The Dead Will Always Outnumber The Living – #DVerse Prosery

There was a sign propped up against the empty doorframe which read “If you are a dreamer, come in” except the paint had chipped, and instead of dreamer it read dream.
‘So?’ asked his wife. ‘Are you going in or not?’
She stood on tiptoes and tried to peer through one of the windows. Graham thought he saw her shiver, and for a moment started to shrug the jacket from his shoulders.
‘It looks abandoned.’ She stepped away and scowled. ‘You copied out the right address, didn’t you?’
Graham nodded, then felt his heart sink. An old lady stepped into the hall, the edges of her body blurring against the peeling wallpaper.
‘Oh,’ said his wife, now stood behind him. ‘She’s like me!’
She grinned and poked him in the ribs.
‘Poor Graham, can’t even find a living physic to help with your ghosts.’

If you are a dreamer, come in.

Shel Silverstein’s poem, Invitation, Where The Sidewalk Ends

For someone who doesn’t read a lot of horror/ghost stories, and can’t really watch the genre either, I seem to write a fair bit of it. I find I really adore these monthly Prosery prompts as there a great way to stretch the creative writing muscles when my focus has drifted away from flash fiction. It helps that Lillian picked a cracking line of poetry for tonight’s prompt as well.

In some exciting poetry news however, this week I’ve got two poems coming out, in two seperate magazines. The first was published on Sunday in the second issue of The Riverbed Review which is available to read for free on their site. The second is my poem ‘Overgrowth’, which I originally wrote for a Dverse prompt and is being published Wednesday, (with a couple of edits) in the first issue of Hencroft. A lot of journals and magazines do not accept poems that have appeared on blogs or social media previously, so I’m ecstatic to have the chance to publish with a magazine that didn’t mind.

21 Comments

    1. Thank you Lillian. The rejections still outnumber the successes but I think that’s likely to always be the way. Just plodding along and taking the wins when they do crop up.

  1. I love your creativity here with non-threatening ghosts. I much prefer to think of them as friendly spirits.

    Congratulations on getting published!

  2. ‘Poor Graham’ indeed. I think most ghosts are probably born of bereavement, and you’ve really conveyed that sense of a grief which will not heal in this short piece.

    Congratulations on your forthcoming publications!

  3. First and foremost, congratulations on the exciting poetry news, Carol! Two poems in two separate magazines! I will pop over to the Riverbed Review for a read as soon as I’ve finished catching up with reading and commenting.
    The title of your piece was an immediate hook for me as a lover of all things dark and supernatural, and I love the opening opening sentence! The twist – reminiscent of ‘The Sixth Sense’, ‘The Others’, or better still ‘Blithe Spirit’, three of my favourite films!

  4. Slightly spooky but an endearing little snippet. That works for me as I cannot indulge in the genre of horror either. I like the random detail of “Graham thought he saw her shiver, and for a moment started to shrug the jacket from his shoulders.”
    Congrats on your published work!

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