Horror House Wednesday Flash Fiction Contest #3

**While new prompts will no longer be posted, please indulge in any prompt here that peaks your interest. You can link it down below or create a ping-back.

Hello and welcome back! We are on week number three of the Horror House Flash Fiction Contest.


This week’s prompt is a painting:

Free stock image from Shutterstock. The picture belongs to Matt Gibson.

You can submit your entries in this comment section or even put a link of the piece from your blog in the comments, and I will decide on a winner the next Tuesday—the day before the prompt starts over again. Everyone’s entries will be included in a separate post, aside from the winner.

You can make it into any genre you want, you can use explicit language, violence, horror and gore. But please nothing discriminatory, racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semitic, prejudice or harmful/demeaning to a group of people.

Have fun with it, and happy writing!

  39 comments for “Horror House Wednesday Flash Fiction Contest #3

  1. June 24, 2020 at 6:52 am

    This made me think of my flash piece THE LOCH NESS MONSTER

    https://raedvdr.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/the-loch-ness-monster/

    Liked by 2 people

    • June 24, 2020 at 8:53 am

      A very intriguing piece! I enjoyed reading it very much. Would you like to enter it in this contest?

      Liked by 1 person

  2. June 24, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Is there a word limit?

    Liked by 2 people

    • June 24, 2020 at 9:04 am

      Nope, not anymore. 😀

      Though, anything up to or under 1,000 words should be good just so it can still be considered a flash fiction piece.

      Liked by 1 person

    • June 24, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      I was wondering that too; thanks for asking

      Liked by 2 people

  3. June 24, 2020 at 9:33 am

    My boyfriend hooked a mermaid.

    He asked me if I wanted to go fishing and I told him not to go because we were under a tornado warning. The sky looked ominous but he insisted the fish would be biting so I went along and sat in the back of the van to work on a watercolor while he fished from the beach. I was just glad he didn’t take the boat out. I heard him yell, “I got something big!” The rod was bending. It was too heavy for the line. Then a head popped up from under the water and screamed so loud it sounded amplified! I ran out and cut the line. We saw a big fin flip and go under. At first he was mad at me for releasing it. He said no one would believe him. Then it started pouring and we got drenched before we made it back to the van. We drove over to the other side of the bay and stopped in our favorite cafe. They heard the scream from over there but still didn’t believe us.

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  4. June 24, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    My first time here Lucy. I hope you like it 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 24, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Welcome to the Horror House! Please do enjoy your stay.

      What an excellent entry for the contest. Wow! I love the background of it as well, and the ending was absolutely perfect. Just my type of dark humor. Hahaha. I enjoyed reading this very much!

      Liked by 1 person

      • June 24, 2020 at 2:38 pm

        I had great fun writing it! Smiling evily as I wrote.
        Thank you Lucy. It wasn’t my usual but I do love Dark Humour. 😊💜
        I’m so happy you enjoyed it.

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  5. juliekarey
    June 25, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Hi Lucy, love this contest you’ve got going 😊👍👍. I have a story for you. I’m wondering, can I include the prompt picture in my post, and who can I credit if so?

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 25, 2020 at 11:48 pm

      Hi Julie. I’m so glad to hear that!

      You can include the prompt picture in your post as it’s a free stock image. Now I originally could not find the artist but I just did a reverse image search and it appears to belong to Matt Gibson: https://www.shutterstock.com/g/mattgibson

      When I get the chance, I will update the post with this information. 🙂

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      • juliekarey
        June 25, 2020 at 11:53 pm

        Thanks Lucy! That’s awesome 😁

        Liked by 1 person

  6. June 26, 2020 at 8:21 am

    I didn’t originally plan on it being grimdarky. I originally started to write a vignette bit about a black sheep teen running away from a family gathering to get talked into being tough by an older cousin or sibling. But this is what I came out instead:

    https://walksinshadows.wordpress.com/2020/06/26/locusts/

    /shrug/

    So it goes…

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 26, 2020 at 9:39 am

      This was such an enjoyable read. I really liked the build up in the middle, the tension was really high. Very intriguing story! It’s a great take on the prompt.

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  7. June 26, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    I thought I’d entered, but can’t see it, so… this is part of a series I’m working on 🙂

    https://minimalprose.com/2020/06/25/empty-spaces-series-n3/

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 26, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      Great entry! I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for entering. 😀
      I would love to read more of this series in the future.

      Liked by 1 person

      • June 26, 2020 at 3:11 pm

        Glad you enjoyed! I’m writing one a day for a week. Just finished number 4 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • June 26, 2020 at 3:16 pm

        Well then, I got some catching up to do!

        Like

      • June 26, 2020 at 3:21 pm

        Haha it’s surprisingly hard writing fiction every day!!

        Liked by 1 person

  8. June 27, 2020 at 4:04 am

    Hi Lucy- gonna stick to my shtick;
    Boat Rides By Dolos.
    The black clouds rolled away in a magical way,
    The high roiling waves subsided to a sullen grey,
    Borne on them, a slow moving small empty boat,
    But no, not empty, brimful of water, yet still afloat.
    One waxen hand clung hard to the boats white side,
    One last death grip, clinging fast tho’ hope had died,
    When from above came the last low grumbling of thunder;
    Only then the hand loosed its hold and a wave swept it under.
    Ah, but was it the whims of tide or Poseidon’s hand
    That left the plucky boat beached high yon dry land?
    And by what strange mischance had that precious oar
    Serendipitously washed up and been tossed up to shore?
    Down to the sands young Jason came,
    A youth still, keen to make himself a name,
    Though no sailor, he be thick and strong of limb,
    It seemed the Gods above had smiled down on him!
    From wherever man journeys, wherever we wend
    Chronos keeps counting, and all journeys must end,
    So beware, young mortal, where Charon’s skiff awaits-
    There’s no free ride when you’re in these dire straights.

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  9. PatBunny
    June 28, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Hello Lucy! Here’s mine:
    patbunnyblog.wordpress.com/2020/06/28/untitled/

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 28, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      Hi PatBunny! Thank you for your entry.
      What an excellent story. I enjoyed reading it, especially with the ending.

      Liked by 1 person

      • PatBunny
        June 28, 2020 at 3:46 pm

        Thank you 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  10. June 29, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Hi Lucy, managed to finish another story despite procrastination habits. 😅

    Took advantage of the flexible word count too, this one’s a bit longer.

    https://monacularspectacular.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/the-one-that-got-away/

    Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 29, 2020 at 7:37 am

      I enjoyed this very much. So entertaining and then tragic at the end. Wow! Excellent story here.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. June 29, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Naww cheers Lucy, your prompt competition is great for getting the creative juices flowing 😅

    Liked by 1 person

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