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teens
fear
by Milo
Texas, United States
Horror
It happened again. The dream. No. The nightmare. The same, recurring nightmare I've had every single night for about the past month. I don’t know why it started. I want it to go away… I want it to stop. Still, it doesn't scare me like it used to. Not as much, anyway. Okay, I lied. It makes me...
adult
fear
by Jake C. Elliott
California, United States
Fantasy
"As children, we fill moments glide on forever. We can see the great stretch being expanded on and on. This gives us some semblance of how love is perfect, and how that perfect love will always exist long into adulthood, even after we are tested by age's effects."And so, I am here to attest, not...
youth
fearless
by Alexyz P.
Idaho, United States
Fantasy
 Pov: NarratorWe start this story in a small, but beautifully decorated village with a massive castle. This village is home to one of the most rare species of dragons, Midnight Dragons. This species is extremely rare and only 112 exist. Even in such small numbers, they are still one of the...
youth
fear
by Anxiemu
Alberta, Canada
Horror
content warning: Sexual Violence
My life has been a living nightmare ever since HE came into my life. I already had paranoia and anxiety before, probably a bit too much than average, but he has sent whatever sanity I had left spiraling down the drain. He is sick, vile, a monster. I despise him. Today though, it was different. I...
adult
fear
by Lauren Bristol
Texas, United States
Horror
It started with the notes. No one knew where they came from, but they showed up in the most random places in the Fox household. The writing desk, the kitchen counter, in the oven, even in the hearth of the fireplace. They were an ordinary family, they said. A husband and wife, madly in...
teens
fear
by leigh m.
Virginia, United States
Horror
Four yellow walls mock me from either side.Yellow was the color of her hair. The color of her teeth when she smiled at me. The color of the flames as they burnt through her, through everything.Yellow, yellow everywhere.------------------------------------------------------------It’s been five days...
adult
fear
by Tom Hillegas
Minnesota, United States
Horror
content warning: Described Blood
Garber Castle no longer hosted armies, but its design as a defensive structure provided its lone current occupant a different kind of defense. The windows angle down, a relic of ancient times when archers would fire at armies below. The chandeliers still hold remnants of candles whose layers of...
teens
fear
by L.A. Babien
Washington, United States
Horror
A poet, am I. A humble one at that.Who’s hands, molded by God, for innovative convention.And a mind, imprinted with words of love and beauty.And a scar that ever so itches at my attention.  A friendly acquaintance, is Mr. Thomas. Who meanders into my office.Who is a handsome devil with a...
adult
fearless
by Dean Gessie
Ontario, Canada
General
content warning: Sexual Violence (Reference)
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adult
fear
by Dylan Livingston
Alberta, Canada
Horror
content warning: Described Blood
Historically, there have been only a handful of people who had a memorable impact on the world.  Some of those were great inventors or vibrant minds, the creators and artists of their generation.  Some of those were something else entirely, artists in their own right, but not in a medium...
youth
fear
by Rose Ferris
Oregon, United States
Horror
content warning: Strong Language
The Purple JournalBy: Riordan PIgeon     Broken, shattered, destroyed, his heart was. There, crumbling before him was his house. His home. A safe place for his family and friends. In flames. He didn’t know what hurt more, the fact that his wife and twin daughters were dead...
teens
fearless
by Mycah Realms
Idaho, United States
Fantasy
Kelsa watched as the bus drove away with a large gash on the side, which reminded her of the horrible experience of the bus being smashed by something monstrously large on the way to their grandparents' cabin. And it didn’t help that a little boy on the bus had asked her what she was afraid of... "...
adult
fearless
by Tony D
Florida, United States
General
I know what fear looks like. It is a burgundy red book, covered in cracked leatherette, damp with tears, its spine worn to a faded brown, tightly gripped by my Momma’s trembling hands. The book’s title is barely recognizable in gold gilt, H LY B BLE. Fear is quivering lips, her face marred by...
youth
fear
by Rikka
North Dakota, United States
Horror
As a child, I was afraid of ghosts and goblins. I was scared that if I left one foot hanging off the edge of my bed at night, the boogeyman would take me away from my family. Those were normal, childhood fears. Of course, as children, these fears were dismissed. We were told that we had nothing to...
youth
fearless
by Nic Anderson
Tennessee, United States
General
Sometimes, you don’t have a choice. Sometimes, you have to be fearless.My name is Rowan Porter and I’m a secret agent. I know how crazy it sounds, and you probably think I’m making this all up, but I’m not. It’s all true down to the fact that I have 9 toes.You probably didn’t need to know that, but...
youth
fear
by Katherine Xie
Illinois, United States
Horror
The monster under my bed is named Mildred.But Mildred isn’t a monster, not really. She’s too sweet to hurt anyone. In fact, I know that Mildred would much rather have a tea party with me than scare me in my sleep. I know this because that’s what we do almost every night. Mildred doesn’t come...
youth
fearless
by Slothcannon
North Dakota, United States
Science Fiction
content warning: Gore/Graphic Violence
It was an evening like any other. I checked if my door was locked and it was. I took my vitamins and 2 melatonin so I could get to sleep. It didn't take long but tonight was different. I was running from something large but I couldn't tell what it was. I realized that it was a dream and tried to...
adult
fear
by AudraKate Gonzalez
Ohio, United States
Horror
The winters in Aregelia are always brutal. The land freezes over and snow drifts down from the mountains, leaving much of our food supply scarce. A few rodents here, a quail every so often, and when you come upon a wolf–that is a real treat.  The King's mage looks into his crystal globes and...

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