Friday, 29 June 2012

The Prediction - an eye for an eye

This week I've launched something which people might like to partake in called the Trading Post. Basically, a chance for people to share their skills with each other in a supportive manner. Fancy someone proofreading your novel for you, can you offer them some marketing skills or website development? Hopefully you get the gist but more details in the post below this one and I hope that it is something which works well.

Ok, on to the winners for this week. Slightly less entries than usual but the quality was as high as ever. And so hearty congratulations then to my winner who is.....

... William Davoll with Consort.  William - I thought that this was horror in the vein of the Hammer films of the sixties and seventies. Through your words we experience all the horrors of this demonic birthing and the twist of who the host is was excellently played. As John said, incredibly 'horrorful'.

And speaking of John Xero, he is my runner-up this week with Homesick. John - really loved the way you painted the scene in Homesick with such ease. A demonic slob slumped with boredom dreaming of a better existence. Great fun!

As always, my thanks to everyone for playing and congrats to William and John. Great entries from all.

The air is tense around me, the heat is rising and I think the source is the ancient tome straining at its chain in the corner. I think its hungry. Before I feed it fresh treats from the butcher, let me wrestle some words from its depths. And here they are:
  • Tacky
  • Pension 
  • Bewitch

The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy or science fiction. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 9pm (UK time) Thursday 5 July to get your entries in. The winner will be announced by 9am Friday 6 July when new words will then spill forth. If you can, please tweet about your entry using the #fridayflash #100words or #flashfiction hashtags and blog if you feel like it. Please tell your friends and do give feedback to your fellow Predictioneers - everyone appreciates it!

Let me get stuck into your tales yet again this week.....

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Trading Post

One of my favourite things about hosting The Prediction over here at Phlambler's World is the supportive nature of everyone towards each other. I wondered if there was any way in which we could take this even further and had a thought.

Everyone here has such a variety of skills and talents. It occurred to me that maybe we could trade these skills and talents with each other. No money you understand, skill for skill, talent for talent. You want someone to proofread your novel, offer up your skills at doing some design work on their author website. You want some advice on how to self-publish on Kindle, offer up some advice on story plotting.

So, in the comments boxes below, place what you would like someone to do for you and what you have to offer in exchange. Or if you just fancy helping someone out for gratis then just put an offer in as I'm sure people would appreciate it. Or make up your own rules for how to do this. I'll leave you all to work out how you want to exchange any contact details but would advise not posting directly below any information you do not want in the public domain.

Hopefully this will work well but I'm just going to leave this to grow organically rather than force it.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Trifecta: A City of Hell Chronicles Collection featuring me

I'm a little bit excited as my short story The Harlot and the Bad Man has been published by Anachron Press and is now available on Amazon.

Trifecta is set in the world of the City of Hell Chronicles where the great god Maurr has brought destruction to the earth which is now populated by giant ants. Mankind is definitely the second power here and despair is the order of the day. Trifecta follows on from Anachron's first anthology, the excellent City of Hell Chronicles, and I share pages with James Everington and Nina D'Arcangela who are both terrific writers and am grateful to editor Colin F Barnes for pulling this great little book together.

My story tells of Father Josef Friedricks who takes care of a group of young survivors in an underground bunker. Tending to these waifs and strays, he tells them the story of Sophia: a mother who has to overcome terrible odds and deception. The story is more than just a tale to entertain the kids; it’s a tale of grit, horror, and the extremes a mother is prepared to endure to survive in a world where hope seems all but forgotten.

Trifecta: A City of Hell Chronicles can be purchased as an e-book on Amazon here. I hope you enjoy it, or at least that it gives you nightmares ;-)

Friday, 22 June 2012

The Prediction - it's all kicking off

Away from The Prediction the football is moving into the quarter finals with Euro 2012 but the place where the competition is hottest is within these pages. Quality writing week in week out and so great to see the way that everyone supports each other with comments.

As well as quality writing on The Prediction, don't forget to have a read of our collaborative story Hunted and build on the story as well. Anyone welcome to contribute.

Right, on to the trophies for this week. Without further ado......

....my winner is Antonia Woodville with Through a Glass Darkly.  Antonia - this was a kaleidoscope of images that just sent my mind into overdrive. Holding a mirror up to the world and then making us walk through to the other side. As I said in my comments, a mesmerisingly poetic piece which just deserved to win.

