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youth
fear
by unanimous
Ohio, United States
Horror
content warning: Gore/Graphic Violence
The doorbell rang loudly as Miriam rushed to the door. Her socks slid across the smooth hardwood floors as she reached the foyer. She quickly fluffed up her bushy, black hair and hurriedly glanced at her reflection in the bronze mirror. The doorbell rang a second time as Miriam opened the door to...
youth
fear
by Karisma L.
California, United States
Horror
Jackson laid on his bed the night before Halloween, in the year 2022. Cole was coming over to watch some scary movies, and maybe do a bit more. It’d be an hour before Cole got there so Jackson decided to start the night off with a horror story, of all things. Jackson unlike the rest of his friends...
adult
fearless
by Kaci Medling
Washington, United States
General
Merse is sitting down in a chair across from his friend Pate who is stretched along a bench on the outdoor patio. There lights a small blue flame across Pate's new centerpiece to provide some warmth in the season's changing crisp night air. “Let me tell you I was such an overachiever in school...
adult
fear
by Tom Billings
Michigan, United States
General
“I need to take this.” she says, looking down to see who’s calling. “Back in a sec.”   She navigates the tables with a gentle sway, the phone against her ear.—Meeting Kate was like a dream. I’d walked down to the brewery to hear a local band play. They had already started by the time I...
teens
fear
by Valentina G.
Florida, United States
Horror
Look at Me, Dear Friend     I can feel it. Every day. Every night. I know you can too. Maybe you just don’t know what it is. That feeling you get when you’re alone. Like someone is there. Like someone is watching you. But when you turn back, there is nothing there. Of course...
teens
fear
by Arri R. D.
California, United States
Horror
At exactly 2:13 am, I awoke with a start– or was I still dreaming? – to the sudden realization that someone–no, something was at the door. The grandfather clock in my living room had chimed 13 minutes prior and it was several hours before it occurred to me that it hadn’t chimed since. I didn’t let...
youth
fear
by Ava K.
New York, United States
Horror
content warning: Child Abuse
My body was bare, exposed. My eyes had a bitter sting as my dead stare was broken and blurred by a watery cloud. My fragile heart felt deprived of its strength, yet its overwhelming thud was difficult to contain. My breathing was restricted as my airway tightened. My hand trembled uncontrollably...
teens
fear
by Abby W.
Saskatchewan, Canada
Horror
content warning: Gore/Graphic Violence
Fear is a funny little thing. It grasps you tight and stabs you like a knife. It twists and pulls at your gut leaving you shaking and breathless. It’s a fantastic feeling, and I treasure the rush. I treasure it, but I loathe it. I run from the wolves, I jump from trees going higher and higher...
adult
fear
by Nicolle Ma
California, United States
Horror
The sun streams through the stained-glass window, vibrant with sunset hued zinnias. It’s one of my favorite things in my favorite room in the whole house, the place where I experience dawn and dusk, where I look out when the leaves change color and the place where I paint and create art.I have been...
youth
fear
by Maria
Maryland, United States
Mystery
I still remember it like it was yesterday.  ***       People were scared and bewildered. They ached for a drop, one measly drop, of good news. They had been drunk with the same messages everyday; all the radios spilling out information of what they called “The Shadow Thief...
adult
fear
by Madeline Nixon
Ontario, Canada
Horror
The crunch of leaves beneath my feet become the soundtrack to my escape.When I first stepped into the forest, that Taylor Swift song came to mind. Something about autumn leaves falling into place and on some level, I think that’s what this is. Me, walking away, is exactly the last piece falling...
adult
fear
by des reed
Kentucky, United States
Horror
I'm running through an emerald green forest. My heart is pounding so loud I can hear it in my ears as I try to escape this hell. I cry tears of joy and breathe a sigh of relief as I see and feel myself grow closer to the exit but just as I am able to touch the exit my feet are pulled out from under...
youth
fear
by kimberly a.
Illinois, United States
Fantasy
  Once upon a time a long long time ago rumors were going around about a sorceress living on top of the hill, one day these two kids decided they were going to go to the top of the hill to see if the rumors were true, the kids were Kai and Luna, Kai was the oldest of twelve years old and...
teens
fear
by K. Cuevas
Louisiana, United States
Horror
content warning: Graphic Physical Violence
The human mind is truly the scariest thing of all things ancient and new. Stuck in an endless loop of unquenchable desires can drive one mad. Scratching at dead flaky skin that forms a pile of snow on the sheets. Snapping your fingers like carrots, one by one until your fingers can lead you to...
teens
fear
by J.J. Jameison
British Columbia, Canada
Horror
DripDripDrip.The faucet is on. I do not want to turn it off.I do not want to force my bones to grind together, my muscles to pulsate and squirm.DripDripDripThe noise bores a whole through my skull, scooping out the grey matter and leaving it upon my chest, cool and writhing. I need to turn off...
teens
fear
by Red_Hood_Horror
Connecticut, United States
Horror
Everyone has heard of The Scarlet Specter. It had been a legend for almost twenty years, whispered about in hallways and told at parties to spook the freshmen. The former principal, Mr. Kingsley's vengeful spirit, came back from the dead to get revenge on the students who killed it. Of course, Mr....
youth
fear
by Kimmy
Georgia, United States
Horror
“Found anything yet?”“Nope, not a thing.” Ryan sighed. His head ached from how much thinking he’d been doing recently. He and his buddy Kai were in a secluded room in front of a huge detective board with a dim light bulb as the only source of light. At the very center of the board were several...
adult
fear
by Brittany Meyer-Strom
Oregon, United States
Horror
Even wearing noise-cancelling headphones, the child’s shrill, singsong voice assaulted my eardrums.“The wheels on the bus go round and round! Round and round! Round and round!” he shriek-sang.The passengers on the bus were getting migraines, myself included. I could bear it no longer. I stood up—...

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