Get Your Spooky On With A Cauldron Of Creepy Words

Hey Everyone. On October of  2015 I published the blog below for those of us who love word lists and phrases and especially Halloween. I figured it was a safe bet that many of you haven’t seen this so here it is again. I hope you enjoy it.

Who doesn’t love Halloween?

There may be an odd few but surly even they will admit that dressing up like someone or something else is fun.

The truth is, as a writer, I have the opportunity to enjoy Halloween every time I write. And no I don’t write horror stories.

But here’s the thing, every time I write I slip into the skins/costumes of my characters. I am them. I think like them. I imagine looking like them, and I enact their roll in my stories.

And the best part?

I do it all from the safe comfort of my computer desk.

Mostly, I write humor so getting my spooky on, or making my readers feel the fear my characters feel in a bad situation isn’t always easy. If I’m not careful I could end up sounding like one of those old Grade B movies of the 50s with all their tired cliches

In Margie Lawson’s blog, Ax Your Cliches: How and Why, she gives examples of how to do change up tired clichés. I love her solution of playing off the old to devise your own creative expressions.

I also find that my handy dandy word lists help me come up with the right expressions. My list contains verbs, adjectives and nouns. By themselves they may be innocuous but in the right sentence they’ll set a reader amidst a spooky, or eee-yew situation.

While the list is long, I’m certain I missed many great words. Still, it’s good place to brainstorm ideas.

So now get your spooky on and make up some sentences using this list. Put them in the comments below and lets have some fun. 

 

Abandon
Aberrant
Abnormal
Abomination
Acidic
Acrid
Afflicted
Aggravate
Agonize
Agony
Alarm
Ancient
Anthill
Anxiety
Apparition
Arouse
Ashen
Austere
Awful
Awry
Bad
Banish
Barbed
Barren
Base
Beard
Beastly
Begrimed
Bellicose
Belligerent
Besmeared
Besmirched
Bestial
Betray
Bilious
Bitter
Black
Blackened
Bleak
Blinding
Blood
Bloody
Blot
Blotted
Blur
Bodiless
Body
Bog
Bold
Bones
Bound
Brackish
Brambles
Brawls
Brawny
Breeds
Brews
Brooding
Broom
Brutal
Buggy
Burial
Butcher
Carcass
Castrate
Cemetery
Chills
Chopped
Cloven
Coiling
Cold
Coldly
Colorless
Contaminate
Contempt
Convulse
Corrupt
Creature
Creepy
Crime
Criminal
Crud
Crude
Cruel
Crusty
Cunning
Curdle
Curse
Damned
Damning
Damp
Dank
Dastardly
Decay
Deceased
Decrepit
Deep
Defiled
Delirious
Deluge
Demonic
Deplorable
Depraved
Deprivation
Derisive
Desecrate
Deserted
Desolate
Desperate
Despicable
Despoiled
Deviant
Devil
Devious
Dice (as in cut)
Dirty
Discordant
Disease
Diseased
Disembodied
Dismal
Dismantle
Dismember
Dissipated
Distress
Drab
Drab
Dramatic
Dread
Dreary
Drench
Drips
Droop
Drown
Dubious
Dupe
Eerie
Empty

Endemic
Epidemic
Ethereal
Evict
Evil
Exhume
Faint
Fanatic
Fatal
Fester
Festered
Fetid
Feverish
Fickle
Fiery
Filth
Flaming
Flee
Fleshless
Fleshy
Flicked
Fool
Forsaken
Foul
Fractious
Frantic
Fright
Furtive
Fury
Gag
Gaunt
Gelatinous
Ghastly
Ghostly
Ghouls
Glide
Gloom
Glob
Glop
Glower
Glowering
Glutinous
Gluttonous
Goad
Goblin
Gooey
Goop
Grave
Graveyard
Gray
Greed
Grieve
Grievous
Grim
Grip
Gripping
Grope
Grudging
Gruesome
Grunting
Gummy
Haggard
Hairy
Harrowing
Harsh
Haunted
Heat
Heinous
Hell
Hinder hilt
Hiss
Hoary
Horde
Horrible
Hostile
Hot
Howling
Howling
Hunch
Hunk
Icky
Illness
Impious
Incisors
Infect
Infest
Inhuman
Iniquity
Inscrutable
Invade
Invincible
Irascible
Irritating
Itch
Jarring
Jaundiced
Jealous
Jelly
Jugular
Jungle
Lacerate
Leak
Leaky
Lewd
Licentiousness
Lizards
Locusts
Lonely
Looming
Low
Lucifer
Lure
Lurid
Lust
Macabre
Maim
Malady
Malformed
Malicious
Malignant
Marsh
Massive
Meager
Mean
Melancholy
Mercenary
Merciless
Mercurial
Mildew
Militant
Mire
Mold
Moldering
Morbid
Morose
Mortal
Mortally
Moss

Mottled
Mourn
Mournful
Muddy
Murder
Murky
Musty
Mutilate
Mutinous
Mysterious
Mystic
Nauseate
Nauseous
Nimble
Nocturnal
Noxious
Odorous
Offensive
Ominous
Oppressive
Oracle
Ostracize
Overcast
Overwhelm
Panic
Paralyze
Parched
Pathetic
Peculiar
Peevish
Peirce
Pelting
Perilous
Perversion
Perverted
Pestilence
Pestilential
Petrify
Phantom
Pit
Plague
Plagues
Pluck
Pollute
Pool
Prickly
Profane
Prowl
Puke
Puncture
Pungent
Purge
Purge
Putrid
Quagmire
Quaver
Queer
Querulous
Quiver
Rabid
Rambling
Rampant
Rank
Rats
Rattling
Rave
Reek
Remains
Repel
Repellent
Repugnant
Repulsive
Revolting
Roaches
Rodents
Ruckus
Rude
Satan
Savage
Scorch
Scratch
Scream
Screech
Seamy
Secluded
Seeking
Seeping
Seethes
Senses
Sensuous
Sequester
Shake
Shimmy
Shiver
Shovel
Shrew
Shriek
Shrill
Shrill
Shrink
Shrivel
Shroud
Shudder
Sick
Sickening
Sigh
Silent
Sinister
Sink
Skeletal
Skeleton
Skittish
Sleuth
Slice
Slick
Slide
Slime
Slink
Slither
Slog
Slump
Sly
Smear
Smell
Smite
Smoky
Smooth
Smother
Snaking
Solemn
Somber
Sour
Spider
Splinters
Split
Squeamish
Stagger
Stalk

Startle
Steamy
Sticky
Stiff (as dead person)
Stormy
Strange
Stun
Stygian
Sullen
Sully
Superstitious
Surge
Swamp
Swells
Taint
Tarnished
Teeming
Teeth
Thorns
Thorny
Tinge
Tingle
Torment
Torrid
Torture
Touch
Tragic
Transgress
Transgressions
Treacherous
Tremble
Trolls
Trouble
Tumor
Tumultuous
Twisting
Violent
Viscous
Vomit
Wade
Wailing
Wallow
Wander
Wanton
Warped
Warts
Waste
Water
Waxy
Weary
Weird
Whip
Whistles
Wicked
Wild
Wilt
Wily
Wind
Wintry
Wistful
Wither
Womb
Wooly
Wormy
Worn
Wounded
Wretched
Wriggles
Wrinkled
Writhes
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