Saturday, 27 July 2013

So THAT happened.

My deepest apologies my friends.  Technical issues prevented me from getting online last night to post winners and words.  Things seem to be back to normal for the nonce.  As I'm late, I won't bother with introductory bits.  Let's just get right to it.


This week's winner is Phil Ambler with Start Over:  This is such a great bit of writing.  I really like your use of the prompts this week.  The idea of creation by committee, of a new world, and the destruction of the old one, is chilling in its practicality. The implication is that said destruction and creation, is also a simple task.  There seems to be no indication of any difficulty in accomplishing the thing.  Simply decide, and do.  It brings to mind the standard question of who would get to make such decisions?  Who are they?  Thank you!

And this weeks runner up is RRKovar with Cause and Effect:  Rebecca, the repetition here, rather than being dulling and redundant, makes the story doubly hard-hitting and effective.  It makes the impact and irony of the final line that much more.  Thank you!

The tome has had its breakfast and is ready to bring forth new words.  Let's see what it has for us this week.

Kin

Cinnamon

Wrangle

The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 11:30 PM EST on Thursday, August 1st, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on August 2nd.

The gates are open!


Saturday, 20 July 2013

Unexpected horror.

 Have you ever had the experience of a perfectly mundane thing becoming horrific in ways you never expected it could?  You all answered yes.  I know, because everyone has had that experience to some degree or another.  Suddenly things just become weird and awful and there's not a damned thing you can do about it, except try to come through with as few scars, physical or otherwise as possible.  And what do writers do with such experiences?  We incorporate them into our stories, of course.

My first order of business is to again thank RRKovar for her invaluable assistance whilst I was away this week.  It was a blessing knowing that I had left the Tome, our playground, and you, my wonderful friends, in her care.  Thank you again, sister-mine.

NOTE:  So, somewhere along the way my choice for winner got eaten.

Without further ado, this week's winner is Sandra Woodville with Post-operative!   There is such truth here, that I think for many people, the reading of it would bring a shudder.  And that's what makes it such good horror.  There's just enough truth in it to keep the reader grounded in reality and not allow them to suspend disbelief.  This sort of the story sticks with folk for a long time.  Thank you Sandra!

And in second place Antonia Woodville with Infinity 15:  Antonia, I cannot get enough of this story.  This week's chapter is so beautifully woven with gorgeous phrasing.  The story itself is enchanting in all the right, dark, ways.  Thank you.

The Tome seems to have missed me whilst I was away.  It sits on the desk at my side as I type this.  I have petted it and given it the usual treat of bacon, and been rewarded with the following:

Amber

Travesty

Undone


The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 11:30 PM EST on Thursday, July 25th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, July 26th.

The gates are open!










Saturday, 13 July 2013

Step Right Up. Don't Be Shy.

As you know, Colleen is on a well-deserved vacation and has left me in charge. (Cue maniacal laughter...)

I must admit, judging is much harder than it would appear, especially with such a talented bunch.  And while I'm on that topic, please feel free to spread the word and invite other writer friends to come test out ideas, delve into scenarios, and otherwise give into their noir/horror/fantasy urges. The fact that we regularly give positive feedback sets us apart from purely competitive writing challenges, and we always welcome new voices.

Also, don't be shy to post links to your entries to Twitter or Facebook or whatever social media you favor. We like new readers as well as writers!

Also also, if any of you regulars have a blog and would like a link on our sidebar, just let us know. If new folks stick around (or old friends return), we'll do the same for them. We're all about spreading the love. And sometimes the gore, but you all don't need much help in that arena.

Now, having made my pitch, it's on to the winners:

Zaiure takes the win for Payload. There is so much detail and characters packed into that 100 words, and if that were the opening of a novel, I would keep reading just to find out the history and what happens next.

Honorable Mention goes to Helen for THE DARE Part 2. This is a great follow-up to Freddy's story, and I'm even more intrigued than before.

My thanks to everyone who wrote and commented. You make this a great community.

I am very excited about this week's words. The Tome offered them up with nary a snarl, and I can see why. They hold such promise. I cannot wait to see what you do with them!


Surge

Hypnotic

Bouquet

The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 11:30 PM EST on Thursday, July 18th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, July 19th.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Sometimes you aren't afraid...

...when you really should be.  Have you ever noticed that?  I wonder if those of us who spend so much time thinking and writing about all things horrific, somehow become desensitized to real world things we should be  afraid of.  Or...do we accept the horrors of the real world BECAUSE we play with the scary things, willingly and with joy, even, that many folks eschew?  It's just a thought I figured I'd share.

Our winner this week is Antonia Woodville with her untitled continuation of the Captain's Story.  Antonia, I love the feel of this.  "This is my journey!"  The whole of it leading up to the one thing. It felt like following along through the mental process of epiphany!  Really well done.  Thank you.

And our runner up this week is Helen with The Dare.  Was it a game of Truth or Dare that lead him into the house? ".It spoke the words with an ejective force, the lilt foreign, full of venom."  This is a brilliant line.  Hooks me on the entity right off.  I want to know more.  Thank you.

I have coaxed the tome with a treat of bacon and been rewarded with new words.

Conscript

Payload

Creep

The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 11:30 PM EST on Thursday, July 11th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, July 12th.

The gates are open!  Let the games begin!