A Collection of Nightmares

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  • Published: 10 Feb 2014
  • Updated: 2 May 2014
  • Status: Complete
A collection of short pieces meant to scare.


1. The Secret Room

Imagine you've just moved house. Nothing is set up yet, so you have no phones or internet, and the reception is terrible. You're looking through the library, when you find a damp wall. Being the proactive and sensible type you take it upon yourself to remove, and try and restore as much as possible, the books on that shelf. But then, to your surprise, after removing an especially large volume, you find a small door handle. Unable to contain your excitement about the possibility of finding a secret room or passageway, you twist the handle. It's stiff, and obviously hasn't been opened for at least fifty years, and moves slowly. Finally you hear a soft click and the bookcase swings out toward you, creaking and grating ominously.

Behind it is a small room, made of greyish concrete with a single bare bulb hanging from the ceiling, which, when you turn it on, sheds a yellowy orange light over the room.

The room is empty except for an old, rusted high chair, and the remains of rotten leather straps. There are reddish brown stains on the walls and floor, and scratched onto the wall opposite is a large K.

It reeks of madness and you feel like you can hear the sound of a scream, locked up for the past half century, causing the hairs on your arms and the back of your neck to stand on end.

Suddenly you feel sick and rush out, slamming the door behind you as you dry retch, leaning against the wall, coated in a sheen of cold sweat. You promise yourself that you will not go near that room again, knowing that it will haunt you in your dreams for months, if not years, and you'll never escape the feeling of fear and disgust as you wonder what horrors the walls of that room have seen. You shudder and pray that you get the phones set up soon.

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