10 Horrifying Horror Story Prompts

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Every Bike Ride by Duncan Long

10 Horrifying Horror Story Prompts

Here are 10 horror story prompts that should give you the chills, and get you writing something scary. Warning if these don’t scare you, you are most-likely a zombie, vampire, werewolf or ghost. If you are unaware of being one of the undead, seek medical attention immediately.

  1. You have had a strange feeling for a few days now. Today you’ve been feeling very energetic and tired at the same time. You sit, exhausted and full of energy, at your desk. Your arm has been itching. It’s killing you now. You look at your forearm and see it for the first time. Something is moving under your skin. It is shifting around. Your muscle spasms and you realize there are dozens moving toward the surface.
  2. You open your eyes to complete darkness. The last thing you remember is the dog running out into the road, the brightness of the day light, and your car headed off the road. As your head clears you realize you are hanging upside down. Your feet and legs are completely mobilized. You can hear something breathing in the room.

  1. Your driving on a country road. It is late at night. You are far from home. You realize, as you check your mirrors, there is a man you do not know, hiding on the floor of your back seat.
  2. It’s 3 am. Your room is dark, but you can see that there is someone, standing at the foot of your bed. You can just make out that he or she is wearing a clown costume, and you are pretty sure, from the glare and the little bit of reflection, that it has a knife.
  3. At 3 am you wake up out of a very sound sleep. You hear the ice cream truck outside of your house. And you realize, the sound that woke you up, was the sound of your 4 year old daughter, letting the screen down slam, as she left the house.
  4. You are running late. After quickly getting ready, you rush out of the house and to your car door. A sound gets your attention, and for the first time this morning you look at your surroundings. There is a fully grown male lion, just a few feet from you. Your car door is still locked.
  5. You are falling. The 737 is a 100 yards above you. You hear the rush of the wind, and it’s so cold. You realize you are still holding your baby.
  6. The worst cramps you have ever had set in on your biceps. Your arms are twisting. You feel your ankles popping. It came on so suddenly. You drop to your knees, looking through your bedroom window, you see the full moon. You hear a little voice behind you, “Mommy?” (or “daddy”)
  7. You are frozen with fear. You open your eyes, the tent is dark. But you can feel the heavy weight of a large tarantula covering one eye. Through the other eye you can see the shadows, from the moonlight, of 100s if not 1000s of other spiders covering the tent.
  8. The man leans into you. There is a dark red almost black color to the whites of his eyes. He is so close his nose is almost touching your nose. You can feel his breath when he says, “We all have it in here. We are all infected.

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  1. The road ahead was shrouded in mist. I kept my foot on the accelerator and soon saw the terrific so called haunted house. I parked the car and looked at the house. This is where I was to live for the rest of my holidays. I thought about how Grandad had said about how much fun he has in this old rickety house and this neighborhood. I have faith in my Grandad when he says I’ll have lots of fun as well.

    The next day……….

    I woke up at 6 the next day and saw my grandad reading his newspaper and sipping his coffee. Good old grandad, he still hasn’t changed.

    ”Well, good morning Hannah” ,he says to me.

    ” Good morning grandad”, I said.

    I go to the kitchen and make myself some toast with butter and jam. While eating I ask my grandad

    ” Grandad, why do people in the neighborhood call this house a haunted house:?

    ”Oh those are all lies, wouldn’t I know if my own house was haunted?”, he casually replied.

    Right after he said that, there was a slight shake in the house and grandad’s face was covered in the newspaper, his shoulders hunched, he didn’t usually sit like this but when the shake stopped, grandad was sitting up normally and asked me ,

    ”So Hannah, what do you want to do today?”

    ”I’ll just do some of my homework and then have a look around the a look around the neighborhood”, I reply

    ”All right, but don’t go too far from here because children aren’t allowed to go far alone”, he warns me

    ”Why not” ,I ask

    ”You’ll find out when you make some friends”, he says.

    I get up and wash up our dishes, then go up to my room to do some homework for the coming tests in Term 2. I sigh as I go through the pages filled numbers and letters, wondering what happens far away from the house……..

    A week later………

    I met some girls from our neighborhood called Abigail(Abi), Zoe and Sophia. They live a few houses down. Surprisingly no on lives in the houses around us until yesterday a family moved in. One day we were at Zoe’s house chatting about how my daily life was at the city and they were telling me about their daily lives when I remembered about my granddad saying that once I have some friends I’ll know why I can’t go far away from the house.
    ”Zoe, why aren’t we kids allowed to go far from here?”, I ask.

    Suddenly all their faces drop from happy to serious, like real serious.

    ”Are you sure you want to know?” they all whisper very quietly.

    ”Why would I ask if I didn’t want to know”, I reply.

    ”All right then, once we all went far away from here to see what was down there that banned all children from going down there”, Zoe says.

