This is Rebecca, stepping in for Colleen for the foreseeable future. Family business requires her attention for now, so she's asked me to take over hosting duties. Luckily, I already have posting rights, so the transition should be smooth indeed. Naturally, none of my stories will be considered for judging, though I do hope to continue to play in this delightful sandbox.
As Colleen has often noted, choosing a winner is hard!
For sheer horror, I have to give the win to Sandra Davies for Disconnection. I found it both sickening and oddly amusing.
Runner up goes to AJ Humpage for Just Another Day. The ability to present us with real-world horror and make us truly see it is a gift.
And now for fresh words. The tome has made itself at home and given up these choice morsels to whet your creative appetites:
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash
fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of
horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. All variants and use of the
words as stems are fine.
The gates are open, and you're more than welcome to bring friends over to play!