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Searching for Springtime Scares

I like to align a lot of my writing with the seasons, since I take a lot of inspiration from nature. Spring is usually a challenge for me, as I prefer darker themes and imagery. How do you make sunshine and budding flowers scary? I might be able to take some tips from the upcoming slew of horror movies coming out this spring.

First up is Jordan Peele’s Us. The film is centered around a family on a beach vacation, and are confronted by terrifying, murderous versions of themselves. Following later in April is the long anticipated Pet Cemetery remake, The Curse of La Llorona, and Brightburn. All four movies seem to feature warm weather, picturesque settings, and children.

I can also take  literary inspiration from some classic short stories.  Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper is centered around a sunny room. And of course, Shirely Jackson’s famously unsettling The Lottery, detailing the horrifying tradition of a small New England town each June.

Strange Happenings This Week:

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Check out The Yellow Wallpaper for free here, and The Lottery for free here.


Wednesday, March 20– Celebrate the arrival of the spring with a full moon tonight.


Friday, March 22- Us, Jordan Peele’s much awaited follow up to Get Out, premiers in theaters.


  1. Great short story recommendations! Don’t know if I’ll be brave enough to see Peele’s latest horror film. Yes, there’s a lot of renewal, rebirth, imagery when it comes to spring, but growth can be horrifying when it is untamed, just like a spring rain can turn deadly when at the extremes. Good luck with your springtime writing!

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  2. Spring has plants and plants can be poisonous 😉 It’s not horror but Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching books have brilliant examples of looking at nice things in nasty ways. And of course there’s always Umbridge from Harry Potter, she was very pastel.


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