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100-word horror story

Since tomorrow is Insecure Writers’ Support Group day, I’ll make this post short and sweet.

I was recently challenged to write a 100-word horror story. Feel free to write your own and share it in the comments, if you like.

The questions began every evening. I tried my best to answer them.

 “Daddy, why is the sky blue?”

 I sighed with relief—this one I knew. “It isn’t really—it’s colorless. The reflection of the sun’s rays makes it seem blue.”

 She paused for a moment. Her next question was a little harder.

 “Daddy, where did Mommy go?”

 The thought of her mother still made my chest tight. “Mommy got sick, and the angels took her away so she wouldn’t suffer.”

 Her last question was the most difficult.

 “Daddy, why did you kill me?”

 I wish I had the answer.

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34 Comments

    • JH

      Thanks so much, Alex! You ROCK.

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  1. yikes, totally out of left field!

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    • JH

      I’ll take that as a compliment, Susan. 😀

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    • JH

      Thanks so much, Mason! Who knows…maybe, like the best horror movie characters, they’ll come back.

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  2. Wow. Just Wow!

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    • JH

      Aw, thanks Denise. Everyone is being so kind. I didn’t expect such a wonderful response–I’m a little overwhelmed. 🙂

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  3. That was amazing, and horrifying. I’ll have to play with something really short like this. I’m surprised how powerful it could be with so few words.

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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    • JH

      Thanks, Samantha. I’m glad you liked it. The PR team at Samhain asked me to write it, and when they first suggested it, I thought, “I can’t do that–a horror story in 100 words? That’s crazy!”

      Turns out I can! 😀

      If you try it, tag me.

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  4. *chills*
    *chills*
    *chills*

    That is SO creepy!

    Well done!

    Heather

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    • JH

      Aw, thanks Heather! *hugs*

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  5. Totally chilling!

    And you know how much I love micro fiction AND horror. 🙂

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    • JH

      Thanks, Madeline! It’s great to hear from a master of the genre.

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  6. It begs for an encore. Nicely done. 🙂

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    • JH

      Thanks so much, Henry! And thanks for posting your own on my Facebook page. That was awesome.

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      • You’re welcome. It was a fun challenge. I wish more people would give it a try.

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        • JH

          You and me both!

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  7. Creepy. Makes me want to hear more.

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    • JH

      Thanks, Lisa. You never know…maybe these two will speak to me some more one day, demanding a novel of their own.

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  8. Well done!

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    • JH

      Thanks so much, Adam! Welcome to my blog. 🙂

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  9. That ending is chilling! This reminded me of something I read before. I swear I’ve read something before about a child asking a dad questions and each one was harder for him to answer. Hmm…I can’t think of where I read it, though. Oh well. Great job! I should try 100 word stories. 🙂

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    • JH

      Thanks, Chrys. Is it possible you read it when I promoted it for Samhain? They were the ones who asked me to write it initially, and I shared it back then.

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  10. Yep. That ending was chilling all right. Oh, the ghost of Mark Twain just followed your Twitter account — on account you were pretty he said, wagging his eyebrows! Sigh. Forgive the old rascal. He’s mostly harmless except to himself!! 🙂

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    • JH

      Well, I’m flattered, Roland. And you can tell Mr. Twain I said so.

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  11. Wow! I did not see that coming and that is downright creepy but it would make a great book and movie

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    • JH

      Wow, you’re too kind, Birgit! Thanks so much. 🙂

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    • JH

      Thanks so much, Mary!

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  12. CREEPY!!!! I love it. =) <3

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    • JH

      Thanks, Nikki. I adore you!

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  13. That was great. I didn’t see that ending.

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    • JH

      Thanks, Patricia!

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