Horror story aesthetics with a campfire in the woods
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It’s the dead-middle of summer, which means it’s time for scary stories around the campfire. And authors Chuck Wendig and Sam Sykes just came up with the scariest one on Twitter. (You know how we feel about a good Twitter story.) The tale was written completely in @ replies to one another in the span of over 70 tweets, and the whole interaction is adorable. Just to be clear, though, Sam Sykes is pretending to be a murderer in a horror story. So maybe “adorable” isn’t exactly the right word — but how can you not love these two writers coming together to collaborate on such a fun story?

To Sam Sykes’s credit, he seems to be unaware of his murderer-status at first.

The story began with a simple tweet from Sykes to Wendig.

From a simple “yo,” a story was born. Wendig and Sykes went back and forth over many tweets constructing a classic horror story tale. Though this time, the murderer was unaware that he was, well, the murderer.

Here’s the story:

A man became a camp counselor. It was going well until a crazed serial killer began to roam the grounds. Almost everyone but a few people died. At this point, it becomes clear that the protagonist might actually be the murderer. This theory is confirmed when we realize that the blood all over him is not his own. Also, he’s holding a machete. (You know, as you do.) It is then revealed that our protagonist is wearing a very creepy mask.

To escape, the killer learns that he needs to stop killing — otherwise, in a classic horror movie trope, the last person he tries to kill will likely turn the tables. SPOILER ALERT: The killer ends up murdering everyone — or so he thinks. In the spirit of classic horror movies, a person we presumed to be dead ends up the hero. The person comes back beat up, looking for vengeance. false

In the end, the killer is defeated in a boathouse that will inevitably explode because of the gasoline spill.

But, as Wendig assures us, there will be a sequel.


Sykes is the fantasy author of The City Stained Red and The Mortal Tally. Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and designer — and the author of several amazing Star Wars novels. If you hadn’t heard of them before, you’re definitely going to want to check them out now.

And you’re definitely going to want to read through their whole horror story thread here.

This is the kind of Twitter we like. We certainly hope these two collaborate again soon.