My runner-up this week is Cindy Vaskova with her second entry Hear the Whisperer. Cindy - the way that you ratcheted up the dialogue in this piece, building the tension, was excellent. I could actually hear the voice in his (assume it is a he) head whispering those horrid notions. A disturbing read but well executed.

My congratulations to both Antonia and Cindy for their superb entries picked from amongst a host of incredible writing. Keep it coming, love reading all the offerings that grace this site.

With more offerings in mind, let me grab my mighty tome and see what words are competing for our attention this week. And here they are stripping off eager to play:
  • Wing 
  • Immortal 
  • Facet
Think you all might have a bit of fun with those!

The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy or science fiction. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 9pm (UK time) Thursday 28 June to get your entries in. The winner will be announced by 9am Friday 29 June when new words will then spill forth. If you can, please tweet about your entry using the #fridayflash #100words or #flashfiction hashtags and blog if you feel like it. Please tell your friends and do give feedback to your fellow Predictioneers - everyone appreciates it!

Let's see what creations fly forth this week.....

Friday, 15 June 2012

The Prediction - building on a theme

So often we hear Predictioneers telling each other that 'this has to become a much longer piece' or 'you must go away and expand upon this'. Back in December last year I posted this flash on Lily's The Feardom which evolved to a 2,000 word piece called Shipwrecked on Thrillers, Killers n Chillers. I would love to hear of any Prediction pieces (from here or Lily's site) you've expanded upon and where you've had them posted. I would highly recommend going to Thrillers, Killers n Chillers with stories under 2,000 words and there are some great pieces to read there too. Keep an eye out for when submissions open again.

And speaking of building on stories, a number of you have been taking part in the collaborative story I kicked off on here called Hunted. Have a read of the story so far and it would be great to see even more people getting involved with the writing!

And now for the results of last week's Prediction challenge. Drum roll please.......

....my winner is Anthony Cowin with Corridors of Meat. Anthony - this was visually stunning, such vivid description within so few words. But it wasn't just the scene you painted, it was the concept as a whole and that final reveal was chilling. I urge people to go and read this over and over again. Superb.

Two runners-up this week.

My first is Marietta Miles with The Ride. Marietta - I just really loved the use of language here as you captured the patter of the Ticket Master to perfection. Some wonderful turns of phrase and my favourite, as I said in my comments, was 'twin twinkles lit his eyes'. A most mischevious offering.

My second is Chris Allinotte as he shows us A Game. Chris - I just thought that the simplicity with which you told this tale gave it a overwhelmingly creepy feel. I was pulled into the intensity of our protagonist as they played their oh so innocent game and then 'plop'! Just shivering now thinking about it.

So congrats to Anthony, Marietta and Chris with their very different, yet wonderful, offerings. And thank you to everyone else who makes my judging so hard each and every week with such amazing tales.  I was especially taken this week with the concepts that people were playing with. Clearly labyrinth was one of those evocative words that gets the imagination firing!

Now I wonder what my little book of delights is going to send our way this week. A flick to a page here, a turn to the words there, wait a minute, I swear the book just moved itself!!! Whilst I try to get this devious tome under control, here are this week's words:
  • Supervise
  • Cash 
  • Mare
Gosh, those words look tough this week but sure you'll all rise to the challenge.
 
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy or science fiction. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 9pm (UK time) Thursday 21 June to get your entries in. The winner will be announced by 9am Friday 22 June when new words will then spill forth. If you can, please tweet about your entry using the #fridayflash #100words or #flashfiction hashtags and blog if you feel like it. Please tell your friends and do give feedback to your fellow Predictioneers - everyone appreciates it!

I look forward to seeing what riches you bring us this week.....

Friday, 8 June 2012

The Prediction - plugging the gap

With so much water around this week, I've decided to do some plugging before I get into the important act of judging last week's winners.

Firstly, Predictioneer David Barber is moving his site The Flash Fiction Offensive to pastures new. Go check out his current site and see where it is heading. The stories on there are well worth a read and maybe you'll feel like submitting something too.

Second plug is for my mate Colin Barnes' call for submissions to his latest anthology over at Anachron Press. Looking for cyber crime writing plus it's a paying market. I appear in his forthcoming anthology City of Hell Chronicles: Trifecta released later this month.

Finally, I've started a collaborative story at Phlambler's World. It's called Hunted and you're all welcome to play. Should be a lot of fun!

Right, on to the judging as I imagine you're all eager to know who my winner is this week. So, without further ado.....

