Flash Fiction Challenge: It’s X Meets Y, The Horror Edition!

It’s that time again for the challenge I love so much —

You take two pre-existing pop culture properties, randomly mash them up, and then write a piece of fiction inspired by and utilizing that mash-up. You’re not writing fan-fiction in those worlds — you’re capturing the essence of them for a new story. (So it’s like, when you pitch an original novel to an editor and you say, IT’S LIKE DANCES WITH WOLVES MEETS BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. And they’re like, what? And then you both laugh uncomfortably.)

Here, we’re gonna do a horror-flavored edition

One table is PURE HORROR.

The second table is not at all horror.

You will mix these up for maximum awesome.

Roll a d20 or use a random number generator once on each table.

Then, write a story — we’ll say up to 3000 – 5000 words in length — and post it at your blog and give us a link back here so we can all read it and go ooh and ahh.

(I know, technically not a flash fiction challenge. DON’T SASS ME.)

Given that this challenge is a bit longer, we’ll make it two weeks for your timeframe, which will finish this out right on October 30th, the day before HALLOWEEN.

*crash of thunder*

*cackling ravens*

*Jack-o-Lantern smokes a cigarette and leers at you*

Go forth and write.

The Horror Table

  1. The Exorcist
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. Interview With A Vampire
  4. Frankenstein
  5. The Babadook
  6. Poltergeist
  7. Gremlins
  8. It
  9. Rosemary’s Baby
  10. It Follows
  11. Hellraiser
  12. Psycho
  13. Evil Dead
  14. The Shining
  15. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  16. The Descent
  17. The Thing
  18. Nightmare On Elm Street
  19. The Ring
  20. Carrie

The Not Horror Table

  1. Harry Potter
  2. House of Cards
  3. Back to the Future
  4. The Marvel Universe
  5. Mad Men
  6. Scooby Doo
  7. Scandal
  8. Planet of the Apes
  9. Transformers
  10. Sex and the City
  11. The Muppets
  12. Die Hard
  13. Star Trek
  14. Pitch Perfect
  15. 50 Shades of Grey
  16. Fast and the Furious
  17. The Shawshank Redemption
  18. Casablanca
  19. Doctor Who
  20. The Martian