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For questions looking to identify a story in the horror genre that also contains elements of science-fiction and fantasy. Always use in conjunction with the [story-identification] tag. Also use for questions about the genre as a whole. Do NOT use to classify works of fiction.

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Why do zombies eat our brains?

Do we know the first, or at least possibly the most influential, occurrence of zombies targeting humans for our delicious brains? And do we know why they go for that organ specifically?
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What influence did H.P. Lovecraft have on science fiction?

The main focus of Lovecraft's works are indeed... aliens. Lots and lots of aliens. Some visited Earth and lived on it. Some battled between themselves. Some built cities. Some destroyed cities. Some ...
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What was this movie I saw billed as the "Worst SF movie ever"?

Some years ago I watched very old science fiction movie on French television that was advertised as "The worst SF movie ever made". It involved aliens who somehow woke up the dead, so the ...
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Which Dracula movie is most faithful to the original Bram Stoker book? [closed]

There are many movies based on Bram Stoker's "Dracula" book. Which one(s) can be considered to be the most faithful adaptation ? Ideally something clearly recognisable as being "the film of the book"...
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And then her head fell off

I remember reading a compilation of children’s/bedtime/scary stories as a child, one of which was about a girl and a boy who eventually got married. Throughout the short story, she had a black ribbon ...
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Gloomy H. P. Lovecraft adventure quest with de-hydrated water

There's an H.P. Lovecraft tome I can't tell you much about as I found it far too long and gloomy to finish. It must have been in paperback print somewhen roughly around 1970. My justification for 'far ...
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Western buddy movie with a supernatural twist where a woman turns into an eagle at the end

A long time ago, probably 30 years, I saw a movie which I enjoyed but have not seen since. It may have been a TV movie. It wasn't Oscar worthy but it was unusual. Most movies are just the same basic ...
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Identify a short horror story about a mysterious girl

Please help me find this short story that I read about 20 years ago: The story is set in the late 1800 / early 1900 in an American / English city, where a young man rents an apartment whose former ...
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Fantasy story circa 60s about a sheltered vegetarian boy who visits a slaughter house with dire results

The boy's parents die when he is a baby and he is raised by his vegetarian grandmother in an isolated rural setting. She teaches him to cook, but dies without teaching him about the dangers of life ...
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Collection of fantasy/horror short stories with one or two full color illustrations per story

First, this is absolutely not Scary Stories or More Scary Stories. I don't think there is any relation there. From what I remember the book contained a collection of shorties that may or may not ...
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Fantasy book filled with short disturbing stories

6/4/2015 Still have not located book but thank you all for trying to help. A special thanks to Hypnosifl and scary who have provided the best leads for this extremely elusive book. Okay I'm going to ...
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Did any of Lovecraft's stories actually have a protagonist who keeps writing even as they are about to die?

I came across a funny article mocking the supposed format of some of Lovecraft's stories where the protagonist continues to write when he really, really, should be running. The article goes like this: ...
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'70s movie about a night flight during the Night of the Witches

This was a horror/supernatural American movie from the '70, or not later than early '80s, that I saw as a child. Most likely, it was a TV movie. During a nocturnal commercial flight, strange and scary ...
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Ghost Story set on a Victorian age ocean going liner. Everyone who has slept in a certain cabin for the last four voyages has jumped overboard

I read this after 2000 but from the language used it might well have been written as well at set in Victorian times.The name of the ship was The Kamchatka it may have been spelled a little differently ...
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Short story where a doctor wakes early from hyper sleep and slowly cannibalises the rest of the crew?

