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  • How are some ways one would approach real-world topics without too much supernatural elements? I have a few ideas of my own was just hoping to spark up an intriguing conversation about real-world-setting (or borderline-real) horrors and how utterly terrifying the world can be as it is.

    My personal ideas include Hitler's rise to power, secret societies, people who randomly disappear that are critical of the government, and individuals with terrifying psychic abilities such as stealing memories and personalities, or empathetic vampires.

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    • There are all kinds of creepy and I personally think the ones that are grounded in reality can be the creepiest.

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    • The Russian Sleep Experiment and 1999 were two examples that came to my mind when posting this. Although they're fiction, they're not based on fictional monsters, and involve horrific things humans do to one another.

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    • D. Compton Ambrose wrote:
      The Russian Sleep Experiment and 1999 were two examples that came to my mind when posting this. Although they're fiction, they're not based on fictional monsters, and involve horrific things humans do to one another.

      Not to toot my own horn but, my stories Dinner Guest, White Christmas, and Baby Boy are based in real fear.

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    • I guess I missed the point of this page earlier, so let me give it another try.

      Here are a few stories based in reality that I really like.

      I'm originally from a small town in South Carolina. Here's a common joke from my youth. "Summer hasn't really started until there's a high speed chase down I-85." Now, I wouldn't say my home town is an especially violent area, but I grew up hearing a lot of messed up stories and a few even hit close to home.

      The receiving supervisor at a place I worked a long time ago murdered his girlfriend with a hammer. That guy taught me how to drive a forklift and then he goes and commits that horrible crime a couple years later. I never would have thought he was capable of such an act. It taught me a valuable lesson.

      I think most people have stories or have heard stories like this near where they live. Being able to relate to an element in a story can be a powerful thing.

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    • Several of my stories involve no magic or technology.

      Dr. Bob

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