13 Horror Films: 5. Devil’s Pass (2013)

I’ve decided to write about a particular horror film every day until Halloween. I’ve also decided to choose films that are not so well known or have been overlooked. Some will be contemporary, and some will be older. These posts will contain spoilers, so you are warned.

5. Devil’s Pass (2013)

Devil’s Pass is a Russian/British found footage film that speculates on what happened in the Dyatlov Pass Incident of 1959. Dyatlov Pass, if you don’t know, was an incident where nine Russian hikers, led by Igor Dyatlov, were found dead in February, 1959 on the eastern slopes of Kholat Syakhl in the Ural Mountains. The strangeness of the incident has created a lot of speculation over time. According to the Russian authorities, six of the hikers were determined to have died of hypothermia, and the other three died from physical trauma. One of them had their skull caved in. Something had made them flee from their campsite with little clothing on. In 2019 the Russian government reopened the case and determined it was an avalanche that killed them, the survivors dying of hypothermia with inadequate protection from the elements. Not that this has stopped the conspiracy theorists…

The film opens with Oregon University psychology student Holly King (Holly Gross) talking to the camera about how she is planning to travel to Russia to explore the area around Dyatlov Pass to find out what really happened there in 1959. Going with her is cameraman (and friend) Jensen Day (Matt Stokoe), audio engineer Denise Evers (Gemma Atkinson), and climbers Andy Thatcher (Ryan Hawley) and J.P. Hauser (Luke Albright). After training in mountain conditions they travel to Russia. The film then cuts to news reports of the five missing American students who seem to have disappeared in the very same region the Dyatlov Pass hikers disappeared. Then it is revealed the Russian government had recovered their camera footage, but were refusing to release it. Hackers manage to retrieve this footage, and so the film then continues with what happened once the five Americans got to Russia.

The group goes to a Russian mental institution to try and talk with the only surviving member of the Dyatlov expedition who had turned back after the first day due to feeling ill. He subsequently had a mental breakdown. The authorities refuse to let them see him, telling them he is dead, but they get a shot of him holding a sign in an upstairs window that says “stay away” in Russian. They then get a lift from Sergei (Nikolay Butenin) who takes them to see his aunt Alya (Nelly Nielsen) who was part of the original search party looking for the Dyatlov Pass hikers. She claims she found another two bodies (making the count 11), one them holding a strange machine, but the military took them.

After the first day of hiking they wake to find two sets of large footprints going round their campsite. What they find strange is there are no prints going in or out. It’s as if they appeared near their campsite walked around it and then disappeared. Several of the group think Holly has been pranking them. Later in the day they find more prints in the snow. They come to a weather tower and find a severed human tongue in it. Holly reveals to Jensen she had a recurring dream as a child of being here and finding a door and on other the side was darkness that swallows her up.

Towards the end of the second day Holly realises they have come to Dyatlov Pass, though for some reason they have arrived much earlier than they should have. Once it gets dark Holly and Jensen take a look around. Holly uses a Geiger counter and finds the radiation is stronger than it should be. It leads them to a bunker door in the mountain that had been covered up by snow. Jensen remarks that it locks from the outside as though it is keeping something in. Early next morning they are awoken to the sound of explosions and an avalanche hits their campsite. Denise is lost under the snow and Andy gets a bad leg fracture. Jensen fires a flare and a short time later two figures appear, but they have no packs. Spooked by them, Holly, Jensen, and J.P. run off. The two figures start shooting and J.P. is hit. They run to the bunker door and manage to open it. Inside is a tunnel.They walk down it until they come to a lab. There they find logbooks of dead Russian soldiers that ends at 1959 and pictures of the USS Eldridge, the ship that was supposedly part of the Philadelphia Experiment, which Jensen explains, involved teleportation and time travel. He says the sailors in that experiment were either fused to the ship or mutated.

Looking for a way out they come into a room where a dead soldier is lying on a table with his tongue missing. In the corner are the bones from dead bodies that are all misshapen. They also come across a camcorder identical to theirs that has all their footage and even footage of their current activities and conversation. Then they are attacked by mutant humanoids who are able to teleport at will. They are chased into a room which they seal shut. In this room is a strange looking tunnel…

What happens next? Do they escape? What is the strange tunnel they’re in? How come there is a camcorder identical to theirs with the same footage? Where did these mutant humanoids come from? Did they work out what happened to the original Dyatlov Pass hikers? Did this movie just get sillier as it went on?

