Each year for Halloween, our studio becomes Creative Fright-it! as we work on spooky prompts. This year we worked on two-sentence horror stories; a deceptively simple structure that challenges you to set up seemingly-normal scenarios then twist your reader’s expectation with a spooky second sentence.
Our young authors were frightfully good at choosing their words to conjure up eerie atmospheres and chilling conclusions. Here are some of the highlights from this year!
Summer - Year 7
I had a special request for a family photo today. I took one snap and they were dead - the customer was pleased about the service.
Karen - Year 4
I hear a bell ring outside, it’s probably my package. I look outside my window and I see a bike riding with no one on it, that's strange
Ethan - Year 3
One morning, Tom went to the zoo. His moaning can still be heard from the lion pen.
There is a beautiful garden at our school. The only problem is, no one has walked in and lived to tell the tale.
Anjelina - Year 4
I was playing with my baby sister's fingers. They were bigger than mine.
Taliah - Year 6
My mum says I need to start taking my anti-psychotic medication again, and that it’s unhealthy for me to suddenly stop taking them. But it’s the only way I can keep her around.
The note says, “I hate you, I’ve run away.” It took five tries but the handwriting finally looks like hers.
Kaitlyn - Year 7
“Ah, so it’s 2020,” the time traveller said. He pointed to your house, a thoughtful expression on his face, “Wasn’t that when carcasses were found in this building, horrifyingly mutilated?”
A little girl pointed at the television and declared excitedly, “Daddy, look, I’m on TV!” A moment later, she asked, “What does ‘kidnapped two years ago’ mean?”
Bianca - Year 2
Zhilong - Year 4
My computer turns on. This is the end.
Somebody touched my back. I looked behind me.
Emily - Year 3
Rita - Year 3
“Ben, is that you poking my leg?” “No.”
“I know you are there Amelia! Come to mama!
Evan - Year 3
Aarush - Year 3
As the clock struck 12, I leapt for the doorway, but he appeared. I stumbled and landed on my back
Mia - Year 6
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