13 Horror Stories for Super-Short Attention Spans

    Get the chills.

    Do you think you could tell a horror story using only two sentences?

    Well, that’s exactly what these 13 folks did. It’s harder than you might think. Even with all the comma-conjunctions you can possibly muster, it still has to grab the reader and feel whole.

    Give these a read and maybe try your hand in the comments section after.


    1. Selfie …

    There was a picture in my phone of me sleeping.

    I live alone.

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    2. Safety at Last

    Carol never wore her safety goggles.

    Now she doesn’t need to.


    3. Pop!

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    They delivered the mannequins in bubble wrap.

    From the main room … I begin to hear popping.


    4. Cradle

    After working a hard day, I came home to see my girlfriend cradling our child.

    I didn’t know which was more frightening, seeing my dead girlfriend and stillborn child, or knowing that someone broke into my apartment to place them there.

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    5. Higher Up

    The grinning face stared at me from the darkness beyond my bedroom window.

    I live on the 14th floor.


    6. Empty Frames

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    Sleep did not come to me easily that night in the cabin in the woods; for the portraits on the wall only portrayed the deformed, the decrepit and the damned.

    Sleep has never come easily to me ever again, for when I had woke I found no portraits, only windows.


    7. 12:07

    The last thing I saw was my alarm clock flashing 12:07 before she pushed her long rotting nails through my chest, her other hand muffling my screams.

    I sat bolt-upright, relieved it was only a dream, but as I saw my alarm clock read 12:06, I heard my closet door creak open …

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    8. Denial

    My sister says that mommy killed her.

    Mommy says that I don’t have a sister.


    9. Mom?

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    You hear your mom calling you into the kitchen.

    As you are heading down the stairs you hear a whisper from the closet saying “Don’t go down there honey, I heard it too.”


    10. Double Check

    I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.”

    I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy, there’s somebody on my bed.”

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    11. Ceiling

    When I finally grabbed her in the darkness, I swam back to the surface.

    It never occurred to me how fast the ice could freeze over.


    12. Shhhh….

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    My daughter won’t stop crying and screaming in the middle of the night.

    I visit her grave and ask her to stop, but it doesn’t help.


    13. Buffalo Billionaire

    The longer I wore it the more it grew on me.

    She had such pretty skin.


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