Monday, 2 January 2012

Plans... and a little piece of horror

Yesterday, the first day of 2012 I discovered I'd won a monthly writing challenge on Talkback, the online forum of the UK's Writing Magazine. Not only was that a great start to the year, but the piece I'd written was adapted from the novel I put to one side early last year. I'd been toying with picking it back up again, and winning the comp has given me the kick up the backside to finish it during 2012.

Wish me luck!

To celebrate this positive plan, I wrote the following horror drabble this morning. I hope you enjoy it...

Silence of a Bloody Drum

“Once you sign up you can’t back out.”

Boyd didn’t hesitate.

“Where’s the contract?”

“Nod three times and we have an agreement. Un, deux, trois...”

Pain seared through Boyd’s skull. Ear wax melted and dripped like water as the creature held him to its mouth and sucked the molten liquid onto its pointed tongue. It spat the clod onto a mound and immediately attacked the other side to repeat the process.

Boyd screamed.

As he left the room the demon added a further squat tentacle to its sculpture.

“Same time next week,” it whispered.

The words rang in Boyd’s ears.


  1. Nice one, Lily. Well done with the comp AND good luck with the novel. I'm sure you'll get it back on track and whip it into fantastic shape.

    Great little story to start my day too.

    All the very best for 2012 to you and your family! I'm sure it'll be a great year for you all. xx

  2. Congratulations on the win and, even more, for deciding to get busy on your novel agains. Gawd, that's got to be the toughest thing. Get 'er done, girl!

    That melty ear waxey slurpy thing was ooey gooey good... goes great with my poached eggs, I must say. :)

  3. many congratulations! Tried to get in earlier to post this but blogger wouldn't let me, or my system or there was a conspiracy between the two of them... which I would not put past them. Paranoid, me?
    And this is a great little story. Now get busy with that novel!

  4. Congrats on the win! I'm with David in wishing you the best on the book as well.

    Loved the story - might be something wrong with me though - I read "tentacle" as "testicle" like three times before I got it right! Superb short!


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