Good morning, m'dears!
The sun may be shining here in New England, but my mind is overflowing with the dark and lovely images you all created last week! I'm thrilled to see new writers joining us. Everyone who writes here has such a distinctive style and each new author adds something new and different to an already wonderful and supportive group!
The Tome and I have considered long and long, and we have finally come to agreement.
Our winner this week is Chris Allinotte with Birth: I love the slow yet horrifying build here. It inspires a sense of quiet terror as it moves along. And that last line? Perfect...visceral...horrible! Thank you!
A second winner this week is Patricia Purvis with Worth Its Weight: One of the hallmarks of a really good read, for me, is the writer's ability to pull the reader in completely. I love the visuals your words created for me! I truly cannot stop reading this piece. I fervently hope that you'll continue to gift us with your stories! Thank you!
And now, I have given the Tome its favorite treat of a bit of bacon, and it has reciprocated with new words for us to play with!
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.
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.
You have until Friday, January 16th. Winners and words on Saturday January 17th.
The Gates are Open!