Halloween is just around the creepy corner and the scare community is bracing for a whole lot of fun.  But, what is deep down terrifying? Think about what is ‘really scary’ and not just gore or gross.  Here’s a list of a few ideas to get you started:


  1. Going crazy – absolutely losing your mind and having no control over the voices.
  2. Not going crazy, but everyone around you acting like you are.
  3. Losing the ability to communicate in any way – in writing or talking, but you are conscious and aware of the world around you.
  4. Losing your eye sight – how would you deal with never seeing the sun set again?
  5. Death of a loved one – a hard fact of life.
  6. Lost with no chance of rescue – it’s not all coconuts and fishing, is it?
  7. The dark/unknown – night, dark, and everything in it has been the most primal fear of man since the beginning of human kind, how would you deal with it?
  8. Involuntary physical constrain/restraint – Saw anyone? How do you escape without using the blood and guts approach?
  9. Complete aloneness – no one else anywhere, ever again.  Last person standing after the end of all other people.  How did it happen, why did you survive, and now what are you going to do?
  10. Total silence without having lost you hearing – Yes, no sound at all.  No cars, no chipping, no breathing.


Write something scary,

~ Sarah Ockershausen Delp

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