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Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments What do you think the girl sees in the mirror? Why is she staring into the looking glass? If you have a story to tell us about this month's image then this is the last week to submit it for this month's short fiction contest. The story must be no longer than 500 words and can be of any genre. There's no entry fee and the winning story will receive a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize. There are prizes for second and third place winners too.

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

If you've not read the winning stories from June's contest yet then you can read them here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 202: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments :)


message 203: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

August's Short Fiction Contest has started and this month I've chosen a sinister altar. Your entry must be no more than 500 words and there is no entry fee. There are prizes for the three top entries:

First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

Entries must be submitted by August 21st 2015:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


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Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

The winners for July's Short Fiction Contest have been announced:

- First prize of a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to David H Fears for his story 'The Pig'
- Second prize of a £20 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Jonathan Hill for his story 'The Mirror'
- Third prize of a £10 Amaon or PayPal prize goes to Allen Stroud for his story 'Looking'

Congratulations to the winners and here are their stories:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 205: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments The Looking Glass Most Darkly
-
The Looking Glass Most Darkly
as I Peer Into your Inner Most Sins.
Dark In Deed Is the Sight That Greets me,
Black & White & Splattered Red.
Half Formed Baby Heads & Virgin Skin,
Jars of Nightmares Rendered Real.
All as I Pray you Don’t See me,
my Horrified Eye,
Wide
with Shocked Disbelief.
As the Most Beautiful Women I Have Ever Seen,
Comes Forth From the Floor & Kisses your Ring.
Eyes;
Startling Red & Naked as Aphrodite Risen From the Sea.
Transfixed She Met Mine;
Lust Intertwined my Mind.
Passions Played Out & Greeted Eagerly;
Time Ceased to Count
as I Continued to Mount,
Her Eyes Blazing Still.
-
Taken From
the Private
Journals
of #B27321
Last Son
of a
Fallen Line


message 206: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments Very cool :-)


message 207: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Thanks
:)


message 208: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments There's only two weeks left to enter August's Short Fiction Contest, so if you haven't entered your story yet then now is the time to do so. It's easy to enter, first write a story of no more than 500 words inspired by this month's image of a satanic altar. You then submit the story through the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

There's no entry fee and there are prizes for the three winning stories:

First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

If you've not read the winnings stories from July's contest yet then you will find them here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 209: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments We've entered the final week of August's Short Fiction Contest and this month's image has already attracted some excellent entries. However there is still time for more! So if you haven't entered yet then this is your last opportunity to do so.

All entries must be in by the end of play August 23rd and there's no entry fee. The story should be submitted through the form provided on the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

There is a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize for the winning story and prizes for second and third stories as well.

If you haven't read the winning stories from July's Short Fiction Contest then you really should as they are a cracking read. You can read them here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 210: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments :)


message 211: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

September's Short Fiction Contest has started and this month's image is painted by the talented Luciana Nedelea. Your challenge is to write a story of no more than 500 words inspired by this month's image.

As always it is free to enter and the following prizes are available:

First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

Entries must be submitted by September 20th and you can enter through the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 212: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

I'm pleased to announce the winners of September's Short Fiction Contest:

- First prize of a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to John Moralee for his story 'Appy Endings'
- Second prize of a £20 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Diane Arnelle for her story 'Paulie's Mom'
- Third prize of a £10 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Lee Hodgson for his story 'The Devil's Barber'

Congratulations to the winners and you can read their stories here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 213: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments An Offering
-
Lovely, Lovely, Girl
On the Splattered Floor.
Come To me.
The Nine Hells
Have Pledged To me Thee.
By Altar, Sword, & Seal;
Cross the Gulfs & Voids
of Time’s Mortal Stream.
Seer Guide my Hand;
Fate’s Reel.
The Bargain Struck;
Blood, Strife, & Souls To Steal.
Come Forth, Before the Sacred Stone I Kneel.
First To Take His Brother’s Life.
First To Covet Another’s Wife;
the UnHoly Bride.
Father Of Our Line.
With Serpent’s Kiss
& Lies Upon my Lips.
Inhabit This Shell
& Once Again This Land
Will Feel Steel
& the Iron Will
Of the Master
Down Below.
-
Taken From
the Private
Journals
of #B27321
Last Son
of a
Fallen Line


message 214: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments Nice.


message 215: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Thanks
:)


message 216: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

October's Short Fiction Contest is now open and this month's image is a little whimsical compared to my usual choices.

