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Sunday Writing Prompt “The Bloody Carousel”

The Bloody Carousel.jpg

The Scene

Perched precariously atop a cliff side is The Bloody Carousel, an amusement park whose very name fails to inspire the appropriate jovial mindset. Once inside you are happy to find that you do not even notice the gravity-defying tilt. The size of the park is staggering, you have never seen so many rides in one location. The park is nothing like the sleek, modern parks to which you are accustomed, it looks more like the setting of a horror flick circa the 1800s. Nevertheless, it possesses a certain macabre artistry that compels you, despite your trepidation, to explore and partake of the experiences awaiting within. You notice right away that there are no staff. No one mans the games, no one operates the rides, and no one makes the confections and yet there are visitors playing, riding, and eating to their heart’s content. The rides seem to operate themselves and you can find nothing in their dated technology that could warrant their autonomy. Unlike the carnivals of old the animals are not confined to cages but free to walk about without the encumbrance of chains. You recognize some of the animals. despite their jarring disproportions. Others are unknown to you and you think alien. Despite the laughter and delighted shrieks, despite the aromas of cotton candy and fried confections, despite the haunting upbeat music that surrounds you, you feel a sense of foreboding, a sense that you are not welcome.

About mindlovemisery

Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded I am 39 and married (almost 20 years) with a beautiful soon to be teenage daughter.

10 comments on “Sunday Writing Prompt “The Bloody Carousel”

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  2. pensitivity101
    June 30, 2019

    Very good!

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  5. Jules
    July 1, 2019

    I like the image, but I’m not into ‘Bloody’… I think I’ll pass this one.

    • mindlovemisery
      July 1, 2019

      You can use bloody in the British slang sense as in emphasis or focus on just the image and perhaps elements of the scene. It is not necessary to write horror and certainly not gore. Fantasy and mystery would also work well.

      • Jules
        July 1, 2019

        I’m a tad behind with catching up. I’ll have to see if I can smoosh it with another prompt 😉

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  7. Because I used the prompt in the creation of the final chapter of Naughty Netherworld Press’ forthcoming book, Caged Birds, I can’t post what I wrote. Nothing like giving away the final chapter of a book! However, I did write a post thanking you for the prompt, because it wouldn’t have been the same without you!
    https://horrorharridans.blogspot.com/2019/07/thank-you.html

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