January 2023 Drabble Challenge: Cannibal

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:
Cannibal

The Submission:
Trapped, with nowhere else to go, I hunkered down in the rusted shell of a battered Ford Escort and clamped by trembling, clammy hand to my mouth. Tears leaked down my hot, sweaty cheeks as I peered, wide eyed, through the shattered window.

The hunchbacked grotesque shambled over to a workbench littered with saws, tools, and other implements I could only vague guess at. Dad lay strewn across it, one arm hanging limply over the edge, a steady trickle of blood coming from the head wound he’d received.

The wretch grunted, slobbering, as he brought a massive, dull machete down onto my father’s limp body with all the grace and poise of a drunken lumberjack. The sound, the sickening crack of bone and squeaking snap of muscle, frayed the edges of my sanity and I had to dig my nails into my face to keep from screaming out, or coughing up bile.

It was when the malformed brute brought my father’s severed arm to his drooling, misshapen mouth that I finally looked away. I dropped to the footwell of the car, stifling my vomit and my cries, as the mutated cannibal gorged himself on my father’s remains…


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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