Flash Horror Friday is a writing challenge that I invented some time ago and have always had a lot of fun with. The goal is to write as many flash fiction (less than 1000 words) horror stories as possible on Friday the 13th. It usually comes around once or twice a year. The most recent edition was 13 November 2020.
I used to post the raw, unedited stories throughout the day but in true 2020 style, that didn’t quite work out this year, so Flash Horror Friday bled into the weekend and eventually got swallowed by November.
Despite this slight skewing of my plans – a feeling I think we are all quite familiar with this year! – I still really enjoyed the challenge and, as always, I got a couple of pieces out of it that I think have potential.
Our Lady, the Undoer of Knots is a classic case of accidental inspiration. A writer friend tweeted how she’d tried to brush her hair with her computer mouse. I misread this as an actual mouse and a prompt was born. I started the story the Friday, but it refused to be contained within 1000 words and rather than trying to force it to fit, I decided to let it be the length it needs to be and I’m still working on it. I’ll post it when it’s done.
Rest in Peace is complete and in the spirit of the challenge, I am posting it whilst it’s still raw and relatively unedited. Here is the link. I didn’t realise at the time that I was writing two stories that, whilst drastically different, sort of mirror each other – both featuring mothers, and knots, one tying and one untying.
One of the things I love about this challenge is how themes (if you can call two stories a theme) sometimes emerge without even thinking about it.
The next Flash Horror Friday will be 13 August 2021 and I’m already looking forward to it. Anyone and everyone who would like to join in is more than welcome.
That feels like a long way away, so perhaps I will dig out a couple of favourites from challenges of yore and share them in the meantime.
Keep an eye out on the Here Be Stories page!