Call it Halloween, or Samhain or by any other name, it's my favorite. For me, it is a seamless blend of the spiritual and the commercial. Candy corn and candle light go hand in hand. Fear holds a whispering tingle of fun and frivolity. And death is merely another part of the cycle. Huh...I almost feel like that could be the beginning of a story! Perhaps...
But now, it's time to choose. A difficult choice indeed, this week. Every story seemed to touch a bit deeper, for some reason. But choose I must. And so...
Our winner this week is Zaiure with On Mother's Bones: I simply cannot stop reading this! Thank you!
Also in the winner's circle this week is Antonia Woodville with Infinity 74: The prompts are so beautifully woven into this wonderfully crafted chapter of the Captain's story. It was a joy to read. Thank you!
And now the tome has been coaxed from beneath the witches hat that is part of my costume and has given us new words!
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. Serialized fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Due to the holiday and my impending spiritual observances, I am leaving the gates open until early morning on Saturday, November 1, with winners and words up on Sunday Nov 2. I appreciate your indulgence.
Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media best pleases you and, if you like, remind your friends that we are open to new and returning writers.
And with that...
The Gates Are Open!