About Your Instructor

I love all things horror.  I love being scared.  I love to talk about being scared and horror fiction and how horror works.  I also love to read and write flash fiction, short stories, short novels, and novels.  Not all of my work is horror.  Some of it is surreal, experimental, realist, literary, or character-based, slipstream, or cross-genre.  

I teach fiction writing in the BA, MFA, and PhD program at Oklahoma State University, which offers full funding in the graduate program. https://english.okstate.edu/academics/program-descriptions/creative-writing

A Warning about My Theories of Writing Horror: 

Many of my theories of horror writing are based on method acting.  I believe you have to be scared or at least know what scares you to write horror well.  This gives your horror authenticity.   So, some of the things I’ll show you (especially the short films) are meant to scare you.  How do I attempt to scare you?  By showing you things that scare me!  

Image galleries for your writing inspiration appear after each day’s prompts and are meant to explore tropes of the horror genre as leaping off points to creating horror fiction as part of a method of bending the genre by making the familiar aspects of the genre unfamiliar and new in innovative ways.

If you want to know a little more about me, feel free to visit www.aimeeparkison.com

Examples of My Horror Writing:

Sister Séance: http://www.kernpunktpress.com/store/p28/sisterseance.html

Girl in Finger Web: 

https://www.rowanglassworks.org/flash-glass-2017/girl-in-finger-web-by-aimee-parkison

“Ghosting:” https://citronreview.com/2021/06/20/ghosting/

“The Pool Cover:” https://www.therupturemag.com/rupture/the-pool-cover

Bedfellows: A Scare

Before we go any farther, I think I should scare you for inspiration.  I want to show you something scary to creep you out to make you a better horror writer.  That’s a technique for writing horror–be scared, then think about what scares you and why.  

“Bedfellows” – Award Winning Short Horror Film

“Bedfellows, a short film by Drew Daywalt, follows one of the oldest fears of humans: fear of intimacy. We’re afraid to be close to someone because, in that state, we are at our most vulnerable. It doesn’t matter if you’re a frail weakling or a hulking bodybuilder. A warm embrace can still conceal a knife in the back. This fear of intimacy manifests itself in this video in the form of a question: Do you really know who’s sleeping next to you? As is so often the case with good horror, it’s the anticipation of the answer that makes it so nerve-racking. We can see the face of the “bedfellow,” but she won’t until it’s too late.”