In my case, on the stairs, and obscenely early in the morning, rather than in the night. I appreciate you all bearing with me while I started my recovery from an epic slide down a Victorian staircase. Steep suckers, those. Woke the family and scared the hell out of them in the process. I was a bit afraid myself. Funny how I love to be frightened by stories, but find it quite unpleasant in real life. I suspect that is because stories rarely leave me bruised, even though they often have great impact.
What fantastic stories you all presented last week! I never cease to wonder at the talent in this group. It does, however, make the judging more difficult, for which I must thank you. An embarrassment of riches you give me. (See what happens when I'm on pain meds? I gush.)
For pure horror, the win goes to Zaiure for Aria. I'm still not sure if Elaine was having a psychotic break or really witnessing that awful scene.
Most honorable mention goes to John Xero for the ambitious start to his new serial Cosmic Discord, in which he used the words in all four entries. Very well played, and I hope to see more of this story.
Now for new words. The tome has been remarkably well behaved, perhaps sensing I could not wrestle with it this week. (Seriously, even taking the book from the shelf was difficult.) So it gently offers up these words for your contemplation and use:
Fabricate (will take fabrication, etc.)
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 and stems are fine. You have until Thursday evening.
As always, we welcome newcomers and encourage you to invite friends over to our place to play.