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  • Friday
    MaxKodan's "Dappled Shores" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story warns about the hidden dangers of "shows, don't tell".

    Dappled Shores
    [Romance] [Comedy] [Drama] [Equestria Girls] [Slice of Life] • 4,640 words

    Rarity and Sunset are having their third weekly Dappled Shores marathon.

    And then Sunset ruins everything.

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    6 comments · 971 views
  • 1 week
    WishyWish's "Sugarcube in the Corner" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    An unlikely crossover source mashes up with pony in today's story.

    Sugarcube in the Corner
    [Drama] [Sad] [Slice of Life] [Tragedy] • 8,069 words

    Enter Painless — a young resident physician at Manehattan East Side Memorial Hospital who drew the short lot, and ended up working through Hearth's Warming. With the city caught in the grips of a blizzard that weatherponies are still trying to get under control, the night is boring, the decorations contrived, and the coffee is as bitter as his sensibilities.

    Tonight, Painless has a single, pointless task assigned to him — to keep the company of a lonesome, unconscious stallion who is essentially already dead. In so doing, a young doctor will learn that medicine is about more than scalpels and technique.

    It's also about mending broken hearts.

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    4 comments · 2,346 views
  • 3 weeks
    The Albinocorn's "Firebird Dahlia" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    An explosive sibling rivalry is at the center of today's story.

    Firebird Dahlia
    [Drama] [Slice of Life] • 48,819 words

    Life is looking up for Sunset Shimmer.

    With her grandstanding at the Battle of the Bands, Canterlot High has taken a new approach to her. Amends have been made, friendships have been restored, and Sunset is on the fast track to becoming a better person.

    But even now, there are still apologies that have to be said.

    For her Spring Break, Sunset returns to Equestria to make up with her estranged family: the parents that raised and provided for her, and the sister she left behind. But a lot has changed since then, and some wounds won't heal by just saying 'I'm sorry.'

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    11 comments · 3,019 views
  • 4 weeks
    forbloodysummer's "Why Are You Here, Your Majesty?" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is here for a very good reason.

    Why Are You Here, Your Majesty?
    [Drama] • 8,405 words

    Immortals are few and far between in Equestria, and they are all known to each other. Two of them are about to get to know each other a little better. Because one has just turned up uninvited in another’s private chambers. Maybe it’s time they had a chat?

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    8 comments · 3,421 views
  • 5 weeks
    Rocket Lawn Chair's "Star-Crossed" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a tale of love written in the sky.

    [Romance] [Slice of Life] • 2,968 words

    A thousand years ago he was turning Equestria into a hotbed of mayhem.
    Five years ago he was growing moss and lichen on his shoulders.
    Today he's asking Celestia out on a date.

    Celestia didn't know such a creature as Discord would be able to change so radically without it being part of some elaborate prank. But what's more unsettling, she didn't know she'd be able to change just as drastically. As she finds new feelings for the Master of Chaos, she begins to have doubts toward the integrity of her desires, and suspicions of her sister's possible involvement.

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    0 comments · 3,098 views
  • 7 weeks
    Fiddlebottoms' "Discord's Ant Farm" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    In today's story, take a trip into the future with one of My Little Pony's ant-agonists.

    Discord's Ant Farm
    [Sad] • 2,619 words

    That wacky Spirit of Chaos is at it again...

    Except, there's no ponies in the audience.

    There's nothing, really. Just an empty, post-apocalyptic expanse.

    Nothing, and some ants.

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    21 comments · 3,744 views
  • 8 weeks
    FrontSevens' "Fun in the Summit" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a foray into diplomatic impunity.

    Fun in the Summit
    [Comedy] [Slice of Life] • 7,774 words

    Trade negotiations. Board meetings. Formal garden parties. Not the definition of a fun weekend for Princess Celestia at all.

    However, Celestia has a plan. Rarity’s going to join her this year, and by their gossiping powers combined, they may be able to turn this upcoming convention into something a little more unconventional.

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    6 comments · 3,171 views
  • 9 weeks
    cursedchords' "The Legend of the Scorpion Queen" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story about Equestrian harvest legends will grow on you.

    The Legend of the Scorpion Queen
    [Romance] [Sad] • 16,226 words

    On the eve of the Day of Reaping, the start of the Equestrian Harvest, it is traditional that a legend be told over supper: the legend of how the traditions surrounding the Day of Reaping came to be. It is a story of love, ambition, and vengeance.

    Long before Equestria, a grand Unicorn King maintains a splendid garden. On one of his travels he brings a scorpion back to live within it. That scorpion, resentful of being removed from her home, sets out to have her revenge.

