How to write a gothic short story in 20 minutes.

Last year, I was teaching my year 10 class and had asked them to write a gothic story in 200 words and in 20 minutes... The look on their faces was one of horror. However, this is an important skill in the current GCSE system. Students have 45 minutes to write a story or description at the end of a gruelling GCSE exam paper. For most students the time constraints of the first 4 questions means that they actually have far less than the 45 minutes in reality. So faced with