Should you want to see this movie, let me know and I’ll find you a link (if you can’t find one)…

Please support this blog – Ko-fi 🙂

©️2021 Joanne Fisher

The Graveyard Shift (flash fiction)

The Graveyard Shift

Nancy enjoyed doing the graveyard shift at the local radio station. It meant she could avoid most of the people that worked there and she could play whatever she wanted. Being a night owl had its advantages.

“Hi this is Graveyard Nancy. I hope you’ve been having a great evening so far. Whoever is still awake send me a message. Let me know your thoughts. Tonight we’re going old school starting with some Led Zeppelin. Here’s When the Levee Breaks.” she said into the microphone. She pressed the key and the music began playing. A short time later messages began appearing on the computer screen in front of her. She scanned them. So far they were just the usual types of comments people sent. Then one caught her attention:

You've got such a nice voice.
I would like to meet you.

Nancy looked at it. There was always at least one of these ones. She was still musing about what to do with it when a new song began playing. Another message appeared:

I'm right outside.
Please let me in.

She got up from her seat and looked out the window to the street below. There may have been a shadowy figure by the door…

Let me in
Or I'll find my own way in

Her heart began racing. She thought she could hear someone below trying to force the door open.

“That was Evidence by Faith No More. And now here’s Joy Division with Atmosphere.” Nancy said. She stood up and opened the studio door. She crept down the hallway until she got to the stairs. She listened intently and then slowly went down them…

A few minutes later she returned to the studio. She sat down again and wiped the blood off her mouth. She liked it when the meals came right to the door.

“That was Iggy Pop with The Passenger. And now here’s Nirvana with Come As You Are. And keep those messages coming!” Maybe another one would come tonight. Her voice always brought them here.

Joanne Fisher

This was written with the prompt Graveyard Shift provided by Sammi Cox’s 13 Days of Samhain (volume ii).

Please support this blog – Ko-fi 🙂

©️2021 Joanne Fisher

13 Horror Films: 4. Crucible of Horror (1971)

I’ve decided to write about a particular horror film every day until Halloween. I’ve also decided to choose films that are not so well known or have been overlooked. Some will be contemporary, and some will be older. These posts will contain spoilers, so you are warned.

4. Crucible of Horror (1971)

“How could he recover? There was enough…”

aka The Corpse. Not to be confused with Crucible of Terror which was released the same year. Crucible of Horror tells the story of a mother and daughter deciding to murder the abusive sadistic patriarch of the family and it’s unexpected results.

Walter Eastwood (Michael Gough) works in insurance and lives in a very nice house with his wife Edith (Yvonne Mitchell) who is an artist, his son Rupert (played by Michael Gough’s real life son, Simon), and his daughter Jane (Sharon Gurney). Walter is very cruel and domineering to his wife and daughter. Not long after the film begins an acquaintance accuses Jane of stealing money and Walter goes up to her room with a cane and brutally beats her with it. Later on it’s revealed this is not the first time he has done this. There’s also a suggestion he has an incestuous interest in his daughter. He always wants to know where she’s been, he opens and reads all her mail, and there’s also the way he touches her. The next morning when they all come down for breakfast, Jane has a large red cut down one of her hands and cuts on her legs. When Walter and Rupert go off to work (they both work together), Edith suggests to Jane they kill Walter, and so a plan is hatched.

In the weekend Walter drives to his hunting cottage. Later in the evening Edith and Jane travel there to join him. They drug his scotch, and Edith then forces more drugged liquor down his throat using a funnel as he lies passed out. They take him upstairs and make it look like he has committed suicide by intentionally overdosing on narcotics and alcohol. After that they drive back to London and wait to hear about the finding of his body.

On Monday morning Rupert rings them saying Walter hasn’t turned up at work and no one is answering the phone at the cottage. He tells Jane she has to go the hunting cottage. Edith and Jane travel back there. to find the bed is empty. They find a wooden crate outside that is addressed to Edith. Inside it is Walter’s dead body. They load the crate into the station wagon and drive to an abandoned factory. The crate is pushed over an embankment and you here it splash into some water. They return home again.

During the night the parlour window is smashed in and they both sleep uneasily. When Edith checks her art studio she is startled by Walter’s body hanging down from the rafters. She runs downstairs and joins her daughter. Walter appears and she collapses.

