The First 138 Prompts Defined
Prompts 139-176 Defined
The numbers just never work out. We have four extra prompts that will only be on the Paranormal 200 table (but feel free to use them for Writer's Choice or DIY tables).
177. Spooky Photographs: This prompt concerns any photograph of something spooky, like a ghost, or where something in the picture is off in a paranormal way. The prompt was inspired by a story from Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files about a house in California where people have communicated with some sort of spirit through a Polaroid camera for many years. They ask a question, then take a picture with their Polaroid camera, and words appear on the photos that answer the question. Pretty neat, huh? Now, the film for the old Polaroid cameras has got to be one of the easiest types of films to manipulate, so it's possible this one could be a very clever hoax, but the FoF people had their photography expert try to recreate the effect and they couldn't do it without obvious tricks. So maybe this one is real!
Anyway, your story must include some sort of spooky photo(s).
178. Haunted Item: Filling this prompt means writing about an item that is being haunted, such as a doll, a car, a chair, pretty much anything inanimate. Inspired by a true story about a chair in England that is supposed to be haunted by its deceased owner. It's said that anyone who sits in the chair will die within hours. You can also write about a real life haunted object, like Robert the doll.
179. The Pyramids: This prompt can be used to write a paranormal story about any pyramid that exists on Earth (except for something obviously silly, like the food pyramid :P). As an example, I'll talk about the Pyramids of Egypt. The Egyptian pyramids are ancient pyramid-shaped masonry structures located in Egypt. There are 138 pyramids discovered in Egypt as of 2008. Most were built as tombs for the country's Pharaohs and their consorts during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods. The most famous Egyptian pyramids are those found at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. Several of the Giza pyramids are counted among the largest structures ever built.
When it comes to the Pyramids, there really is too much to tell in a concise definition. Basically, the Pyramids of Egypt were built to be resting places for Pharaohs after they had passed on, and they were prepared as a true place of royalty for these souls. The Pharaohs' bodies were specially treated as to preserve them for hundreds of years (surely you've heard of a mummy) and placed inside coffins inlaid with gold and jewels made into the likeness of the pharaoh. The pyramid was also filled with riches, food, and dead slaves to attend the pharaoh in the afterlife. The walls of the pyramids were carved and painted with Egyptian writing of the time (hieroglyphics) to tell the story of the pharaoh's life and his interactions with the gods. In an attempt to keep looters from stealing the pharaoh's riches, pyramid designers equipped them with secret passageways and hidden doors, and spread the word that a death curse would befall anyone who entered after the pyramid had been sealed.
Or, you can make up your own pyramid and write a paranormal story about it. You could also use the "pyramids" on Mars.
180. Zombie: To fill this prompt, you can either write about the traditional zombie which is created by Black Magick, or the more modern take on a zombie as we've seen in recent horror movies.
Zombie is a term used to denote an animated corpse brought back to life by mystical means such as witchcraft. The term is often figuratively applied to describe a hypnotized person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli.
In modern times, zombies became a popular subject in horror fiction, largely because of the success of George A. Romero's 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, and they have appeared as plot devices in various books, films, and in television shows. Zombie fiction is now a sizeable sub-genre of horror, usually describing a breakdown of civilization occurring when most of the population become flesh-eating zombies – a zombie apocalypse. The monsters are usually hungry for human flesh, often specifically brains. Sometimes they are victims of a fictional pandemic illness causing the dead to reanimate or the living to behave this way.
The use of "zombies" is most closely associated with West African Vodun, Haitian Vodou, and the general label of the "Voodoo" religion.
181-200: Writer's Choice