Heard this as an audio book a while back and loved it! A doctor wakes up early on a long space flight and realizes that there aren't enough rations to last the rest of the trip. Eventually, close to ...
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Car crash leaves man in a world devoid of animal and human life. Sees red flashes with demons and voices

It was a movie from the late '80's to the early '90's. A man and his girlfriend/wife are in a car arguing, driving down a road on a stormy night. They wreck, and she is gone, and he has a bad ...
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Sci-fi horror short story about alien that wants to be eaten

In 2017/18 I was really into story podcasts, and heard one that I cannot find again, and do not know what podcast I heard it on. It was a sci-fi/horror short-story about a group of people who went ...
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Horror movie/show or scene where a horse creature opens its mouth really wide and devours a man in a stables

I saw my dad watching this when I was a kid and was never really able to identify it later on. At the time it scared the crap out of my little kid brain but now that I'm older I want to find out what ...
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Late 90s movie about people disappearing (down drains, I believe)

I only remember the trailer and vaguely at that. It began with a statistic about how many people go missing every year and are not found. There was an "at first they thought people were being abducted ...
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Who is Dracula's son as mentioned in the song Monster Mash?

Just been listening to the song Monster Mash and it mentions Dracula having a son The zombies were having fun The party had just begun The guests included Wolf-Man, Dracula, and his son The scene was ...
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Flying Bloodthirsty Lampshades

I vaguely remember an old black and white movie with things that looked like lampshades. The lampshades would settle on a persons head and they would start bleeding and die. Anybody know the movie?
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Horror short story set on Everest, where climbers left behind are eaten by a creature masquerading as a climber

Ran into this story from a twitter post from the author, but cannot seem to find it. The point of view character was a wealthy frequent climber who was on the mountain in a group including his boss ...
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Short Story: Man has a Letter he can't read and nobody will translate it for him

I read a short story years ago in an anthology of mystery stories, including some stories with a supernatural element. It was about a man who received a letter written in a foreign language. The man ...
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Movie about a ship flying into a black hole and cannibalism

I believe it is a horror or a thriller perhaps. The movie is a bunch of entries from the crew. The story is that a ship with a crew on board flies into a black hole, something like point of no return ...
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Story about a cartoonist drawing a fictional man under trial and finding out the man exists and has sculpted his gravestone

I have suddenly remembered with a painstaking level of detail a supernatural short story I have read in the late '90s or early '00s, most likely in Italian or - less likely - in English in a school ...
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80s sci-fi horror movie. Scientists in an underground 'dimensional research' facility accidentally bring something nasty back

I was a wee lad when I saw it 30 years ago. This is what I can remember. The film is focused on an underground research center where they travel to other dimensions. Something comes back with them ...
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Masochist gets more than he bargained for in fantasy horror story

I read this short story in the 1960s and it was already old then, maybe 19th century. There are no science fiction elements, but it might be considered as fantasy, certainly as horror, given the ...
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Short story about a man who can see a year into his future?

I'm looking for a short story I read probably 15-17 years ago, although it might have been written long before that. I only remember it vaguely, but it stuck with me. It's about a man who can see ...
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Horror story: only people who smoke could see some monsters

Decades ago I read a book (in Brazilian Portuguese, so a part may be different) about people that were able to see some monsters... but these people only saw such monsters (perhaps they would see ...
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Horror short story about a man looking into another world of always happy people. He eventually enters, and they rush him and eat him

It's a short story, by a very well-known but not recent horror writer. It's at least 25 years since I read it, and it wasn't new then. It was about a man, perhaps a scientist, who discovered a portal ...
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Do you know this insect asteroid story?

I remember reading a science fiction short story about an asteroid being discovered that is filled with ant-like insects. Initial attempts to investigate are frustrated by aggressive response from ...
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Why are all the Watchers in Buffy English?

In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was there ever any reason given for all of the Watchers being English? Or does the show just make them such because the accent is cool?
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Why did the main antagonist truck in “Maximum Overdrive” (1986) have a Green Goblin mask on its front grille?

Stephen King’s 1986 film Maximum Overdrive—which was an adaptation of his 1978 short story, Trucks—featured a killer truck that had a Green Goblin mask on its front grille; see screenshot below. ...
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Movie/TV series with a scene of spiky, black goo growing out of a lab container?

