Here’s a terrifying 200-word piece of micro-fiction that indicates is written by a 1st year student. I think they might have a little Edgar Allan Poe horror savant on their hands over there: this language is far and above most first-year essays. The Chinese name of the story is “死神降临” – 死神 being the Chinese word for the Grim Reaper.

Learn to Read Simplified Chinese: Chinese Short FictionHere’s the original text.

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隧道 – suì dào – Tunnel
宁静 – níng jìng – Tranquil
花甲 – huā jiǎ – Old person over 60
富翁 – fù wēng – Millionaire
终点站 – zhōng diǎn zhàn – Terminus




On a train, in the long night of a tunnel, everything seemed tranquil, and then the quiet was broken…

“Agh! Agh! Agh!” One old millionaire suddenly and violently died. All the passengers ran around, terrified. And in that, an act of extraordinary madness. A youngster, only about 15, cloaked in a jacket and hat walked softly by. “Hee hee hee.” The young man’s face lifted, a face like a human skeleton cackling, “Hee hee hee.”

Suddenly, the young man disappeared, and all that was left in the train car was a pile of countless white bones. We slowly move towards our final destination…

16 comments to "Scary Short Story: The Reaper Descends"

  1. Really liked it :)
    Nice short read.

  2. Reply kkjkjhkjhijoi says: May 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I am sorry to say this, but I didn’t really like this. I think it is kind of boring and can’t get anything out of this.

    • Tut-tut . when you watch this again, you will see how hurried you were and how much you miessd! It’s like you went back to your old way of playing A bit disappointed :/

  3. I hope you will come back soon. Ok, I say it again here : displaying the Chinese text and its translation side by side is so handy.

    Also, congratulations !
    Really, translation represents a hard work to do ! I couldn’t make it !

    My own collection of resources :

    + thank you too for your long introductions .

  4. This is weird! :)

  5. If that was real I wold have been so freaked out
    I’m just a kid [=o

  6. Reply Friendzy Familyzy says: September 23, 2015 at 7:19 am

    That wasn’t scary at all. I am 5+2×3-12 and year 4.
    What was at the end??? You know some people get NIGHTMARES out of SCARY STORIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Never mind… It was an effort even though.

  7. Well sort of confusing but kind of good. Why was the man that died a millionaire? Random? This was assigned for my chinese class, but not sure why….

  8. Nice! The story gives a different flavor of modern culture.

  9. Thank you for this website. : ) Useful doesn’t actually cover it.

  10. Love it ! Very nice and short!

  11. ummm…it just could not get weirder is it ah

  12. Reply Ngọc Diệp says: November 18, 2019 at 2:54 am

    One old millionaire?Why died?Whát is a pile of countless whire bones?

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