An artificial intelligence is creating worlds where possessed dolls and other creatures chase after frightened, helpless humans.
Sound scary? That would be the point.
Joining the ranks of other fiction-writing computer programs, Shelley, named after Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein, is a program made by the MIT Media Lab that uses human input to write short horror stories. Developed by the creators of the MIT Nightmare Machine, which generates purposefully gruesome images (click at your own peril), Shelley is trained on data from the subreddit r/nosleep, where users post short horror stories of their own.