Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H is for Horror

I was inspired to write this drabble after watching a horror film that didn't scare me.  Horror is often a relative thing.  That which terrifies one may not even phase another.  Then again, there are certainly real-life experiences that would horrify most.


What defines the horror genre?

Dana stared at the question for several long moments.  Of course she knew what the professor expected her to write.  She’d been to class, taken notes, and studied.  Yet she couldn’t regurgitate the answer she’d memorized.

You don’t know what horror is, she thought bitterly.  Horror is waking up every day feeling like you were born into the wrong body.  Horror is feeling as if you’ll never fit in, and fearing every day that your family will finally see through the veneer and be repulsed by who you really are.

Dana left the question blank.


  1. That is a sad piece. That last line after all those thoughts - heartbreaking.
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  2. I love what you did with this. It would have been so easy to write something about monsters, but the scariest things are often very personal, internal fears.

  3. Sounds like she should have written about herself. Sad to be in situation such as hers.

  4. This is such a great use of the prompt, not what you would expect.

  5. Reality is always scarier. The definition couldn't touch her reality.

  6. Well interpreted. The fears that we battle within us can be horrific too

  7. This is my favorite drabble I've read of yours so far. I love it! Especially the part where she left the question blank.

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  8. Ouch. I look forward to the day that she defines herself.