Friday, October 21, 2022

Friday Writings #49: Scary Bits

Greetings, dear poets and storytellers. Have you read or watched anything scary lately? I mean, other than in the news? I hope so. No, I’m not hoping that you’ve watched scary news, but that you’ve read or watched something a bit scary for pleasure. That sounds so strange, doesn’t it? What other species delights in terrifying itself? I guess we are special (or a bit mad *cough*).

I’ve been enjoying creepy books and movies. So, for today’s optional prompt, I invite you to write poetry or prose inspired by one (or more) of the following scary quotes:

“There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

 “I must confess to you: I’m giving serious thought to eating your wife”
Hannibal, by Thomas Harris

 “I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times.”
Psycho, by Robert Bloch

 “Grownups are the real monsters.”
It, by Stephen King

“Blood is really warm, it’s like drinking hot chocolate but with more screaming.”
Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your… Brains, by Ryan Mecum

If your muse isn’t in the mood for creepy, choose any piece you like; new or old, fiction or nonfiction, short or longish (369 words or fewer). Please, add the direct link to your post; one link per participant. After you share your words, visit other writers and see what their muses have chosen to delight (or terrify) us with on the third week of October.

next week, Rommy will ask us to take inspiration from the word “sweet”.



  1. Such wonderful quotes! But I'm continuing to share the prison memoir for one more week. Mind you, most of those quotes (maybe not Hannibal!) are quite applicable to that situation, in a general way..

    1. I think you're quite right about the maybe not Hannibal's quote bit.

    2. Although of course Hannibal was in prison when we first met him – in that movie, for most of us, in the person of Anthony Hopkins.

  2. Dear Rob, I have removed your second link. Magaly does say quite clearly, 'one link per participant' . It's not fair to others if we overlook your extra.

  3. Good day, Poets & Storytellers!

    Yes, i wonder why people go to theatres and pay good money to let horror films scare them out of their seats, dropping drinks and pop corn. Perhaps the experience is different, with all the visual and aural excesses. And at the end of the show, they know it's just a show. We can read our books to get a scare too. Or youtube. Or Netflix.
    And I think what I wrote for this prompt is pretty scary.


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