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If the creative juices are running thin or the muses are giving you the cold shoulder, then here’s some help.  I mined Google and my brain for common horror tropes and came up with this fun random horror story generator. It’s really simple: just grab two 6-sided dice, roll them, add the numbers together as you go down the list. The idea is to create the who, what, when, and where of the story and see what happens. I thought of numerous stories that have already been written and virtually all of them can be categorized with these tables, so you should be able to kickstart your next story with a little clickety clack of the dice!

PROTAGONIST

2 – Occult Detective

3 – Scientist pushing the boundaries

4 – Person on the verge of insanity

5 – Inheritor from a mysterious and unknown relative

6 – The eccentric artist

7 – Antiquarian, historian, or scholar

8 – Immoral person getting their comeuppance

9 – Person unknowingly blundering into horror

10 – Priest, nun, holy man/woman, cleric, etc.

11 – Adventurer or explorer

12 – Public servant or public official

ANTAGONIST

2 – Creepy child

3 – Ghost or apparition

4 – Creepy doll or painting

5 – Supernatural creature (zombie, werewolf, mummy, vampire, etc.)

6 – Damsel in distress or stalking, needy individual

7 – Lunatic

8 – Occultist trying to summon evil forces

9 – Cosmic horror

10 – Unnamed or unseen malevolent force

11 – Mad scientist

12 – Cursed or haunted object

WHAT DEVICE DRIVES THE PLOT

2 – Writings in a diary, log, or journal

3 – Artifact of death or doom

4 – Tome of eldritch lore

5 – Buried alive, trapped, or entombed

6 – Cruel or unusual death or torture

7 – Curse or prophecy

8 – Distress call or plea for help

9 – Myth, legend, or urban legend come true

10 – Spooky mirror, painting, photo or object

11 – Virus or pestilence unleashed

12 – Uncovering a diabolical plot

WHEN

2 – Halloween

3 – During a séance

4 – Full Moon

5 – During a thunderstorm

6 – An occult ritual or initiation ceremony

7 – Midnight

8 – The anniversary of someone’s death

9 – Significant Pagan day

10 – Significant astrological event

11 – Significant geological event or natural disaster

12 – A traumatic event

WHERE

2 – An abandoned house, building, castle, town, or area

3 – Town with a dark secret

4 – A hospital or asylum

5 – Haunted house, castle, building, or area

6 – Ancient ruin or tomb

7 – Creepy basement or attic

8 – Cemetery or burying ground

9 – Creepy woods or wilderness area

10 – A boat, train, bus or plane

11 – Laboratory

12 – Bizarre place with alien geometries

One Comment

  1. Thanks…participating in NaNoWriMo this year and I am in a frenzied brainstorm mode. lol


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