I have decided to make two books of short stories...horror short stories of course lmao. I already have one done that I have to edit of course or rewrite actually but hey it's all good. A friend gave me the idea for another one.
Okay now I need help for 6 more ideas...not ideas but 6 certain items that will help me come up with my own ideas.
First book is nature reaking havok on humans (mwhahahaha) and the story I have is trees. I need 3 more nature items for the 3 other short stories.
The second book is animals reaking havok on humans (mwhahaha again lol) and the first animal was given to me by one of my best friends, the animal being ducks and need 3 more animals (not like lions or bears some animals no one would expect and not ants either they are already over done in bad Sci-Fi movies)
Anyways 6 different people 6 different items please!!!!
i think it would be interesting, and a good challenge, to take something ordinary, not scary, and nice, even, and make it sinister. for example, everyone loves sunny days, right? but what if every day was sunny and mild? no rain, no snow...just day after day of sunny, mild weather. it could cause all kinds of problems.
and creatures that no one would think of as being scary, like bunnies and butterflies, and make them scary. maybe people see more butterflies and at first are delighted but then more and more come, cocoons everywhere you look, and something strange emerges from them. maybe the bunnies are irresistable, but hiding some deadly secret, that sort of thing.
hmmm...your story idea has a lot of possibilities. maybe you can include something involving insects too, as they've been around since even before the Jurassic period on earth. or say something about the oceans, as humanity has yet to discover all it's creatures. heck, we barely just found proof of whale sharks and giant squids recently. what about cats being worshipped in acient egypt. i bet that would make for an interesting subplot. anyway, i hope that helps.
"Flowers that look pretty but something in the pollen or scent is wrong?"
This was in an excellent Outer Limits episode--not only did the flowers kill people but they spread acres in a day. (And, incidentally, that's not so far-fetched if you live in the southern US and have seen kudzu grow.) The reason we're not all dead is that the rain killed them
Not to discourage you at all from using it, I think it's a great idea.
Animals--I once wrote a horror story about my elderly, arthritic cat. He would stare at a particular corner all day, and suddenly pounce at nothing at all in that corner.
River--a friend once wrote a story about a river that was taking a human "sacrifice" (read boating/swimming accident) every year from this village in India. Now imagine if the river were actually sentient. Now imagine if every feature in the landscape were sentient. And malevolent. (Ok, now I'm afraid of my houseplants. I've neglected them in the past and they might just be resentful.)
Nature--rain, clouds, fog (never mind that that one's been done, do it differently), cold, heat, sunshine, snow, wind.
Animals--the aforementioned squirrels, fleas, parrots, hummingbirds, lizards (the kind you keep as pets), beetles.
And I have a new category for you--household objects. I won't detail this one because I'll wind up being afraid my mp3 player is plotting with my Blackberry to insert subliminal messages into my playlist.
Oh and for others if you get any ideas for stories for yourselves, by all means run with it! I am not here just help myself but to help other writers as well to hopefully spark interest to write on any topic.
good ones Chris thanks...I'll do my best with hummingbirds. I kind of have an idea where to go with that one...but I need to actually write it out a bit to see if it'll work. and I think I can do falling leaves too.
nice suggestions. I guess I'm going to have to write more than one book on each topic. lol sweet you guys are making it a challenge for me that I can't wait to get started on...hopefully soon after I get the editing of my other story done. I love writing horror and you guys have so many great ideas
I hope I'm not the only one getting ideas for stories
I did tell Cagsil this already but if I can get this books going and accepted by an agent and published I am going to dedicate these to you the hubbers to show my appreciation for all of the help and support you have shown me. And yes I mean all hubbers even though who are new and those who could care less about me and the hubstaff too.
Nature: dirt (a dirt path through an evergreen forest, perhaps?) a field of [soybeans, clover, etc.] bare trees, after they lose their leaves in the fall
Think of what S. King did with fog! for example.
Animals: something domestic, that little kids all have all the reptiles in a pet store ants
You probably already know this, but to be succesful with your idea, each of your short stories will have to be original and unique. Avoid the temptation to follow a format where the story is basically the same but just the object changes. Otherwise, each story will be too predictable. It will be a hard sell. Publishers who put their money on these type of anthologies usually want stories that have independently been published (like, in a magazine) and that have received critical acclaim.