Thursday, December 10, 2015


Thanks to both competitors for joining us this week and disrupting our sleep. If you missed either of the stories, go read them here. They are both excellent - and disturbing. Here's what the judge had to say:

Special Challenge Champion
Bill @bsbowens, “Tabbi's First”

This is such a sad, horrific little tale, with a whole lot of unanswered questions. It’s the best kind of horror tale, when the reader’s imagination works overtime to create and test a backstory. Tabbi’s going to need therapy for a long, long time, I suspect. Thank you for adopting the challenge, not one particularly well suited to horror.

Grand Champion
Steph Ellis @el_Stevie, “A World Away”

Steph was wise (I think) to pass on that challenge; adopting it would have probably hurt this story. Lillian got the therapy, but it didn’t “take,” on the face of things. What follows is a wild blend of Goldilocks (“and this one is just right!”) and Jame Gumb’s Woman Suit (“She stood in front of the bathroom mirror, slipping the scalped tresses over the bareness of her own skull.”) Creepy and disturbing, Steph, bravo—now please take her away to a nice, comfortably padded room.

I loved both tales, actually. (In my humble) both were excellent examples of horror.

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