The next morning Walter comes down the stairs dressed in his suit as though nothing has happened. Both Walter and Rupert have breakfast as the women look on. Walter opens a letter addressed to Jane and reads it out loud and then tears it up. Both the women look devastated. They murdered Walter and it didn’t even stop him. You get the feeling there is no way out of this for either of them…

You can watch the film here: Crucible of Horror

Please support this blog – Ko-fi 🙂

©️2021 Joanne Fisher

13 Horror Films: 3. Rubber (2010)

I’ve decided to write about a particular horror film every day until Halloween. I’ve also decided to choose films that are not so well known or have been overlooked. Some will be contemporary, and some will be older. These posts will contain spoilers, so you are warned.

I’m going to try to keep it brief tonight as today I finally had my first Covid vaccination and I also did a lot of walking, so I’m feeling very tired at the moment, and a bit sore.

3. Rubber (2010)

“All great films without exception contain an important element of no reason, and you know why? Because life itself is filled with no reason…”

So you think you’ve seen everything? How about a film featuring a murderous sentient car tire? I didn’t think so…

Though it is in the English language and is set in the United States (the Californian desert to be precise), Rubber is actually a French movie directed by Quentin Dupieux. It is a horror comedy that satirises the slasher genre. It’s also a film within a film as a group of people with binoculars in the desert are watching the proceedings, though the producers try to kill them all off at one point…

At the beginning Sheriff Chad (Stephen Spinella) gets out of a car boot and says in all great films things happen for “no reason” (some of these “no reasons” he lists are intentionally questionable) and this film is a homage to “no reason”. And then for no reason, an abandoned car tire named Robert comes to life and first tries crushing things in his path (yes apparently the tire is male) and then discovers he has psychokinetic powers that enables him to explode animals and other objects he encounters.

When Robert gets to the road and starts following a woman driving a red car (Roxanne Mesquida), he starts exploding people’s heads. He follows the woman to a motel and watches her shower through the open door. He then stays up all night watching television in the adjacent room. After killing the maid who had thrown him out of the room, the police finally get involved led by Sheriff Chad, who gives up investigating at one point when he thinks the audience watching it are all dead, but it turns out there’s one person still watching out there.

After several days of leaving a trail of bloodied corpses, the police finally track down Robert to a house (where he is again watching television). They try to entice Robert out with a mannequin that’s packed with explosives, but it fails. The lone remaining audience member (Wings Hauser) chips in with his own suggestions on how it should end, but in the end Sheriff Chad strides into the house with a pump-action shotgun and fires it several times. He walks out tossing Robert’s carcass to the audience member…. but then… Robert is reincarnated as a tricycle. Yes, it’s a reboot of the franchise!

Don’t take this movie too seriously. If anyone wants to see it, let me know…

Please support this blog – Ko-fi 🙂

©️2021 Joanne Fisher

13 Horror Films: 2. The City of the Dead (1960)

I’ve decided to write about a particular horror film every day until Halloween. I’ve also decided to choose films that are not so well known or have been overlooked. Some will be contemporary, and some will be older. These posts will contain spoilers, so you are warned.

2. The City of the Dead (1960) – aka Horror Hotel.

“For Whitewood time stands still.”

The City of the Dead is a curious film. While it is set in the United States, in particularly New England, it was actually shot in England with an English cast. The most well-known actor in this is Christopher Lee. He had recently found fame as Dracula in Hammer’s 1958 film Dracula (Horror of Dracula in the U.S.), and was yet to do any of the sequels that followed. The film is shot in black and white and the town of Whitewood always seems to be covered in thick mist.

The City of the Dead begins in 1692 during the witch-hunts. The townsfolk of Whitewood, Massachusetts are intending to burn Elizabeth Selwyn for witchcraft, but something goes wrong. The Devil aids her and curses the town and everyone living in it.

Then the film jumps to modern times (if modern times is 1960 that is). Professor Alan Driscoll (Christopher Lee) is teaching his students about the events in Whitewood that night. One of this students, Nan Barlow (Venetia Stevenson), wishes to go to a small New England town to research more about witchcraft during that time for her term paper. Driscoll suggests going to Whitewood itself. Both her boyfriend, Tom Maitland (Tom Naylor), and her brother, Richard Barlow (Dennis Lotis) are both skeptical about witchcraft and what Driscoll is teaching. They both try and dissuade her to go to Whitewood, but her mind is made up.