To enter the contest write a story of no more than 500 words inspired by this month's image and submit it through the form on the competition page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

There is no entry fee and the following prizes are available:

First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

The winners for Septembers Short Fiction Contest will be announced next weekend.


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Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

Luciana Nedelea - Artworks​'s awesome picture inspired some wonderful stories for September's Short Fiction Contest and the winners have now been announced:

- First prize of a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to R. Judas Brown for his poem 'Mary, Mary'
- Second prize of a £20 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Pete Fisher for his story 'The Last Child of Eden'
- Third prize of a £10 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to David J Wing for his story 'Entrenched'

Congratulations to the winners and here are their stories:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 218: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Disturbing Dreams
-
Disturbing Dreams;
Things I Have Seen,
Since Falling In With This Crowd.
Surely It Has Been;
Lack of Sleep,
Little to Eat.
Going On Three Weeks,
a Binge It Seems.
Ruined Estate,
Over Grown Fields;
a Forest That Screams Leave me a Lone.
I Know It Has to be One of you Sick Fucks.
The Only Demons Are In my Head
& the Day Light Shows Only Trees.
Only me;
you,
& Her,
Left;
It Has to be One of the Three.
-
Taken From
the Private
Journals
of #B27321
Last Son
of a
Fallen Line


message 219: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments That was an excellent entry.


message 220: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Thank
you
:)


message 221: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments Where has the month gone? We're into the final week for October's Short Fiction Contest already, so if you haven't entered yet then now is the time to do so! This month's image features four bemused gentlemen and an unusual visitation. What do you think is going on there? If you think you know then write a story of no more than 500 words and submit it through the form on the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

There's no entry fee and the following prizes are available:

First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

If you enjoy reading short fiction then make sure to read the winning stories from September's contest. There's three cracking stories here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


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Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

November's Short Fiction Contest has started and we have a bit of a steampunk theme for this month's image. The enigma of what the device does that attracted me, so what do you think the machine does?

There's no entry fee for the competition and the following prizes are available:

First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

Your story should be no more than 500 words and should be submitted via the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

The winners for October's contest will be announced next weekend.


message 223: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments :)


message 224: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

Picking the winner's for October's Short Fiction Contest proved to be a tricky task. The image inspired some diverse and wonderful stories and I think you'll enjoy the three stories I've selected. Thanks to everyone who submitted their stories - I enjoyed reading them all! Thanks also to everyone who shares the links to these contests, please continue to do so, these writers deserve their stories to be shared.

And here are the winners:

- First prize of a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize goes to Chad Lutzke for his story 'Tug 'o War'
- Second prize of a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize goes to Tim Robson for his story 'The Earnest Discussion'
- Third prize of a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize goes to Rose Thurlbeck for her story 'Games Night'

