We all have that one house that haunts us. Either it was a house we remember from our youth that everyone referred to as “that” house or it’s one we’ve stumbled across through the daily adventures that rattled us to our bones. Regardless of where you find yourself, one thing that always remains is, old houses are scary and creepy!
Continuing our wild and wooly ride through February, we’re keeping the fears going with the creepy house vibe that we’ve seen in countless films and have read about in some of our favorite books. The best ones, from memory and personal opinion, are those that look innocent to a point, but end up giving me the heebie-jeebies when I look at them. You know what I’m talking about, the ones that no one really worries about, but within our own creative writing minds, you just know there are bodies stacked up in there or some crazy supernatural force is checking you out from a dark corner deep within the moldy broken pieces of it all. Maybe it’s just me, but I bet you a box of doughnuts you’re thinking about that old house you had stashed away in your memories. 😉
Writing a creepy house scene sets a mood, regardless of what is happening within your book. It can create a hook for readers that want to know if their own fears based on your description hits paydirt or if it’s so much worse than even they could imagine. Even though old creepy and abandoned houses figure significantly in horror films/books or within the supernatural/paranormal genre, they can easily find themselves within mysteries/thrillers, and just about anything that could trigger a scene within your work. It doesn’t always have to be creepy or scary, even though it usually ends up that way. Try it out for yourself, use your memories, or what drives you to fear these old places. You might end up finding a good new home for well, an old one. 😉
These posts will be about showcasing a random picture I find in the hopes of inspiring others to create ideas for their writing. Sometimes I provide the picture and randomly prattle on about something I find interesting, sometimes I do more than my fair share.
I have found that generating a quick 1-3 sentence scenario, a blurb, a scene, or a full novel concept based on a random picture has worked wonders in opening up the floodgates to new ideas and enjoyment in the world of fiction. It is my hope that others will find these images and possibly be inspired to jump into the wild world of writing and become the author they always wanted to be.
Without further ado, our 24th entry!-
Like what you see or want to comment on a creepy old house you remember? Leave a note and tell me all about, or just wave as you drive by…I’ll see you from my shadowy corner. 😉 Happy Hauntings!