God bless horror
We live our lives racing from one nightmare
to the next.
We fear losing our parents in the grocery store. We fear getting left behind at school. We fear getting laughed at by classmates. We fear not getting laid
. We fear unwanted pregnancies. We fear what might happen to the baby
We fear flunking out
. We fear not getting a job. We fear losing a job. We fear getting the boss mad. We fear bankruptcy
. And if we escape poverty, wealth still does not free us from fear.
We fear car accidents and plane crashes. We fear rape
. We fear black
s. We fear cancer
, heart disease
, brain tumors
, Alzheimer's disease
We fear that the Republican
s will win the White House. We fear that the Democrat
s will win the White House. We fear terrorist attack
s and gay marriage
and kids with guns in schools. We fear Islamofascism
, an atheist
We fear dying too soon. We fear lingering too long. We fear outliving our kids. We fear what might happen to our parents.
We fear the future
. We fear what's going to come after
And yet... We read horror novel
s. We spend money to watch horror film
s. We spend our evenings watching scary TV shows. We play computer game
s where demons spring out of dark corners. We embrace the terrors brought to us by vampire
s, psycho killer
s, and interdimensional monstrosities
. Are we fools? Are we masochists? Are we crazy?
Yes. We are
crazy. It's a planetwide psychosis
There is, as Clive Barker
says, no delight the equal of dread
. It is our oldest and purest emotion
, and our oldest and greatest challenge
. Everyone has to face it every day. And there's something to be said for facing a tremendous fear and surviving it. Of course, in the real world, if we face a great fear, we must risk the possibility that it'll kill us, embarrass us, lose us our job, or do something else unpleasant
But when you face the mad killer
in a horror movie
, you live to tell the tale. When you face an invasion of vampires in a novel, you beat them by finishing the book. When the zombies tear your face off in a computer game, you can go back to the last time you saved your progress and try again.
With horror fiction
control the fear, instead of the fear controlling us.
Halloween traditionally sees a horror story Quest here on E2 -- earlier horror quests have included They Hunger For Nodes: An e2 Halloween Scary Story Quest
, The Blood is the Life: A Frightful Halloween Quest
, Everything Quests: Scary Stories
, and I can make you howl. And vice versa. Let's get down to business.
Same thing now: write an original scary story or node a story that is in the public domain. If you can't do fiction, give us a factual writeup that is about horror or scary stuff. It can be any length and any topic -- as long as it's scary. You can even node true stories, if you have them, but make sure they're scary
-- straight factual writeups won't cut it here.
Your reward? You mean other than upvotes? Other than any chings? Other than the bliss of scaring the pants off innocent readers? kthejoker
is co-sponsoring this Quest, and he'll hand out treats of 13 XPs for every writeup you submit for the Quest. There is a limit of ten blessings per noder, but you're welcome to add more than ten writeups. (though I may participate in this Quest, none of my writeups will receive the 13-point blessing; however, I'm insisting that Kyle get the 13 XPs, 'cause his stuff's so damn good)
Be warned: if you cut-and-paste or plagiarize someone else's copyrighted work, your writeup will be deleted, and you'll be assessed a -13 XP penalty.
What's the runtime for the Quest? The entire month of October, plus November 1, server time. Halloween is too damn nifty to limit to just one day a year.
When you write a story for the Quest, just /msg me with the node title and softlink your writeup to this node. I'll include a list of all the Quest participants below.
Let the fear begin.
The Sweet Smell of Death
Distance on Mars
The Maniac's Song
The Writer's Block
The Last Concert
The Murderer's Confession
by henry flower
thank you Don
An Open Letter to the Boogeyman
The Spectre, A Fact
Phineas Gage's Air Conditioner
You need trepanation like you need another hole in your head
Ghosts can laugh, but they're already dead
Scoutmaster Bob's Fraternity Story
by Major General Panic
The Tanzanian Devil
I am the Monster
by henry flower
Who knocks within?
The shower drowns out the shutter-click.
Rend not my heart for naming of my Christ
A Vacation Too Far
the dead had risen, and there was nobody to pump gas
I am outside the set of scientifically intelligible events
With the song still in them
Late one October night
Faces on the Kitchen Floor: Belmez, Spain, 1971
Everyone has a 'true ghost story' story
The Witching Hour
Gilles de Rais
The Walking Dead
Land of the Dead
Religious Horror Films
The Monster Mash
Werewolf versus Vampire Women
The Curse of the Blair Witch
The Quest is at an end for another year. Many thanks to everyone who participated. Your XP rewards should be on the way soon.