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#1 Aaron Bradford Starr

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 07:45 PM

I heard about this on NPR.  A Reddit thread dedicated to two-sentence horror stories.  I thought "That's cool, but..."

 

The guest on the radio then read her personal favorite, and I was convinced (as it became mine, too, when I read the entries at this link):

 

I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.”

-Juan J Ruiz

 

So what do you think?  What can you do to scare a reader in just two sentences?

 

Note:  My advice is to not read too many of the Reddit stories.  That'll dim your spark pretty quickly.



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 02:06 PM

You're correct. That is VERY creepy!



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 03:58 PM

Thanks for bumping this back into rotation. Wow, that is a creepy tale! Love it.



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 05:25 PM

I'll give it a shot. This one really happened to me during the Northridge Earthquake.

 

The sound of the coming doom scared me to my core. Unlike any human threat, this one could not be reasoned with.


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 03:01 PM

I have one. It isn't mine but I saw it on a commercial for Wayward Pines and it struck me as super-creepy. I can't remember it word for word so I am paraphrasing: "I'm from Portland." "And where is home?" "I just told you where I'm from." "I didn't ask where you are from. I asked you, where is home?"

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 12:53 AM

Here's one that'll send a chill down the spine of any adult...

 

"We'll only take a moment of your time. We're from the IRS."


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Posted 27 April 2015 - 12:09 PM

Let's see how this goes:

 

I awoke to see dead bodies and blood everywhere. I had no recollection of anything after I'd been locked inside the cell of lunatics.



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Posted 28 April 2015 - 08:33 AM

After three years of obsession and sleepless nights, it was finally over: my grandfather's engineering feat of a clock was finally put back together. As I stood, my foot stepped on a tiny screw lying on the floor.

 

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