COFFIN HOP 2012

Welcome Coffin Hoppers.

Every year a group of dedicated horror writers band together in a cross-blog event entitled COFFIN HOP.

http://coffinhop.wordpress.com/

Today, I would like to do my bit by posting my short-short tale “Beat Well”. It’s definitely my favorite Halloween yarn.

Read it once, chew on it – and then read it again. At 175 words it won’t take long.

 

This story came to my on a factory table saw. I wrote it down on a scrap of particle board. I had just watched the movie HALLOWEEN, and had the vision of those opening credits burning in my brain. I sent the story to twenty four magazines. Twenty four rejections quickly followed. The twenty fifth magazine TERROR TIME AGAIN, bought and paid for the story. It went on to be republished in SPWAO’s “best of” anthology ALPHA GALLERY; and David Kubicek’s original anthology OCTOBER DREAMS. I use the story all the time in my high school writing workshops to demonstrate the use of multiple voices in a story. Enjoy.

Beat Well

Let’s play a trick…
DONTCALLME…
on old punkinhead.
THAT.
nyah nyah punkinhead
YOU BROKE IT.
nyah nyah pun…
I GOT YOU NOW.
letgoletgoletgo
I’LL SHOW YOU A TRICK, I’ll SHOW YOU

* * *

(I remember poppy, he showed me how, he showed me first. First you slice opent the top. Dig out the pulp, thank god no seeds. Gouge out eyes, nose, and mouth. There. Oh. One more thing. There. Jack o’ lanterns.)

* * *

Old John lived way up on Carpenter’s Hill, so it wasn’t until morning when they found them. Propped against old John’s freshly whitewashed fence, staring sightlessly down upon the town below. The town where they had lived. The three boys still wore the costumes their folks bought at the five and dime. Shattered upon the ground was the remains of a broken jackolantern. The boys were dead. Hidden within the skull of each boy was a tiny candle, flickering quietly, where once only childish dreams burned. They found old John in the kitchen, making pumpkin pie.

THE END

 

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If you liked this particular yarn why not check out my latest e-book release, FLASH VIRUS – EPISODE ONE.

 

 

The end of the world – as told by a teenager.

You can read more about FLASH VIRUS – EPISODE ONE right here!

https://stevevernonstoryteller.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/flash-virus-episode-one-a-preview/

Episode two is due out later this week.

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

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5 responses to “COFFIN HOP 2012

  1. That was sooo creepy. A great story

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  2. Oh my … this was gripping and actually made me feel a little ill.
    I did read it through, got to the end (which made me gasp), then went back and saw how it all fit together. Great writing, Steve!

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  3. Damn kids! Happy Halloween, Steve!

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