It seems like fate that I had the most horrifying nightmare I ever had on Halloween night. As I slept, I had visions of a darkened sky enveloped by smoky clouds. I was standing alone amidst a ravaged and dead land. The ground is cracked so wide that the Earth’s core glowed brightly through the cracks. In the distance, the screams and shrieks of unholy creatures could be heard through the flames gushing into the atmosphere. Something big was lurking in those clouds, but most of it is obscured by the clouds and smoke. Every so often, the beast’s flaming tentacles would emerge from the haze, spraying fiery debris on the ruined landscape. The ground shook violently as the abomination in the sky roared. As the clouds part, I catch a glimpse of the chaotic entity before waking up. I have NEVER been that frightening by a nightmare before! I will definitely draw inspiration from it for my future cosmic horror short story. Happy Halloween!
I am thinking of one day writing a novella or short story that revolves around cosmic horror. The most famous author of cosmic horror is H.P. Lovecraft, who wrote stories such as The Call of Cthulhu and At the Mountains of Madness. Lovecraft was essentially the founding father of the cosmic horror genre and his legacy has influenced writers and filmmakers for decades. Cosmic horror revolves around mankind’s all-consuming FEAR of the unknown, mankind’s insignificance in the fabric of the universe, and the fragility of the human mind. While most horror stories includes blood and guts, Lovecraftian stories included slime and tentacles. Most prominently of all is that cosmic horror and Lovecraftian stories featured mysterious monsters that were so horrifying that a person would go mad if they saw the creatures in their entirety. I have a cosmic horror story in mind that I think would make a good read. I shall tinker with it when my schedule opens up.
I had an intriguing idea for a story. As the title of this post suggests, this story takes place in Hell itself. It will be told from the point of view of the damned. I always viewed Hell to be the worst prison imaginable with the Devil being the warden and the damned been the inmates. Like any other prison, what if there was a jail break or riot when the damned revolt against their demon jailers? What if some of these inmates succeed in escaping from this prison? You could say this will be like the Shawshank Redemption except in Hell. I have long imagined what Hell would look like and this would be an opportunity to put it on paper. I will be basing the main character on the sins of someone I know and understand intimately.
I remember something creepy that happened a couple years ago when evil clowns started appearing around the world. Most of them were pranks, but many people feared that these clowns were preparing for an uprising that resembles The Purge. Fortunately, the clowns disappeared for a while and the rumored clown purge never happened, but the thought of killer clowns causing chaos across the country filled me with dread. I am thinking of showing a clown purge in my superhero series and the main characters will be fighting to stop them.
I had a thought about the setting for my future zombie story. Most zombie stories revolve around zombies taking over the entire world and the world’s governments failing to contain it. However, what if the government did manage to quarantine a zombie outbreak in time and contained it in one location? Therefore, I will be depicting my zombie story in a handful of counties that have been quarantined by the government before the zombie outbreak could spread. The story will be told from the point of view of survivors who are fighting to survive in the quarantine zone.
In addition to researching how zombies could be scientifically plausible, I have been researching videos that listed countless ways in which one could survive a zombie apocalypse. With these videos and ideas, I have a treasure trove of inspiration to draw upon for my future zombie apocalypse story. Some of these videos provided ideas that were quite unexpected and might put a good twist to the story. Once my schedule opens up, I look forward to watching more of these videos. As an added bonus, if a real life zombie apocalypse breaks out anytime soon, I will be well informed on what to do to survive.
I have come to realize that the most unlikely survivors of a zombie apocalypse are the slackers, individuals who have dedicated their lives to doing absolutely nothing. Before a zombie apocalypse happens, people would initially underestimate a slacker’s survival capability. However, when the zombie apocalypse happens, the slackers prove to be surprisingly good at killing zombies and staying alive. For my future zombie story, I am thinking of making the main characters slackers. I have plenty of experience about being a slacker so inspiration will not be a problem.
We often see zombies make some kind of snarling or growling noise as they attack their victims. However, I do not see this happening if zombies were real. In order to make noise, you have to be breathing, which is not possible since zombies are dead. Therefore, it would make sense for zombies to not make noise of any kind. The one exception would be the snapping and cracking their joints would make due to the effects of rigor mortis.
In terms of movement, there are two types of zombies: ones that move slow and those that move fast. For the longest time, I wondered which type would be more scientifically plausible if zombies existed. Because zombies are dead, they cannot produce fatigue toxins that would tire them, which gives them limitless stamina. If zombies moved fast, they could literally run forever and tire their prey out, which adds to the suspense to the story. On the other hand, the slow zombies seem more likely because since they are dead, their bodies are rotting as they move and rigor mortis would make their joints and muscles extremely stiff, which would hinder their movements. What do you think? What is more frightening? A fast zombie or a slow zombie? I will be tinkering with this question as I brainstorm my zombie apocalypse story.
While brainstorming for a future zombie apocalypse story, I searched for ways to make my zombies seem scientifically plausible. The zombie condition is often depicted as being the product of a virus, a curse, or something else that cannot be explained by science. However, what if it does not require a virus to become a zombie? As it turns out, there are many forms of parasites and fungus that take over the bodies of insects and turns them into zombie-like creatures. Also, what if there were versions of these parasites/fungus that can infect humans? I will be tinkering with this idea as I continue to brainstorm. I will keep you updated on any further developments.