“Evil finds a new game” this Halloween when a new kind of horror movie makes its worldwide debut next month. As part of the horror anthology “The Devil’s Five,” the film “Stash” tells the story of a young woman who embarks on a “geo-stashing” scavenger hunt to raise money for her church, according to writer Tim Clark. The seemingly innocent activity takes a dark turn, however, when the main character comes face-to-face with the Devil himself.

Stash,” which is one of five segments in the Terry Wickham-directed horror anthology that also consists of “The Devil’s Five,” “Abandoned,” “Don’t Say These Words” and “Choke,” stars Almog Pail, Jonathan Weirich, Richard Kern, Jesse Ray Sheps and Tina Surabian.

Wickham told Horror Fuel that the term “geostash” was created “for the purposes of our story and to avoid any kind of legal conflict.” Additionally, the main character, Faith, is known as a “Stasher” given that she volunteers to help the struggling church by finding the hidden items, which ultimately leads to a terrifying discovery.

“Stash,” which began filming over three years ago, premieres on Oct. 22 along with the other four segments. Clark promises that audiences will be “completely terrified” over every eerie element.

Watch the Trailer for “Stash” Before It Makes Its Pre-Halloween Debut

We spoke with Clark about the inspiration behind the film, its upcoming premiere and his own horror inspirations. Check out our interview below:

Tim Clark Talks “Stash,” His Horror Influences and Future Projects

Why did you want to become involved in the horror/thriller genre?

From an early age, I was always fascinated with the horror genre and read a lot of scary books from authors like Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Clive Barker. I also have a huge Fangoria magazine collection. The nuances of the written word, and how you can use these nuances to create an eerie, creepy atmosphere and captivate an audience, are very powerful things, and not easy to create. But it’s what continues to draw me to this genre.

When and why did you begin writing?

Like all writers, I continuously create little stories and scenarios in my mind and at some point, the stories become so rich and vibrant you have to get them out of your system. I was always writing poems and short stories in high school, and they typically received a lot of positive feedback from teachers.

But it was when I was first introduced to a screenwriting class in college that a lightbulb went off. Now I could merge my love of movies with writing and pull in the details and directions I needed to get my point across. Post-college, I was accepted into a screenwriting class at New York University, which was a huge validation of my work and gave me the confidence to keep going.

What’s your favorite part about writing horror movies? And the most challenging part?

I love how the story sometimes “takes over” and almost writes itself. It doesn’t happen every time you sit down to write, but when it does happen, it’s magic. The most challenging part about writing is trying to adhere to the tried and true tenants of writing the story you want to write, not the story you think you should write.

Where did the idea for “Stash” originate?

I was on a business trip in Madrid and a colleague introduced me Geocaching, a great scavenger-hunt type game you play on your mobile device. I’ll never forget walking around the beautiful parks and historic locales of Madrid, finding these random little things that are hidden out in the open, places that people walk past all day long. So the idea of geocaching, we call geostashing in the film (hence the name “Stash”). We use the idea of geocaching to propel the story in “Stash.”

How did your experience in Spain translate into the story of “Stash”?

While geocaching in Spain, we had a tough time finding one particular clue. It was near a subway entrance/exit situated in a courtyard. So it was a busy, bustling area. When we finally found it, a stranger came up to us and congratulated us on finding it. He was the owner of this particular geocache and took great pride in his clever hiding spot. Needless to say, my colleague and I were freaked out by the encounter because this person was obviously watching us. That creepy feeling got me thinking about a potential storyline which ultimately became “Stash.”

Who’s your favorite character in “Stash”? Why?

Minister Malcolm is my favorite character because he was the most fun to write. He appears a lot in the beginning of the film and then kind of reappears at the end. But I loved creating his dialogue and bringing his character to life and creating his actions that affect the actions of others in the film.

What were your experiences like when you were creating “Stash”? When you saw the finished product?

Once I figured out the overall plot of “Stash,” the writing came easy and only took a few drafts to complete. Due to the limitations and challenges associated with independent filmmaking, the final product of “Stash” came out leaner and meaner, which is a blessing in disguise. The movie is definitely stronger because of some of the compromises we had to make along the way.

How do you hope audiences will feel after watching “Stash”?

I hope audiences will appreciate all of the crazy goodness we were able to pack into 30 minutes. It’s got a little bit of everything: slow-burn suspense, creepy atmospherics, jump scares, sensuality and even a little comedy. But make no mistake, this is a horror movie through and through. Audiences will be completely terrified and freaked out by what transpires in “Stash.”

What was your favorite part about working on “The Devil’s Five” anthology?

It was great to reunite with my good friend and collaborator Terry R. Wickham on this project and help him figure out how we integrate “Stash” within the broader context of “The Devil’s Five”. Terry also directed a 45-minute featurette I wrote called “Hair of the Dog,” which will also appear in another upcoming horror anthology called “Gruesome Threesome.” Stay tuned for more details on that project.

How does “Stash” differ from other projects you’ve worked on?

I’ve worked on a few scripts with producers like Richard (“Dawn of the Dead”) Rubenstein and Norman (“Lean on Me”) Twain and that is a much longer, drawn out, “hurry up and wait” kind of process. With “Stash” it was like, “Hey Tim, how soon can you get this done?”

Who do you consider your biggest inspirations?

Sam Raimi, John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, Francis Bacon and my parents. The first three might be obvious as they are/were masters at their craft and took horror movies into completely insane realms no one had ever experienced before. “The Evil Dead,” “The Thing” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” are/were game-changers and inspired generations—and only get better with age.

As for Francis Bacon, many of his paintings are the embodiment of macabre. My parents took me to see one of his shows at MoMA in NYC and I’ll never forget the feeling of dread I experienced. I also appreciated the fact that I was witness to someone who was a true artist who created very beautiful, haunting and misunderstood pieces. I have my wonderful and supportive parents to thank for that amazing experience.

Who is your favorite horror writer? Favorite horror movie?

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Bram Stoker. I have a hard copy edition of “Dracula” that I purchased at the Writer’s Museum in Dublin. It’s a perfect novel. I actually can’t stand vampires, they annoy me, but Stoker’s vision is the original and best. So creepy and gothic. I’ve also been delving into a lot of H.P. Lovecraft recently. As for a favorite horror movie, that would be “The Evil Dead.” I feel exhausted after watching it.

What advice would you give to writers who hope to work in the horror industry?

Write from your own experiences and don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. In the early stages of creation, don’t self-edit, let the words flow. Plenty of time for word-smithing at a later point.

Can you tell us about any future projects?

As hinted at earlier, “Gruesome Threesome” will also be released this year. It’s another horror anthology that pairs together three stories with a wraparound that I wrote. One of the taglines we are considering is: “Hell hath no fury like three women scorned.”

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

If you’re in the NY-metro area and want to check out “The Devil’s Five” (and “Stash”) its worldwide, red carpet premiere is in Long Island next month. Tickets can be purchased here.

Responses have been lightly edited for clarity and length