Ready to be terrified?


A few days ago @TerrifyingPosts posted this great two-line horror story….


What do you think? Why is it so scary?


32 comments on “Ready to be terrified?

  1. Stevenz says:

    At first it was a bit hair-raising then became kind of amusing in an existential kind of way.

  2. jo Burgess says:

    You can scan the paragraph really fast so you’ve read it before you maybe wanted to. No opportunity to turn away like you could if it was longer or a film. Shudder!

  3. Joey says:

    Huh… Amongst others it is so scary, because you do not know, which of the two children is the “unreal” one. And, like a joke, it is unexpected and destroy the first impression.

  4. Evan says:

    You know what’s really scary about these sentences is the grammar!

    • Stevie says:

      thanks Jacob. My favourite has to be:
      “I can’t sleep,” she whispered, crawling into bed with me. I woke up cold, clutching the dress she was buried in.

  5. He’s suddenly faced with the horrifying feeling of not being able to recognise his own child and the responsibility of having to choose one over the other as the ‘real’ one. What if he makes a mistake?

  6. Rogue says:

    I don’t see nothing “scary” or “terrifying” there. Am I normal ? Or…

    • Stevie says:

      So what did you see that was scary or terrifying, considering that you did not see nothing?

    • One Eyed Jack says:

      Agreed. Nothing terrifying. Amusing. Cute twist, but not terrifying at all.

  7. mgm75 says:

    Wow, that was impressive. As a fiction writer I should definitely give this one a go

  8. Eddie says:

    It’s all right. It was his twin brother larking about in the wrong bed.

  9. Gabby Bollard says:

    Here is my scary story

    On Friday Richard Wiseman posted the puzzle question, “Can you use three 2s to create an expression (such as ’2+2+2′) that equals 22?” Then suddenly on Monday the question was altered to, “Can you use three 2s to create an expression (such as ’2+2+2′) that equals 11?”

  10. little_mouse says:

    The story taps into various issues that Freud addressed in his essay “The Uncanny”. Freud described ‘uncanny’ (or ‘unhomely’) as situations where everything seems normal, but something is ‘wrong’ in some way. Furthermore, Freud discusses the uncanny aspects of twins/doppelgangers at length. I think that the story is so scary because it deals with something quintessentially uncanny.

  11. Steve Jones says:

    For something to be scary, you need suspense. This has none.

  12. pipert says:

    This is a ripoff of the excellent short film The Little Witch:

  13. Alma says:

    The short film is far more effective. And what’s with the quotation marks at the start of the story?? 🙂 Interesting little scary idea though. What if?

  14. Alma says:

    Oh – and this is one I find very creepy: In the middle of a winter’s night, alone in your house, you reach out, groping in the pitch darkness, trying to feel for the glass of water on your bedside table. Silently but firmly, the glass is simply placed into your hand.

  15. Barry Goddard says:

    Frederick Brown wrote a two sentence horror story that went something like:

    The last man on earth sat alone in his room. There was a knock on the door.

    But he ruined it in my opinion by making it part of a longer story. The longer story started AND ended with those two sentences.

    I believe I can and have improved on Browne’s work below:

    The last man on earth knocked on a door. “Come in” said a voice.

    Much scarier, yes?

    • Alma says:

      But – why would he knock on a door if he was the last man on Earth??? Who (or what) would he be expecting might answer??

    • Anonymous says:

      He didn’t know he was the last man on earth.

  16. ctj says:

    After the long dark train ride, Abraham was ready to run anywhere, and he almost made through a hole in the chain link fence before his mother grabbed him. “Your filthy and need to clean up,” she said, as she grabbed him by collar and followed the German guard to the showers.

  17. Zoe Butler says:

    The doctor said, “That’s not indigestion, I’m afraid. Moroccan Sand Worms like curry too.

    © Zoe Butler 2014.

  18. Henry says:

    Tucking my son into bed, he said, “Daddy, I think there is a monster under the bed.” To reassure him, I bent over to look and saw myself staring back. The me under the bed said, ‘Help me, there’s someone on the bed.”

  19. Anonimo says:

    La verdad es que poco sé de ingles y no pude entender mucho q digamos; pero el vídeo de la brujita esta genial.

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  21. dkmoosa says:

    It is very very scary because it involves your own kid.. nothing on this planet can b more beloved than your kids .. if it was your gf, bf, friend even parents u must b running without looking back even a single time but u simply CAN NOT leave u r kid in any situation. ..

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