Back last year I contributed to an anthology of drabbles called 100 Word Horrors. I’d never written a drabble until then, but found it a lot of fun as well as a good exercise. When you only have 100 words, you have to be concise and make every word count. The format is one I enjoy, and I’ve dabbled (drabbled?) in it quite a lot since.
Fast forward a few months and editor Kevin Kennedy is at it again.
Introducing… 100 Word Horrors 2.
How’s this for an awesome cover?
My contribution this time around, Hitori Kakurenbo, is a spin-off from my recently completed (and as yet unpublished) novella Tethered. It isn’t set in the same universe, nor does it feature any of the same characters, but the two stories are linked because they both concern creepy internet rituals. Translated from Japanese, Hitori Kakurenbo means ‘One person hide and seek.’ Or something along those lines. I’ll be giving the game away if I divulge too much here, but let’s just say it involves a stuffed doll, a knife and some blood. Wahoo! What more do you need for a fun night in by yourself?
Check out 100 Word Horrors 2 to read Hitori kakurenbo in its 100-word entirety, along with stories by lots of other, more talented writers including Amy Cross, Andrew Lennon, David Moody, Michael Bray, Shaun Hutson, Terry West and my spirit uncle Craig, to name but a few.
I’m just there for the shits and giggles.
And the stuffed dolls.
100 Word Horrors is available now on ebook and paperback.
March 30th, 2019 at 6:08 am
I really like how “drabble” sounds. It’s a great word and I’ll look it up in a minute. Margaret Drabble is one of my favorite writers. It’s funny that you sweet-faced, smiling guys, like you and Stephen King, write horror stories. Another point for, “Don’t judge a book by its cover…or the author’s face.”
October 5th, 2019 at 6:48 pm
[…] been lucky enough to have had stories previously included in 100 Word Horrors and 100 Word Horrors 2, both of which picked up some fantastic reviews, so it’s great to keep the streak alive. Saunders […]
December 26th, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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June 13th, 2020 at 3:58 pm
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December 1st, 2021 at 6:49 pm
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