Sweeties, anyone?

Image copyright: Mary Shipman

Image copyright: Mary Shipman

It’s a private museum not subject to the usual rules and scrutiny of the establishment so they can do what they want.

Their money-man reckoned the way to pull in the big bucks was to give the public something it craved and so after a great deal of brainstorming and very little soul searching they hit on the idea of bringing to life the darkest of the twentieth century’s crimes.

The curator went along with this but demanded the highest quality props – real blood, she said, only real blood.

And it had to be human.

Unaccompanied children get in free.


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ weekly 100 word writing challenge. Find it here and put pen to paper.

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37 Responses to Sweeties, anyone?

  1. IfeomaO says:

    This line- “real blood, she said, only real blood.” reminded me of something creepy I watched this morning about real life vampirism- interesting take on the prompt though, good detail.

  2. That sounds extremely creepy, a bit like “House of Wax”. Very dark this time, Patrick. Well written. —- Suzanne

  3. Sandra says:

    Darkly done. And in a business like manner that was quite chilling too.

  4. ansumani says:

    The world is made up so many weird people…i’m sure they will have a sizable customer base. Good story.

  5. rgayer55 says:

    Maybe there’s an orphanage nearby, or would that be too convenient? That owner is a real stickler for details. A very twisted story. Well done, Patrick.

  6. I am ashamed to admit that I actually found the grimness amusing.. My apologies

  7. Oh dear, this is very disturbing.

  8. oldentimes says:

    Patrick, thank you for the lovely comment on my post as well, somehow, the frog-strangling drown pour complete with aerial fireworks deleted it when the electric flashed off and on.

  9. oldentimes says:

    Grim and disturbing.

  10. Mike says:

    There are museums and museums, some are best left alone. Well written

  11. Jan Brown says:

    Oh, that was very dark! The last line is a killer. Literally.

  12. subroto says:

    Deliciously dark with a great last line.

  13. gahlearner says:

    Chilling. I found the phrase, ‘much brainstorming and little soul searching’ telling and brilliant.

  14. wmqcolby says:

    Sounds like a metaphor for Sam Peckinpaw’s The Wild Bunch. It was pretty cutting edge for the time.

  15. storydivamg says:

    Chilling and masterfully told.

  16. jademwong says:

    Chilling…and surprisingly amusing. Not easy to blend the two genres but you’ve nailed it here!

  17. Dear Sue,

    That was certainly disturbingly well done.



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