A seasonal tale …

for Friday Fictioneers


I gaze at the night sky from the loft window.  It’s black as ink, the twinkling stars, silver.

I position my telescope and focus on the shimmering moon.  It’s strangely orange tonight, like a pumpkin!

Gradually it turns white, bright white.  Blood red lines start creeping towards its centre. I’m staring at a bloodshot eye.  A cloaked figure clutching a glistening scythe slowly emerges.  Am I dreaming?  I pinch myself.  I’m not.

I turn away.  My candle flickers and dies.  I shiver.  The floor tremors, I hear distant thunder. 

Something ice-cold, something sharp touches my neck.  I spin round …

The end.

Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Douglas M. MacIlroy for the photo which I assume to be of a telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory!

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55 thoughts on “A seasonal tale …

  1. Mason Bushell Oct 27, 2021 / 16:08

    Very atmospheric and spooky. I love how you read it with the music. Nicely done, Keith.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. granonine Oct 27, 2021 / 20:41

    Yikes, Keith! i’ve never pictured you as a vampire before :). Great story, leaving lots to the imagination.

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  3. msjadeli Oct 27, 2021 / 22:46

    Oh my gosh, Keith! You read that just right and with the happy background music to start that turns ominous was perfect. Chillingly good story! Love the decorations on your page also.

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  4. rochellewisoff Oct 28, 2021 / 17:16

    Dear Keith,

    Oooh….background music and everything. Love it. Delightfully creepy.

    Yes, it is Keck.



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  5. Michael B. Fishman Oct 28, 2021 / 17:55

    Nice little flash of atmospheric horror here! And I like the seasonal profile photo. I’m assuming it’s seasonal and not a result of whatever was ice-cold and sharp in the story?

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    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 29, 2021 / 11:41

      Thanks, Michael. Yes, it’s seasonal and I’ll be putting the false fang away for another year next week!


  6. plaridel Oct 29, 2021 / 00:27

    nice take on the prompt. just in time for halloween. well done. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Woman walking Max Oct 29, 2021 / 11:51

    I like your reading with spooky music, and the delicacy of the spooking happenings. Nicely done Keith.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Michael Oct 29, 2021 / 12:27

    Grim and just right for Halloween, we look up to the stars, while they watch us?

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Bill Oct 29, 2021 / 15:29

    And then….. and then…. Well written and well told story, Keith.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Bear Oct 29, 2021 / 17:29

    Great Hallows Eve spooky tale. Had me reaching for my neck to protect it. 🙂 hehe! Happy Halloween!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Dora Oct 31, 2021 / 02:33

    Who knew the Grim Reaper would humor us in our hobbies! Sneaky devil. :>)

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Anita Nov 1, 2021 / 13:36

    It must have been a nightmare for sure.
    Time to wake up, smell the air (and coffee) & admire the moon 🙂
    Take care, Keith.


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