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The 3 Terrifying Tales series is a trilogy of horror short stories written by FNW2

All three works take place in the same univers, as the third and final story proves.

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     Stories that appeared in this trilogy 
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Tropes in this work are:

  • Action Survivor: Maggie, as a medic, was only taught how to shoot a pistol. Despite that, she’s the only member of her group who lives.
  • Adorkable: Michael and Lucas are adorable together, both calling each other cute nicknames like “Mikey” and “Lukie” respectively.
  • Adult Fear: One of Vincent’s victims is a little girl. There is also the very real fear of getting abducted and murdered by a Serial Killer.
  • And I Must Scream: Heinrich was trapped in limbo while in his coma, feeling the demons clawing at his flash for months.
  • Anyone Can Die: Luke, on of the main characters of 73 Years Later is killed at the end of it, and Michael is killed in Electrocution.
  • Arch-Enemy: Michael to Heinrich. It’s so personal between the two, Michael actually joined the military after hearing rumors of his return in the now quarantined New York.
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  • Arc Villain: Both Heinrich and Vincent are this in Electrocution.
  • Asshole Victim: Both Heinrich and Vincent are killed. Twice.
  • Ax-Crazy:
    • Heinrich Strauss was a sadistic Nazi foot soldier who had many cruel methods of killing others.
    • Vincent is a twisted Serial Killer who started his career by killing his own mother as a child.
  • Badass Gay:
    • Michael broke free from his bounds and killed Heinrich by pushing him down the stairs. He gets even more awesome in Electrocution, where he is mentally and physically strong enough to withstand years of torture.
    • Maggie isn’t as strong as Michael, but she still dived headfirst into a monster infested city to save her wife, and is the only person who lived to tell about it.
  • Big Bad:
    • 73 Year Later: Heinrich Strauss.
    • Cold Winter Nights: Vincent North. Also doubles as a Villain Protagonist.
    • Electrocution: Natalie Walker.
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  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Heinrich and Natalie are both major enemies to Maggie in Electrocution. Unfortunately for Heinrich, Natalie manages to kill him and all of his men.
  • Big Bad Wannabe:
    • Vincent, for all his atrocities, is nothing more then a pathetic coward who is easily bested by the protagonists.
    • Heinrich to a lesser extent in Electrocution. While he was a credible threat, Natalie managed to kill him and his forces, marking herself as the true Big Bad.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • 73 Years Later ends on a heavily on the bitter side. Heinrich is killed, but Luke and Michael’s are dead. That said, Michael heard Luke’s voice calling out to him from the afterlife, and he smiles, knowing they’ll be reunited in time.
    • In Cold Winter Nights, Vincent’s victims are still dead, but they end their killing before he could hurt anyone else, and their souls are laid to rest.
    • While Natalie is defeated in Electrocution, and Heinrich and Vincent are put down for good, Maggie didn’t arrive in time to save her life. That, and Michael was killed by Natalie.
  • Crapsack World: Nazis, Serial Killers, Zombies and cults all exist in this world, and they all want us dead.
  • Cult: Natalie built one around herself.
  • Damsel in Distress: Maggie tragically thought her wife was this. In truth, she was dead long before she even arrived in New York.
  • Death of a Child: Both Cold Winter Nights and Electrocution have explicate child murder.
  • Devoured by the Horde: Happened to dozes during the mutants attack on New York.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • Heinrich is motivated by the fear of death, as he knows Hell if waiting for him if he dies. Instead of seeking redemption, he tries to kill two innocent boys to use as a human sacrifice for ritual that will give him immortality.
    • Vincent is a pathetic sadist, who will beg and plead for his the life the second he is in danger.
    • Natalie actually pisses herself in fear when held at gun point.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • The elderly Heinrich is pushed down a staircase, breaking every bone in his fragile body.
    • Vincent’s victims are stripped naked and frozen to death.
    • Vincent himself is torn apart by the nails of his previous victims.
  • Enfant Terrible: Vincent was a twisted Sadist even as a child, watching his mother freeze to death with no remorse.
  • Final Girl: Maggie is the only one of the main cast in Electrocution who lives.
  • Hate Sink: Heinrich, Vincent, and Natalie are all disgusting, horrid human beings who the audience is clearly suppose to view with scorn.
  • Neck Snap: How Heinrich kills the witch that saved him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain:
    • Heinrich Strauss is a Nazi so that goes without saying.
    • Vincent North is a misogynistic, homophobe who in Electrocution carves the word "Faggot" into his gay victims' chests.
  • Serial Killer: Vincent North in Cold Winter's Night is a murderer who loves kidnapping women and freezing them to death.
  • Spoiled Brat: Natalie was this as a child and teenager. Unfortunately, she never grew out of it.
  • Take That!: Donald Trump has a single cameo at the end of Electrocution where he makes an idiotic ass of himself.
  • Villain Protagonist: Vincent North in Cold Winter's Night.
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