Two-line Lovecraftian Horror contest!

ETA: Mark Jones is the winner! His entry:

I fold, I said, tossing down my cards. She ran an obsidian tongue over red, red lips and took the pennies from my eyes.

Thanks to the group of eZine Podcast panelists and supporters who helped me choose the winner.

Win this limited tray cased edition of Revival by Stephen King, from LetterPress Publications, still shrink wrapped! It is leatherette bound and has 17 illustrations by François Vaillancourt. It sells at Abebooks for $250 plus.

How do you win? Glad you asked.

You’ve heard of two-sentence horror stories, right? Well, this contest is all about two-sentence cosmic horror stories, and/or two-sentence Lovecraftian stories! SO: in the comments below, write a two-sentence story with that theme, and I’ll select a winner on April 20, 2021.

And if you haven’t read Revival, you really should. It’s great cosmic horror, and it’s only $8.99 on Kindle.

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A synopsis of Revival, from Amazon:

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written.

Many, many thanks to Matthew Carpenter for providing the prize.

THE (NOT SO) FINE PRINT: Unfortunately, I can’t afford postage out of the United States, so I won’t be able to award a prize to anyone outside of the continental USA. Sorry, folks.

93 responses to “Two-line Lovecraftian Horror contest!

  1. The first thing they do not tell you is that your mind gets trapped inside your unresponsive body after death, permanently awake and aware as your body slowly falls to pieces.
    The second thing they do not tell you is that consent becomes meaningless.

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  2. I finally realized the power I have as a computer game designer. I could easily command thousands of MMORPG players to all participate in the same quest, recite the same spell, make the same sacrifices, all while the stars align at my command.

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  3. The mother’s final push birthed her new child into this brave new world. But as ecstatic as she was to meet her baby, for some reason she shrieked as the newborn sat up, looked her in the eye, and said “Put me back, I want to return to my other family.”

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  4. My identity will be ground to dust under the wheel of their regard long before they tire of my suffering. Faced with an eternity of this, why go on?

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  5. Slumping to the flagstone floor, begrimed with mingled blood and ash, praying for the silent boon of death, still I saw It. Hateful and vast, the Just God Awoke.

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