Little Shop of Horrors – Friday Fictioneers, June 2022

Copyright John Nixon

Morticia sighed as she detached the vampiric kitten from her neck and floated across the shop to remonstrate with the ectoplasm in the corner.

“Put those books back where you found them” she said, slapping the part that most closely resembled a hand.

“Invasion of personal space,” shrieked the ectoplasm, and the succubus rummaging for matching teacups hurried over, hopeful for a piece of the action.

The head of the ghostly bride in the window began to rotate wildly.  “Customers,” she hissed, as two young Goths marched inside, eyeing their surroundings with satisfaction.

“Mega or what?” said one.

The other sighed contentedly.

“Wicked, man.”

A rerun for this prompt from 2013 this week. Thanks, as ever, to Rochelle for all that she does for Friday Fictioneers.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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24 Responses to Little Shop of Horrors – Friday Fictioneers, June 2022

  1. neilmacdon says:

    An ususual venture for you into comic fantasy, Nicely done, Sandra

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  2. Goodness, they do sound like a quarrelsome lot! Made me laugh.

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  3. Dale says:

    You sure made it come alive! Fun one, Sandra.

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  4. Dear Sandra,

    I enjoyed it then and I enjoyed it now. As I remember, at the time, we were inundated a plethora of vampire and faerie stories. You gave them humor and substance with a bit of sarcasm on the side. Good job.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Made me think of Ghostbusters, Sandra. Well done.

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  6. pennygadd51 says:

    Great fun, Sandra. You’ve imagined the scene vividly. I love the clever choice of images – the vampiric kitten; the part of the ectoplasm most resembling a hand; invasion of personal space. It’s an excellent example of how powerful the precise choice of images can be.

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  7. Not the Sandra I’m used to reading, but my goodness, it’s great!

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  8. elmowrites says:

    This had me laughing out loud, Sandra. Just the kind of horror story I like to read! I can’t remember seeing it last time around, but it was a while ago. Either way it felt new to me today

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  9. trentpmcd says:

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who thought “ghosts” when i say the photo… I like the otherworldly humor.

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  10. granonine says:

    I was smiling the whole time I was reading your post! What fun, and a little different genre from you 🙂

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  11. Bill says:

    Oh, Sandra, you set this up so well. The vast potential for entertaining characters and drama is just pouring out. Well done. 🙂

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  12. James McEwan says:

    Yes, I love the name Morticia. It is clear, precise and true to character in every sense.

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  13. michael1148humphris says:

    You had me smiling, it was a great story to go with the prompt

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  14. poetisatinta says:

    That was such fun to read 🙂

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  15. plaridel says:

    it wasn’t your usual, but the dry humor remained. 🙂

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  16. msjadeli says:

    A rousing tale. Sounds like a “happy family” that brings such entertainment to others.

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  17. GHLearner says:

    Such fun. I wonder if they ever get out of that shop again. A vampiric kitten is diabolical.

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  18. Great visuals as I read this story, Sandra.
    Bring back lots of your oldies. I loved it especially the lil vampiric kitten. : )
    Isadora 😎

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  19. Margaret says:

    Those two goths would be right at home in there. This was great – it brought back memories of the TV Morticia and her weird household. We loved Lurch the harpsichord playing butler.

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  20. Nobbinmaug says:

    Now, I have “The Addams Family Theme” in my head. That was a fun one.

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  21. Anita says:

    Horror coming to life.
    Can’t imagine the bride’s head rotating!

    Mine-
    Are You There? – Anita

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