There was a scene from a sci-fi horror video, not animated, don't know if it's a movie or TV series, where there was this black goo in a glass container and some scientists were looking at it under a ...
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Man travelling alone across a planet, thinks about a fearsome creature that he hears behind him

About fifteen years ago I read a short story about a man on a planet (possibly Mars or the Moon), travelling alone between bases. It's written in the first person and as he's walking across the planet,...
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Monkey Wife story

My father described a short story he read years ago, in an anthology published circa 1978 (or before) and I would like to track it down. He doesn't know the title or author. What he remembers is that ...
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Creepy film with tentacle alien attacking crew members in a vessel in space or underwater

I think it must have been before 1991 the film came out. I think it was set in space or maybe deep underwater. The vessel had narrow rounded sci-fi corridors. They seemed trapped so definitely a ...
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Book of Science Fiction Horror I Read as a Kid

The book was probably printed in the early 90s when I was a child reading science fiction. I think it was largely about space sci-fi, but the one story that I remember clearly was called "Soft." It ...
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WW2-era bureaucrats escaping nuclear war into Lovecraftian dimension

There was a short story I must have read before 2010, about a group of WW2 American bureaucrats who escaped from a nuclear world in their dimension, into a Lovecraftian dimension. The story ended with ...
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Horror movie in a subway

I remember watching a horror movie a long time ago. In it, a group of people is trapped in a subway for some reason. They are pursued and killed off by what looks like either some kind of intelligent ...
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Movie where a man is talking to a parasite in his stomach

I wanna say it's an old movie. Maybe late 80s. I saw it a few years ago once. I'm assuming it's sci-fi horror; I'm pretty sure it's about aliens/parasites. There's a scene with a man in bed, and he's ...
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Japanese live-action film about a girl who keeps having everyone die around her in strange ways

I remember I encountered this film while searching for something else on this site 2-3 years ago, and then proceeded to watch the first quarter or so of it on YouTube, but I don't remember the name of ...
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Story about a man who transforms into a monster from a mouldy can of beer

A man is a heavy drinker, I recall the story says he drinks 12 or 20 beers a night and sends his son (nephew?) who is the story's narrator to buy then for him. After drinking a beer which is 'bad' he ...
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1990s-2000s horror alien movie with slugs infecting people through the mouth [duplicate]

I've seen this horror movie in early to mid-2000s, but the quality wasn't really good, so I suppose the movie could've been older. The main theme is some kind of alien invasion, where aliens are ...
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Christmas short horror story about a woman who becomes trapped in another body?

I read this short story maybe about 5-7 years ago, possibly longer. I'm fairly certain it was part of an anthology. It stuck in my mind because I haven't run across that many Christmas horror stories....
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Short story, protagonist afraid of sea; sea is an eldritch abomination hivemind, he is its drone trying to break free

A man who once nearly drowned has extreme thalassophobia and fear of the dark; in fact he conceptualizes the sea as The Dark, and he believes that it is 1) out to get him and 2) able to access all ...
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Pre late-80s UK-based short horror story. Giant alien shapeshifters imitate a house and a uk phone box to trap and devour the young protagonist

General This UK-based short story was from a horror or SciFi compilation I read during the late 80s/early 90s (but was almost definitely from earlier). I have a feeling the compilation was probably ...
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Haunted television set summons zombies from nearby graves

I watched the Goosebumps movie tonight with my son and I started feeling nostalgic about other books (not in the Goosebumps series) that I read when I was a kid. I've been scouring Google looking for ...
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Story Identification: Young adult novel, horror, teens play a D&D variant, but things start to turn real

To the best of my recollection, they went to a house of some sort for the evening to enhance the role-play aspects of some D&D clone/adaptation, and there was even a stuffed octopus or some such ...
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Movie about a homicidal monster that lives in a cave, who is actually a woman's son

The movie was from the mid to late '50s. A western setting. Opening scene lady and child in a cabin... boy runs outside to play... there is a bright flash (meteor / comet ). Next scene across the ...
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