Black Hole Pocket

“Give evil nothing to oppose/ and it will disappear by itself.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching Writing Prompt: Raven got the sweatshirt from goodwill. She just needed something to keep warm and had forgotten her jacket at home. It was comfy and a little big, just the way she liked it. Sitting at her desk, she …

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A Haunting Past

Sir Thomas Sharpe: “A house as old as this one becomes, in time, a living thing. It starts holding onto things... keeping them alive when they shouldn't be. Some of them are good; some of them bad... Some should never be spoken about again."—Guillermo Del Toro, Crimson Peak Writing Prompts: The house held on to …

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Crime Scene Investigation

"Trent imagined the boy's mother inspecting him prior to his departure for headquarters, checking his fingernails, perhaps. Checking the fingernails himself as they shook hands, Trent found that there was no evidence of their having been bitten. An indication. Everything was an indication." -Robert Cormier, The Rag and Bone Shop Writing Prompt: Charles had been …

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Monster Makers

"Our attitude to the monster is frequently ambivalent: although society teaches us to be morally appalled by its terrible deeds, rarely is the monster presented as wholly unsympathetic. Indeed, part of us takes delight in its actions and identifies with them."—Shohini Chaudhuri, The Monstrous-Feminine Writing Prompt: Today, we're making monsters! Monsters vary wildly from humanoid …

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