You wake up to find pictures of yourself sleeping on your cell phone.
In Western culture, we traditional have four elements for magick: earth, air, fire, water. In Chinese culture: wood, fire, earth, water, metal. Japanese culture has: fire, water, earth, wind, and sky. Your task is to create another kind of elemental magic; it’s popular to add “heart” or “spirit” as fifth element in Western culture, but try for something beyond that. Have it be evoked in your story with terrible consequences.
What would the world look like 100 years after a zombie apocalypse? Would the world be re-suburbanized? Would the zombie virus be mostly eliminated, except for the occasional outbreak in pre-reindustrialized countries?
Write about a friend possessed by the spirit of an Old One.
I have always thought the Beach Boys musical canon was super creepy. Choose your favorite Beach Boys song and have it be the centerpiece of your scene or story.
Write a story with a Final Girl.
Create a new digital creepy urban legend for the social media age.
Reimagine the myth of the Headless Horseman for our current contemporary moment. Bonus points if you manage to change the genre!
What would cars look like that no longer have steering wheels?
What would change about culture if a contraceptive pill for men was invented?