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Saturday Mix – Bastet – March 11, 2017

Hello Folks and I’m terribly sorry for the lateness of this post – I¬†had some connection problems.

I thought we’d look into the classic Gothic horror genre today.

I can’t imagine that people would sit around campfires in the¬†stone age trying to scare their fellow listeners with vampire and ghost tales nor with the real horrors of the plague would people want to imagine some other horrifying sort of death stalking the corridors. ¬†Horror as entertainment probably could not rival real life which held true horrors just outside ones front door, not to say people didn’t tell tales about demons and the horrors of hell and such like, but their usage¬†was for far different reasons – like for religious edification.

I believe we had to wait until the¬†late¬†18th and early 19th century for Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelly and Bram Stoker to come along for us to discover the pleasure of that tickle down our spine procured by horror tales. They¬†weren’t the first writers of the Gothic horror period though – that honour would go to¬†Horace Walpole¬† (an art historian) with the¬†first Gothic novel entitled “The Castle of Otranto”¬†(1764)¬†.

It would take a sociological study to understand why we became interested in horror and fear as a means to entertain ourselves and it would probably have to do with exorcising the fear of death or something … but we’re not here to analyze horror but to write a bit of¬†it.

Here’s an example of the beginning of a¬†bit of classic¬†Gothic horror:

Strange that this¬†should happen to me, I never believed in the supernatural, but then perhaps not so strange. ¬†Here as the last particles of oxygen become corrupted I reflect upon the tricks of a fickle fate and¬†how¬†I meet mine chained¬† in this old mausoleum near to gasping my last breath. ¬†If you read this note, be warned, my life is forfeit not through an accident but through the will of my nemesis, the Countess Varonsky whom we all thought dead these past twenty years. …

We all know the genre Рthe problem will be to tell the tale in 100 words!  Now to inspire us:


¬†You may wish to write a poem instead of a¬†flash fiction story – remember Poe’s effective “The Raven” which has un many a chill down his reader’s spine. ¬†Or perhaps you’d like to try your hand with a Shadorma …

Whichever you choose, once you’ve written your piece, please link up with us either ¬†in the comments or the Mr.s Linky App ¬†or ping your work but do¬†tag Saturday Mix as well as Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie.

Have fun and ‘ll be along during the week to read you work! Ciao, ¬†Bastet.


About Georgia

I love to read...I like to write...I've travelled the world and seen the sites. I'm past my prime and feel so young, especially when near the young. I'm writing this blog, to remember, to think and to share...with the hopes that someone else will make a comment that will stimulate new thoughts and pathways. Actually, I'm a gabber, so the logical extension of gabbing is blogging! ;-)

23 comments on “Saturday Mix – Bastet – March 11, 2017

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  2. Reena Saxena
    March 11, 2017

    Mr. Linky is not working properly.Links up to some other post.


    • Bastet
      March 24, 2017

      Sorry about the Mr. Linky …

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  4. pensitivity101
    March 11, 2017

    Here’s my offering, though perhaps not that creepy really!

    • Bastet
      March 24, 2017

      Thanks for your offering and sorry I’m late replying.

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  9. julespaige
    March 12, 2017

    A shuddering Shadorma series:

  10. Lorraine
    March 12, 2017

    Wonderful prompt — the responses have been nicely gothic and creepy.

    • Bastet
      March 24, 2017

      I’m rather surprised at the response Lorraine … but happy everyone seemed to have fun!

      • Lorraine
        March 24, 2017

        Folks enjoy how you present your flash fiction, and the topics/themes you choose. No doubt the same enthusiasm will be on display tomorrow (Saturday).

      • Bastet
        March 24, 2017

        Fingers crossed .. thanks for being such a good soul, I truly appreciate it very much.

      • Lorraine
        March 29, 2017

        Thanks for the kind words. I sent you an email (Tuesday); looking forward to hearing from you.

      • Bastet
        April 7, 2017

        Sorry I’ve been off line and just got my internet fixed … I’ve seen your mail and will get to you asap. Hugs

      • Lorraine
        April 7, 2017

        Just wanted to be in touch. Being offline makes for difficulties. Thanks.

      • Bastet
        April 7, 2017

        It’s a bit late right now for me to write a letter (I’m trying to hobble a prompt together for tomorrow morning) but I hope to be able to make up for lost time tomorrow afternoon … fingers crossed!

      • Lorraine
        April 8, 2017

        Good luck with the prompt — the ones you have done so far have been well received. I’m sure you will do the same great job this week.
        Write when you can — first things first.

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