Friday Fictioneers – 04-26-13 – It’s Out Of My Hands

Friday Fictioneers is a group organized by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, writing 100 word short fiction based upon a photo prompt once a week. There’s exceptional talent in the group. Whether or not anyone joins in on the fun, there’s lots of good reads from the prompts. Anyone can join and is encouraged to do so. The one hundred word limit is not a strict one, but certainly do your best.

This week’s photo prompt comes from Claire Fuller. My story begins after the photo.

Word count: 100
Genre: Horror
Rating: PG

Source: Claire Fuller

It’s Out Of My Hands

“It’s out of my hands, I’m afraid,” grunted Mr. Gainesmore. His fleshy jowls jiggled.

“But, Sir,” protested the aged but curiously spry O’Connell. “I can’t move. I need the energies found here to contain these tomes.”

“Mystical twaddle! Your lease is up. Reputable clients are willing to pay handsomely for this building.”

“This is your last word then?” Receiving a curt nod, O’Connell pulled a book from the shelf. Sighing, he opened it. Black tentacles burst from the pages, ensnaring Gainesmore in a crushing grip.

“Gods! Help me, O’Connell!” Shrieked Gainesmore as toothed suckers began flaying his flesh.

“I’m sorry. It’s out of my hands.”

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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41 Responses to Friday Fictioneers – 04-26-13 – It’s Out Of My Hands

  1. What goes around, comes around, eh? I like the fleshy jowls jigglging and twaddle. Quite a library there. I think I’ll pass on a card for now. 🙂 And I liked how you brought the opening line full circle to end with it.



  2. Oh yeah, Out of my hands and into the tentacles. Love this.


  3. How delightfully gruesome!
    Enjoyed this immensely.


  4. Honie Briggs says:

    That’s one little shop of horrors you got going on there – landlords!


  5. Not sure how to got to horror from such a lovely little bookshelf. You must have a bit of the Stephen King virus. Very nicely done, with strong visuals. I could picture the creatures emerging from the book, and Gainsmore’s jowls.


    • EagleAye says:

      Naw, I caught the H.P. Lovecraft virus a long time ago. I’ll probably catch hell for this, but I think Stephen King isn’t even a shadow of Lovecraft. King’s books are interesting and a worthwhile read (I’ve read a number of them), but Lovecraft is “terrifying.”

      I love used books stores. I love the smell of them. I love sitting on the dusty floor and browsing through the books and reading while the store cat sleeps in my lap. When I imagined a landlord closing the store, I equally imagined a horrible end for him.


      • I agree. Actually, I think King did all of his best work in the 80s. Lovecraft was a master. I haven’t read any of his work in a long time, however. I need to rediscover it.


      • EagleAye says:

        Me too. I haven’t read horror in a long time. So much of it has been relegated to love affairs with Vampires, Zombie hordes, occasional werewolves, and psychopaths interviewed by FBI agents.

        I miss Lovecraft and his mad arab summoning the Old Gods. I miss August Derleth and Robert Bloch creating creatures that befuddle the most imaginative mind. Those were the days of great horror.


      • Yes! And before the vampire vs. werewolf stupidity, writers thought the only thing that could possibly be scary is a mad dog killer. Not scary, just sick.


      • EagleAye says:

        Exactly. This formulaic stuff is getting really tiresome. Where’s Fritz Leiber when you need him? We need something as ground breaking as Mary Shelley was in her time.


  6. Sandra says:

    Poetic justice, well done. And the thought of someone being kept alive by the energy from books is … well… interesting. 🙂


  7. Shreyank says:

    this is one tenants not ready to give up !


  8. elappleby says:

    Excellent story! I loved ‘Mystical twaddle’ and the toothed suckers. Brilliant 🙂


  9. Joe Owens says:

    The best exchanges between the characters for me are when the phrase is reused to signal the end. Very nice EA!


  10. Shey says:

    Well written!


  11. julespaige says:

    Karma. Kind of reminds me of those ads for margarine…”It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”
    Fun read.


  12. Dear E. A.,
    I almost jumped when the tentacles shot out of the book. Well done!


  13. t says:

    Wonderful! Also, if I ever start a rock band, “Mystical twaddle” will be on the short list of possible names… =)


  14. Jan Brown says:

    Ooooooh, very good! Wonderful surprise ending.


  15. That’s some dangerous literature. Reminds me of the books in Unseen University in the Discworld books. 🙂


  16. camgal says:

    Lol I got slight goosebumps..nice one.


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