January 2023 Drabble Challenge: Clock

Horror PromptsGillian Church is hosting a horror drabble challenge this January: 31 prompts for 31 creepy tales throughout January that clock in at around 100 words.

The Prompt:
Clock

The Submission:
All day long, every day, for thirty-five years the grandfather clock would stand in the corner of the room, ticking away.

Minute after minute, hour after hour.

Ticking. Incessantly, chipping away at every moment, like a piece of apple caught between his teeth, driving him mad.

He thought he could drown it out with drinks, sex, even kids. And, for a time, on occasion, it would work. The sounds of life filled the house and, for one mad minute, he thought it’d worked.

But beneath it all was always that constant ticking. Muted, but ever present.

Even when he took the knife to them, splitting them open, spraying their life’s blood across the room in a frenzied rage and revelling in their agonised screams…

The ticking of the clock

            would

                         not

                                    stop


What did you think to the prompt for today’s drabble challenge? Did you submit anything for it? Have you ever written any flash fiction before? I’d love to know what you think to my snippets and writing prompts, so feel free to sign up and let me know what you think below or leave a comment on my Instagram page. You can also follow Gillian Church to take part in her Weekly Writing Prompt challenge.

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