Congratulations to the winners and here are their stories:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 225: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments What Had
Happened To me
-
I Had Never Been to a Séance Before.
Strange Things Were Going On In This House.
I Had to Admit If Any House Had a Right to Be Haunted
It Was This One.
They Said the Foundations Were Pre Roman,
Old as the Stones,
the Story Goes.
Dreams of the Screams,
Those That Died Here by Flame, Plague, & Torture;
Haunt my Sleep.
The Dark Man,
All Ways In the Back;
All Ways.
Like Puppets In a Play
& He Holding the Strings.
They Started to Weave
These Dreams Into my Waking World.
I Had to Get Some Sleep,
Some Release.
So I Took It Up With the Proprietor,
the Count;
a Family Friend.
His Haunted Hollow Eyes
Saying Much More to me
Than we Shall See
What This Meet Brings.
It Was I,
the Count & Two Gentlemen.
One a Learned Doctor of Court,
No Stranger to the Bizarre,
The Other a Professor of History
& the Occult Sciences;
He Would Be Leading Us
Through This Strange Ceremony.
No Sooner Had we Began our Introductions
Over Brandy & Cigars,
Then a Manifestation Became Evident.
A Globe of Brilliant Light
to Turn the Night to Day
& Say your Payment Is Due,
Entered the Room.
The Count Pointed to me
& Said you May Have Him.
For 13 Months
I Know Not What I Do,
Till They Pulled me From the River;
Ran Through.
6 Months In a Hospital Half the World a Way,
Tomorrow Is the Day;
the Count Explains.
-
Taken From
the Private
Journals
of #B27321
Last Son
of a
Fallen Line


message 226: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments Nice :-)


message 227: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Thanks
I Thought
So
:)


message 228: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments We've entered the final week of November's Short Fiction Contest - so if you haven't entered yet then now is the time to do so! The competition has already attracted some weird and wonderful uses for the device shown in this month's image. If you have an interesting idea of what it is for then write a story of no more than 500 words and submit it through the competition page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

There's no entry fee and the following prizes are available:

- First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
- Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
- Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

If you haven't read the winning stories from October's contest yet then you can do so here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 229: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

December's Short Fiction Contest has started and this month we have another piece of Luciana Nedelea​'s amazing artwork. There's no entry fee and the following prizes are available:

First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

The story must be no more than 500 words and should be submitted through the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 230: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments :)


message 231: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

The winners for November's Short Fiction Contest have been chosen:

- First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize goes to Tim Roberts for his story 'Lot 66'
- Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize goes to Jon Jefferson for his story 'Dr. Killian's Portable Ray'
- Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize goes to John Moralee for his story 'The Translucidator'

Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to everyone who entered and those who support this contest.

Here are those winning stories:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 232: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments my Entry
-
Leighton's Projector
-
I Have Done It.
I Have Created the Projector,
a Portal to Another Dimension.

X or What Ever the Inhabitants of This Hellish World,
the Shadow People Call It.
Long Have I Fought These Delusions of a Fragmented Mind.
Now,
They Will Find That my Insanity was No Laughter.
That These Were the Demons That Escaped the Chest,
Till Only Hope was Left.
These Were the Maladies,
Our Second Selves.
All Our Fears & Self Loathing,
Like Diseased Bags In the Wind.
Purge This Land Till Only God Man Is Left Standing,
We can Win.
-
Taken From
the Private
Journals
of #B27321
Last Son
of a
Fallen Line


message 233: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments It's a good one.


message 234: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Thanks,
Nice
Of you
to Say.


message 235: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments December's Short Fiction Contest is well under way and this month's image is a lovely image painted by the talented Luciana Nedelea. To win one of the three Amazon or PayPal prizes write a story of no more than 500 words inspired by this month's picture and submit it through the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

Last month's contest winners have been announced and you can read their stories here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 236: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments We've entered the final week of December's Short Fiction Contest, so if you haven't entered yet then now is the time to do so! It's easy to enter - simply write a story of no more than 500 words inspired by this month's amazing image painted by the talented Luciana Nedelea. Once you've written the story you can submit it through the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

There's no entry fee and you could win one of the following prizes:

- First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
- Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
- Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

The winners from November's Short Fiction Contest have been announced and you can read their stories here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 237: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments :)


message 238: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

January's Short Fiction Contest has started and this month we have a classic Penny Dreadful cover as inspiration. To enter write a story of no more than 500 words and enter it through the submission form linked below.

