Trifextra: Halloween, Zombies and 33 Words



Hullo, Halloween.
You mean nothing to me except pumpkins and scary movies on English TV channels, and I find that a little sad, since you seem kind of fun. 

I first heard about you from R.L Stine's Goosebumps books when I was a kid. I thought of you as a mega costume-party. My favorite version of you is, of course, from Harry Potter- that isn't going to change- at least until I see you for real if I ever visit a Western country on Oct 31st.

That said, you inspire a lot of creativity, especially among writers, and there's nothing wrong with a good dose of creepy on a sleepy Saturday.

So here's the Trifextra Writing Challenge, this week in the spirit of Halloween: 


In 1937, a naked woman was found limping through the streets of Haiti. Upon interrogation, she was unable to give any details as to her identity. The woman was eventually identified in hospital as Felicia Felix-Mentor. The only issue is that Felicia Felix-Mentor had been dead for nearly twenty years. Felicia was, therefore, a zombie.

It so happens that well-known author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston was in Haiti researching a book at that time. Hurston met and photographed the woman/zombie, and pop culture took the story from there. Not surprisingly, there are a ton of internet articles discussing the authenticity of the claim of zombification, the chemical mix needed to create such a phenomenon, and then, of course, instruction on how we should all behave in the event of a zombie apocalypse. There is even a video on Youtube of Hurston describing the encounter.

Here is the photo that Zora Neale Hurston took of the supposed zombie.





Credit: Zora Neale Hurston 


We want thirty three words that are somehow related to Hurston's zombie sighting. How you structure your response is entirely up to you.

And my response to the prompt:


COME.

Where?

TO ETERNAL REST. PERPETUAL PEACE.

I don’t know the way.

FOLLOW THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

They took that away.

I am lost.

Will you help?

Hullo? 

God?



Comments

  1. Ooooh...I have the shivers! Great job!

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  2. Chilling. Yes! Maybe the person was supposed to get lost. Gulp! Fun 33!

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  3. Very well written. You have told quite a compelling story in those 33 words.

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  4. I agree with Tom - there's a lot of content in just 33 words there. Great job!

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  5. Very well done. Love the story here.

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  6. Nicely done, with a little chill on the side. :-)

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  7. Nicely done, and I am indeed creeped out. yikes!

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  8. A very fun take on the prompt! A zombie... one who gets lost crossing over. i love it! :)

    - Barbara @ de rebus

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