By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something different this way comes.*
This week, on Odd Prompts, we’re honoring Halloween. The spookiest time of year, when darkness reigns and winds whip through a lonely man with a blaze of fallen color and cold rain. Women shiver and huddle in their safe houses, protecting children ill-content to stay inside.
Until the darkness comes, of course, creeping in as inky shadows. Waiting…
So this week, rather than a rousing round of traded prompts and spares, we present to you a single Halloween-themed prompt. Give us your horror, your unimaginables, your inconceivables. Delight us with the shuddering laughter of a misperception you choose to believe when reality is too far broken to stand. Feed us your screams and stolen glimpses of safety, too far away to touch. Take us trick-or-treating through childhood innocence, before the monsters become real.
This week, everyone’s prompt is:
In the shadow of the hanged man was…
Leave your Samhain offerings in the comments. And that low, rolling laughter that made your spine crawl just now? Definitely not us. Nor the monster under your bed.
It’s the monster in the attic that should worry you.
*With all apologies to the Bard himself, of course.
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