It’s always a pleasure and a source of delight to see how many varieties of nastiness can be drawn from seemingly innocent words. Last week’s innocuous selection brought tattoos, death metal and drunken gerbils. Brought fuzzy-felt and disembowelment, poodles, Robin Hood and sexual secrets, shelf-stackers, type-casting and a Teddy in a castle.
And I’m expected to make some sort of judgement as to which this week strikes me as ‘the best’?
However, checking the tone of your comments, I doubt there’ll be any complaint about Terrie’s ‘beer-flustered gerbils being counted this week’s winner, nor that I declare there were too many second-placed to individually name.
Words for next week: crate nerve simultaneous
Entries by midnight (GMT) Thursday 14th March, words and winners posted Friday 15th
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 uses 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.