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    6 comments · 5,127 views
  • 10 weeks
    Pen Stroke's "Morsel of Truth" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Sink your teeth into today's spooky story.

    Morsel of Truth
    [Slice of Life] • 4,349 words

    There is a bit of truth to every legend, though the ravages of time can bury it deeply. Myths and lore become twisted, melded, and torn the longer they are around. One of Equestria’s oldest legends is that of Nightmare Moon. It is the core of Nightmare Night and the excuse for children to go out asking for candy with a single, common rhyme.

    Nightmare Night, what a fright. Give me something sweet to bite.

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    5 comments · 5,529 views
  • 11 weeks
    Hap's "The Donutier" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story will éclair-ify what it means to truly have friends.

    The Donutier
    [Slice of Life] • 13,097 words

    My name is Twilight Sprinkle, and my passion is donuts—from the delicate morsels I serve at elegant cocktail parties to the hearty pastries enjoyed by hard-working ponies who get up early. I don’t have friends, I don’t have books, and I sure as the sun don’t have any wings. I don’t care whether you’re here for revenge, for romance, or for a favor. My name is Twilight Sprinkle and I’m not who you think I am, so either buy a donut or get the hay out of my store!

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    76 comments · 5,022 views

Author Interview » TooShyShy's "Let Her In" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 12:13pm March 17th

Today's story just wants a chance to get lodged inside your brain.

Let Her In
[Dark] [Horror] • 2,675 words

Night One

"Why is she standing out there? What does she want?"

Night Two

"There's something off about her...."

Night Three

"That's not Fluttershy..."

FROM THE CURATORS: One of the benefits of fanfiction is seeing how familiar ponies can end up in wildly different settings — and the fresh takes that those combinations can give us.  "You've got Fluttershy used well as a horror device, Apple Bloom as our beleaguered protagonist, and a very thrilling catchphrase in 'It's cold out here'," Present Perfect said in his nomination, and there was quick agreement on how effective this story was at its chosen genre.  "This does the most important thing a horror story can do: be creepy," Chris said, while AugieDog cited several other accomplishments. "There's a lot here to like," he said. "The atmosphere, Apple Bloom's dawning awareness that this thing's been stalking her for years, and the way almost the only line spoken aloud in the whole piece is the monster's repeated refrain."

Those weren't the only factors which went into the horror's core creepiness.  "The excellent audio reading certainly helped, but there is much more than that at play here: Apple Bloom's fears felt visceral, as she vacillates between reacting to her terror with flight or fight," Soge said.  "There is this constant atmosphere of irreality to the fic, as you are forced to guess just what is in her mind, and what isn't. That this stands even after the creature is defeated is really to the fic's advantage."  Present Perfect also noted the strength of the ending despite its unusual reveal.  "The one thing it does wrong is showing the monster near the end," he said.  "That said, the scene comes with some much-needed vindication for Apple Bloom, and the epilogue's final line is just about perfect."

While several of us questioned the choice of that reveal, there were ample other scenes where this was stronger for its unusual choices.  "The fact that the creature is seemingly able to invade Apple Bloom's home — her sanctuary — but chooses not to," Chris said, "gives the story a more fearful 'unknown' aspect than the more traditional trope of 'the sanctuary is inviolate, save by the failure of the protagonist.'"  And Soge noted one way that it might be an entirely different sort of horror: "I'll also point out that, despite everything that happens, the monster doesn't actually do anything against anyone. There's an interesting interpretation of this fic where Apple Bloom and AJ lashed out at the creature out of irrational fear ... not that I think that that was what the story was about, but I think it's in the story's favor that such a thing can even be considered."

Read on for our author interview, in which TooShyShy discusses snoring dogs, basement grandmothers, and purges of pre-teens.

Give us the standard biography.

I started making up stories when I was very young.  Back then it was making up stories to go with my picture books.  By the time I reached the age of ten and got my hands on a computer, my head was already swimming with ideas.  I wrote story after story, most of them original fiction but some of them teetering between simple short stories and what could be described as “fanfiction”, a term I at the time wasn’t familiar with.  

Most of my old work has been lost to time.  Literally lost to time.  Most of it was saved on floppy discs, a form of data-saving that no modern computer can accommodate.  My next step — at the naive age of eleven — was to give DeviantArt a go for my first try at writing fanfiction.  I was promptly dragged through the coals for my awful attempts, then my account was permanently banned due to my age.  Thus my first attempts at writing fanfiction were forever purged from the Internet.

The amount of writing I actually release to the mercy of the Internet versus the amount that will forever remain unfinished and unseen is staggering.    

