Writing Prompt: Dead by Dawn

When I emerged from the Filmhouse at 3am, I was a twitching little wreck. Three nights and days of horror films had exposed me to the sick and twisted possibilities of the human mind and I was left fascinated by what I had seen. Eye-puncturing acts with a paper clip, a child decapitated by a witch in a cabin, people turning on each other with knives and handguns in a disaster-scenario, transvestite narcissists stomping on puppies in pillowcases and 53 school girls in Tokyo joining hands and jumping in front of a train in unison. That was the mild stuff.

What got me thinking was that someone had to sit there, think this stuff up and commit it to film. So, here’s a rather macabre prompt. Look around the room. Pick three common objects and devise a scene that would feel comfortable in a horror film. Stay away from the usual stuff, knives, potato peelers, (anything obviously sharp, otherwise it’s cheating) and write to the limits of your twisted little mind.

Enjoy and let the nightmares begin (mine haven’t stopped. Can’t wait until next year!)

Writing Prompt: Dead By Dawn


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