10 Horrifying Horror Story Prompts

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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. I hope you guys posted in our horror contest. We picked the winners last weekend. There is a second on of these threads that is 10 More horrifying story prompts. Also, do you guys want to workshop thread? Anyone interested in that?

  2. It was November 1,1922 and it was a dark & rainy day on Dedio’s farm.He was outside in his barn fixing his tractor and listening to a radio program.Then Dedio walked outside to go to his little house he could barely afford. When Dedio got outside, the rain was pouring down and lightning striking down hard enough on the ground,it scared the cattle.Then one lightning bolt struck Dedio.The electric ran threw his body like a marathon.He fell to ground right after.His wife noticed him and she ran out to help.He was pronounced dead.

  3. I AM FINNALY DONE I woke up at 3 am. I heard the sound of an ice cream truck. I was hallucinating because it was just my 4 year old daughter slamming the window down. Then I watched as she went down the stairs and went outside. I followed her after I got dressed. She was gone. There was no sign of her. It was just silence and darkness. I went back inside and I called the police. “Hello this is 911 what’s your emergency” said the police officer. “Hello officer my child has gone missing I heard a ice cream truck and she went outside and vanished” I said. “Ok I will send a search party to your location” The officer said. I hung up the phone and shivered as I sat on the couch. I kept on hearing a ice cream truck. I was mad and I went outside to see little kids getting ice cream. I was guessing their parents weren’t awake. In the ice cream truck was a creepy clown. He said “Hey kids want some Ice cream or a root beer float.” Then he laughed hahahahahhaha you’re all gonna float! He sucked them up with a long vacuum and they all got stuck in the back of the truck and the clown sped away. I yelled at him “Come back here!”
    Soon the cops came to my house at 3178 , Mainway Drive. I asked him what is going on and he told me that there was a cerial killer clown on the loose. I tried to remember the license plate number but I only managed to get to first three letters. It was YQH. They managed to pull up ten ice cream trucks with the first three letters. It all turned out to be the first truck that was the killer. We had proof on cameras and also he bought the same costume as the clown in the truck. We managed to get all the kids back to their house and I got my child back. He eventually had a trial and was proven guilty. Then I ate popcorn with my girl and he went to prison for child abductions.

  4. I woke up at 3 am. I heard the sound of an ice cream truck. I was hallucinating because it was just my 4 year old daughter slamming the window down. Then I watched as she went down the stairs and went outside. I followed her after I got dressed. She was gone. There was no sign of her. It was just silence and darkness. I went back inside and I called the police. “Hello this is 911 what’s your emergency” said the police officer. “Hello officer my child has gone missing I heard a ice cream truck and she went outside and vanished” I said. “Ok I will send a search party to your location” The officer said. I hung up the phone and shivered as I sat on the couch. I kept on hearing a ice cream truck. I was mad and I went outside to see little kids getting ice cream. I was guessing their parents weren’t awake. In the ice cream truck was a creepy clown. He said “Hey kids want so Ice cream or a root beer float.” Then he laughed hahahahahhaha you’re all gonna float! He sucked them up with a long vacuum and they all got stuck in the back of the truck and the clown sped away. I yelled at him “Come back here!”
    Soon the cops came to my house at 3178 , Mainway Drive. I asked him what is going on and he told me that there was a cerial killer clown on the loose. I tried to remember the license plate number but I only managed to get to first three letters. It was YQH. They managed to pull up ten ice cream trucks with the first three letters. (I updated the story some more)

  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. It’s at that moment that you realize in order to have this state of mind to analyze the situation and also hold on to your baby you must have super-human strength in more than one way. Encouraged by this revelation, you focus hard and with all your mental strength you begin to rise and then fly away until you and your baby are safely back at home. Later that day your baby laughs as you choke to death on a piece of steak.

