Halloween Fable 6: The Girl and the Woodpecker

Tula sat up in bed. “Mom, the damn woodpecker’s back!” While she was only nine, she’d been mimicking her grandfather’s favorite curse word since the age of three. The red headed bird had been drilling into the siding outside Tula’s bedroom shortly after dawn for weeks. Tula pulled on the sheets, frustrated she wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep on a Saturday morning. She needed her rest. It was Halloween, and her mother … Read more

Halloween Fable 5: The Old Groundskeeper and Death

Gustov paused to listen to the muffled moans and groans outside the window of the groundskeeper’s shack. On a warm end to the October nights at the graveyard, he preferred not to know which sounds were from the living and which were from the dead. As keeper of the graveyard for over fifty years, he knew it was safer to stay in the shack this close to midnight on Halloween. In ten short minutes, as … Read more

Halloween Fable 4: The Girl and the High Heels

“How can you expect me to wear the same princess costume as last year, Mother.” Lisa put her hands on her hips. “I told you last weeks, I want to be a sexy black cat.” “And I told you, there’s no chance you’re getting out the door in a tight leotard, showing off all your lady bits.” Her mother picked a pair of bright pink pumps off the thrift store shoe rack. They were so … Read more

Halloween Fable 3: The Pumpkin and the Jinn

As the sun reached its highest and hottest point above the Boulder Creek Farm, a ripening pumpkin cursed his life with boisterous sobs. A tiny mouse, darting along the dried vines, climbed upon the pumpkin and whispered at his stump, “Tell me, poor sir, why are you so unhappy?” “How could you possibly understand the tortures of a moored life?” the pumpkin said. “You can scurry under a rock to avoid the blistery days and … Read more

Halloween Fable 2: The Old Man and the Old House

A raw egg splattered against the old man’s brown grocery bag as he hobbled toward his walk. He scanned his Dutch Colonial house and surrounding trees, finding he was the only target. At least for now. He shook his knuckly fist at the teens standing in the street. “Trick my house tonight and this will be the year I kill you idiots!” “Screw you, Mr. Outhouse!” Kyle yelled back at him. The teen spun around … Read more

Halloween Fable 1: The Boy, the Bully and the Apples

Alvin dunked his head into the ice cold water for the fifth time, his mouth open and teeth chomping at the twirling apples. If only he could pluck one by the stem. Some may consider it cheating, but all that mattered was ending his turn before the other kids grew frustrated. “He’ll never get one,” Carl said from behind in his raspy and forced pirate’s voice. A strong grip squeezed Alvin’s shoulders, and a heaviness … Read more

Lessons for Kittens

The kittens looked on while their mother jumped into the baby carriage. “Don’t be afraid, my darlings. Come join me and watch my technique,” she meowed in a variable pitch. “First you exhale and approach cautiously so as not to wake the sleeping child. Next inhale deeply while you steal the baby’s breath. The 55 Word Challenge is a contest to write a story in 55 words or less. The challenge runs every Wednesday, beginning … Read more

Make Him Take This Pill and I’ll Call You in the Morning

Molly slumped in her chair. She was feeling weaker this morning and could barely lift her arms to scratch the constant itching sensation on her neck. Her husband sat beside her in their doctor’s office, and she wished Dr. Lewis would hurry up. He was already ten minutes late. A damn doctor should be on time to his appointments, especially when delivering a prognosis. Her husband, Bill, reached over and took her hand. “No matter … Read more

Fine Chopper Art

This week’s 55 Word Challenge is to write a story about how the survivors of the apocalypse have fun with zombies. I went the creative arts route. The artist examined the outline of the Mona Lisa he copied from memory onto the wall. “Now we glue the zombie teeth on the drawing,” he said. “The tricky part is matching the shades of decay to the original piece by Leonardo da Vinci.” “What is this called … Read more

Story a Day in May

I just joined Story a Day in May today. I had found this event last year and put it on the Visionary Press calendar, but forgot about it until I checked email this morning and found the reminder. At first I posted I wished I had time to do this event. Then I realized that was an excuse and decided to make time. This is the perfect challenge for me right now. I even dragged … Read more

Thoughts of Foul Boys

ABOUT THE ARTIST Neilan Thunblom is a 4th grader at Meadow Point Elementary. He enjoys listening to music, playing on his computer, and playing the piano. He also enjoys taking photographs and drawing pictures of nature. For the above picture, Neilan used the fall leaves to set the background for his dad’s art pieces. The brain piece looks like it comes out of a skull as a Halloween theme. Neilan created this photo for a … Read more