Monday, October 7, 2013

Trifecta: Week Ninety-Eight

Welcome back, spooksters!  We thoroughly enjoyed reading each creepy, hilarious or creepily hilarious entry this weekend.  We love the places your minds take us and we look forward to wherever you'll be sending us during the rest of this haunted month.

First place goes to Paul Clements with Double Sacrifice, a gruesome and disturbing departure from the zombie take.
We watched on, 
Indifferent to her terror; apathetic to her cries. 
From the loch it emerged –

Trailing seaweed; dressed in algae. 
A slimy claw ripped at her swollen belly. 
We retreated, 
Suddenly ashamed.
Second goes to Conscious Cacophony with From Murky Waters, featuring the most terrifying monster of them all.  El Guapo takes third this week with Wheerrrrreeee Isssss Ittttt?!?  This long-time, loyal Trifectan knows how to bring the funny and never fails to get a guffaw from the editors.  Check him out; we're sure that you'll agree.

Congrats, winners!  You made this weekend a ton of spooky fun.  Here's to a month full of spine-tingling creepiness.  And don't forget, we have a new Trifectan, and our first poem this year, up on the Current Critique tab.  Make sure to hop on over and give her some concrit.  

We have a new Trifectan piece of writing up for your perusal.  Please take a minute to head over to our current critique and leave some feedback for this brave Trifectan.  You don't have to be an expert in writing, poetry or grammar to let her know how it reads to you.

And now, the weekly prompt.  Make sure you're using the THIRD definition of the word, as always.  Good luck and bottoms up!

usually zombi
a :  the supernatural power that according to voodoo belief may enter into and reanimate a dead body
b :  a will-less and speechless human in the West Indies capable only of automatic movement who is held to have died and been supernaturally reanimated
b :  a person markedly strange in appearance or behavior
a :  a person held to resemble the so-called walking dead;especially :  automaton

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words. 
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post. 
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response. 
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above. 
  • Only one entry per writer. 
  • If your post doesn't meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz. 
  • Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us. 


  1. AH YES, a prompt called ZOMBIE but about A drink, my kind of week. ;)

  2. Congrats winners-loved the entries:-)

    Now,never heard of this "zombie" but then I don't drink and am not familiar with these fancy drinks-so will take my time & try to come up with a passable story-sigh-at this rate I will never get placed :-(

    1. Never give up! Keep writing, keep believing. I'm sure there's some great stuff in there just waiting to pour onto the page. I look forward to reading it!

    2. Atreyee, I am sure you will come up with a fine story :), looking forward to reading it.

    3. Aww,this is so sweet of you Paul & TZ to leave a word of encouragement for me:-)Thank you both so much.I managed to come up with something passable I think,lol!Will be back later to read your entries and the other submissions and comment-our festival is on,so am in a hurry,tc & see you all later ,God Bless :D

  3. Just wanted to say that I'm now posting on Wattpad in case anybody's interested:

  4. Many thanks to the Trifectan judges for giving me my first first! Means a heck of a lot to me; reinforces my belief that I have it in me to make a decent stab at this writing malarkey. I plan on celebrating with 333 Zombie fuelled words!

  5. So wonderful to read the entries on the cartoon zombie prompt. I couldn't imagine coming up with a response. But my fellow Trifectans are such a talented bunch and I really enjoyed all the entries I read!

    Hearty congratulations to Paul and to Conscious Cacophony and El Guapo!! Well done!!

  6. congrats to all winners!!! nice prompt this one :-D

  7. Congratulations.. to the winners, the weekend prompt was to me a zombie.. and it feels like a relief to have a story almost lacking monsters this week. Cheers...

  8. Oh Fuck. Do you have any idea how BUSY I am this week? And how much I CANNOT miss this opportunity to have someone drinking a zombie? Expect me at the 11th hour.

  9. We have house guests for half the week, and are heading out on vacation for the other half. I'm more likely to drink a zombie than write about one, I think. Then again, that's kind of okay by me.

  10. Oop, missed the deadline! here is a link to my thingy anyway, for whatever reason...