I had a blast hopping from one blog to the next, participating to great contests and making my own. And then, after the trick and treating, comes the post sugar-rush: picking winners.
You ALL did such a great job, I found myself having a *slight* panic attack as to choose 3 stories that chilled my bones, since they all did. You guys are utterly original, unique, talented writers, and I feel honored you participated to my contest.
1st PLACE: REN WAROM
I’m standing here. And the rain falls. Gathers in puddles huge enough to drown a house. Swallow it whole. My hair, my clothes, plastered down like they’re glued to me. There’s a hollow ring as the downpour clatters across the top of a corrugated roof. Sounds like gunfire. Like the end of the world.
Lights pierce the shroud of rainfall. They watch me, giant yellow eyes. I hear tyres on gravel, crunching loud as the shatter of bones, and we’re illuminated. The door flies open, Gina stumbles out, mouth wide as a puddle. She runs to me, falls to her knees, arms out. And I hear myself shouting.
‘I tried to make her look right. I tried to fix her. But she wouldn’t stick together.’
2nd PLACE: MILO JAMES FOWLER
Clowns Don’t Really Smile
Our slack jaws
And wait for you to
Accidentally make eye contact…
3rd PLACE: LAURI MARTIN
There’s a house like any other house, except for the bear skull hanging above the front door, and the knocker resembling a giant skinned knuckle.
On Halloween we’d skip this house, but one year a pack of us ran to the door. Buck, bolstered by his Superman costume, rang the bell. It sounded like a hornet swarm. I froze. The others ran off.
She’s clever, Mrs. Shyer. Made a wreath out of me. Used paint and shoe polish so my bones look fake. I hang outside year-round now. Sometimes at Christmas she puts a red bell between my teeth.
***A SPECIAL MENTION to JANICE NEWTON and her creepy three entries***
November 1st, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Oh my….THEY’RE FABULOUS!! Congrats you guys!!!
November 1st, 2011 at 12:43 pm
Congrats to all the winners! Awesome stories! 🙂
November 1st, 2011 at 12:49 pm
What, my funny one didn’t win? 😉 lol! Soooo many awesome entries, I’m glad I got to read them all and not have to choose. “mouth wide as a puddle” though, that line alone won for me. Totally picked that as my fav.
Nice job all! 🙂
November 1st, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Great contest, Anne. It was fun to participate and to read the other entries. Congratulations to the winners. I hope one of them gives Aleister a good home.
November 1st, 2011 at 1:52 pm
Wow! I’m so excited. Thanks Anne!
November 1st, 2011 at 1:57 pm
Congratulations to the winners! Yay Lauri Martin! We’ve been writers group buddies for almost 10 years now!
November 1st, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Very fine stories, all three! Congrats to the winners 🙂
November 1st, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Oooh, I won! YAY! *does naked skippy type dance around the room – giggling when the neighbour collapses*
Was well nice to come back from suffering through ‘Johnny English – Reborn’ to this. Made my day it has 🙂 You just know I’m going to choose the awesomely gofftastic skelly-vamp, Aleister. My goff-dar would beat the evil dead out of me if I didn’t.
I’s got yer email, milady, Shall I forward me longitude and latitude so Aleister can fly over? SO excited! *beams*
November 2nd, 2011 at 5:35 am
Fab winners Anne…Congrats to them…Love that poem…I had lots of fun too…
November 4th, 2011 at 4:05 am
Well done peeps. Congrats on your success. Good fun to enter and test some of my basic skills too.