I distinctly remember, in my childhood library, skipping quickly over Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories” books on the shelves. The haunting covers, the memory of one story about a girl with her head attached by a single, pretty ribbon—I was terrified that just being in the book’s presence would draw horrible creatures closer to me.
How can words be so petrifying, so manipulative, so… arresting?
With Halloween quickly approaching, many of us will don costumes in order to scare our friends. But what if we had the opportunity to frighten using words alone? Enter Fly Magazine‘s Tweetable Horror Story Project.
From now until November, all you have to do is login to your Twitter account and craft a horrifying tale in less than 140 characters. Tag your entry with #fly140 and the magazine will RT and print their favorites in upcoming issues.
I checked the hashtag while writing this article—and immediately closed the tab. This stuff is not to be read alone, in the dark, with only the glow of a computer screen. Writers, show us what you’ve got.