• Return of The Penny Dreadful One Line Horror Competition: Results

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    Excerpt from the private papers of an unknown Penny Dreadful editor – October 2014

    With a creak of the door, the messenger limped in.

    “This comes straight from the judge.”

    I knew this was coming, though I had dreamed otherwise. With a nearby knife, I opened the envelope. Trembling fingers pulled out the yellowish page. It was from our judge, spooky author and previous winner Laura Jane Cassidy. Out of a blind list of 167 entries to the Penny Dreadful One Line Horror Competition, she had selected a winner and 9 runners up.

    The runners up are as follows…

    Her memories were the most beautiful thing about her, which is why I saved her temporal lobe for last. - ‏@EmmaPaulet

    ‘Who’s gutless now?’ he whispered, his wife’s entrails draped over his arm like a waiter’s cloth. - ‏@STurner4077 

    When she invited me for dinner with her family I was afraid I wouldn’t fit in. So was she. The oven was a bit small. - ‏@Emmaleene1 

    She crawls into my bed for warmth and comfort, tiny fingers seeking mine. Below, my cellmate weeps. He has a visitor of his own - ‏@Karl_A_Russell 

    Singing along to the radio, it took her a few lines to realise. Hers was not the only voice in the car. - ‏@_Marie45

    The party balloons were tied to a post in the graveyard, next door. - ‏@leenacia

    ‘I used to be a werewolf’, said the large hairy-faced man, ‘but I’m alright nooooowwwww’ - @michileenog

    For Sale: Baby Shoes, NEVER TAKEN OFF. RUNNING BABY DEFIES CAPTURE. SEEMINGLY SHAPELESS. UNSTOPPABLE IN THESE ENCHANTED BROGUES - @BaconPancakes69

    Beware the night of All Hallows’ Eve. For the clouds will fall, the dead will rise and the devil will see wherever you hide. - ‏@tashawhittaker

    And the winner is…

     The abnormal mass shivers, swells under my skin. The doctor pokes it & smiles, ‘Soon we will be able to remove you from the tumour.’ -@emreapy

    I shudder and quickly fill a scare package to be sent to Elizabeth Reapy containing the 6.66 euro cash prize, an issue of the Penny Dreadful, a personal illustration of her tweet and our congratulations. Thank you to our judge, Laura Jane Cassidy and everyone who entered. Have a Dreadful Halloween and drive safely!

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