Hello there, and thanks for stopping by the official Darkness Prevails Forum where you can post your experiences for narration and read other peoples' stories!
The following is a guide on the best practices for writing and posting your story - If you submit a story here, it may be passed over or removed if this guide or the forum rules are ignored. Using this guide, your story will be shipshape!
NOTE: It is recommended that you create an account to post stories. While this is not required, it will allow you to edit your story in the future if you want to! Also, if you have an account, only your first post needs to be approved before you can post stories freely. If you make stories without an account, all of your posts will need to be approved by the moderators.
Your Story Title
To post a story, the first thing you need to do is click the blue button that reads "Post A Story" at the top right of the page. You'll be taken to the submission form where you can begin typing your story. The first blank space reads "Title".
You probably already have a title in your head. That's good! There are only two things to keep in mind here.
- Capitalize your title like a book title (all the important words should be capitalized). Here is an example: Instead of typing "The creature in the woods", you would want to type "The Creature in the Woods".
- This isn't required, but it helps me (Darkness Prevails) review and find stories that fit future episodes! Also, it brings more people to your story to read! After your title, within parenthesis type up to three keywords or key phrases that tell people what your story is about. Think of it like what kind of topics your story might fall under. For example, this is a great story title: "The Creature in the Woods (Humanoid Encounter, Camping Trip, National Forest)".
Your Story Text
The next part of your story is the story itself which will be written in the "Content" field of the submission form. First, I'll list the requirements for stories. Not following these rules/guidelines might result in your story being removed
With that out of the way, let me show you how a decently written story looks! This is an excerpt from a story by a user named @gazebo_king
- We are currently ONLY accepting allegedly true stories. If your story is fictional (a creepypasta), it is best posted on another site. Creepypasta submissions might be open again in the future but not at this time.
- Stories you post should be your own. Copying or ripping off stories from other sites or from other people will result in your story being removed and your account being banned.
- You need to be 18 or older to post stories here. If you are not 18, you need your parents to read these rules and terms and then ask them permission to post here.
- Stories need to be double spaced (that means every few sentences you need to start a new paragraph by pressing "enter" twice).
- Do not include peoples' or places' real names unless you are comfortable doing so and it is necessary to your story.
- Stories should be at least 500 words.
- Do not link to your story or embed it. It should be typed here, or it can be pasted here from a word processor.
- Keep the content meaningful. Overly disgusting content will be removed.
My story begins outdoors. My friend, who I’ll call Ricky, and I enjoyed hikes through the woods. We always found it a great way to relax after the work week, and so every Saturday, we’d make the thirty or so kilometer drive to Mt. Edziza. It’s a beautiful national park in northwestern British Columbia, featuring a huge amount of woods that climb the gradual slopes of the mountain. This day was no different from our usual. We were working our way up a trail, occasionally photographing the natural scenery.
Now, keep in mind this park is very isolated. As in, it’s in the middle of nowhere. It’s a minimum hour drive from the nearest town, and the lack of accessibility led to it being one of BC’s less popular parks. Very rarely do you ever meet another person on the trails. That’s why when he first mentioned it, I thought he was messing with me.
I was bending down to tie my boot when Ricky quietly says “woah” out loud.
I look up. “What is it?”
He glances at me before turning and searching up the path. “I just saw some girl up there.”
“Up there,” he pointed with his finger to the end of the visible trail, “she was looking at us, and then she disappeared up the path.”
I was puzzled. “What did she look like?”
“I dunno. Barely saw her.”
I felt pretty strange after this. After all, it was late August. The weather was cloudy, and there was even a little bit of rain. We rarely saw people during peak hiking days, so it was extremely unlikely he actually saw a person today. Despite that, Rick wasn’t the type to lie for no reason, so I figured he really did see someone.
We continued walking up the trail. As we neared where he said he saw the girl, we began to pick up on a smell. It was faint at first, gradually increasing the closer we got to the bend in the path. The best way I could describe it was a bouquet of flowers. If you ever spent time in a florist shop, you know what I mean. It was heavy, and concentrated, like we just walked into a room filled with nothing but roses. Still though, something about it was off in some way. It was… distracting. And it made me want to follow it.
- The paragraphs and sentences are different sizes making for comfortable reading.
- Continuous dialogue is separated into separate paragraphs to differentiate between the speakers.
- Sentences and paragraphs start with different words (plenty of folks, myself included, might be tempted to type "I" at the start of most sentences or paragraphs, after all the story is coming from your perspective).
- The story opens with an introduction of the setting and characters with minimal back story - Explaining events that take place outside of the central story are not always important to the story as a whole.
- Text is kept as the default font and color (changing the color makes it harder to read on this website, and changing the font breaks the consistent format of the site).
Keep these notes in mind and your story will look and read fantastically!
Your Story Category
Now, it's time to choose what genre your story fits into under the section of the submission form that reads "Category". These are the available categories with explanations as to what belongs in each!
- Ghost Stories - Stories featuring supernatural/paranormal events belong here. The story does not require actual ghosts! "Ghost" simply implies events or entities that cannot be explained. Anything paranormal belongs in this category such as Glitches in Reality, Psychic or Telepathic events, Warping Reality, etc.
- Mysterious Creatures - If your story centers around a creature, monster or animal that looks OR behaves in a mysterious way, it belongs in this category. Stories that belong in this category might include Cryptid Sightings, Creepy Pets, Demon/Non-Human Ghost Encounters, etc.
- Creepy People - Tales involving people as the antagonist belong in this category. If your story is about stalkers, killers, burglars, etc. then it belongs here. Consider this the "Let's Not Meet" category!
- Other True Stories - EVERYTHING ELSE that does not fit into the above categories AND is allegedly true AND is creepy goes here. Remember, this site is or scary stories.
Posting Your Story
That brings us to finishing up your story post! Now, all you need to do is make sure you've attached any mentioned or relevant images in your post by clicking the paperclip-shaped icon at the bottom-right of the form. If you mentioned pictures of ghosts or monsters in your story, then don't forget to include them! DO NOT POST PICTURES OF YOURSELF.
If your post looks good, click the blue button at the bottom-left of the form that reads "Post"!
If you want to see what your post looks like before you click "Post", instead click "Preview Post" then click "Save" when you're finished editing it!
Now, you might notice mistakes in your post after you've already posted it. Not to worry! If you made an account before submitting your story, then you can go to your post page, click the blue downward-facing arrow at the top-right of the post area (opposite your username on the post), and click the pencil icon to edit your story.
You cannot edit your submission if you posted it without an account!
Thanks so much for choosing to read scary stories here or submitting your own. Best of luck. I look forward to reading you creepy tales!
- Darkness Prevails