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Horror/Scary: January 08, 2020 Issue [#9948]

 This week: I'm not going in there!
  Edited by: Arakun the Twisted Raccoon
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Table of Contents

1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

Quote for the week: "What terrified me will terrify others; and I need only describe the spectre which had haunted my midnight pillow."
~Mary Shelley

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Letter from the editor

What makes a place scary? If you ask different people this question, you will probably get many different answers. One person's nightmare might be another's paradise.

Horror stories and movies take advantage of many human fears that are rooted in our survival instinct. For example, avoiding dark, isolated places where strange noises could be heard probably saved the lives of our primitive ancestors.

We tend to fear what we do not know. A resident of a small country village might fear large cities, while a person living in the city might dread the thought of a visit to the country. Our fear of the unknown may keep us alive and safe in some cases, but in others it may keep us from trying new things. In an extreme form, fear of the unknown can be paralyzing. The person might be unable to leave their house and will shun all contact with the outside world. In cases like that, the scariest place is the human mind.

Some places might only be frightening to a few people because of personal experience. If a character has bad memories of a certain place, it might be terrifying to them, even if it seems harmless to others.

Maybe it is not the place itself that is frightening, but rather the people or other creatures who are found there. The island where "Jurassic Park" took place was beautiful, but soon there was screaming and running...*Smile*

What is the scariest place you have ever been, and why? One of the scariest places I have ever been was high school!

Something to try: Write a horror story set in the scariest place you have ever been.

Editor's Picks

The Golden Apparition  (E)
An eerie tale told by my grandfather.
#1886450 by Teargen

IT LURKS  (13+)
Beware of strangers bearing curses.
#2207530 by Victor L. Rolling Jr.

Rule #8  (18+)
SCREAMS!!! Contest Weekly Winner!!! Prompt: A Confession
#2205286 by HikerAngel

Hallowed  (18+)
Four friends, one fatal injustice, and a Halloween they'll never forget!
#2204430 by Laurie Razor

Le Duc de Montblanc  (18+)
a narcissistic duke is never the same after he attends the royal ball…
#2185257 by Jim says Happy Valentines Day!

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