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Whether you are writing a story or giving a speech, there is something special about hooks. They have charisma. People want to read more into them and their role in life. Characters use them liberally.
Writers seem to love hooks. Maybe it’s because writers can relate to each other so well. Every writer wants to write books that will make an impact on the world and be remembered for years after they die.
Hooks give people what they need in order to connect to your story. If you can create a hook, get some attention out there, and plant a seed, then others can take care of the rest.
You may not know how to finish a book, but if you understand its one main hook, you’ll figure out how to move forward. No matter what kind of person you are, you can always come up with a few hooks.
The Paper Bag
This is one of the most famous scary stories out there. Many people have heard this story, but not all know what actually happened to the boy who told it!
It starts with a paper bag. A young man named Tim finds himself stuck in mud without his clothes. He uses the time before the rescue workers arrive to get rid of the dirt and bugs that are crawling everywhere.
After telling this story for years, Tim decided to try selling lemonade. But something about the beverage seems unnatural to many customers. They don’t feel comfortable buying something like that and instead buy a newspaper.
That evening, after collecting the money from the sale, an elderly couple comes up to him. They say they want to give him a gift because he looked so uncomfortable doing business here today. They ask if he likes flowers. When he replies no, she gives him a basket of her own homemade cookies and asks why he doesn’t sell lemonade. She says she can tell he needs help and wants to give him guidance through this difficult situation.
She tells him how we sometimes forget these things when we are trying to be independent. We need others to help us remember these times when we are wanting or needing their love.
This is one of the most famous scary stories, recorded in several different versions. In each version the story has a few things in common.
There’s always a kid who gets scared or worried for some reason. Then they go to sleep, and start having nightmares.
In the first version that I found online, a young boy was feeling tired after playing all day. He went to bed, then suddenly he had a very disturbing nightmare. After he woke up from his nightmare, he noticed that his closet door was open slightly. As he looked at it more closely, he saw that the shadow of something moved behind him. He got out of bed, closed his bedroom door, and turned on the light. Just then, there was a knock at the front door. His father opened the door, and his dad was not supposed to come home until midnight.
His son asked who was outside. A man named Mr. Drake said that he thought that his dog was missing. The boy told him that she wasn’t, but thanks for checking. She would be back sometime tomorrow.
Then the boy went back to bed, but soon started having another nightmare. When he awoke this time, he heard someone coming towards his room. He quickly pulled himself together, jumped off his bed, and sat down at his desk just as a large storm cloud entered through the window.
As it turns out, the monster in his dream was
There’s a reason that “The Crate” is so famous; people love it because it’s very relatable. Also, anyone can imagine themselves in his place being chased by an evil manager who wanted to kill them. And how about the scared kid himself? He was hungry, he needed money, and this abusive boss made him work for nothing.
It all happened one day when he was working as a clerk at the grocery store. He wasn’t doing well there, so he decided to look for another job. However, things were not going well until he found a customer sitting down reading a newspaper.
He asked her if she would give him some information about a good job. She gave him two names of places where he could find jobs. Incredibly, he went to see both employers and got interviews. They even offered him a job! It turned out they were looking for employees like him-people who already had a position.
What he didn’t know was that each name he saw in the paper meant one of these places was interviewing him. So he kept getting hired and fired from those places. But finally, he got to keep their phone numbers (and send messages between customers) long enough to figure out which place sent his interview request.
Then he called up the place and pretended to be someone else- the owner’s son looking for a job. Unbelievably, they
There is a video that has gotten quite a bit of attention online. It’s an audio tape, so you watch it online or listen to it with your phone. At its core, it’s a scary story told by a local radio host in Houston, Texas.
The internet loves a good creepypasta story, so this one is pretty popular. And for good reason!
It’s very well put together, with a great soundtrack and some really creepy moments. By the end, you’re hoping they keep talking because you want them to stop.
You can hear the fear in their voices as things get more frightening. At points, you even think you see something moving out of the corner of your eye.
That combined with the stress of the scene and the tension makes for a really powerful podcast. You should check it out if you like horror stories.
It was sent to several people, including then-First lady Nancy Reagan
It was read in conjunction with her husband’s childhood birthday, which was November 5th
According to legend, there was a reason why Mrs. Reagan’s first husband passed away so early from cancer…
He was afflicted by it himself, and he never really talked about it, but my grandmother told me that before his death he asked for one special thing if he ever had any opportunity to help others who were or whom he knew been affected by bone cancers.
Therefore, I would say that Mr. Reagan as president helped promote this message, helping spread the word that preventing osteoporosis could prevent future fractures. This perhaps can be credited to him somewhat directly affecting the population of our country.
Another theory is that she married him because they both suffered from it (osteo has something to do with bones). He apparently had some kind of past trauma resulting in a chronic pain disorder which necessitated an operation when he was already 39 years old.
I don’t believe he ever officially brought up the issue once he found out how much it affected his family, but he must have made note of it during his medical exams. And later on after he became first lady he obviously put forth effort into improving awareness of it.
There is a house in Texas that has been considered haunted since it was built in 1891. People have seen things in windows, around rooms, and coming out of walls. But what makes this ghost story so scary is that there are hundreds of people who have lived in or worked at the hotel where the house is located, and no one seems to be able to confirm whether or not any ghosts really exist!
There are many stories about the house being occupied by demons, but according to researchers, the building was once home to some very real demonic entities. Some even say they saw them with their own eyes.
In 2009, TV show Diggers rated the House as the second most famous scariest place in America (after the Haunted Mansion at Disney World). It just might be the most debated spot too. Watch the news and you’ll see more articles about this topic than anyone else.
A teacher told one of her stories about a picture that saved her life,
A few years ago, she had been teaching for many months. During a class, an image of two kids staring at each other while hiding behind buckets became popular among her students. They would hide together and then compare who could be caught first.
At the end of the lesson, everyone received special gifts — pictures of their own to keep. As Ms. White was handing out the final gift, someone suddenly yelled “Boo!”
Following the sound, Ms. White found herself alone in the classroom with two boys who were running very fast towards her. She quickly hid under her desk until several teachers came running. Then they called the police.
The two boys argued that it was just fun, but what if it had been more serious? No one knew whether or not to believe them (and no one did). This shows how effective this little act can be. Even so, people still wonder whom the face is going to be next.
Here are some common scary faces along with tips on avoiding such behavior.
Horror stories often depend upon the audience’s imagination, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t real. In fact, studies show that our perceptions of reality are created not by what we see or hear, but by how we sense information around us.
We know from cognitive science that our perception of reality is shaped by our understanding of the world. For example, when watching a film, you may understand things like “The room was shaking” or “He looked straight at me.”
Since these concepts are intuitive to think about (and therefore feel more valid), you automatically assume them to be true. But if someone asks you about this experience, you have no proof other than your own intuition that it happened that way.
That’s why people can believe creepy stuff like Ouija boards or fake witch faces. Even scientists discuss unconscious personality traits and behavior in terms of evidence-based psychology.
By contrast, physical events leave traces in time for everyone else to observe them. People also have an internal narrative that makes sense of what happens to them. This helps them cope with the scary and unpredictable nature of life.