Hello, my friends. Our apologies for the long delay in posting winner and words. It's been a rather complicated week. Colleen is having difficulty accessing the site, which I am trying to fix. She has also started a new job, which involves cleaning up a terrible administrative mess while simultaneously learning everything about the business and the programs it takes to organize it.
Here in the States, we celebrated Thanksgiving - a day for family to gather and reconnect over a good meal, or a festival of gluttony and enduring relatives you hope to see only once a year, depending on one's situation. I have always thought Black Friday, our national day of shopping madness, should be dedicated instead to sleeping in and being thankful for surviving another holiday. I hosted my mother in law, who is a lovely woman, but as we had not seen each other in a year, there was little time for me to get on line. Colleen had two things to celebrate on Thursday, as her birthday coincided with the feast day, and the celebration, as I understand it, lasted through the weekend.
The stories the week before last were all very good, making my decision so much more difficult. The winner, with an old-fashioned yet still potent horror tale, is AJ Humpage for Famished. Runner up is Chris Allinotte's Ethics 1A, a twisted tale of logic and the result thereof.
The Tome, restless at having been so neglected, spit these at me and then turned its back:
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.
You have until 11 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time) Friday, December 5.
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