FANFIC FRIDAY: The Walking Dead Horror Recs

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Hello, fanfic readers!

Welcome to the second week of Horror October Fanfic Friday! We asked you on Twitter to choose among different horror TV shows, and the result was a tie between Hannibal and The Walking Dead. We already did a horror special for Hannibal last year, so we decided to go with The Walking Dead this time.

Get cozy and grab your shock blanket because it’s time to read about creepy walkers!


Everything Where it Belongs

By: dynamicsymmetry
Summary: It’s been months since Grady, and Beth is haunted by the spectre of Daryl shot dead right before her eyes – and haunted even more by the conviction that it was all her fault. But he isn’t quite as dead as he was supposed to be. And she’s not sure which is worse.
Rating: Explicit – Graphic Depictions of Violence – F/M – Slow Burn, Violent Thoughts, Suicidal, Self-Harm, AU-Canon Divergence, Depression, Hallucinations, Brain Damage, Psychological Horror, OCD, Sexual Violence, Disturbing Themes, Psychological Trauma, Masturbation, Animal Abuse, Suicide Attempt, Heavy Angst, Attempted Rape/Non-Con, Dream Sex
Words: 223,659

Southern Discomfort: Cursed

By: KatyTheInspiredWorkaholic
Summary: When Rick is 8, he visits his family out in the middle of nowhere Georgia and gets lost in the woods. He stumbles upon something he isn’t supposed to see, and is saved by another little boy that gets him home safely. AKA: the story where Daryl continuously keeps Rick from getting killed as they grow up, Rick is a nosy little shit who doesn’t know boundaries, and Daryl’s family practices a bastardized version of Folklore Hoodoo and New Orleans Haitian Vodou.
Rating: Mature – Graphic Depictions of Violence – Gen, M/M – AU-No Zombie Apocalypse, Minor Character Death, Paranormal, Horror, Pining, Angst, Shadow People, Rituals, Animal Sacrifice, Discrimination, Underage Drinking and Smoking, Friends to Lovers (more tags inside)
Words: 166,136

Packages in Zombie Zone, Area S

By: Mad_Arid
Summary: AU. Daryl Dixon hunts for a living. When he returns to the apartment, Merle is gone and there’s this strange kid bugging the new next door neighbours.
Rating: Mature – Gen, M/M – AU-Canon, AU-Dark, Action/Adventure, Horror, Misunderstandings, Canon Typical Violence, Romance, Subtext, Slow Build
Words: 108,686

For the Ones You Love

By: apenny12
Summary: She should have run the moment she heard the sound of a vehicle in the distance. She should have already been hidden when the headlights blinded her as she stood in the middle of the road. She should have done a lot of things before that black car stopped in front of her and a man stepped out of the vehicle, but between her sprained ankle, adrenaline-high from escaping the walkers, and Daryl’s promise that he would meet her on the road, Beth didn’t move. Set after season 4: episode 13 – “Alone”.
Rating: Teen and Up Audiences – Graphic Depictions of Violence – F/M – Action/Adventure, Horror
Words: 24,604

Just One Yesterday

By: Waynesgrayson
Summary: Rick doesn’t look as deathly has he had when he was first brought in. He’s still unusually pale, his cheeks and chest refusing to show colour, the veins in his arms and eyes are prominent and worrying; but he looks stable in a way he hadn’t hours before. What if Rick got amnesia?
Rating: Mature – Graphic Depictions of Violence – Gen, M/M – Blood and Gore, Canon-Typical Violence, Body Horror, Amnesia, Flashbacks, Nightmares, Angst, Drama, Fluff, Family Feels, POV Multiple, AU-Canon Divergence
Words: 16,173

Depth of Faith

By: heartbeathurtsnomore
Summary: Connor MacManus is looking for his brother, who he lost while escaping the undead, and has ended up in Woodbury. When Andrea enlists his help to visit her friends in the prison he must decide where his loyalties lie and discover the truth in the worst possible way.
Rating: Teen and Up Audiences – Graphic Depictions of Violence, Major Character Death – Gen – Horror, Drama
Words: 44,925

can’t bury anything (without digging it up)

By: pprfaith
Summary: Daryl and Beth after the fall of the prison. Becoming.
Rating: Teen and Up Audiences – Gen – Post Prison, Character Study, AU, Horror, Gore, Violence, Darkish, Bastardized Mythology
Words: 2,905

The Weak Can Never Forgive

By: apenny12
Summary: Guilt ate away at her soul. Every time Maggie smiled at her or Beth gave her a kind word, the weight on her shoulders increased exponentially. Given the chance, she would do anything to make up for the pain she had caused them. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.” -Ghandi
Rating: Teen and Up Audiences – Graphic Depictions of Violence, Major Character Death – F/M – Horror, Hurt/Comfort, Action/Adventure
Words: 5,664

Hostages

By: Peachuzoid
Summary: A rough hand grabbed her just under the chin causing her to flinch before she realized it was the Governor. He leaned in closer to her as she could feel his hot breath on the side of her neck. “Tell your people I’ll be coming for them.”
Rating: Teen and Up Audiences – Gen – Horror, Angst, Dark
Words: 4,312

Haven (crossover with Supernatural)

By: miss_grey
Summary: The world is ending again. It’s nothing new. What IS new, though, is its weapon of choice. The dead walk, swarming the earth in their endless, mindless pursuit of living flesh. Unable to stop the catastrophe before it starts, Team Free Will does their best to minimize damages. During their mission, they encounter a ragged group of survivors led by a man named Rick Grimes. Together, they may be humanity’s last hope for survival, but there are other pressing needs as well. Like safety, and shelter. And figuring out how to do more than just survive in this new, crazy world.
Rating: Explicit – F/M, M/M – Not Endverse, Zombie Apocalypse, Past Rape/Non-Con, Threats of Rape/Non-Con, Violence, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Minor character death, Blood and Gore, Torture, Body Horror, Horror, Survival Horror, Mentions of Suicide, Drowning, Suicide (more tags inside)
Words: 59,838


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