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Need a good scare? Here are 13 writing prompts to jump start your next story

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

Are you looking for some horror writing prompts to help you start your next story? Look no further.


We've gathered 13 of the best horror writing prompts to jump start your creative process. Whether you're a seasoned horror writer or a budding storyteller, these prompts are sure to give you the creative boost you need to write a truly terrifying tale.


So get ready for a good scare and let your imagination take you away with these horror writing prompts.



  1. You whisper to him that he is the love of your life. He backs away, looks into your eyes, and tells you that no one has been alive here in over a hundred years.

  2. You've purchased an old house that's on the historic registry and needs a lot of work. As you uncover its years of use and use, you find messages on the walls that appear and disappear, even though you're the only one living there.

  3. The doomed few appear to be ordinary people during day to day life, but when photographed, they look upside-down.

  4. A group of friends spend the night in an abandoned asylum, only to realise they are not alone.

  5. A family moves into a new home, only to discover and dark secret hidden in the walls.

  6. A young woman begins to experience strange occurrences in her home, leading her to believe she is being haunted by a ghost.

  7. A student uncovers an ancient curse whilst studying abroad in a remote village.

  8. A mysterious carnival appears in a small town, bringing with it a sinister force that preys on the residents.

  9. A group of hikers become stranded in a dense forest, only to discover that they are being hunted by a monster.

  10. A scientist creates an artificial intelligence with terrifying power and ambition.

  11. A family is held captive by a madman in their own home, forced to play a twisted game of survival.

  12. A person is stalked by an unseen presence, slowly driving them to the brink of insanity.

  13. A group of friends go on a camping trip in the wilderness, only to be terrorized by a supernatural entity.


Feeling inspired? Submit to Issue One: Intuition today.


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