So, here how this is going to work.
You are going to write the first part of a SCARY STORY.
You will write 1000 words.
You will not finish this story.
Consider it the first act of a three-act tale.
You will post this at your blog. You will expect quite fully that next week, someone else will pick up your tale and add another 1000 words to it. This is an experiment in collaborative storytelling, of passing the story from one another to the next and to the next, until we have a completed spoooooooky story.
Due by: THE DREADED FRIDAY THE 14th, noon EST.
Word limit: ~1000 words.
Post at your online space.
(Do not finish the story!)
Give us a link.
Go be scary.
58 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: A Scary Story, Part One”
Challenge accepted! 🙂
I haven’t flashed in a while. I’m in!
Count me in!
Oh, confusing… I called last week’s challenge Spooky Tales Part 1… the non-fiction one. Never mind. I’ll sort it out. Actually, that leaves a little cliffhanger for people to work on, so you can pick that up if you like: http://jemimapett.com/blog/2016/10/07/fridayflash-fiction-spooky-tales-1-black-dog/
I don’t know if others are posting here which stories they’re picking up on, but when I printed off and read the stories on Friday, yours was the one that inspired me. (Realistic panic-at-summer-camp stories come more easily than ghouls and zombies…) I’ve written a middle bit that’s left me eager to read Part 3. Will the dog be the only casualty? Someone out there knows…
Here ’tis. Hope people are intrigued, because I sure as hell don’t know what happens next and I would dearly love to find out. 😀
A neat opening, and I have a soft spot for the Scottish Play. Cool.
Here is my Part 1 story
Nobody seemed to pick up your story and I found it intriguing, so I wrote a part 2 for you: https://sugarandmice.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/a-scary-story-part-2/
“We congratulate you on winning a second term President Trump.”
(Didn’t even need those other 990 words. OooooOOOooo….)
*try not to cry*
*cry a lot*
is that a “Scary story”? Or is it Dystopian YA?
I don’t know if my piece qualifies as scary enough but here goes: https://tonyarmoore.com/2016/10/07/river-duppy-part-one/
Where do you want the link to be posted?
Clowns are hot right now, right?
Here’s “A Laughing Matter.”
I like this. It will be done by tonight.
http://slwhshorts.blogspot.com/2016/10/a-laughing-matter-part-2.html I didn’t really want to go into the murdering this week but it is the obvious next step.
Here’s my submission!
I don’t normally do scary. It’s not that it’s outside my comfort zone; it’s that I don’t hink I’m any good at it. Therefore, I wasn’t happy with this challenge. Moreover, I couldn’t shake a previous story that was indeed scary and that I had written several weeks ago for a different challenge. That story was The Gun of Crow.
And then the idea struck me. There was a little something I couldn’t accomodate in that story, a small girl who survives: so I thought I’d tell the same story from her point of view, and so I’d be able to add what was missing.
This is the result: “Meeting Crow”. In the end, more like 1200 words of Weird West.
Now I am indeed quite happy.
(The previous story, The Gun of Crow, is here if you’re interested: https://medium.com/@VicenteLRuiz/the-gun-of-crow-d3971d065e55#.k6un1im88).
Here is my first act (untitled). Quite intrigued as to where this will turn out…
I’ve never really done scary but here goes:
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Here you go.
Great start! Might have to run with this one.
I love this idea sounds like a lot of fun!
Here is my start. It’s not that scary. Yet. Hoping someone will run with it. http://runnerskye.ca/flash-fiction-challenge-scary-story-part-1/
I’m running with it 😀 ! Part 2 should be up before the deadline this week.
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I’m not sure whether this challenge is open to total strangers in this community, but I stumbled across it from Twitter and this is what I wrote:
I like this one… I’ll take it on. 🙂
Thank you Mozette! I’m looking forward to reading your installment!
Done! Go into the next lot and read it. 😀
Here’s my story: http://priscillaking.blogspot.com/2016/10/scary-story-part-one-grim-reaper.html
Here’s mine (at ~1100 words): http://wp.me/p29Hv8-Ij . I had quite a bit of fun with this one, so I’m using that as my justification for going over the word count. It should still be a quick read, though, once it’s up tomorrow.
Looking forward to reading all the others!
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Here is my first act of a “scary” story about a fat man, a toilet and claustrophobia. Hope you enjoy, and looking forward to violating someone’s first act next week!
Your start has me intrigued I can certainly work with this 🙂
Stranger At The Table
Okay, so I’m taking this one on.
To quote Stephen King “If I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out. ” You have been warned…http://slwhshorts.blogspot.com/2016/10/part-1.html
I did this one! Posting it now.
Live in a couple of hours. I made it a complete story on its own, but then realized that it might well be only the beginning. So there it is if anyone wants to take it father.
I chose your story! Like mine, yours is complete, but it can be continued. I’ve switched perspectives and done things I had never done. Hope you like it.
Of course, I titled mine “More Witching Weather”:
Here’s my scary story. Got some Demonic possession in there and some organized crime. I tried to make a nice setup for the next part. Enjoy.
Forgive a double posting, the previous comment didn’t seem to work. Here’s my start, with some mob elements mixed with demonic possession. Enjoy. http://roktyping.blogspot.kr/2016/10/flash-scary-story-part-1.html
I also apologize for multiple posts, as previous comments don’t seem to have loaded. This is the start of a HF piece that can go in multiple (scary) directions. https://linemeetsand.com/2016/10/13/flash-fiction-challenge/
Something about this one seized me; the continuation will be up soon!
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A bit late, but managed to make in before the deadline! https://scotchfullyyours.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/the-genetics-of-revenge/
I think I missed the deadline, but I’ll totally steal someone’s for a part 2!
I wrote this while traveling on a tramp steamer crossing the international dateline so I hope I still qualify. The story: a couple visit a carnival sideshow featuring a fearsome critter.
I hope that I’m not too late! Here is my part 1: https://sugarandmice.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/a-scary-story-part-1/
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