March Fiction Prompts Culled from the News

True stories that are strange enough to be fiction

Stuck on an idea for your next short story? Every now and then we gather news headlines that are strange enough to be fiction. Here’s a batch of headlines to get your creative juices flowing along with suggested genres:

Magical Realist Noir: Woman designs gun that turns her tears into bullets

Fashionable True Crime: Police discover 164k worth of cocaine inside man’s “rather snug” pants

Surrealist Romance: Woman finds a diamond in her hardboiled egg before getting married

Porcine-Apocalypse: Wild boars rampage through evacuated Japanese towns

Vampire Crime: Man robs blood bank while shouting “I’m hungry”

Relaxing Horror: Salon massages customers’ necks with giant snake

Canine Procedural: Cop dog captures three criminals in 90 minutes

Legal Metafiction: Lawyer’s pants catch on fire in the middle of arson trial

Oxford Comma Settles Overtime Dispute

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