October Flash Challenge - All Hallows


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Post October 06, 2018, 06:44:36 AM

October Flash Challenge - All Hallows

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We may have done this before, but what the heck, it's a classic:

Tell us a horror story for All Hallow's Eve. Let's avoid the obvious tropes: no vampires, no werewolves, and ghosts only if you can think of something new to do with them.

Entries to my PM inbox by midnight(ish) on 20 October, if you please
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Post October 06, 2018, 07:01:48 AM

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As an example...

Arise!

By Iain Muir

It had been eighty years since he first heard the call. Eighty years of sneers, of laughter, of people talking in whispers behind his back. They thought he didn’t hear them: his best friend, Charles; his sister Lucy. He could swear he’d even seen Charles’ damned beagle giggling at him from time to time. Stupid mutt.

He’d been a child then, of course, with a child’s understanding and a child’s interpretation of the world. He’d thought the offers of gifts in return for his worship meant toys and candy. It was only as he grew older that he’d truly understood what the voice that whispered to him was offering: power! And as the old cartoons had said: “first you gets the power, then you gets the money, then you gets the wimmin!”

Not that he’d got the women, of course. Not yet. But the time was coming. Oh yes.

It had taken him years of study as well. He had to find the right rituals, the right incantations. The right varieties, if it came to that. No genetically modified seeds, no pesticides: 100% organic was what was required. The time and money spent finding seed! Museums to rob, genetic researchers to bribe, it was a good thing his parents were wealthy. A pity they had to die in that car crash so that he could inherit, but there you have it. Then he had to get Lucy out of the way so that he could control the money, but she was doing well up at Arkham. He should visit her in the asylum sometime. She kept telling the doctors she was sane, of course. They only thought she was more delusional.

He was confident that he had it right now, though. He had the right gourds, just reaching maturity. He had the words, culled from an ancient German text. He had the right athame, taken from a Swedish burial mound and cleansed under the light of the last full moon. He had the right sacrifice: Charles’ granddaughter; a sweet girl, red-haired, and most assuredly still a virgin. No repeats of ’83; now that had been embarrassing!

Linus van Pelt, High Priest of the Vine-God Urzhgamehta, turned and looked out over his pumpkin patch. As the moon rose, he raised the dagger over the terrified girl writhing on the altar and screaming into her gag. He smiled down at her, then raised his arms to the waiting night.

“Arise!” He cried. “Oh Great Pumpkin, ARISE!”
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Post October 14, 2018, 09:50:36 AM

Re: October Flash Challenge - All Hallows

Got mine in!
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Post October 15, 2018, 03:58:11 AM

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I sent mine in today, after the usual useful suggestions/reviews I got from a friend...eh,eh :D
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Post October 15, 2018, 06:29:34 AM

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I have three so far. Plenty of time before Saturday, folks...
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Post October 16, 2018, 08:32:10 AM

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Posted. It's my first time doing one of these challenges so let me know if I screwed something up. Thanks.
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Post October 18, 2018, 02:14:35 PM

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I have sent mine by private message but have yet to hear back...it is still in my outbox. Let me know if the story is okay. Thanks! Bottomdweller
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Post October 18, 2018, 04:01:47 PM

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I sent mine in but have not heard back!
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