It's Friday and I'm over at the Confabulator Cafe today telling you a story of a Dark Carnival. Well, the first part, anyway. I'll explain.
Once a month the Cafe writers get an assignment to write a flash fiction (around 1000 words) off a particular prompt. In September we wrote about Revenge. (If you didn't see my story because I didn't point you to it, it's called What Is Best in Life. Yeah, I stole the title from the Conan movie. Get over it. I really like that story and think it's among the best I've written there.) You can check out all the things I've written for the Cafe and links to the individual stories I wrote under the banner The Long Range by visiting the Free Stories tab at the top of the page.
So this month's story was suggested by Larry Jenkins because of the season and how many of us in the Cafe are Ray Bradbury fans. Something Wicked This Way Comes definitely has all the creepy Halloween elements and fantasy bits that inspire me to want to tell stories. Larry's a fantastic writer and you simply must read his flash fictions because he hasn't got anything else out in the public yet. (At least not that I know of. I assume he'll let me know now.)
Bradbury had an effect on me when I wrote The Receivers, and Something Wicked definitely inspired some of the visuals I used. Anyway, as I started writing my story about the Dark Carnival, it kept getting longer and longer. A third of the way through I knew it was not just a flash fiction. There was a larger story going on here and I needed to tell it all.
Thus, you get part one today at the Cafe and then part two will arrive here on Monday. Which will be a perfect kickoff to the month of November when I'm knee deep in NaNoWriMo. (Which I realize isn't until the following Thursday but let's not get our timelines all foggy just because I'm writing these posts in advance. How far in advance, you wonder? Only a week or so. But still - I won't be the same person I was when I wrote these words.)
Why make you wait? Not for any sinister reason other than it pleases me to do so. I want to see how many of you read the first part then come over here to read the conclusion. It's worth the wait, I promise. It's a really, really dark story. It's violent in the end and it has everything that I love about Halloween and all the things that scare the hell out of me, too.
Hang in there. Go read my story. Go read everyone else's stories, too. You won't be disappointed.