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 #12 — Haunted House
TITLE: The Little Lady
PREMISE: Young Fasel and Hasna are heirs to an estate on colonized territory. One hundred years before them, the royal family retained people with various forms of dwarfism as servants to the children, so the children would not have to fear a tall stranger. When they begin to see a lady of their own height, making friendly gestures, they assume it’s the ghost of one of those servants, reliving her role as a servant to children. But it’s actually the ghost of a typical sized princess seeking revenge for the invasion, contorting her ectoplasm into child size as a lure for the foreign babes.
HORROR ELEMENT: The funhouse effect, distorted bodies, children in peril. Maybe the ghost can do that change-the-distance-in-a-hall gimmick for good measure.