Nan travels to Whitewood alone intending to stay there for two weeks. She checks into the Ravens Inn and finds there is a trap door in the floor of her room. Visiting a store in Whitewood she meets Pat Russell (Betta St John) and she discovers Alan Driscoll’s family is from Whitewood. She borrows a book titled A Treatise on Devil Worship in New England. Later that night Nan hears chanting from below the floor, but is reassured by the innkeeper Mrs Newless (Patricia Jessel) that the floor beneath is nothing but earth. She reads that in 1692 the coven would take a precious object from a young woman to call her and then drink her blood in a Black Mass. She then finds her locket has gone missing.

When Nan hears the chanting again she manages to open the trap door to find stone steps leading down to a passageway. She goes down the steps only to be grabbed by two hooded figures. They take to where the others are assembled and she is lain upon their altar. Above her is Mrs Newless with a dagger in hands, who then reveals she is Elizabeth Selwyn. She brings the dagger down…

The film then cuts to a birthday party and a cake being cut. It is two weeks later and there has been no word from Nan. When her brother Richard tries to find news of her, he is told she checked out of Ravens Inn two weeks ago. Pat Russell visits bringing Nan’s locket to them after it was handed to her by the serving girl from Ravens Inn. Richard Barlow decides to drive to Whitewood to see if he can find his sister, and Tom follows him, though he is in an accident on the way there.

Richard checks in to Ravens Inn and questions Mrs Newless. He also gets the same room Nan stayed in. He visits Pat Russell and talks to her grandfather the Reverend Russell (Norman MacOwan) who reveals to him that the townsfolk of Whitewood have worshiped Satan for 300 years and he gives them eternal life, so long as they sacrifice a young woman on two nights every year – Candlemass Eve and the Witches Sabbath. It turns out Nan went missing on Candlemass Eve, and the Witches Sabbath is that very night. Later that night Pat Russell is grabbed by the Coven and Richard has to stop them before they sacrifice her too.

Will Richard Barlow be able to stop the Coven from sacrificing Pat? Is his sister Nan still alive maybe? Will Tom suddenly turn up and help save the day? Is there a link between Professor Driscoll and the Coven? Will the Coven be successful and survive for yet another year? If you want to know these things, watch the film below:

Maybe if Christopher Lee is your professor, you have a reason to be suspicious:

Please support this blog – Ko-fi 🙂

©️2021 Joanne Fisher

13 Horror Films: 1. Kristy (2014)

Since there seems to be no 13 Days of Samhain like last year, I’ve decided to write about a particular horror film every day until Halloween. I’ve also decided to choose films that are not so well known or have been overlooked. Some will be contemporary, and some will be older. These posts will contain spoilers, so you are warned.

Tonight: Kristy. A film that bombed on it’s release and received mixed reviews, but I enjoy watching it.

“Why are you doing this?”

“Pretty hair. Pretty car!”

College student Justine (played by Haley Bennett) finds herself hunted down one night by four cultists. They belong to The Fold: a group made up of cells across the United States that hunt down young women who they deem to be privileged. At least more privileged than they are. They all label their victims as Kristy, as Kristy means follower of Christ and therefore killing Kristy means they’re killing God. Blah blah. As they hunt down their victims, and eventually kill them, they record it all and then upload their results to the group’s website.

When the film begins it is Thanksgiving. Everyone is leaving campus to go to their families, everyone except Justine who can’t afford to go home. She’s a scholarship student who also has to work as a kitchen hand. Justine’s boyfriend Aaron (Lucas Till) offers for her to go to his home for Thanksgiving, but she refuses. You get the impression that his family is well off and Justine’s isn’t. The wealth gap bothers her and makes her feel his family doesn’t understand her.

The only other stay behind at the beginning is Justine’s friend Nicole, but when Nicole suddenly leaves to be with family, Justine is on her own during Thanksgiving break. You see Justine try to make the best of a bad situation by dancing down corridors, going for a run, and using the swimming pool. All the physical activity she engages in helps explain her physical stamina later on in the film, but it also highlights that she is alone and isolated in a very large campus.

In the evening she drives Nicole’s BMW to a nearby service station to pick up supplies. While there she encounters Violet (Ashley Greene), the female member of the local The Fold cell. After Justine has an altercation with her, Violet marks her as their new victim. On the way back, their car blocks hers, but she manages to get past them and back to campus just as a storm begins to hit. Justine tells the security man Wayne (Matthew St Patrick) that she encountered trouble and he tells her not to worry. She then sits in a dorm lounge talking to Aaron on her phone. She falls asleep there, and when she wakes everything is different. All the lights are out and the front door of her dorm is barricaded. She watches in horror as the cultists violently attack Wayne in front of her. Justine is then told she is Kristy, and the hunt begins…

Justine is then stalked throughout the campus by this group comprised of Violet and three faceless males who wear tinfoil masks and are armed with knives and baseball bats. After her boyfriend (who came back because he was worried about her) is killed before her eyes, she gets tired of running and begins fighting back using her knowledge of the campus as an advantage.

