Flash-fiction rules: – Write a horror story – narrative or dialogue – in 33 words or less, without the words blood, scream, died, death, knife, gun, or kill.

A picture paints a thousand words – so, no images or it would total 1,033 words!


Related Links, all 33 words or less:












  1. You’re really talented at these, Eric; packing so much story into so few words. Actually, I still vividly remember your one, Demon Child which I read 6 months or so ago. I’m sure I’ll remember this one just as well.

    1. David,

      Coming from a master of fiction such as you, this is high praise indeed and one which I will cherish. I am confident of relishing more of your craft.

      Glad that my attempts had etched a small mark in your memory bank.

      All good wishes and thoughts,

    1. Hello Soumya dear,
      Yes, I tend to write more of the dark side though once in a while, I surprise myself.
      I see your poetry is coming along just fine — will be popping over soon.
      Cheers, Eric

  2. Whee, fun! Warning, this one’s a tear-jerker…


    Tiny red sneaker dangling nervelessly from one shaking hand, she stood frozen in shock, half in and half out of the patio door, her other hand fumbling her cellphone from her pocket. “911?”


    Thanks for the challenge…been playing the “100 word” challenges, but this is the shortest piece I’ve done yet. Hope it works!


      1. Thanks! Yeah, I think that might be my shortest -prose- anyway. in my poems i’ve of course done some tanka form and haiku form stuff that’s smaller…but i seriously need to work on my small writing skills. See? Even in comments i rattle on. Thanks again for the challenge!


  3. These teasers are a great exercise and you certainly konw how to tease with evocative words. However, I like a complete story – preferably NOT spooky. Here is my contribution:
    Toxic gas plumed through the gunshot holes in the locked car. Its yellow swirls wafted toward her face and seeped through her fingers. She coughed violently as its first intake irritated her lungs.
    Cheerio, Jane

  4. Fun challenge! I’ve tried something similar with 50 words and learned that 50 words are precious little. With only 33 you did a great job painting the scene.

  5. Interesting challenge Eric, Must give the saw dust a shake and see what falls out!
    Glad to have found your page, must check out your published work – will forward on your postings to others of similar interest if that is ok?

    1. Hello CJ,

      I’m intrigued and look forward to your contribution, saw dust and all 🙂 Simply include your flash-fiction in the “Comment” as what “Ditrie Sanchez” has done. And don’t forget to include your pingback so that my readers can check out your blog – as they wish.

      Feel free to spread it around to others in your neck of the woods – am looking forward to their contributions and pingbacks.

      Cheers, Eric

  6. Hey, February is a month for Love, not a horror/halloween month.
    Anyway this one is gory, not spooky like your previous postings.
    Poor wolf, always the suspect. LOL.

    1. I like your comment Ian. There is more than what first catches the eye – but that’s you 🙂

      You are so right. What we discover might not always be the ultimate answer but a step towards the next. A journey more than a destination, perhaps.

  7. This was a fun challenge, although coming up with a situation that didn’t involve blood was almost too easy for me. I wonder what that says about my writing. Not sure if you wanted us to include links, but I linked back to this post in my response, so I’m sure you’ll find it out there. Cheers.

    “Now alone, eerie chants rose from behind her.
    Hesitating, she spun around and saw a pallid child with his mouth sewn shut.
    As she fainted, something caught her.
    It was cold.”

    1. Thank you for your contribution. Thoroughly enjoyed it and updated in your ‘comment’. It leaves the reader “cold”.

      I also left the link back to your Blog for those of my readers who want to check out your other posts.

    1. But of course Susan.

      Police labs routinely carry out DNA checks – but not carbon dating which remains mostly in the realm of archaeology. The next time, before they put down a death “due to animal attack” – perhaps if they carbon dated the fur fragments — perhaps —

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