....my winner is Sandra Davies with The Blacksmith's Wife Part 17. Sandra, even though part of a series, this was a real standalone piece of flash fiction and the last line really left me disturbed whilst maintaining a dignity in the writing; actions hinted at rather than explicit. Excellent writing. 

Runner-up honours this week goes to RR Kovar with her piece Parlor Tricks. Rebecca, I was just intrigued with the whole tale which gave us so much within just 100 words. This had so many threads running through it and I thought the ending was delicious. Would love to see this as a longer story.

So congrats to Sandra and Rebecca this week and my thanks to everyone else for bringing such lovely tales. I was just amazed at the variety which graced the pages this week and the imaginative use of the words was stunning!

As the rain continues to hammer down that must surely be a sign to stay inside and write?!? Fortunately my trusty book is kept moisture free as we wouldn't want those words to smudge now would we. And this week's playthings are:
  • Labyrinth 
  • Twin
  • Churn 
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy or science fiction. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 9pm (UK time) Thursday 14 June to get your entries in. The winner will be announced by 9am Friday 15 June when new words will then spill forth. If you can, please tweet about your entry using the #fridayflash #100words or #flashfiction hashtags and blog if you feel like it. Please tell your friends and do give feedback to your fellow Predictioneers - everyone appreciates it!

I hope to get lost in your tales this week.....

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Hunted - a collaborative chain story

A collaborative chain story for anyone to take part in. Please see the post below this one for the background to this and use that post to comment on this story as I want to keep the flow of the narrative uninterrupted throughout. Rules are:
  1. Be true to what others have written before; you just can't dismiss something because it doesn't fit where you thought things were going.
  2. Leave two posts between your last post and your next one to allow others to play.
I'll start us off. See the comments section for the start of the story and then post your own additions in the comments section as the mood strikes you.

Have fun!

Collaborative chain story - new writing game plus rules

In February 2011, I started up a collaborative chain story on the Geek Syndicate forums as a way to practice writing. Dion Winton-Polak, Paul Richardson and Andrew Clark all took up the challenge to write with me. There were just two rules:
  1. Be true to what others had written before; you just can't dismiss something because it doesn't fit where you thought things were going.
  2. Leave two posts between your last post and your next one to allow others to play.
The final story is in full here and it turned out pretty damn fine in the end if you ask me, especially seeing as none of us discussed the direction during the writing which took place over several months.

As we have a number of Predictioneers here at Phlambler's World writing series as part of The Prediction, I thought it would be good to fire up a new chain story with the same rules as above. I will kick it off and let's see where it takes us and anyone is welcome to take up the story at any point. To allow the story to flow I will create a separate post above for the story itself so people can comment below this current post on the story (not to give any hints of direction though!) if they feel like it.

Have fun with it!

Friday, 1 June 2012

The Prediction - jubilant celebrations

What with the gorgeous weather and the forthcoming four day weekend (UK only - sorry international friends) I could have forgiven people for sitting back and relaxing. But I'm glad you didn't with yet more cracking entries for last week's Prediction.

So, I've put on my judge's wig, and a mighty fine wig it is I must say, whilst I've scrutinised the offering from last week. Tough as ever but I have come to a decision.

I have two winners this week as I have been flicking between the two stories for a good twenty minutes now and just cannot separate them in my mind.

My first winner is newcomer Dex with his entry The Killing Field. Dex - I could envisage myself crouched down there in the cornfield with Peter as the reaper stalked him in the moonlight. Incredibly atmospheric and superbly written.

My second winner is the originator of The Prediction Lily Childs with her second entry of the week Lachrymosa. Lily - this was pitch perfect throughout and showed that horror can truly exist in the subtlest of writing with one word revealing so much at the end.

An honourable mention to John Xero as runner-up this week with Rewrite. John - this was such an imaginative piece of writing which blew me away as a concept. Top drawer.

So congrats to Dex, Lily and John, and thanks to everyone else for bringing such great tales and for supporting each other with your comments.

So, with some extra days off work to play with what words will we have to delight us? The great book has taken a regal air this evening and the 'ink' has turned from red to blue. And by royal command here are our trio of words:
  • Averse
  • Ink 
  • Trunk 
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy or science fiction. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 9pm (UK time) Thursday 7 June to get your entries in. The winner will be announced by 9am Friday 8 June when new words will then spill forth. If you can, please tweet about your entry using the #fridayflash #100words or #flashfiction hashtags and blog if you feel like it. Please tell your friends and do give feedback to your fellow Predictioneers - everyone appreciates it!

Let's see what tales we can pack in this week.....