Does Justine kill all of this group before they kill her? Watch the movie if your interested in seeing how it unfolds.

As a side note: There were a couple of scenes in this movie that reminded me of the game Life Is Strange. At one point Justine is hiding amongst the shelves in the library and the cultists are using flashlights to try and find her. This is reminiscent of the end stage of the game where you are trying to avoid being spotted by flashlights. There’s also a scene in the swimming pool which reminded me of when Max and Chloe break into the school swimming pool one night and end up trying to hide from the security guard. Kristy came out a year before Life Is Strange, and I wonder if the game designers where influenced by this film in some small way. Of course it could just be coincidence, but there are times with this film I feel a similar vibe to the game. Maybe it’s just me…

Please support this blog – Ko-fi 🙂

©️2021 Joanne Fisher

Victory Uncertain (flash fiction)

Victory Uncertain

The legion marched through the ice towards the Black Fortress where the Winter Queen sat on her obsidian throne. The commander knew it was unlikely they would prevail, but they had to try…

Joanne Fisher

Word count: 32 + prompt

If only this prompt had been longer, I could have had a lot of fun with it…

This was written with the prompt legion provided by Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #231.

Please support this blog – Ko-fi 🙂

©️2021 Joanne Fisher

Stuck in the Mud (flash fiction)

Stuck in the Mud

I’m only on this godforsaken planet because I was sent here. Why anyone would actually want to live here escapes me. Frankly it stank, large areas were covered in mud, but not the mud you would find anywhere else.

One time I got stuck in it. It was a metre deep. I hoped someone might find me before I died of hunger or thirst. Luckily a search party rescued me. How many others had also got stuck, but never been found? I was so glad to see the settlement again. Though I saw quite an amazing sunset out there.

Joanne Fisher

This was written with the prompt mud provided by the Carrot Ranch October 14 Flash Fiction Challenge.

Please support this blog – Ko-fi 🙂

©️2021 Joanne Fisher

The Return (full sequence)

The Return

1. Penelope Waits

why do I constantly
look out our window
hoping to see your ship
returning to its harbour?
 
why do I listen for the sound
of your footsteps echoing
up to our bedchamber?
 
but I know you too well
 
you've gone after
your own desires
& I'm the spider
who waits quietly
 
the thing with journeys
is that they spiral inwards
to your own dark heart
 
should you return
you'll find me here
spinning a web
to ensnare you
 
& every night I unpick it
while hungry men wait below
 
none of them
have your eyes
or your smell
 
all the heroes returned
from the wars,
except you
 
long have I dreamed
of your dark hair, tanned skin,
& sinewy form to emerge
out of the frothing sea-water
 
& into my arms
 
but I know you too well
you will come home only
when you are tired
of your journeys
 
your betrayals
your lies
 
& after so many threads
I'm tired of waiting
for our lives to begin again
 
is there anything worth
salvaging
between us?

2. Telemachus Schemes

I planned to go & find him
in my dreams a goddess
with long dark hair &
ivory skin faintly whispered
that he would return
 
I traveled but found
no word of him, just assurances
so I pace the walls of our palace
while fat old men
drink our wine
eat our food
lounge around
planning to covet my mother
in my father's house
 
they pay no attention to me
I wander unnoticed
& unchecked
 
my mother hides behind walls
picking & unpicking at embroidery
there is nothing to do
but wait
 
my father left me for the wars
I was too young to join
now that I'm older
my mother seems unsure
of my intentions
 
every day I look
to the fathomless sea hoping
to see my father's ship
negotiating the waves
 
one day I will find him
my time will come
 
3. Calypso Sings

It is surprising what a storm
throws up on the shore -
today walking along
the alabaster sands
after a tumultuous night
I found a man
 
he was bedraggled
partially clothed in seaweed
& rags, his skin tanned &
muscles on his sinewy arms
like knotted rope
 
I thought him dead
but as I watched
he coughed up seawater
so I got to my knees
& softly sang
to arouse him
 
he awoke in despair
he had lost everything -
his men, his ship,
his way home
 
I led him to my house
plying him with wine, goats cheese,
& grapes, while singing
to calm him
 
slowly I fell in love
with the scars on his back,
his long sea-bleached hair,
his moods, & his occasional
smiles
 
he explored the hidden caves
of my island, the forests
& secret waterfalls
I wanted him to forget
his family
his own people
 
