Spooktober is a 31 day event of coming up with original horror ideas based on prompts my writing group argues over.
SPOOKTOBER DAY #25 — Dreams & Nightmares
TITLE: Hell Within Heaven
PREMISE: Nancy needs a retreat from the workaday world in 1960s Los Angeles. She reads about a nunnery in the San Fernando valley that’s expanding their consciousness like hippies, but without drugs. Vatican approved despite the radical sound of it. She takes a little vacation. The nuns are doing experiments with shared dreaming, ostensibly through the power of prayer and meditation.
Secretly, this is all being facilitated by a mentally ill young nun with psychic powers, being taken advantage of by the mother superior in an abusive situation. Nancy spends time in the dream world getting a new perspective on reality, but finds a dark side to the paradise that leads to the shocking truth (whatever that is lol).
HORROR ELEMENT: Dreams starting out just surreal and benign, turning creepy. Having one’s continued existence at the mercy of somebody else’s imagination.