PROMPTed #9 Staring Into The Darkness

PROMPTed is a weekly collection of writing prompts to inspire your writing week. The prompts are loosely grouped under a common theme and include a random line prompt, a photograph, a song/music video, a sensory suggestion and a famous quote.

This week our prompts come compliments of  Alan Baxter (@alanbaxter), conesisseur of the dark and disturbing.

My writing always ventures into the darkness. I like to explore the shadows and follow them however deep they go. While driving home a little while ago we passed a random and very creepy mannequin, left sitting in a storm drain. I had to go back and take a photo of this ephemeral moment of spooky street art. It triggered all kinds of thoughts in my mind.

The subsequent conversation between horror writers when I posted the picture on my Facebook page was enlightening. So that photo formed the centre of my prompts when Jodi asked me to contribute to this. The rest of the prompts are things designed to expand on that central image.

Random Line Prompt

I’m a very patient creature.


(c) Alan Baxter, 2012


Cool dampness.



“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu”

About This Week’s Programmer

Alan is a British-Australian author living on the south coast of NSW, Australia. He writes dark fantasy, sci-fi and horror, rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. His contemporary dark fantasy novels, RealmShift and MageSign, are out through Gryphonwood Press, and his short fiction has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies in Australia, the US, the UK and France, including the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror. Read extracts from his novels, a novella and short stories at his website – feel free to tell him what you think. About anything.

Interested in being a guest programmer?

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