Go ahead, try to scare us in two sentences ... we dare you

Someone once said that brevity is the soul of wit.

But know what? Brevity also can be the soul of terror, and a few well-chosen words can tell a story that’s more frightening than any novel or full-length film.

With Halloween approaching, we’re asking readers to prove that point by writing scary stories that are no more than two — that’s right, just two — sentences long.

We take as inspiration for our exercise the seriously terrifying tales created by contributors to the online site Reddit. Feel free to peruse Reddit’s online library — (http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horro...) — for both inspiration and a few memorably creative scares.

Then, it’ll be your turn. Tell us the scariest original story you can — and if it’s somehow Las Vegas-related, all the better — in just two sentences. Feel free to use, shall we say, creative punctuation to keep to the two-sentence limit.

Remember, however, that the idea is to whittle down your tale to its absolute, spine-tingling, skin-crawly essence.

We’ll print the best stories we receive in our Oct. 31 Neon Thursday section and online. That means we have to have your stories in hand by 5 p.m. on Oct. 23.

Be sure you include your name, age, address and a daytime phone number. Send them via email to jprzybys@reviewjournal.com and be sure to write “Scary Stories” in the subject line. Or, send them to Scary Stories, Las Vegas Review-Journal, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125-0070.

Good luck.