Off-topic: Trifecta Writing Challenge: 33-word Horror Story

Chris (Random Deviations) recommended that I sneak in an entry to the Trifecta Writing Challenge:

Write a horror story in 33 words, without the words blood, scream, died, death, knife, gun, or kill.’

Devoid of something useful to fill a few hundred words with this weekend, the 33 words limit seemed attractive.

“Morbid lives entwined.
When ghouls leave behind,
They think they see what may not be.
Darkness looms, where Light should be.
In the growing shadows, perception blinds,
An eerie illusion befriends their mind.”

– HaLin

Quite a task to convey a story in 33 words. Even more so, when one is a zero in verses. Or story telling.

Let’s hope shivers run up a few spines. At least.


24 thoughts on “Off-topic: Trifecta Writing Challenge: 33-word Horror Story

  1. The idea of it is is very original. I surprised myself by discovering that 33 words give you infinite possibilities. The task is tough, intriguing and dramatic.

  2. You can quote me on it, too.
    Better yet, I give you the rights to use it as you please.
    Le Clown

  3. Well done. Great effort and you’re right – it is challenging and fun.

    I’ll take up this 33-word idea and shall post them next week, after Easter..

    Cheers, Eric

    1. Thank you! I don’t know either. Sometimes, these things just well up in your head, leaving you wondering later how it turned out that way.

      It is a completely new genre for me (conveying ideas using short word limits).

      1. will be waiting for your next piece. i think some thing is wrong with my blog, you can clarify it, when i was checking my hotmail account i think i saw a comment made by you on “Touch my tail” but there is none. did i read it wrong or the comment vanished?

      2. I left a comment. No idea why it does not appear. Seems to be some problem with WP. Did you accidentally trash it, by chance? 🙂

      3. uh huh, i noted the comment in hotmail, i did not even logged in in wordpress that day, next day when i logged in i did not see any comments, thats why i got a little confused whether i was correct or not.

        it quite often happens with me atleast, i see comments in the hotmail, but when i check in the blogs the comments are not there or i post a comment in someone’s blog and when i later visit his/her blog i note that the comment has just vanished.

        does it happens with you too?

  4. Thanks so much for linking up with Trifecta this week. Hope to see you back on Monday (10 am Eastern) for the new prompt and some exciting news about the changes Trifecta is making to spread the word about our writing community.

  5. the problem is happening in other blogs too, i posted half a dozen comments in one of my friend’s blogs, today when i checked back all have vanished. fantastic, is not it?

  6. Randomly stumbled across this – we were trying to do something similar, but with 30 words. Not in verse though – got to say yours is very impressive!

    Our poor effort was…
    Trapped underground. The light fades, as does the air. I hear a noise, sense movement. Lights go out. Missing home. A futile struggle. Last gasp. Legs twitch. Stillness. Silence. Darkness.

    1. Appreciate you stopping by and digging deep into the labyrinthine innards of my WordPress page.

      Thank you for the appreciation, this was one of those rare moments when the rhyme overpowers prose!

      Yours is a very good effort, succinct story for the time challenged. I thought 33 was tough, 30 is tougher. You should probably try expanding your 30-word write-ups. I know a few gifted bloggers that you could come across, through it.

      Look forward to reading you. Cheers!

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