    ” What was down there?”, I ask

    ”People, people who lived around your house, and they have gone crazy.”, Sophia says.

    ”How?”, I ask

    ”All of them starting screaming when one of them saw us, and they were saying something similar to another”, Abi said

    ”And what is that?”,I ask

    ” They kept saying THERE GOES THE MAN WITH HIS MOUTH FULL OF BLOOD!!!” , Sophia said. ” It’s said that they say that the moment they see anyone, and I’ve even heard some people say that it’s your grandad………”, she added.

    ”No, it can’t be my grandad”, I said laughing, ”he’s WAY too kind to be a person who can drive people crazy.”.

    ”That’s our point, he’s a bit WAY too kind”. Abi said.

    After that we all had to go home and go to sleep. On the way to my house, I wondered what drove those people crazy and who was the man with his mouth full of blood. After reaching home I bid good night to granddad and went to sleep. I thought about what Sophia said, it couldn’t be my grandad, could it?

    In the middle of the night, I woke up. I heard some movement downstairs and then a shrill scream followed by some more shrieks and screams. I got so scared. I put the blanket over my head as if it would protect me. Then I heard someone coming up the stairs, I tightened my fingers around the blanket. Then, I heard my door creak open. I slowly lifted a teeny tiny bit of my blanket to see who it was.

    It was the man with his mouth full of blood and his eyes glowing…………. It was my grandad.

    I screamed as loud as I could…….

    “What happened, why are you screaming?”, my grandad said as he turned the light on.

    I just stared at him as if expecting him to come running towards me and trying to eat my brain.

    “You just……..had……your……blood….glowing……” I kept blabbering until my grandad came and sat right beside me, I stopped abruptly. I just stared at him the whole time while he was trying to comfort me. My head was spinning and I was super confused, my grandad had opened my bedroom door and walked in with his mouth full of blood and his eyes glowing, the next minute he was beside me, trying to comfort me as if I had a nightmare, maybe it was a nightmare. I couldn’t make out anything right now so I just said that I’m feeling better and that he can go back to sleep.

    The next morning…….

    I got up from my bed and went down the stairs. Grandad was sitting there, no tea, no newspaper. I slowly walked towards his direction, while walking I stepped on a chip that I was eating a few days ago. My grandad immediately looked towards the sound, and then looked at me, his eyes glowing. Then, his neck snapped back and then he looked around, as if he was here for the first time, then his eyes feel on me. I slowly backed a up a bit, and all he said was

    ”How was your sleep”

    I just looked at him, how could he forget what happened last night?

    ”It was alright”, I replied

    ”Good, so what’s your plan for today?”, he asked while making his tea.

    ”I am going to the park with my friends”, I said

    ”Okay, have fun”, he said plainly.

    I needed to meet my friends asap and tell them about my ”nightmare” .

    “Oh my god”, Abi said after she heard what happened yesterday, ”I knew it, all the rumours were true about your grandad.

    ”Forget that, are you okay?”, Sophia asked.

    ”I’m fine I guess, just a little shaken up.”, I replied.

    ”You should go back to the city as soon a you can”, Zoe said.

    ” I can’t, my mum said that I’m supposed to stay here for few more days”, I said.

    ”Ok, but stay away from him as much as possible”, they all said.

    ”Hey, it doesn’t have to be true, could be a nightmare as well”. I replied.

    They all gave me a look which was pretty obvious to what they believed. It had gotten quite late while we were chatting and said goodbye to each other and went home. Once I reached home, I went and sat on the dinner table where grandad had made dinner, but he was nowhere to be seen. I ate dinner and then went to sleep, even though I stayed up the whole night, expecting my grandad to come crashing through the door, his mouth with blood and his eyes glowing. I had my phone right next to me, so I could record it if he did it again and send it to my mom. I kept on waiting, nothing came. My tiredness slowly gave way and then I fell into a deep sleep.

    The following morning……

    ”Grandad, can I please go back to the city now?”. I asked.

    ” Why, is there something wrong?”, he asked.

    ”No, I’m just feeling homesick”, I replied.

    ”Oh, if that’s the case, I’ll talk to your mum”. He said.

    What did he mean by if that’s the case? Was he expecting me to say something else?
    After a few hours…

    ”Alright, your mom said that you can drive back tomorrow morning”, he said

    ”Okay, thanks” , I said.

    I said bye to him as I was walking to the door and then he asked,

    ”Are you sure that your feeling homesick?”.

    ”Yes, why?, I asked.

    ”Oh just asking”, he replied

    ”Okay bye”, I said

    As I walked out I thought about why he was asking me questions like that. Maybe he knew that he walked in my bedroom with his mouth with blood and his eyes glowing, maybe not. All I knew was I needed to get away from him fast. I had a really bad feeling about him now.

