Spooktober is a 31 day event of coming up with original horror ideas based on prompts my writing group argues over. These are my entries.
SPOOKTOBER DAY #4 — Alternate Dimensions
TITLE: The Choking Game
PREMISE: I admit, I come up with a prompt for the AI that vaguely fits the idea, then come up with the story to match. Lotte and Calvin are middle school kids that get into the classic kid’s dare of choking yourself or your friends unconscious. Yeah, bad idea kids. But the world seems to change when they’re out of breath, and as they share what they saw, they realize they’re seeing the same thing. Are they getting access to a different realm of existence? Anything is better than where they live, right?
Lotte starts to see a golden-eyed man in a bowtie, who never looks at her, just looks to the sky and rambles endlessly in some broken version of the Book of Psalms. What does it all mean, Lotte? Keep looking, keep listening. Never mind what your hands are doing to Calvin’s throat.
HORROR ELEMENT: It’s not easy having a good time. How do you decide where to stop? What if it’s too late?