Short Horror Story Ideas

by Loraine Walters
Created: 15.04.2019
Updated: 27.12.2019

List of 52 Short Horror Story Ideas

  1. A bartender serves last call to the only remaining patron who is the Devil himself.
  2. A boy has a tumor that slowly grows into a Siamese twin — the older they get, the more evil the twin becomes.
  3. A boy realizes that his family has been replaced by aliens.
  4. A boy’s stepfather is actually a murderous werewolf.
  5. A cult that worships history’s deadliest serial killers begins to kill by copying their methods.
  6. A deceased grandma’s old doll collection comes alive.
  7. A doctor performs the first head transplant — things go wrong.
  8. A figure dressed in an old, dirty Easter Bunny suit haunts the children of a town.
  9. A girl wakes up to find a little boy sitting on his bed, claiming to be her younger brother — but she never had one.
  10. A homeless man is stalked by faceless beings.
  11. A man afraid of snakes is shipwrecked on an island covered with them.
  12. A man is texted pictures of himself in various stages of torture that he has no memory of.
  13. A man reads a novel, soon realizing that the story is his very own — and according to the book, a killer is looming.
  14. A man wakes up bound to an electric chair.
  15. A man wakes up in a coffin next to a fresh dead body.
  16. A man wakes up to find a hobo clown staring down at him.
  17. A man wakes up with no mouth.
  18. A monster is terrified by the scary child who lives above his bed.
  19. A mother’s baby will not leave it’s womb and continues to grow and grow and grow while doctors try to cut it out but can’t.
  20. A natural anomaly brings all of the country’s spiders to a horrified town.
  21. A priest is a vampire.
  22. A pumpkin patch comes alive — beings with heads of pumpkins and bodies of vines.
  23. A scare walk in the woods during Halloween is actually real.
  24. A scientist clones his family that died in an airplane crash — but soon learns the repercussions of playing God.
  25. A spelunker stumbles upon a series of caverns infested with rattlesnakes.
  26. A treasure hunter finds a tomb buried beneath the dirt.
  27. A woman afraid of clowns is forced to work in a travelling circus.
  28. A woman answers a phone call only to learn that the voice on the other end is her future self warning her that a killer is looming.
  29. A woman has memories of being abducted by aliens — but she soon learns that they weren’t aliens
  30. A woman is wrongfully condemned to an insane asylum.
  31. A woman wakes up in an abandoned prison that she cannot escape.
  32. A woman wakes up to find her family gone and her doors and windows boarded up with no way to escape.
  33. A woman wakes up with no eyes.
  34. A young brother and sister find an old door in their basement that wasn’t there before.
  35. An astronaut and cosmonaut are on the International Space Station when their countries go to Nuclear War with each other
  36. An astronaut is the sole survivor of a moon landing gone wrong — only to discover that the moon is infested with strange creatures.
  37. An astronaut jettisoned into the cold of space in a mission gone wrong suddenly appears at the doorstep of his family.
  38. An endless swarm of killer bees wreaks havoc on the country.
  39. An innocent circus clown discovers the dark history of the trade.
  40. Christ returns to Earth — at least that is who people thought he was.
  41. Earth suffers a planet-wide blackout as all technology is lost.
  42. Friends on a road trip stumble upon a back country town whose residents all dress up as different types of clowns.
  43. Little Red Riding Hood was a vampire.
  44. Residents of a town suddenly fall dead while the dead from cemeteries around them rise.
  45. Serial killers worldwide are connected by a dark web website.
  46. Somebody clones Hitler and raises him as a white supremacist.
  47. Something has turned the neighborhood pets into demonic killers.
  48. Stone gargoyles suddenly appear on the tops of buildings and houses of a small town.
  49. The abused animals of a zoo are unleashed and wreak havoc on a small town.
  50. The world’s population is overtaken by vampires — all except one little child.
  51. Winged creatures can be seen within the storm clouds above.
  52. Years after the zombie apocalypse subsides, survivors discover that the epidemic was caused by aliens that have appeared to lay claim to the planet.

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