  6. I woke up at 3 am. I heard the sound of an ice cream truck. I was hallucinating because it was just my 4 year old daughter slamming the window down. Then I watched as she went down the stairs and went outside. I followed her after I got dressed. She was gone. There was no sign of her. It was just silence and darkness. I went back inside and I called the police. “Hello this is 911 what’s your emergency” said the police officer. “Hello officer my child has gone missing I heard a ice cream truck and she went outside and vanished” I said. “Ok I will send a search party to your location” The officer said. I hung up the phone and shivered as I sat on the couch. I kept on hearing a ice cream truck. I was mad and I went outside to see little kids getting ice cream. I was guessing their parents weren’t awake. In the ice cream truck was a creepy clown. He said “Hey kids want so Ice cream or a root beer float.” Then he laughed hahahahahhaha you’re all gonna float! He sucked them up with a long vacuum and they all got stuck in the back of the truck and the clown sped away. I yelled at him “Come back here!”

  7. it’s not that they’re not scary, just boring and crummy. they would definetly scare the heak out of little kids. 🙂 😉 just trin to be helpful. 😮 🙁

  8. Thanks! I love these ideas! I have to write a scary story for school and these definery got my mind going! Thx!

  9. These are like the best story prompts have found on the topic. I don’t even know what everyone else is talking about

  10. To be fair I’m only 12 years old and these stories didn’t scare me at all. So I guess I’m a zombie or a vampire now.

  11. I have a story prompt, my the way it is a true story,

    Your mum and dad have had a fall-out and your brother ‘Carter’ has gone to stay at your mum’s house for a visit and your sister ‘Sienna’ (with speech problems) is staying at your house for a visit, Sienna is in bed, snoring like a warthog, when suddenly she stops and says in a loud, clear voice “Carter”, then starts snoring again.

    REMEMBER! TRUE STORY!

  12. I am writing my own scary story this has really helped me… thank you to the makers of this website… Much love… once again thank you so much because after reading this i have many brilliant ideas.. all because of yall.. so thanks

  13. I must be A Werewolf..I see ghosts and this sure as heck doesn’t scar me. I’m trying to write A scary story myself but it seems only one caught my eye.

  14. These are actually quite intriguing prompts. Please ignore the semi-literate nitwits who can’t admit to the general creepiness. I see a lot of potential for delightfully disturbing stories, here!

  15. Wow! These prompts are really helpful to me, it really sparked up my imagination, i was just writing my first horror story and it really did me good. Giving me ideas on what to write.
    Keep it up!

  16. These are not meant to scare you, they’re meant to spark your creativity. They give you a general idea without much detail and it’s up to you to add in the bits and pieces that will cause chills to run up and down the reader’s spine.

    I found this extremely helpful, and it really sparked my imagination for my writing.

  17. What was that it wasn’t even scary in fact I could read this in the night all alone in the dark👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻 ALSO I THOUGHT THIS WASN A HORRO STORY NOT A BED TIME STORY😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴

  18. You are a writers’ group; you deal with editing and publishing; the finest in creative craft. And you make a third statement that begins: “Your driving on a country road.” Suddenly, ghouls and phantasms begin to rip you to shreds, but you have an easy way out of your predicament, but you resist and stand your ground. You get eaten alive!

  19. Here’s an idea, you walk to school and sit on your bench and suddenly fall down a hole full of blood and bones, piranhas catching your legs and arms and you end up as a piranha looking monster

  20. For all the people who complain because the prompts aren’t scary; it’s because they are prompts it’s up to you to flesh them out and add that terrifing atmosphere.

    If you don’t have children, just substitute your sibling or favorite cousin or best friend. Maybe switch it around and have you parent come up behind you.

    These are just meant to get you thinking.

  21. These didn’t really scare me, though to be fair, I’m not easily scared. With that aside, I love these prompts! They are right up my alley as far as the material that I write. They definitely have my creative juices flowing. I will definitely be able to start something great by the end of the night. Thanks!

  22. I’m only a teenager and these are no where near scary at all my sisters scared but I’m not at all I need proper scary stories that are actually scary.

  23. There needs to be more Prompts appropriately set for pre-teens, teens, and young adults that want to come on this website and use prompts. These prompts are talking about another child calling them “Mommy” or “Daddy”. These children know nothing about being Mothers or Fathers.

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