Running Scared Horror Story Contest via Inkitt.com

Inkitt.com, a new online platform for writers to post their best work and for readers to find stories they love, is seeking contestants for its new horror story contest.

Running Scared: The Most Terrifying Tale Ever Told

In the tradition of classic horror flicks and monster movies, we want the freakiest, flashiest fiction you can come up with. Make us scream! Fiction up to 15,000 words is accepted. Receive the most votes to bump your story into the top 10%, from which the winners will be chosen by Inkitt’s guest judges. Review others’ stories for a chance at an Amazon gift voucher!

  • Authors retain all rights to work submitted to the contest.
  • Multiple entries are allowed, but each individual participant may win only one prize.
  • Entries submitted to the “Darkest Place” contest are not eligible for submission in the “Running Scared” competition.
  • Prizes can be shipped only to the United States, Canada, countries in the EU, and Australia.
  • The review winner will be chosen at random from all reviews given on “Running Scared” contest entries. There is no limit to the number of reviews that can be written. Every review counts as a ticket in the reviewer raffle.
  • There is no age requirement for participation.
  • Inkitt staff are not eligible to receive prizes, or be chosen as winners.

Judges

#TheWalkingDead–Remember

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The Details

  • The group moves into the community.
  • They meet Deanna, who runs the community, and gives them all jobs.
  • Tension rises between Glenn and Deanna’s son when they go on a supply run together.
  • Everyone settles in…at least a little bit…except Daryl.

The Big Q

Is society worth reclaiming?

The Impact

There are some obvious pros here: baby food, school, and showers, to name a few. It’s interesting, however, to see most of the group revert to jobs similar to those they had before the apocalypse. But how does Carl just go back to school? How can Carol return to the family that no longer exists (for better and worse)? What about Daryl, who seemed to have no place in the former world? Gatsby said, “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!” General wisdom is that no, you cannot repeat the past, and that those who try are doomed to fail.

Liebster Tag: 11 Questions and Facts

I was tagged by Kira Butler for Liebster to feature young blogs.

Rules for Liebster Award

Questions

  1. What is your favourite thing about writing horror? Entertaining the speculations that are running through my mind anyway.
  2. Tell us about your writing process. I plan before I write, but I allow myself to deviate from the plan, because it’s never rich enough. I rely on my writing group and betas to take things to the next level, along with my own editing process and the brilliant Taryn Albright.
  3. Where does your inspiration come from? My wandering mind, the news, and the books I read.
  4. Do you ever scare yourself? How do you break past the wall and dig deeper? Yes, but it’s comfortable for me. In fact, if I’m not scared, that usually means there’s a problem with the writing.
  5. What’s your biggest fear? I’m afraid of the dark. I never enter an unlit room. I’m also afraid of being caught with free time and no book to read.
  6. If you could summarize your writing style, how would you describe it? Paint us a picture.file9451246896366file2001245784407DSC08804-4DSC00032
  7. What’s your recent most favourite sentence from a book? “Because if there were a minimal chance for those things to exist, it would improve my universe in the same way that coming to America improved it: Everything would be more like in the movies.” (The Supernatural Elements by Edgar Cantero)
  8. What was the first horror novel you read and loved? First Evil (Fear Street Cheerleaders) by R.L. Stine
  9. Describe your writing ritual. Iowa Hawkeyes Snuggie. Coffee or water. Appropriate Pandora station when necessary.
  10. If you could hang out with your favourite character for an evening, who would it be and what would you do? I would be at one of Jay Gatsby’s parties, hanging out in the library with him.
  11. What’s your big dream as an author? To publish a book that I’m proud I wrote.

Eleven Random Facts About Me

1. I love the first sip of a Dr. Pepper.

2. I watch a horror movie with a friend every Wednesday.

3. I enjoy reading nonfiction.

4. I’ve been performing/coaching improv for 16 years.

5. Most of the karaoke I sing was originally performed by men.

6. I don’t like Christmas.

7. My favorite wedding gift was his and hers copies of Left for Dead 2.

8. I’m glad my job requires me to interact with teenagers more often than adults, because they’re better.

9. I could release three albums of song parodies I have dedicated to my cat.

10. I avoid loud noises, especially the vacuum cleaner.

11. I’m really good at making apple cider.

The Nominated

Ruthie

Erin

Alina

The Questions

1. Why have you selected your particular genre(s)?

2. What books have become anchors in thinking about your own writing style?

3. What was the first “big deal” piece of writing you remember making as a kid?

4. Where is the weirdest place you’ve written?

5. What’s your go-to power drink/snack when writing?

6. If you could live in the story world of a book (or series), which one would it be and why?

7. What’s been your most valuable hard moment in writing?

8. How do you tell people you’re unavailable because you’re writing?

9. What are your go-to online writing resources?

10. What’s a favorite recent read of yours?

11. A writer’s work is never completed. What’s been a moment in your writing career that you are looking forward to celebrating?

#TheWalkingDead–The Distance

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The Details

  • Aaron persuades the group to come back to his community with him.
  • Rick is hesitant, but ultimately the group agrees to go.

The Big Q

How do we keep broken trust from corrupting us?

The Impact

It’s still unclear if the community will be good, but when Aaron calls Rick a good person, Rick admits that while he may be good, he is also ready to kill Aaron. If Aaron proves good, will Rick be able to accept that goodness still exists? Will he ever be able to trust “an outsider.” Then again, they were all strangers once. The question is if too much has happened for any more friendships to be made.

