This dark corner of the internet belongs to me, horror writer Ben Pienaar. Dead stories that could find no home dwell here, as well as lessons learnt and wisdom collected about the craft of storytelling. For those who enjoy what I do and want to read more of my tales, click here to find out where you can get them.

This is a place for readers, writers, and lovers of horror and the macabre in all forms.

– Ben Pienaar

  1. Bindy said:

    I love your stories they are so creepy. keep writing!!

  2. you and I are part of a great tradition: Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King subscribe to this school

    • that’s probably the highest compliment I’ve recieved so far… thanks you good sir

  3. no worries, Ben: I am putting up a blog tomorrow about the Id, a dangerous topic to broach on a blog or Facebook. If you have time come along for the ride

    and btw thanks for subscribing to my blog. I will endeavour to make it worth your while

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love what you’ve got going on here. Good luck and happy writing!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like your writing…and I’m not much into horror. I’m still wondering what Dale,from your last story, really is…

  6. Thanks for sharing your terrors! When I’m feeling strong enough and the sun is shining very brightly, and night is at least 15 hours away, I’ll have fun exploring them…
    Thanks too for liking my post. I’ve just added something about phobias, by coincidence.
    Have a lively day!

  7. The only thing TO do with nightmares is to put fingers to keyboard and unleash them on an unsuspecting public. I kinda think that’s why we have nightmares to begin with. :^)

    And thank you for liking my most recent excerpt. Greatly appreciated.

  8. I have just begin reading your stories. I have a lot of catching up to do!

    • you sure do! hope you enjoy every one of them, and thanks for following!

  9. So thanks for the Insomnia, Where’s the tab for free sleeping pills?

  10. trey said:

    Having read through each of your nightmares in the course of two days, I want to thank you. Truly deeply unsettling stories, powerful enough that I awoke in the night and felt cold fear at the sight of a pile of clothes! Bravo good sir, bravo!

    • Damn, two days! you’re a dedicated reader my friend. It means a lot to hear that. If I can pass the horror on to one person, I’m happy. It takes time to write these babies, but while I work on my novel I hope to come up with new short stories maybe once a week/fortnight in the meantime, so stay tuned!

  11. Ash said:

    Hey man, I just want to say that I spent my entire afternoon reading all your short stories. They are amazing. Thanks for providing a great way to waste the time away, and I have no doubt that I’ll be kept up by twisting shadows and paranoid thoughts tonight

    • Cheers mate. Well I don’t plan on stopping any time soon so hopefully I can keep this site well stocked with nightmare inducing fodder. Stay tuned and thanks for reading, means a lot.

  12. man, your stuff is great!! Reading it has helped to keep my own creative juices flowing. I’m an independent filmmaker and am constantly looking for the next exciting project to create. Perhaps one day in the future we might discuss horror and spit ball ideas/collaborate on something.
    In any case, keep the nightmares alive buddy!

    If you’re interested on checking out/giving input on a suspense/phycological short film I made, i’d really value and appreciate your input as you truly are a gifted writer.

    It’s called “All That You Loved” and is roughly 5min


    • cheers man! Sure I’ll give it a look. Remember me when you’re famous and I’ll remember you, haha

    • So I watched it – not bad man! I’ll do my best but keep in mind I’m a writer, not a director…
      Stuff I liked: the mood, the tone. Nice and dark and a little creepy. I liked the actors as well, seen blockbusters with worse actors before. I liked the pacing, slow enough to keep me interested but fast enough I wasn’t bored, and you got the story told.
      Stuff that didn’t quite work: Even though I liked the basic story, the ending didn’t quite pack the punch I was hoping for. Unfortunately I have no idea how you would fix that. Maybe if the kid had played a bigger part instead of just kind of sleeping nearby and speaking off screen, it would have been a bigger shock that he was dead, I dunno. Just to nitpick, the music was okay but for some reason it jarred me a little once or twice. But overall it was kinda cool. I’ve seen a lot of arty short films and my usual reaction is that they’re being pretentious, but you just told a neat story in a creepy way. Hope I helped a little bit anyways.

      • Hey man,thanks for watching it and for the input!!! Much appreciated!
        As for the kid, I know what you’re saying but I decided to actually show less of the kid so that it’s more clear that the story is actually about the man and his guilt for having killed his wife/son prior. The son is just a slow building guilt representation. But I hear what you’re saying, and thanks again for watching!

        Keep up the sweet stories man!

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