The crumbling manse at the top of the hill
The vampire whose appetites lead her to kill

The shambling hordes of the hungry undead
The pitiless monster coiled under your bed

The shroud-wrapped figure who keens for your soul
Unwholesome children with eyes black as coal

The shape you see standing at the top of the stair
You turn on the light, but no one is there

Mind-rending horrors that fall from the skies
Oversized spiders that nest in our eyes

Unholy clowns in a circus of fear
The corpses all float at the end of the pier

The blasphemous demon who feeds on your doubt
The voice in the basement that whispers "GET OUT"

Ten thousand horrors in festering forms
Plaguing the world with terror and storms

The wind and the darkness bring evil unseen
And Everything2 marks a new Halloween

It's that time of year again. Let's try to scare each other.

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, Pickman's Nodegel: The 2009 Halloween Horrorquest, and Ten Years of Terror: The 2010 Halloween Horrorquest.

Again, the Quest will run for the entire month of October and November 1. If you post early or late -- too bad, so sad.

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, boils and ghouls. Halloween is coming. Let's scare each other.

twin cornfields by jessicaj
The Amateur Profiler by drownzsurf
The kind of gods that crawl out of the rubble of a shattered place, full of shadow and sadness and obsession by Zephronias
House Pet by BookReader
The kind of gods that crawl out of the rubble of a shattered place, full of shadow and sadness and obsession by Zed_Alpha
A fine black ██████ by Auspice
devil by Zed_Alpha
Autumn Straw by Jet-Poop
They left the streets stained with blood, and their howling could be heard long after they were gone by Zephronias
The Fruit From Beyond by misterfuffie
Mousetrap by Pandeism Fish
Awful Scary Things/Beautiful Fantastic Dreams by Emling
Devil's Doorway by jessicaj
We are legion, soon to be many. by Zephronias
Awful Scary Things/Beautiful Fantastic Dreams 1.2 by Emling
We are legion, soon to be many. by Thrave Met
Proposition 42 by henry flower
Heaven by Pandeism Fish
The camping trip by worn-out_shoe
It was the right thing to do. by moeyz
The haunting of Elena Aparivi by Auspice
there was at that moment no one more rightful dead than that unknown and faceless man by Zephronias
Bewitched, Bewildered and Bedamned by fool4luv
A Murder in Pieces: Part I by Pandeism Fish
His memory perishes from the earth, and he has no name in the street. by Zephronias
Game of the gods by Zephronias
Night Air by DonJaime
Glutton for Punishment by artman2003

Little Orphant Annie by moeyz
Angels & Dust by Serjeant's Muse
I saw dead people by Pandeism Fish

Summerwind Mansion by ChristineWinter
just another walk around the neighborhood by moeyz
Horror: opioids by lizardinlaw
October 15, 2011 by lizardinlaw
The Axeman of New Orleans by Jet-Poop
The Axeman of New Orleans by synechdouche
Clinton Road by ChristineWinter
Arkham Horror by Uberbanana
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria by Pandeism Fish
cacodemonomania by gnarl

Pigeons from Hell by Jet-Poop
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream by Jet-Poop
Franken Fran by Pandeism Fish
Fright Night by Jet-Poop
Rockula by Pandeism Fish
Beasts of Burden by Jet-Poop
Everville by Glowing Fish
Lust for a Vampire by Monkeylover
The Desrick on Yandro by Jet-Poop
Uzumaki by Jet-Poop
Vampire of the Mists by Glowing Fish
Midnight Mutants by ChristineWinter
The Bride of Frankenstein by Jet-Poop
The Fades by gnarl

Paranoia in Minecraft by Thhartokk
Horror in Our Culture by drownzsurf
My Mother on Halloween and Life by moeyz

The Horrorquest is over for another year! Thank you to everyone who participated!