Outside of writing and the occasional excitement, I live a pretty boring and formulaic life in the good ol’ United States.  I’m your standard millennial, complete with most of the stereotypes. 

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

It’s a reference to the song “Too Shy” by the band Kajagoogoo.  I first heard the song in “Ponies: the Anthology” and it happened to be stuck in my head when I was first creating my Fimfiction account.  

Who's your favorite pony?

I have a hard time deciding most of the time because I like all of them.  But if I have to choose one I tend to put above the rest, it’s probably either Maud or Twilight.  The way Maud’s personality clashes with the overall colorful and energetic tone of the show is simply hilarious and Twilight’s dorkiness is adorable. 

What's your favorite episode?

It used to be “Make New Friends, But Keep Discord”, but now it’s “The Saddle Row Review”.  Both episodes are amazing, but “The Saddle Row Review” embodies everything I love about the show:  The characters’ personalities, the comedy, the unique way each character overcomes their obstacles, etc.  It gave me even more appreciation for the amount of work the writers and animators put into making this show what it is.  

What do you get from the show?

A world so expansive and rich that almost any type of story can come of out of it.  No other show I’ve watched has given me the opportunity to truly flex my creativity when writing mere fanfiction.  I’ve gained a whole new appreciation and love for fantasy and world-building, both of which have influenced some of my original fiction.  

What do you want from life?

A simple, quiet, yet fulfilling existence marked by the sound of a dog snoring and the tip-tap of keyboard keys at one in the morning.

Why do you write?

Because writing is something I am both good at and enjoy.  I have been drawn to fiction ever since I was old enough to talk.  When I discovered the ability to craft my own worlds and characters, it was as if I’d made some kind of pact with myself.  The moment my fingers touched the keys, my fate was sealed.  I knew I was going to write and keep writing until my hands were no longer able.   

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

Don’t stress about being as original as possible.  Originality died a long time ago.  You don’t have to struggle to make your stories original simply because the concept has been done before.  The important thing is that the story is yours.  It’s fine to write vampires the same way they’ve been written for years, as long as the story and the characters are your own.  Originality is fine, but not if attempting to make your story stand out is getting in the way of actually writing it.

What inspired “Let Her In”?

It was inspired by a NoSleep story entitled “My Grandma Lived Under the House”.  I have read a lot of horror fiction, but that particular NoSleep story was one of the few to legitimately terrify me.  The concept so thoroughly spooked me that I wanted to try to use it myself.  The result was “Let Her In”.   

Why choose to have so few lines of actual direct dialogue?

I wanted to focus more on the atmosphere and the creature’s behavior than anything else.  I’m not a fan of an excessive amount of dialogue in horror because it seems to take away from the actual horror elements, so I decided to use as little as possible.    

Do you prefer to plan a story ahead of time or to let it develop while typing it?

Having it develop while typing it also seems to work better for me.  When I actually try to plan a story from Point A to Point Z, I end up losing sight of my plans somewhere around Point C.  I prefer letting the story take me wherever it wants to go, even if that place isn’t where I expected.

Talk a little about the challenges of writing “pony horror”.

“Pony horror” is fraught with the same challenges of horror in general.  I believe horror is one of the most difficult genres to write.  With horror, it’s all about the atmosphere and the build-up.  If you mess up either of those, the horror element is almost entirely ruined.  There is also the fact that “fear” is such an abstract concept that is surprisingly difficult to get across in writing.  Letting the readers use their imagination to an extent helps, but then you have to wonder to what extent you should allow the readers to fill in the blanks.  Writing horror is a constant balancing act.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

“Let Her In” is my first “real” pony horror story.  I wrote and posted about two others before, but out of all three of them this is the one I actually like.  I’d even go so far to say it re-ignited my passion for writing.  

You can read Let Her In at Read more interviews right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

Comments ( 6 )

Yes! I read this story a while back; I'm really glad to see it get some more love. It's one of the few stories I've read that make me feel genuinely creeped out.

Interesting that it got put in here. It wasn't bad, but I didn't think it was as good as all this. I even did a Reading Sins of it. Not a bad story by any means, but it had some problems, I though...

Like just about every story. No story is without sins.

Wow. That didn't take long. This story just came out.

I was kinda interested in reading it. Guess I'll take the time now.

Dude! Stop looking at my list!

4460073 I feel the flaws made it a lot less predictable, which increased the creepy/spook factor for me. If it followed the perfect formula for horror stories, it might be objectively scarier, but it would be a lot more forgettable. Or maybe it's just me. :applejackunsure:

But like you said, no story is without sins.

Piss poor story.

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