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25 Terrifying Short Scary Stories Told in Just Six Words

These short scary stories are only six words in length, yet you'll find yourself struggling to sleep after reading them. Lock the doors, and dim the lights ...


Some of the scariest stories out there are also some of the shortest. One need look no further than this reddit writing prompt: “tell me a scary story in six words.”

Here are 25 of our favorite responses. Beware: some of these are truly disturbing.

1. “Hungrily eating her child, she wept.”

2. “Attention all passengers! Please remain calm.”

3. “Such beautiful eyes. I kept them.”

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4. “Fresh Meat For Sale: Uninfected Child.”

5. “I screamed. My reflection watched, smiling.”

6. “Keep screaming. We’re already inside you.”

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7. “My teddy bear had grown teeth.”

8. “I’m still awake. Please notice, Doctor.”

9. “I awoke to them eating me.”

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10. “The faceless men wait patiently outside.”

11. “It knows you can see it.”

12. “We’re sorry. The maggots have spread.”

13. “He looked up, and it smiled.”

14. “All around us … they are waiting.”

15. “Someone’s knocking. On the closet door.”

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16. “Feel them crawl beneath your skin.”

17. “‘What’s for dinner,’ I asked.”

18. “Twenty years passed when I awoke.”

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19. “Anesthesia wore off during the operation.”

20. “All I heard was it breathing.”

21. “He whispered “choose.” Each one begged.”

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22.”Not all the shadows were familiar.”

23. “The only survivor heard horrible laughter.”

24. “He smiled through his rigor mortis.”

25. “Found a pulse, but no head.”