This is an inspirational story, although it may not seem that way at first. Writing short stories can be very difficult. Most people give up before they even put pen to paper. First you need inspiration. You need an idea. Then you need to construct a narrative that effectively conveys the feelings and ideas you want to express. It can be intimidating.
If you’re having trouble coming up with an original plot or storyline, perhaps the following story will inspire you. This story was written by a famous horror novelist. But you won’t find this story in any of his novels or short story collections. Why? Because he was only 11 years old when he wrote it.
Read this story and when you guess which author wrote this little tale, you will be inspired.
Oglethorpe Crater was an ugly, mean little wretch. He dearly loved plaguing the dog and cat, pulling the wings from flies and watching worms squirm as he slowly pulled them apart. (This lost its fun when he heard worms feel no pain). But his mother, fool as she was, was blind to his faults and sadistic traits.
One day the cook threw open the door in near hysterics and Oglethorpe and Mommy came home from a movie.
“That awful little boy tied a rope across the cellar stairs so when I went down to get potatoes, I fell and almost killed myself!” she screamed.
“Don’t believe her! Don’t believe her! She hates me!” cried Oglethorpe, tears springing into his eyes.
And poor little Oglethorpe began sobbing as if his little heart would break. Mommy fired the cook and Oglethorpe, dear little Oglethorpe, went up to his room where he poked pins in his dog, Spotty. When mommy asked why Spotty was crying, Oglethorpe said he got some glass in his foot. He said he would pull it out. Mommy thought dear little Oglethorpe a good Samaritan.
Then one day, while Oglethorpe was in the field looking for more things to torture, he spied a deep, dark well. He called down, thinking he’d hear an echo. “Hello!”
But a soft voice called up, “Hello, Oglethorpe”
Oglethorpe looked down, but he could see nothing.
“Who are you” Oglethorpe asked.
“Come on down,” said the voice, “And we’ll have jolly fun.”
So Oglethorpe went down. The day passed and Oglethorpe didn’t come back. Mommy called the police and a manhunt was formed. For over a month they hunted for dear little Oglethorpe. Just when they were about to give up, they found Oglethorpe in a well, dead as a door-nail. But how he must have died!
His arms were pulled out, like people pull flies’ wings. Pins had been stuck in his eyes and there were other tortures too horrible to mention. As they covered his body (what was left of it), and trouped away, it actually seemed that they heard laughter coming from the bottom of the well.
Have you guessed which famous horror author wrote the story? Well, the answer is Stephen King, aged 11. Yes, THE Stephen King, author of Carrie, Salem’s Lot, Pet Sematary, Misery, The Stand and many, many more.
Between 1959 and 1960, Stephen King and his friend put together an 18-page booklet containing short horror stories. They called it “People Places and Things” and sold copies of it to their schoolmates for 10 cents each.
If Stephen King can do it, so can you. Feeling inspired yet?
But Stephen King is Stephen King and I’m a sad pathetic person :/
Lol sorry, I’m not really inspired. 1) Because i hate writing, and 2) That’s pretty much it XD but nice story
OMG Stephen king! i just love Stephen king stories….. I had a doubt of it that this belonged to him. I am very much inspired. :)
I used to luv stories like these as a kid n wrote thm! Wish I still had what I wrote lol seems I’ve lost the talent ^^
Knew it was Stephen king, i just knew it haha. And sorry to sat, I feel no inspiration. Writing is just not my thing, something I can’t do….I think it has something to do with the fact u have to put feeling into it something I don’t and can’t do. Don’t much understand how to…though maybe just maybe someday I’ll try…who knows *shrugs*. Probably shouldn’t count on it haha.
Great way for a kid to make money, selling books XD
am I inspired….um….lemme think about it…um…NOOPE
That is one wicked name man.
Im totally gonna name my kid that one day.
Although i was laughing so hard over the name that i didnt find the story so scary..
Oh and RIP.
Now I remembered why I was inspired to write my own scary stories.
wow…. that was REALLY cool. but what was the thing?? and its amazing how such a good story can be so short. looovvveee it…. who are all the other stories on the site written by??? im 11, and when i write my story, i’ll post it in these comments ( cuz i dont know how to post it on the site, if thats possible ) and u can all tell me what u think… love the story. my dad has some Stephen King books full of short horror stories, so ill see if i can read one of them. KEEP WRITING, STEPHEN!!!!