Have you ever had the experience of a perfectly mundane thing becoming horrific in ways you never expected it could? You all answered yes. I know, because everyone has had that experience to some degree or another. Suddenly things just become weird and awful and there's not a damned thing you can do about it, except try to come through with as few scars, physical or otherwise as possible. And what do writers do with such experiences? We incorporate them into our stories, of course.
My first order of business is to again thank RRKovar for her invaluable assistance whilst I was away this week. It was a blessing knowing that I had left the Tome, our playground, and you, my wonderful friends, in her care. Thank you again, sister-mine.
NOTE: So, somewhere along the way my choice for winner got eaten.
Without further ado, this week's winner is Sandra Woodville with Post-operative! There is such truth here, that I think for many people, the reading of it would bring a shudder. And that's what makes it such good horror. There's just enough truth in it to keep the reader grounded in reality and not allow them to suspend disbelief. This sort of the story sticks with folk for a long time. Thank you Sandra!
And in second place Antonia Woodville with Infinity 15: Antonia, I cannot get enough of this story. This week's chapter is so beautifully woven with gorgeous phrasing. The story itself is enchanting in all the right, dark, ways. Thank you.
The Tome seems to have missed me whilst I was away. It sits on the desk at my side as I type this. I have petted it and given it the usual treat of bacon, and been rewarded with the following:
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the 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.
You have until 11:30 PM EST on Thursday, July 25th, to get your entries in.. Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, July 26th.
The gates are open!