Guillermo del Toro, the esteemed filmmaker behind both Pan’s Labyrinthand Shape of Water, is now working on a collection of short stories for Amazon Original Stories.
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While most of del Toro’s work is made to be viewed, though this isn’t his first publishing credit. Del Toro co-wrote The Strainnovels with Chuck Hogan, a fiction series about the clashes between the vampire and human worlds.
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Most of del Toro’s work deals heavily with the supernatural, and this upcoming work will be no exception. The publisher has stated that the collection “will introduce a world of strange happenings, otherworldly horror, and dark fantasy.”
In the modern age, creatives have been using more and more outlets to tell horror stories than ever before. With viral Twitter horror threads such as “Dear David’ and “Teletubbie Facts,” social media horror stories have become more commonplace. New apps generate text conversations that tell horrifying stories. Other creators have produced their own horror through YouTube, Snapchat and now even TikTok. Two sentence horror stories belong in this wave of innovative ways to tell a terrifying tale. You may be wondering how just two sentences can be enough to make you unable to sleep at night, but as soon as you read the first one, you’ll understand.
1. I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.” — justAnotherMuffledVo
2. Don’t be scared of the monsters, just look for them. Look to your left, to your right, under your bed, behind your dresser, in your closet but never look up, she hates being seen. — AnarchistWaffles
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3. I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I though it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again. — therealhatman
4. She wondered why she was casting two shadows. Afterall, there was only a single lightbulb. — pgan91
5. There was a picture in my phone of me sleeping. I live alone. — guztaluz
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6. They delivered the mannequins in bubble wrap. From the main room I begin to hear popping. — Mikeyseventyfive
7. 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. — skuppy
From puppy pics to political news, Twitter is a wonderful place. It’s also home of a wave of flash fiction writers. Here are a few to follow to add some fiction to your feed, even when you don’t have time for short stories.
The absolute best Twitter flash fiction has to offer. Fantasy, mystery, and magical realism combined and intertwined in full stories under two-hundred-eighty words, with a philosophical bend that’ll make you contemplate the combination of genres.
This little bot may not know much, but it certainly has bizarre and whimsical grasp of mythological elements. At the risk of feeling like you’ve thrown a bunch of fantasy books in a blender, follow this bot for some strangeness on your feed.
For moody magical realism, look no further. Brief character sketches build strange and unlikely worlds, sci-fi flare, and elegant prose that are sure to have you excited for these stories on your feed.
Tragedy plus time apparently equals literature. As far as years go, 2017-2018 has been an intense one. These authors have responded with wit, creativity, and some impressively bizarre concepts that comment upon both the new and timeless topography of our psychological landscapes. Here are 5 acclaimed short story collections as weird, wild, and jarringly human as the past year has been.
A timely commentary on social media, art, and interpersonal relationships, this multimedia collection from some of the most famous Instagram poets (includingNikita Gilland Trista Mateer) insightfully tackles both the isolation and accessibility that the Internet can provide. The collection maintains its commitment to accessibility by incorporating the work of established writers (like Amanda Lovelace, author of The Princess Saves Herself in This One) with the work of up-and-coming contributors (likeSara Bond). Even the creation of [Dis]connectedfollows an inventive format: each writer contributed three poems and then assigned poems to their fellow writers. Each contributor then wrote a short story based on one of their assigned poems. The result? A vivid and unique exploration of love and loneliness.
The eccentric genius archetype—the exaggerated trope of a person who would just as likely disassemble their own household appliances for fun as write a novel—has met its match in Helen DeWitt. A mathematician and linguist (by the way, we’re talking fourteen languages), DeWitt’s hit debut, The Last Samurai, is only one of three works she’s published in the last twenty years, thanks to her distaste for the publishing industry. (Her second novel, Lightning Rods, is a brilliant, weird, and brilliantly weird satire on American capitalism.) Her third work, collection Some Trick, uses the “iron logic of a crazy person” to chip at the barrier between the private intellectual world of the individual and the social machinery of capitalism.