Growl by Ashley Fontainne

Welcome to author Ashley Fontainne whose book, Growl, is on spotlight today.

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Synopsis

My name is Sheryl Ilene Newcomb. And yes, my initials are S.I.N. A funny little piece of whimsical humor my parents found amusing when I arrived.

Then, it turned out to be true. Looking back with wiser eyes now, my family and I concluded that the events leading up to my transformation started the summer I turned nine. But the day we realized there was a problem, and no turning back, was a week before I started my senior year at Junction City High. The day the fangs and claws appeared and the monster inside of me emerged.

When mutilated corpses appeared near a pile of brush down by Caney Creek, everything changed. Because evil woke up and growled, its ominous rumblings heard by every living thing in Locasia County, Mississippi.

Book Excerpt:

It was all over—for now. The ending completed, and the living nightmare of what happened in our sleepy little town nothing more than a permanent stain embedded in my mind and body. I stared at the words on the page, the white paper covered in bright blue ink. The empty pages behind it waited, impatient for me to add more. They sat in mocking silence on the desk in front of me. A twinge of apprehension slithered up my back.

What am I doing?

During the last three months, I thought I’d done a decent job of stopping the memories. None of what happened was something anyone could be prepared to endure. No longer did the vile sounds and unbelievable images pop up during the middle of the day. I felt a sense of pride I stopped them without the use of medication. With the support of my mom and dad and the Lord above, I worked daily to bury the horrific events.

I shivered at the disturbing recollections. When the crystal clear images of the final battle exploded inside my head, they turned my slender torso into a shivering pile of goose bumps. I was unable to stop the screams of agony and anger when my mind replayed the events at night. Physical and mental anguish would slam into my body and soul as I fought not only the animal inside of me, but the one that stared at me from inside my mind.

The eerie visions of the final confrontation were as terrifying in my mind’s eye as the actual day they occurred. Dark, jade-green eyes lit from within bored through my own with their anticipatory killing stare. The growl from its furry throat would seem as loud in my memories as it did when it happened. The flexed muscles of the creature jerked in its readiness to shred me down to a bloody pile of mush. The bright moon’s rays shimmered off of its stark white fangs. One swipe of the enormous paw or bite from the strong jaws would end it all. My cries of sorrow erupted at night when the images of the dismembered corpses appeared inside my mind. They were seared into my memory banks. I hadn’t experienced a moment of heart-stopping, frozen-to-one-spot freakouts in two months during the daytime. I whittled them down to only haunting my dreams at night.

Progress, plain and simple.

A sound caught my attention, so I lifted my stare from the ruled, white paper on the desk and looked out my bedroom window. My sharp, one-eyed gaze glanced over to the pool and settled on the old, rusty swing at the edge of our backyard. I recalled with a slight smile the day last week when I took my first step out of the house and sat outside for almost an hour. The warmth of the sun and the gentle urges of my mother’s voice lured me into the water—at least the shallow end. I considered it a big leap in my recovery progress since I had developed a strong distaste for water. I had sat on the bottom step, the cool water barely up to my shins, and fought the urge to run back inside and lock myself inside my bedroom. The task of quelling my paralyzing fears had taken every ounce of mental strength to overcome. It was beyond weird at my age, but I felt safe in my adolescent bedroom. It was my territory. But I also knew it would become my prison if I didn’t learn to live outside its four walls again. Like a normal, sane person lives.

A quiet snicker from my lips bounced off the walls of my room. Sanity. Normalcy. Those ships sailed away eons ago, pulled under the dark waters of the mighty Mississippi River, never to be seen again.

More About the Book

  • Growl is available at Amazon.
  • Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

About the Author

Displaying Ashley Fontainne.jpegAward-winning and International bestselling author Ashley Fontainne is an avid reader of mostly the classics. Ashley became a fan of the written word in her youth, starting with the Nancy Drew mystery series. Stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters that lurk within us are her favorite reads.

Her muse for penning the Eviscerating the Snake series was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Ashley’s love for this book is what sparked her desire to write her debut novel, Accountable to None, the first book in the trilogy. With a modern setting to the tale, Ashley delves into just what lengths a person is willing to go when they seek personal justice for heinous acts perpetrated upon them. The second novel in the series, Zero Balance focuses on the cost and reciprocal cycle that obtaining revenge has on the seeker. For once the cycle starts, where does it end? How far will the tendrils of revenge expand? Adjusting Journal Entries answered that question: far and wide.

Her short thriller entitled Number Seventy-Five, touches upon the sometimes dangerous world of online dating. Number Seventy-Five took home the BRONZE medal in fiction/suspense at the 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards contest and is currently in production for a feature film.

Her paranormal thriller entitled The Lie, won the GOLD medal in the 2013 Illumination Book Awards for fiction/suspense and is also in production for a feature film.

The suspenseful mystery Empty Shell, released September 29, 2014. Ashley then delves into the paranormal with a Southern Gothic horror/suspense novel, Growl, scheduled for release in the Spring of 2015. Plus, she will be teaming up with Lillian Hansen (Ashley calls her Mom!) to pen a three-part murder mystery/suspense series entitled The Magnolia Series. The first book, Blood Ties, is due out the Summer of 2015.

Ashley also hosts The WriteStuff, a popular BlogTalk Radio show, each Friday night at 10 p.m. CST.

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