Ten Years of Terror: The 2010 Halloween Horrorquest (event)
Maybe I'm just getting old, but there aren't many Halloween activities I really enjoy anymore.
Bars? I don't go to 'em often, but I absolutely avoid them on Halloween. I just can't deal with sorority girls dressed up as Horny Little Devils and Horny Little Witches and Horny Little Catgirls getting sloppy-drunk with their belligerently weird fratboy-of-the-month.
I don't go to haunted attractions either, partly because they call them "haunted attractions" instead of "haunted houses," like a generic buzzword bleeding all the inspiration and soul and fun out of something you used to be able to put together in your backyard.
Trick-or-treating? No one goes trick-or-treating in 2010. Especially not kids, unless it's to families they know, or to the damn Harvest Festival at the local Baptist Damn Church.
I don't even do Halloween movie marathons anymore. The ones they have on TV are really just awful -- movies that the networks can pick up for cheap, with scares few and far between, and ten-minute-long commercial breaks every 15 minutes.
But you know what I still do every Halloween? I read. Modern splatterpunk. Nineteenth-century ghost stories. Gothic shockers from the 1890s. Vampire erotica from the 1970s. Zombie apocalypses, Lovecraftian nightmares, werewolf comedies. It's the only way left for me to get the thrills and chills and shocks and shivers I used to find so easily every October.
You like to read, right? Yes. You like to write, too? Yes.
Let's try to scare each other.
Shall we credit icicle here? Yes, let's. She got the ball rolling back on October 29, 2001 with I can make you howl. And vice versa. Let's get down to business. Two days later: 36 entries. One of E2's longest-running traditions was off to a flying start.
A decade later, and it's time to keep our grandest, bloodiest tradition going.
So let's do it again. Write an original scary story. Write a horror-themed poem. Node a story that is in the public domain. Write a factual writeup that is about horror or scary stuff. Write a biography of a writer or actor closely associated with the horror genre. Create a review of a horror film or story. It can be any length and any topic -- as long as it's scary.
What's the runtime for the Quest? The entire month of October, plus November 1, server time. Halloween is too awesome to limit to just one day a year.
If you need inspiration, or if you just want to see some more of the scary stories that Everythingians have produced, check out our previous horror quests: I can make you howl. And vice versa. Let's get down to business., Everything Quests: Scary Stories, The Blood is the Life: A Frightful Halloween Quest, They Hunger For Nodes: An e2 Halloween Scary Story Quest (sadly, the nodequest entry has been deleted), I Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Text: The 2005 Halloween Horrorquest, It's the Season for Graves Cracking: The 2006 Quest for Fear (another deleted quest announcement, unfortunately), The Poet and the Worm, The Night's Plutonian Shore: The 2007 Halloween Horrorquest, Necronodecon: The 2008 Halloween Horrorquest, and Pickman's Nodegel: The 2009 Halloween Horrorquest.
When you write a story for the Quest, just /msg me with the node title, then softlink your writeup to this node. I'll include a list of all the Quest participants below.
So start thinking horror, my children. There are whispering voices in the attic, a squirming shape in the cellar, and mad laughter in the graveyard. Halloween is coming. Let's scare each other.
The quest is over for another year! Thanks to everyone who participated!