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Micro Flash Fiction, Horror Edition


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To kick things off (and since I haven't yet felt ready to relinquish the Halloween season for Thanksgiving, not to mention Christmas), I offer my response to a Writers Write prompt posted on Halloween: "Write your best horror story in two sentences." Enjoy, and feel free to submit your own in the comments.

Here's my attempt:

Cloaked by the leafy hedge that was half-hidden in the scant moonlight, the axe murderer watched his victim approach, his muscles coiling and ready to leap out. Peering from the further darkness, something unimaginable--all slithery limbs and scaled haunches and hard teeth (too many teeth)--began to quietly hunch across the lawn toward the man who clutched the axe.

And, just for fun, here is my 16-year-old daughter's attempt (which I thought not too shabby and pretty creepy!): I went to say goodnight to my daughter, and she told me that something was under her bed. I checked, and huddled underneath was my daughter, crying as she said "Mommy, there's something in my bed."

[I've been fascinated by "flash fiction"--super short fiction of a maximum of 1,000 words, but usually only a couple hundred or less--for a few years now. I think the absolute master would have to be Ernest Hemingway's heartbreaking and terse: "For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn." Short, but powerful, and containing all the "necessary" elements of a story--a beginning, middle, and end, and a plot of sorts. That last sentence punches you in the gut and drives home the "plot," however rudimentary.]

 

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CTRLZero

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Oh, fun!  I have not tried this before, so I will borrow your theme:

"The sight of the axe protruding from my haunch irritated me more than the man-ribs stuck between my teeth.  My slither home was rendered...inelegant..."

 

 

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Oh, fun!  I have not tried this before, so I will borrow your theme:

"The sight of the axe protruding from my haunch irritated me more than the man-ribs stuck between my teeth.  My slither home was rendered...inelegant..."

 

 

Most excellent! :):)

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