1st Place, Flash Fiction
2017 GLVWG "The Write Stuff" Writers Conference

I Glimpsed Them
Christopher D. Ochs

Poe saw the Monsters. Lovecraft saw Them. Campbell saw Them as well.
They all saw Them, then they wrote about Them.

Last year, I glimpsed Them - and They saw me.
Of course, I was stupid enough to write a story about it.

Poe died from opium, or so the legend goes.
Lovecraft succumbed to syphilis, which I find curious since the poor slob was a virgin.
Campbell died of esophageal cancer - yet he was an avid non-smoker.

When They decide to tear me from this life, what fate shall They choose, I wonder, to fool this unwitting world?


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