Creative Prompt: Shivers


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Every Thursday we’ll post a new topic for your creative pleasure.  When you get a good flash story, memory, poem, or photo (or three, or five) post them to your blog, website, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Then come back here and post a link to your contribution(s) in the comments.

This Week’s Theme is: Shivers

One of the first movies I ever saw was also one of the scariest movies I ever saw—Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s* novella entitled The Birds, which was originally published in a 1952 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

Filming was even frightening for the actors. Hitchcock insisted on having real trained gulls. To attract the birds to attack, ground meat or anchovies were smeared on the actor’s hands.

The gulls were attached to Tippi Hedren**, who played Melanie Daniels, by elastic bands. She not only vomited from seeing her own bloody face in a mirror, but on the final day of shooting, a bird clawed her eye and she broke down in tears. Later she said this scene was the worst of her life.

You can keep your zombie movies and your Stephen King horror flicks. When the starlings begin flocking for their fall migration in the woods near my house, my spine chills with echoes of “The Birds.”

* The same author who penned Rebecca

**Melanie Griffiths’s mother

Get Creative!

Take the title of the first scary movie or book you can remember seeing or reading. Use its title as your title. Write a chilling poem or story. Or recreate a frightening scene as home decor. Snap a photo. Or film you and your friends acting it out.

Go on.

Make us shiver.

We dare you.

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Be sure to check back next week for more fun and new inspiration.


Happy Creating!

Wordsmith Studio

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