There’s a new AI in town and her name is Shelley! Shelley, named after Frankenstein author Shelley Mary writes incredibly creative and vivid Halloween stories. Read her creations on Twitter!

“Shelley writes a new story every hour”, reads the pinned tweet on her account. She is the product of MIT, more precisely, and is described as “the world’s first collaborative AI horror writer”. Of course, like any artificial intelligence product, Shelley needs a little help, but does that mean the stories she creates aren’t good?

Judge for yourself! “The man was murdered and the police arrested him, but they never found the man’s body. The man was found in a forest with his knife”, reads her latest story.



Now, here’s what the “little help” consists in and, to be fair, it is more of a game than plain help. According to the rules of the game, you can contribute to Shelley’s stories and she can continue yours. If you begin the story, you have to add, at the end of the tweet #yourturn. If you don’t use the hashtag, Shelley can’t “see” it, basically.

Shelley AI writes her own Halloween horror stories and you can add to them. You can reply with up to three tweets. Stories must keep some coherence, so if you wish to continue, you have to reply to the latest tweet in the story.

If you want to end a story, you simply add #theend at the end of your tweet.

Shelley is quite popular and cannot answer or continue any story; she was designed to respond selectively, only to top stories, those receiving the most likes and/or retweets.

Shelley AI is created by Pinar Yanardag Delul, Manuel Cebrian, and Iyad Rahwan. The trio used 140,000 horror stories to teach Shelley how to write a text that fall under the spooky, or horror category, that a person would find readable and understandable.