Sheltering from the football and selecting a shortlist I realise, for alliteration’s sake, I should pour myself a Smirnoff. Not that vodka will help – I get the strong impression that each week each of us is spurred to further heights by others’ posts. Jim takes a new path by trying out three endings to his Problem, each of Patricia’s strong-voiced posts held new delights and I truly loved the hugging humanity of Joe’s ‘The Virus’, but top place, by a whisker, goes to Dave for ‘These things are all fakes’.
Thank you all for your participation – both in offering such a bounty of tales and for commenting.
Words for next week: barbaric nuisance smut
Entries by midnight Thursday 5th July, words and winners posted Friday 6th
Usual rules: 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. Serialised 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 you prefer.