    When I met my friends, I told them that I was going back to the city the following morning, they all were a bit shocked, even though they knew that their friend had to leave sometime and it was for her own good. Suddenly even I felt like crying, over the weeks, they had become my best friends, even better than the ones I had in the city. My weeks here would have been miserable if it wasn’t for them. I promised that this would not be the last time we’d be seeing each other. We would keep in touch and talk at least once every week.

    ”Zoe, we need to leave soon”, said Zoe’s mom from downstairs. They were going out for a movie.

    ”Yes mum, I’ll be there in 10 minutes”, Zoe shouted.

    As I looked around Zoe’s room, I saw a newspaper lying under her pillow and I stood up to read it. After I read it I couldn’t believe my eyes. I kept on reading it again and again until I was sure that my eyes weren’t deceiving me.

    ”Zoe, what this?”, I asked.

    All of them looked guiltily at each other.

    ”Ummmm, that’s the daily newspaper.”, she said without looking at me.

    ”Yeah? Well why is it under your pillow?”, I asked angrily

    ”We didn’t think you would want to kn……..”, Abi was saying when I cut her off

    ” You don’t think of what I would want to know, and what I don’t. This paper creates the doubt in my mind, that my grandad, who I thought to be a lovely and kind person, is a PSYCHOPATHIC SERIAL KILLER!!!”, I shouted, my eyes full, of tears.

    The paper said, ”New family that recently moved in has gone crazy and we believe that the Blood Man has done it again. The family is currently being moved where the other victims are”.

    2 nights ago, I heard someone movement downstairs, like someone going outside, them screams and shrieks. Then my grandad coming in my room, his mouth full of blood and his eyes glowing. This was too much to be a coincidence. I might be his next victim, because I live in his house! I could do a sleepover but then he could just come here instead and get me and my friends. So I decided to keep my friends out of this, partly because they were my friends and most of all because they had gotten really close to me. So I just said that I needed to go and all I got in return were worried looks from them. After I reached home, grandad said that I need to pack up for tomorrow morning. I went upstairs and packed my bag. I put everything that I bought into my suitcase and went down to put it in my car. I said good night to my grandad and went to bed. ”Come on”, I said to myself, ”just one more night”. Then slowly, like a turtle, I went to sleep.

    The next morning…………

    I sipped on my coffee as I watched the clock go ’tick-tock,tick-tock”. After I finished it I put it in the sink, washed it and started making my way to the door with grandad right behind me. I started to say goodbye and hugged him then sat in my car. While I was reversing my car from the driveway, only one thing was in my head. ”Leave my friend alone, leave my friends alone”, my head kept on praying that grandad wouldn’t do anything that would harm my friends.

    A week later…….

    I was standing in the mall near my house when my eye caught a paper from the place that I had gone to. The reason my eye caught the newspaper was because the word ”Blood”, was written in red bold letters. I swiftly picked up the paper, paid the guy at the counter, and started reading the paper. It said ”3 girls were attacked by Blood Man last week. I read the paragraph again, then got my phone out and texted Zoe, ”Are u okay?”, I tapped on my phone and press send. A minute later I got a reply,

    ”No, I got them”

    Was that grandad? How did he have Zoe’s phone?

    ”Is that you Grandad?, I asked.

    ”Smart girl, knows everything eh?, the message said.

    ”WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY FRIENDS”, I typed fiercely on my phone.

    ”What I did to the rest……….”, he replied.

    ”Why are you doing all this?”

    ”You have no clue what reason there is behind this, if I don’t do it, I’ll die……… I won’t be able to meet you or your mother”, he texted.

    ”You selfish man, it doesn’t matter if you die now or not, because you’re already dead to me”, I texted and hit send. Then I went to contacts and blocked his number, just like I blocked him out, out of my life. Then I thought about my friends, and almost immediately started sobbing, and almost never stopped, once I gathered myself together, I swore on my life that I would avenge my friends lives, and wouldn’t let grandad rest in peace, ever.

  2. Oh wait sorry I just saw the thing

  3. But could someone just give suggestions?

  4. It was 12:00 o’clock I was alone in the home I felt scared it was rainy the light were off I brought the candle I was thirsty then when drank I went to the sitting room I was watching horror movie I felt too scared when I was going to my bed I heard a very loud sound that sound was from our neighborhood some enters their home and then he knocked and knocked at the door i was freazing with fear i started thinking i called the police and give him the place but the police didnt come after half an hour I called him next time he answered but he didn’t knew where the place is and i felt scared the their was opening the door immediately I called y parents and told them everything less have a half hour they bring a police and came they took the their and put him in the jail hugged my parents and my tears began to fall because from the scary night and i told them never say at home alone

  5. #3 *You’re

  6. Thanks for finally writing about >10 Horrifying Horror Story
    Prompts <Liked it!

  7. your story was awesome i liked it

  8. yess i love this guys! i am new. someone should certainly show me how to do this! #readingclub

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