Hello! My horror-expert judge, Mr. Dan Dillard has spoken. Take it away, Dan…
This was tougher than I thought—good ideas in each! Soooo…I just went with my gut and since I was afraid of the thing under my childhood bed, a thing that is still there when I wake in the night…
DRAMATIS NOCTURNE by Ken MacGregor
Cool story that teaches that thing all high school jocks learn when they get to college—Don’t be cocky—there’s always a bigger fish! Or in this case, bloodsucking creature of the night.
THE SIGHS OF SHADOWS by Shane Wilson
Nothing, and I mean nothing, ruins a good shag like being sucked into the shadows by a monstrous thing and added into some paranormal stew like so many chopped carrots. And the horror of forever watching someone you perhaps loved, who perhaps loved you, being loved by others, is a lot to take digest.
BOOGEYMAN by Sean Kozma
Children in peril can be formidable opponents. A fun, quick adventure that is creepy and sad and gave me an entire story, but left me with questions—wanting more pages to read. I just wonder what will happen to Pia? Will the orphan grow up a slayer of monsters–is this battle even over?
Honorable Mention: OLEFEN RECIPE by Konstantine Paradias
Cool ick factor—and we all know I love a good dead baby or a cannibal buffet, but were these humans being used in the recipes or something else? Who is the bad guy…and who is the victim? It was a little clinical.
Congratulations to Sean Kozma for his piece, Boogeyman. All stories were great and kept the spirit of Halloween. Thanks to Regina West for picking little ol’ me.
Thank you, Dan! This judging business is hard work, so I’m happy to hand it off. Go follow Dan:
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Congratulations and keep writing!