I saw a call for submissions for Jamais Vu, The Journal of Strange Among the Familiar. They’re a horror/thriller market, and, though I seldom write horror or thriller stories, I thought it might do me good to stretch myself a bit and try.
I’m approaching this as if it were an episode of The Twilight Zone, which used to give me nightmares. I wasn’t supposed to watch it, but there was a framed picture of an angelic little girl saying her prayers that was perfectly positioned to pick up the reflection of the television, and I used to sneak and watch it that way. It’s possible that the reversed images and the juxtaposition of the angel and the monstrous, with the additions of guilt and lost sleep, may have made what was actually only mildly weird into an excess of morbid ghastliness.
So I have begun. I don’t know if the story will impress the editors, but the subject I’ve found to work with is sure creeping me out. I may regret this yet.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What creeps your main character out the most?