For our Halloween contest we gave our writers the challenge of scaring us, creeping us out, thrilling us, or even making us cry. They had exactly 13 words to do so. Here are our favourites. Let us know which one you like in the comments!
"My Little Soldier,
Coming back home from the war,
Mostly in one piece"
"I waited forever - for nothing. No-one checked, no-one found me. I'm still cold." (Susan Neville)
"The fire crackled and flames glowed brightly... Now my husband was in it."
"He didn't believe in Hell or the Devil either until he died forever."
"Green Lanes. Children enter the bar with buckets, causing a nuisance. Parents watch."
"You were my favourite. I still savour the stench of your lucious corpse."
"Zombies everywhere! A plague. Hungry. Feasting. Ripping. Devouring. But they're still family."
Keep time with each exhaled breath;
A lip twitch wakes you."
"The world waited for a hero. Somebody to save us. Nobody ever came."
"She painted the walls red with blood squirting from his neck sliced deep."
"Today she realised phantoms aren't real. It's so quiet without her friends."
"Demons wait patiently to crawl from deeply embedded memories and devour my soul."
"He's trapped in space. Out of air. So why is he still screaming?"
And if you're in the mood for one more gross one...
"She delights in the maggots that crawl between his thighs... so does he."
And if you need some cheering up after that, Liam Rickard sums up Halloween as an adult...
Trick or treat
Up and down the street Bugger off cheeky little pricks
Happy Halloween from all of us here at Gathering Stories. Let us know your favourites in the comment section!
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