Writing Exercise: Horror Stories From Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes.

A dark and unilluminated sect of our psyche’s exists in the realm of scared little children. Why? Because our fairy tales and nursery rhymes are freaking horror stories! Seriously, almost all of our popular fairy tales have some sort of sick, sadistic or brutal seed somewhere in there, way back in the day.

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For example, in one version of Sleeping Beauty, the princess is raped, and gives birth, all while in A COMA. Oh yeah, that isn’t scary at all. Totally family friendly.

As if a poisoned apple isn’t bad enough, in Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Snow white is like, 9 or 16, depending on who you ask; the dwarves MAKE her work in exchange for their protection; and the evil stepmother queen eats the HEART and the LIVER she thinks is Snow White’s. Um, yeah, cannibalism we can deal with, but child labor laws aught not to be broken. Not to mention the pedophile prince. *shudder*

Children’s nursery rhymes and songs are just as terrifying. Ever heard of Little Bunny FooFoo? If you haven’t heard of him, it is because he’s dead, or a goon, or a viscous little shit standing over a pile of dead field mice. … boppin’ ‘im on the head.

How about that big bad, scary bee all these little kids are crushing? Hmmmm…I’m pretty sure the little Buddhist children would be appalled.

We can’t forget “The London Bridge is Falling Down.” Because, a childish reenactment of a bridge burning and collapsing and the possible reference to burying a virgin alive as a sacrifice is completely wholesome.

And of course, the rotten cherry on this disgustingly devious cake, we have “Ring Around the Posy” which is actually about the plague. :/

This is some seriously creepy shit, peoples.

As an acute sufferer of chronic writer’s block, I’ve come to learn the morbid truth: if you can’t write, research!

So for today’s assignment, pick a fairy tale, nursery rhyme, or children’s game, research the origins as far back as you can go, and it may take a time or two, but eventually you are going to find a bat shit crazy little nugget dripping in pure, unadulterated horror. Now you’ve found a story, go!

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Paranormal Romance Writing Prompts

Here are 10 paranormal romance writing prompts to flutter the pulse and horripilate the tender, succulent heart.

'When the dead walk' available  here

‘When the dead walk’ available here

The love of your life dies in a car crash but you still see him/her in your dreams. Soon, other people you see in your dreams start to bleed into waking life. You start looking for the love of your life…

You suspect your significant other is cheating on you, you follow them and find out that they are, with a vampire! (Werewolf! Alien!)

A necromancer accidentally brings a very handsome prince back from the dead…

A woman’s boyfriend leaves every month on the full moon. Suspecting he’s a werewolf, she follows him, finds out he’s actually a were____.

A Sasquatch abducts you because he needs you to heal his sick family. Cue beauty and the beast redux.

A man wins a vacation at a resort, but upon arriving he realizes an old flame works there, but she can’t ever leave…

A succubus leaves the love of her life because she doesn’t want to hurt him.

A vampire is “stalking” a woman. She threatens him with a broken table leg. As soon as he leaves, she is attacked by….

A psychic has a hard time with relationships because she always knows what is going to happen, and how much she will dislike the men she dates in the future.

A tarot reader keeps getting the same card over and over and over again. One day she sees a man with the card tattooed on him.

*bonus prompt: write a short story set in the painting above!