I kept him here for seven years
& took him for my lover
I wanted him to love me
but his heart was already taken
 
the other gods
wanted me to throw him back
to the ocean
& he was restless
pining for his wife
 
he would sit on the beach for hours
watching the waves
slowly sobbing & staring
in the direction of his home
I knew I was no longer part
of his story
so I let him go
 
he will go back to his wife
& I will be left here
looking out to the sea
watching over him
as he sails away
hoping my charms
will keep him safe
on the ocean paths
 
he will return to his island
& win back his lost kingdom
 
I will be left here
on my own again
singing softly to myself

4. Eurylochus Laments

Curse the Gods
& all those who follow them
I am not a fatalist, but I know
we are all doomed
 
he will escape though
he always escapes
it is us who pay for it
 
we have faced a monster with six heads
eating our crew-mates, a witch
who turned us into pigs,
women with beautiful voices
trying to lure us ashore,
a giant who dashed the heads
of the crew against a cavern wall
& ate them whole, & of course
Gods seeking vengeance for his
own transgressions & deceits
 
& each time
he survives

he is my lord & king
but
 
when you gaze into the chaos
long enough
you get to see how things will
fall into place
 
he will make it home &
win back his kingdom
 
our wives, sons, & daughters
will grieve, wondering what
became of us
 
all will marvel at his survival;
the story of the lost sea-wanderer
emerging like Orpheus
out of the Land of the Dead
sparing no thought for us
 
we will be lost
amongst the waves,
scattered across these islands
& forgotten
 
he will return
& sacrifice us all for it

5. Athena Watches

it was not meant to happen like this
he wasn't meant to take so long
to get home
 
events can spiral
even out of our reach
when you play everyone
like puppets the strings
can get tangled
 
the human race is nothing but story
individual lives
threads of narrative
to be told in the dark night
by the roaring bonfire
under a black sky burning
with bright stars
 
we gods know this
& yet we also know
that we are part of this story too;
a story within a story
 
I contrived for everything
to turn out the way I wished
yet the path always branches
onto an infinite number of
other paths to take
 
he was imprisoned on that island
for so long I told her
she had to let him go

 when he does return
he will be alone
there will be reunions &
reconciliations & bloodshed
 
I have done my best
to set things right
 
yet there are always other pathways

6. Odysseus Returns

Saltwater is in my blood -
most of my life has been spent
in the sea or boats

after Troy fell
it was a rough journey home
every day I dreamed
to return to the rocky shores
of my kingdom

to see it's olive trees & quiet bays
& wander the long hill-paths

she held me captive for years
& slowly I fell for her charms
but then she told me I had to go

she gave me a sharp axe &
I built a boat from the tall
alders, poplars, & firs
on her island, once it
was finished she loaded
it with pomegranates, goat's
cheese, apples, & wine
& then off I went sailing
the oceans paths home

when I returned I was alone,
there were parasites living
in my house
eating my food,
drinking my wine &
after I killed them all
I was king again

with a people I no longer recognise
or understand

a young man calls me father
watching me intently with every step

& my wife
is not her
not the woman I left

she has erected walls within walls
I cannot find my way through her labyrinth
she kept suitors out of our bed for so long
she has grown used to the solitude

every night I dream
I am lying on the white sand
listening to the waves rolling lazily ashore
& she is there
standing over me
softly singing
while a breeze blows through
her long brown hair

then I awake
it is still dark
& I hear my wife
muttering in her sleep

on the wind
I can hear the waves
calling me to sail again -
saltwater is in my blood


Joanne Fisher



It’s nice to see it all together.

Please support this blog – Ko-fi 🙂

©️2021 Joanne Fisher

Annabel (flash fiction)

Annabel

The hairbrush had belonged to Annabel. Every time Kay saw it, she was reminded of Annabel, and how every morning Annabel would stand in front of the mirror and brush her long brown hair.

One evening Kay received a call that Annabel had been involved in a car accident. Annabel’s things were left lying around the house as she grieved. Then one day she packed it all up, though she left the brush as a reminder of watching Annabel every morning getting ready to face the world.

Joanne Fisher

Word count: 87

This was written with the prompt brush provided by Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #230.

Please support this blog – Ko-fi 🙂

©️2021 Joanne Fisher