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Dark Writing Prompts That Will Haunt Your Mind

Dark and mysterious stories that push our understanding of the world are some of the most famous books, especially throughout the last decade. Books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Giver, and The Handmaid’s Tale grab hold of our curiosity in how deep society can fall.

Sometimes these stories are so staggering that you wonder how the ideas were thought of. And, for the writer, these dark plots can be just as exciting to write as they are to read.

If you’ve wanted to write a similar story but weren’t sure what to write about, you can use the following prompts to gain some inspiration. And, perhaps, one will lead to a full novel.

I’ve split these dark writing prompts into categories: titles, first sentences, and story ideas.

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Dark and Mysterious Writing Prompts

Titles:

  • The Secret Underground
  • Two to One
  • The Tears That Divide Us
  • Everything Fell
  • Pieces of Our Hearts
  • The Last of Life
  • Our Faulty Souls
  • Broken Club
  • The New Flame
  • The Unexplained Bones
  • These Strings Hold Me Together
  • Fire In Our Hands
  • Branded in Coal
  • Murders of Our Time
  • The Four Tomes
  • The Cryptic Footsteps
  • Hooded Ghosts
  • The Veiled Shadows
  • Haunted Blood
  • Nightmares in Our Attic
  • The Siren’s Sound
  • It Blankets My Soul
  • Compass to the Underworld
  • Gates of Blooming Lies
  • A Little Grim
  • The Swamp of Lost Souls

First Lines:

  • It wasn’t supposed to end like this…
  • I apologized and pulled the trigger…
  • I opened my eyes and everything was dark…
  • Her heart stopped beating, but her eyes blinked open…
  • The smell of blood overwhelmed me…
  • The screams came from all around me…
  • I tried to run, but it pulled me in…
  • The fear in my gut grew as the laughing got louder…
  • The abandoned mansion called to me…
  • After an hour of waiting, I could no longer hear him…
  • The truck wouldn’t stop following me…
  • Something about their faces sent shivers down my spine…
  • The boat came closer, but no one was on it…
  • The soft voice came from somewhere inside…
  • If it wasn’t us, then who was it…
  • We needed more time, but time was up…
  • The temperature was rising and there was nowhere to go…
  • The hole opened under me, and I fell in…
  • Once the gate opened, there was no going back…
  • There was no one left when the game was done…
  • Everyone had left and I had no one to help now…
  • It was the end of everything, and that was only the beginning…
  • Monsters were only in stories, but this was real…
  • I turned the light on, and what I saw haunted me…
  • It was time to sleep, but I knew it’d be back…

Story Ideas

  • Write a story that takes place over the last 24 hours of life on earth.
  • A flower grants eternal life at the cost of someone else’s life.
  • A poet finds that his writing begins to predict the future.
  • A cursed map shows a person exactly where they’ll die.
  • All mythological creatures begin to be show around the world.
  • Desperation sets in as the earth begins to change–making survival impossible–and society begins to collapse.
  • A family begins a trip sailing around the world, but runs into an uncharted island.
  • Suddenly every lie a person tells ages them five years.

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