So many excellent entries this week that once again I tried an arbitrary rule to rate them. Final lines:, I thought, but how to choose between Antonia’s ‘long pig’, Patricia’s ‘cylindrical drum’, John’s ‘I wish he hadn’t said my name’ and David’s ‘Hell would be unleashed…’?
I couldn’t, so broke another, lightly-applied, rule and chose David for a second consecutive week, on the strength of his opening sentence, broken-winged gargoyle and the so-very-effective “eyes above the waterline”.
Next week's decision will be simpler for me: Thursday I shall be in Stirling, attending the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival and on Friday at a workshop, one of who’s tutors is Sophie Hannah.
Therefore I am asking each of you to nominate, on Friday 8th September, your personal winner.
Thereafter, for a couple of weeks, my presence is likely to be a bit erratic, but rest assured, prompt words are already scheduled.
Words for next week: entrails kiss perfect
Entries by midnight Thursday 7th September, words posted Friday 8th September*