Introducing Thursday Thriller

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I’m THRILLED to reintroduce my revitalized website and blog. Let’s begin with a brand new weekly entry Thursday Thriller! It’s appropriate, because it’s October. October has Halloween in it. Halloween is all about thrills. And candy. So no arguments!

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The definition of thriller is

[thril-er]
noun
1. a person or thing that thrills.
2. an exciting, suspenseful play or story, especially a mystery story.

and it’s origin is 1250-1300; Middle English thrillen orig., to penetrate, metathetic variant of thirlen to thirl

according to our friends at http://www.dictionary.com

When it comes to Thursday Thriller we’ll be focusing more on the people and things that thrill and less on the penetration.

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I got most of my reading kicks as an adolescent and as an adult in the wonderful world of horror. I am an admitted admirer of Stephen King, but I also enjoy a lot of other popular horror authors. Some of these individuals include H.P. Lovecraft (of course) although I do find him to be a little heavy on the eyes. There are times where I feel I need a translator to figure it out. Clive Barker. Caution, there is a lot of sexual inferences in his tales that can be quite…elaborate. I’m not big on erotic fiction, so it’s a good thing that Clive weaves a unique horror plot around it. There are the poems of Poe, which many read Nevermore.

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And of course there is Dean Koontz who nicely blends thrills with horror.

All of these figures are pretty mainstream and I have no issues with that. Plenty of mainstream writers deserve their praise. There are a lot of authors that are not well-known (unfortunately) who write tales just as, if not better than, the heavy hitters. If you have suggestions of must-read authors, books, poems, or short stories I (and the other subscribers) would love to hear about them in the Comments!

Of course horror is not inherently thrilling. Some of it gets devalued to ‘torture porn’ mostly thanks to this guy.

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A series that blended horror and thrills and then lost their focus and took pleasure in just making people cringe. I enjoy psychological thrillers more than creature or torture, but each to their own. Every art medium deserves some form of respect even if it is not appreciated. Plus, who doesn’t love ‘The Thing’?

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Now that we got a little history and advertisement for other people’s work out of the way, let’s read some (extremely) short horror stories.

  1. The doctors told the amputee he might experience a phantom limb from time to time. Nobody prepared him for the moments though, when he felt cold fingers brush across his phantom hand.
  2. You wake up. She doesn’t.
  3. My daughter won’t stop crying and screaming in the middle of the night. I visit her grave and ask her to stop, but it doesn’t help.

And finally the winner-

4. Day 312. Internet still not working.

Please Note:  The writer of this two sentence story did not win anything.  At all.

I hope you enjoyed these 2 sentence horror tales!  What is the scariest (true) thing that has ever happened to you?  What is the scariest (fictional) thing you’ve ever seen or read?  Let me know in the comments below!

Easter Egg! (But Dylan it’s right out in the open. I know, isn’t it Thrilling)