Entry to the competition remains free and the following prizes are available:

- First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
- Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
- Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 239: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments There's only two week's left to enter January's Short Fiction Contest and this month's Penny Dreadful cover has already inspired some delightful stories. If you haven't submitted your story yet, then now is the time to do so!

Entry to the contest remains free and the following prizes are available:

- First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
- Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
- Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

You can submit your entry through the form on the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

If you haven't read the winning stories from December's contest yet the you're in for a treat. You can read them here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 240: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments We've entered the final week to take part in January's Short Fiction Contest, so if you haven't entered yet then you're running out of time! There's no entry fee and it's easy to enter. First write a story of no more than 500 words based on this month's image. Then enter it through the form provided on the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

Here are the winning stories from December's contest - if you've not read them yet then you really should!

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 241: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments If you
Would
Like
to Read
Mine
-
Black Book

So It Seems, you Come To me.
After Years of Pain UnTold,
Searching For the Words To Sell my Soul.

Blood & Sacrifice;
the Darkest of Deeds Has Made you Real.
A Bargain To Seal.
Would you Grant my Wish,
Ever Lasting Youth
or Am I to Play the Stooge;
a Blasphemous Fool.
Too Late For Regrets,
the Game Is Screwed.

Taken From
the Private
Journals
of #B27321
Last Son
of a
Fallen Line


message 242: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments Nice :-)


message 243: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Some
Times
Thanks
:)


message 244: by Mette (new)

Mette | 5 comments For all interested. http://www.lifeofwriters.com/home/index is having a free writing contest where winners can win 20,30 or 40$ to amazon :-)


message 245: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Thanks
Mette
Like
the Devil
Jumping
the Fence
I am
Drifting
Over
To the
Prose App
#B27321
https://theprose.com/B27321


message 246: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

February's Short Fiction Contest has started and sees the return of the wonderfully talented Luciana Nedelea with an image from Paradise Lost - which for me is the greatest story ever told.

Your entry doesn't need to be Paradise Lost themed, it just needs to be inspired by the image and be no more than 500 words. There'd no entry fee and you could win one of the following prizes:

First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

The deadline is February 21st and you can enter your story here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

"Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal taste brought Death into the world [...]" - John Milton/Excerpt from Paradise Lost.


message 247: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments I'm pleased to announce the winners of January's Short Fiction Contest:

- First prize of a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to M. A. LaMothe for 'The Devil Wore Heels'
- Second prize of a £20 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Leigh McQuuen for 'The Devil at the Gate'
- Third prize of a £10 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Jay Michael Wright II for 'The Devil's Bad Day'

Congratulations to the winners and here are their stories:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 248: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments We've entered the final week for February's Short Fiction contest and this month's image of Death by Luciana Nedelea has already attracted many excellent entries. But there's still time for more! To enter, simply write a story of no more than 500 words based on this month's picture and submit it through the form provided here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

There's no entry fee and you could win one of the following prizes:

- First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
- Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
- Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

If you've not read January's winners yet then you will find them here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 249: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

March's Short Fiction Contest has started and with February's being the most successful so far, let's see if we can make March's even bigger!

To enter write a story of no more than 500 words based on this month's image and submit it through the form on the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

There's no entry fee and you could win one of the following prizes:

- First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
- Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
- Third prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize

The deadline for entries is March 20th.


message 250: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (Technohippy) | 1413 comments

Picking the winners for the Monthly Short Contest is never an easy process and this was even truer for February's winners. The contest attracted more entries than any previous month with over 120 submissions. Even with such a high number I was still impressed by the quality and variety for the entries - Luciana's amazing art inspired some excellent stories!

A big thanks to everyone who entered and also those who support the contest by reading and sharing - please continue to do so. I wish I could support more winners, but there has to be three and here they are:

- First prize of a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to R.D. Piner for 'Life and Death'
- Second prize of a £20 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Annie Percik for 'The End of All Things'
- Third prize of a £10 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Hugh Clarke for 'Gelosia'

Congratulations to the winners and here are their stories:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


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