And there we are! It was a bit shorter, but that’s all right. It’s more about that perspective, about that sensation of the darkness outside calling you so fervently that you can’t help but to answer. We’ve all had urges to leave what we were doing and escape to the outside world, but so often we stamp those urges down.

Maybe that’s because if we listened, we’d end up doing something nefarious as well?

So, that’s all that I have for this writing prompt. Stay tuned, because I’m going to post the next blog with today’s writing prompt shortly after this one! If you replied to this or any of the other writing prompts that I’m posting for the month, make sure to link back to me! I want to get everything compiled together and put into a master post, so that anyone looking for some good Halloween stories can find them and enjoy!

With NaNoWriMo getting so close, it’s worth it to take any chance at practicing that you can get. I’d actually love to see this interpreted in different fashions – I’d love to see some poetry in relation to these prompts that I’m giving. Just let me know what you end up doing!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Welcome to the blog! I wanted to first say that I really appreciate all of the new followers and likes that I’ve been getting since I posted this series. I’m glad that you’re all enjoying it, and I hope to continue to do it every year! For now though, we’re going to get to Prompt #16 in my 31 Horror Prompts for October series, and I have to say that I’ve been having a really good time with it so far.

I want to switch things up again, so we’re going to go into a real free-write situation. I’m not going to give you a subject, or a length, or anything of that sort. Instead, I’m just going to give you a tone that I want you to follow – inspiration, if you will.



Prompt #16

Write something inspired by this music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZK7rAyzGi4


So, there we go. I gave you a song. I’ve done this before, but I also gave you a subject to go along with it. This time, I want to see what your mind can come up with if you’re completely left to your own devices. I know that you can do something amazing, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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horror-promptsHey, all! It’s time for Prompt #15 in the 31 Horror Prompts for October series that I have going on here. I do love these list prompts, because it lets you figure the story out for yourself, even though they’re all going to have the same elements. I sat back and thought for a minute as I was writing it as to how interesting it would be to publish a collection of ten stories written by ten different people, but with these words as the common denominator. There would be similarities, and even if people tried to tell the same story… it would all be different. Just think about how interesting and intriguing that would be to read.

I know I’d be interested in picking it up.

Anyway, before I go off on a contemplative tangent, let me go ahead and get to showing you guys the prompt. I enjoyed writing it!


The Hunger

The trees could only provide so much cover, and she knew it. There was a burning sensation along her skin, a knowledge that something was going to happen soon – someone was going to make a mistake, and the hunt would begin. It was never a thing that simply started – you had to wait for the right moment, for the right second. You couldn’t simply pounce with no reason, you couldn’t run and hope that you’d simply get your way.

You had to watch – you had to wait.

It was something that crept and bubbled beneath the skin, until it was nearly overflowing, nearly too much to bare. It was a living, breathing animal of its own right, curling and aching at the bones, until it escaped in a growl, answered by a shriek.

Until a mistake was made, and the hunt could begin.

It was more than simply stalking a creature – it was hunting, it was predator to prey, and the sensation of it poured through her and completely overwhelmed her. Her skin ached – she wanted to slip it. The moon was calling her, and it was telling her that it was time to come to her true form. Her eyes closed, her body shuddered, and she spilled forward into the clearing, tearing at her body as she did so.

Sharp claws ripped at her flesh, but it wasn’t bleeding. It came away in thick shreds, wet and sticky with fluid, revealing patches of fur that fluffed in the cool night air to a pitch black. She ripped, and ripped again, until she came down on all fours, and there were only patches of the pale charade hanging to her frame, patches of the mask that she wore in order to blend in with the humans.

Patches that fell away and left a massive creature in its wake – her true form. Her true self.

Humanity had fallen to the wayside and left behind the wolf.

The scent of fear was sharp and sweet in her nostrils, leading her in a straight line that was just as clear to her as her vision in the dark. The form in front of her scuttled, ran like a wounded thing. It whimpered and cried out, and she recognized its cry as words.

As a plea.

As a call to a God who wouldn’t listen, and who couldn’t save them.

She was quick in her movement, quicker still to set her teeth into pale flesh, much like the mask that she’d worn only a few moments ago. She recognized the pale flesh somewhere in the back of her mind; she recognized the face twisted in terror as one that had smiled warmly at her, had told her that it loved her.

She recognized it, but it didn’t matter. The trap had been laid. The hunger was deep and all-encompassing… and she was a slave to it, a lover to it.

Crimson tasted like copper, and a howl rang through the night.


There we go! I’m honestly really pleased with how this turned out, and I have to say that I might write more from this perspective. It might be interesting for me to take it into first person, though I do try to branch out to third when I can.

Regardless, I hope that you guys enjoyed it! NaNoWriMo is so close now, and it’s so important to start gearing yourself into getting practice for it. That’s part of the reason that I adore doing these prompts so much, and why I will continue to post them every single day for all of October – get your practice in. If you end up doing the prompts, make sure to let me know. At the end of the month, I’m going to do a Masterpost with the prompt highlights, and I really want to involve everyone who is doing these.

That’s all that I have for now though, stay tuned, because I’ll get Prompt #16 posted up very shortly. I can’t wait to see what it brings!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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