Pieces of Coal: New thriller, horror, dramatic monologue

Halloween is less than a week away, friends, so if you’re indulging in some creepy theater right now (or indulge year-round), check out my new monologue, Pieces of Coal. This thriller, horror, dramatic monologue is great for creepy auditions, eerie Halloween competitions or just for some chilling acting fun. The monologue is suitable for a female or male actor, ages teen through adults. It runs about 1.5 to 2 minutes long (pauses tell a lot here too!), and has lots of room for creative and interesting acting and directing.

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So, what is the monologue about? Well, have you heard those eerie ghost stories about centuries-old children appearing in bedroom mirrors in the middle of the night? Mirrors, let’s face it, can be freaky. They leave so much room for reflection (yes, literally and figuratively), which can be thoughtful and mesmerizing, but also scary and unnerving. So why not have strange ghost-like figures creep up on you in your looking glass?

In this monologue, Adele is is in her bedroom at night, when she sees a haunting boy inside the mirror, playing with tiny toy soldiers. When she gains courage to speak, she questions him until he finally stares directly at her. She is stunned as his eyes turn to coal and then begin to bleed. She is terrified and fearful that he is in pain—or that he is there to put her into pain. She begs him to turn away from her.

Check out the excerpt below and Happy Thrilling Halloween!


(very quietly at first)


(stares at the boy in the mirror)

It’s hard to speak.


I can barely breathe...

(steadies herself)



What…do you want?


Maybe you can’t see me. Can you see me? You’re not—you’re not looking at me. You’re foggy, dark, barely this…moving image in the mirror. But I can see you’re a little boy. Playing with tiny soldiers and…a mouse? Or rat? Oh, don’t put that rat on your face, little boy. It’ll bite you! It’s biting—-Oh…you’re smiling…you like that?…Hm… Where are your teeth? You’re—END OF EXCERPT

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Pieces of Coal, a monologue
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