Alright, trying to kill some writer's block and in doing so, I'm revisiting a story idea I've wanted to pen for some time. I have a general idea of where I want to go with things but I could use a bit of group brainstorming to help me move from this planning stage to actually penning the novel. Here's the premise- the protagonist is returning to the town where he grew up for the first time in years. The reason: the death of his grandmother. He doesn't get along with his family for a variety of reasons and initially intends to get in there, attend the service, offer personal condolences to his mother, aunt, uncle, etc. then get the heck out. During the trip though, seeing how the tragedy strikes his family, he starts to feel bad and, ultimately, a bit nostalgic for the times in his life he didn't wanna distance himself from his family. So, he goes to his late grandmother's home, digs through the closet and pulls out a bunch of dusty old home movies from when he was younger; Christmas, birthdays, etc. The times he has fond memories of. He begins watching these movies and in doing so, notices something strange. There's a stranger on the tapes; someone he KNOWS wasn't at these gatherings. The guy never seems to interact with anyone but he's always on the cusp of doing so. For example, two people will sit down on either side of the couch, while he's sitting in the middle. They won't talk to, acknowledge, etc. him but they won't sit where he's at either. Or someone will stop and wait as he passes through a doorway then keep on walking, also without acknowledging him. Obviously, this freaks him out and at first, he thinks maybe it's just someone he doesn't remember. After all, its been awhile. But the more he thinks on it the more he can't place the person. Eventually, he gets a hold of one of his family members he doesn't completely detest and asks them to view the tapes. But when they do, the figure is gone. This, in turn, leads to the protagonist questioning his sanity... a fact that's compounded when he begins to see the figure OUTSIDE of the tapes. __________ Right now, that's where I'm sitting on the idea. I have some scenes worked out. One of which has the protagonist setting up a camera in the house to try to catch sight of the figure. He's walking through the house when he suddenly feels warm air on his neck. Looking up at the camera feed he sees the figure on the screen, standing behind him, breathing down his neck. Always something I felt would make for a nice hair-raising little scene and the one that really made me feel like this idea is viable. One of the main questions I keep asking myself about this though, is what sort of figure should this be. I was thinking perhaps something along the lines of the Slender Man, I've considered your typical ghost/malevolent force, etc. What do you guys think? Also, can you think of any other really creepy scenes this sort of story calls for? Needing some inspiration these days so any sort of advice/suggestions would be great. Thank you.