Posts Tagged ‘Clive Barker’


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For those who are new, Rochelle shares a photo prompt to which several #FridayFictioneers compose a 100-word flash of fiction. Come, give us a merry hand.

This, a take inspired by Clive Barker’s The Body Politic.

Merry Hands

His body slumping from fatigue, hands bloodied and raw, Berwick managed another pull upon the life-boat oars and distanced himself from the horror which took his ship, his crew, and several of his closest friends.

Seven miles off the rocky New England coast and cruising smoothly beneath a waxing gibbous Berwick was bound for trade in Virginia when hell broke loose.

“It was in the hands,” said one. A loss of responsiveness at first, then no cognitive control, the hands lurched and reached and clawed and squeezed and rapidly all was lost.

Berwick, eyes downcast, beheld his own coming savagery.