Swamp Thing (from a Children’s Book of Spooky Stories) {Trifextra}


Photo credit from poisoned playground

Artist credit: Don Duford


Swamp Thing was real.

Lurching out of the murky water with beady eyes and a zombie-like mouth, arms reaching for me until…

I woke up.

No more campfire legends before bed for me.

The prompt (including the picture of the Ghoul above)
And finally, this weekend’s prompt.  As you know, Trifecta has a history of dedicating the entire month of October to Halloween.  We’re kicking it off early and easy with this prompt:

You’ve found some old books.  On page 3 of one of the books, this illustration appears.

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Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. So true to life! I can almost smell the s’mores! Nicely done.

  2. Nice take on the prompt Kir! Spooky campfire stories are the best! :)

  3. That’s me…scary stories (or movies) make for terrifying nights!

  4. But Kir, campfire stories are THE BEST haha

  5. And cartoonish gholy eyes…

  6. margitsage says:

    Very cute! :)

  7. Cobbie's World says:

    That is precisely the reason both of my girls are told that I love them and that I wish them sweet dreams and will see them in the morning, when they go to bed. Happy thoughts = happy sleeps…at least in my house, most of the time. :) Great job with the campfire imagery. We can all visualize that scene very well. :)

  8. My daughter has been torturing herself with scary stories lately and then paying for them all night long. I try to divert her attention, but it’s useless. I think we just have to get through this stage. Maybe I’ll read her your post. :-) Thanks for linking up, Kir.

  9. Oh, this SO takes me back to those autumn nights when my sisters and I got permission to stay out after the street lights came on. All the neighbor kids would get together and freak each other out with scary stories. I think those times fostered my love of horror movies and Halloween.

    You really set a vivid scene in so few words. But this comes as no surprise. Your writing never disappoints. Nicely done, my friend!

  10. Ah that’s the risk of camp-fire stories.. (been there)…. and sleeping in a tent afterwards.

  11. Ha!ha!What a cool last line ;-)Loved it Kir

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