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Two-Sentence Horror Stories (October 2020)

In another post, we explored what micro-stories really are, compared to quotes and quick statements.

One subcategory is the two-sentence story, an extremely short brand of micro-fiction. They’re fun to read and to write — so it only seems natural to try a few!

Actually, let’s try a series. 🙂 This month’s installment for October is all about ghosts and other-worldly phenomenon, in honor of Halloween.

Two-Sentence Horror Story: "The ghost disappeared the way it arrived. It mumbled warnings over and over again."

Two-Sentence Horror Story: "I used to be famous for horrible things, which I liked not. I have found mercy in my solitude." Image of a vampire.

Two-Sentence Horror Story: "It was a doppelganger. It was like an out-of-body experience."




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Some Unfortunate Characters: The Gashlycrumb Tinies

Image: "G" is for Gashlycrumb

When thinking about unfortunate characters, it’s impossible to avoid The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey. (On a side note, does anyone else make the mistake of trying to think of them as “The Tinycrumb Gashlies”?)

These are perhaps 26 of the most unfortunate characters in literature that are all found in one piece of work. Not only do they generally meet terrible ends, but they are too young to have such early demises. Like many popular works, The Gashlycrumb Tinies has even inspired photography and crafts, such as this Gashlycrumb Tinies diorama that was on Etsy for $8,500.00.

While the concept is obviously morbid, the Gashlycrumbs are very popular, nonetheless. It’s probably a mixture of the unique drawings and the “plot” put together that makes them strangely appealing.

Some favorites include:

“E is for Ernest who choked on a peach.” It’s hard to say if the idea here is that no one eventually bothered to cut the peach for Ernest and he truly did try to swallow the entire thing whole. Either way, you can’t help but notice this child seemingly sitting in a dark room with an overpowering dining table in a chair that appears to be much too towering, even for an adult.

“J is for James who took lye by mistake.” What was this child actually trying to reach when he got up on the stool to get into bottles that were clearly not for a child’s consumption?

It’s interesting how such a morbidly creative work could spawn dioramas and such an immense following. Who wouldn’t love The Gashlycrumb Tinies? (Well, there are probably people who don’t.) Perhaps a former co-worker said it best when he complimented Gorey, saying, “That guy rules!”