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Date: 10-13-2015
Word Limit: 1600
Words Written: 15,424

Judges (crits):
*Ironic Twist
Sitting Here
Thranguy

Audio Recap: Daylight horror



So, the way I got into Something Awful—eight whole years ago!—was by reading their Awful Movie Reviews, which were mostly horror movies where people were killed by things such as puppets, little people, dental floss, butter, and awful cinematography. One in particular stuck in my mind, however, due to the way the author kept coming back to the same point, over and over again:

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As Kilpatrick takes Marty on a tour of the house, their conversation cuts out in favor of heavy breathing, a heartbeat, and cheesy synthesizer crap that tries to give a spooky atmosphere. The problem is, it's daytime and nothing is fucking scary in broad daylight.

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As they drive away, a curtain falls over a window of the house, as if dropped by an unseen hand. It would be a good shot for a ridiculously low budget project like this one, except that we already know the house is haunted, so curtains moving aren't really going to elicit any screams. Also, it's daytime, and nothing is fucking scary in broad daylight.

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That's right, the Grim Reaper. He's not scary though, because it's daytime and nothing is fucking scary in broad daylight.

This point came back to me this year when I was listening to a reading of “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates, which, if you’re not familiar, is A) a story that takes place mainly in broad daylight, and B) is fucking scary. So, those two moments came together, and this prompt was formed. What a nice coincidence that it’s October now.

In case none of you have figured it out yet:

Your prompt is to write a horror story that takes place in broad daylight.

Using Oates’s story as the standard, your story can take place indoors, but the main source of light has to be the sun, whether coming through the windows or whatever else. It can be fantasy or sci-fi, but there has to be sunlight from either the sun or a sun. Parts of your story may take place at night, but most or all of the scary stuff has to take place in broad. fucking. daylight. Be safe and don’t try to rules-lawyer me.

It’s easy to create fear from the things that lurk in the shadows. How good are you at scaring people when there’s nowhere to hide?

No: fanfic, nonfic, erotica


13 Total Submissions, 3 Total Failures:
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Dishonorable Mention
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Winner
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Honorable Mention
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Honorable Mention
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Loser
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Dishonorable Mention
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Failures who signed up but did not submit: