An author and illustrator named Harris Burdick tells an editor that he has written fourteen stories and brings an illustration from each story with a caption, promising to deliver the full manuscript if the editor publishes his stories. Burdick, however, is never seen again. All that remains of him are the fourteen illustrations and their captions.
A collection of stories based on the illustrations written by well-known professional authors, The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, was released in 2011.
The book provides examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: Many authors have taken it to themselves to write adaptations of the illustrations. One of the more notable examples being Stephen King, who wrote a short story based on "The House on Maple Street" for Nightmares & Dreamscapes.
- Deliberately Monochrome
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: The backstory of Harris Burdick and his illustrations.
- Mind Screw: Many of the images are this.
- No Ending: All that remains of each story is a single sentence. Done with the intention that the reader will write their own story based off it.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Often. Actually a very handy tool for introducing the concept to budding horror enthusiasts.