Thank you to everyone who wrote with us at @horrorprompt this year, and to all of you who’ve been writing with us since 2016! Here are the 2021 #HorrorPromptAwards🏆 winners!
January 2021 – @DarkLordMatabu
Come then, the collector,
With your words made of red
And your eyes made of fire
I am readied for your hands,
Your fingers are already here
At the muscles of my throat,
Tattooed in deep and sinful ink
By the teeth of my last death.
Originally tweeted by @DarkLordMatabu on January 10, 2021.
February 2021 – @FortunatusL
When the explosion hit,she felt reverberations of the blast wave in her bones as ears popped, bleeding. The walls fell in blinding light, spitting concrete and broken glass. As she held her arms in defense,the floor gave way, and she was sucked into oblivion.
Originally tweeted by @FortunatusL on February 26, 2021.
March 2021 – @caytlyn_brooke
I learned to lock away my emotions from a young age. Mother was quick to remind me if my mask slipped, beating me until the tears stopped. As I carve her limbs, separating flesh from bone, I try to keep the mask in place, but the urge to smile is hard to resist
Originally tweeted by @caytlyn_brooke on March 26, 2021.
April 2021 – @SkittishR
Fallen way too deep
My dying declaration
Will astonish death
Originally tweeted by @SkittishR on April 12, 2021.
May 2021 – @InkedReflection
heard creatures gnawing
bloodlust frayed history…
Originally tweeted by @InkedReflection on May 26, 2021.
June 2021 – @ThePuckishPen
lift music box’s lid
cranking the gears
ballerina spins to
a clockwork song
behind tiny dancer
of trapped, corrupted souls
who distort music
to shrieking wails
siphoning youthful life force
Originally tweeted by @ThePuckishPen on June 24, 2021.
July 2021 – @SkittishR
Overwhelming grief lays low
It rebels in time
Originally tweeted by @SkittishR on July 25, 2021.
August 2021 – @ChaOFarrell
Growing up, we lived near a slaughterhouse.
The squeals haunt my nightmares, 35 years on. That awful sound.
“Do you feel sorry for them?” I asked my sister once.
“They knew they weren’t supposed to criticise the government. What did they expect?”
Originally tweeted by @ChaOFarrell on August 23, 2021.
September 2021 – @Sia_Writes
The floorboards creaked under his bare feet. His alert eyes scanned the room. I crouched into the dark corner, hiding from his gaze. The clock ticked away, two minutes to 3:00am. I raked the sharp tip of my knife against the wall. Time was running out… for him.
Originally tweeted by @Sia_Writes on September 13, 2021.
October 2021 – @ThePuckishPen
alone at midnight
eldritch howls echoing
across windswept moors
Originally tweeted by @ThePuckishPen on October 10, 2021.
November 2021 – @paulphillips44
The melodies that play in my head are known as earworms,
from the German, no?
But now the real Ohrwurm
worries deeply in my brain,
how those stolen tunes
are strangers to me –
of necrotic inevitability.
Originally tweeted by @paulphillips44 on November 24, 2021.
December 2021 – @LexiIsAWriter
Cockroach singed in pan
Wishes curdled, lethargy
Alone with the crows
Inner spunk off course
Too quick to trust Nowhere’s train
Originally tweeted by Lexi Lefevre (@LexiIsAWriter) on December 30, 2021.