January 2023 Drabble Challenge: Beard

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:

The Submission:
The four girls sat around the board, giggling; their fingertips were pressed to the planchette and they chanted, drunkenly, gibberish in hopes of calling forth spirits from beyond.

Sophie had found the game hidden at the back of the loft earlier that day; it had been stuffed in a box of her mother’s things, so she hesitated to take it and didn’t dare ask her father about it.

Instead, she’d simply spirited it away to use with her friends, part of her wondering if her mother would make contact and part of her convinced it was all an urban legend popularised by bad movies.

However, when the candles flickered out and the room grew unearthly cold, Sophie’s fears grew. First, she heard the sound of slow, plodding hooved feet; then a gangly shadow shambled from the darkness, two red eyes glared, and wispy beard drooping from a grotesque visage of pus and sores.

“Who summoned me…?” it growled, one gnarled talon curled in rage.

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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