And we return with an old favorite.
We shall mash subgenres up and write the weird stories that result.
I will give you 20 subgenres. You will pick two from the list either using a d20 or random number generator (or use monkey knuckles or coffee grounds or whatever), then you will write a short story that mashes up those two subgenres.
Length: We’ll say 1500-2000 words.
Due by: Next Friday (2/9), noon EST.
Post at your online space.
Drop a link to the story in the comments below.
THE SUBGENRE LIST:
- Revenge Thriller
- BDSM Erotica
- Fairy Tale / Fable / Folklore
- Haunted House
- Wild West
- Body Horror
- Near-Future Sci-Fi
- Sword & Sorcery
- Occult Detective
- Comic Fantasy
- Urban Fantasy
- Bodice Ripper
- Space Opera
- Climate Change
- Medical Thriller
- Paranormal Romance
- Artificial Intelligence Sci-Fi
42 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: SubGenre Shake-And-Bake, Baby”
Haunted-house and Superhero. Hum, I have an idea…
I got 16 & 7: https://article94.com/2018/02/02/space-combat/
Body Horror Fairy Tale/Fable/Folklore.
…I think I *have* to do this one.
15 & 19… who-done-it and paranormal romance. This could be interesting!
Occult Detective meets Wild West. Thoughts are swirling.
Naaaww man… but I have already written an Occult Detective Revenge Thriller…
7 and 6… near future body horror? This may take a fun turn.
Here you go. “GMO scrap heap.” https://www.tumblr.com/blog/sketchystormwritesgarbo
Wild west superhero here we go….
BDSM erotica and Revenge Thriller
Comic Fantasy and Superhero 😀 I have just the idea…
Bodice ripper + paranormal romance–well they do go together, though they’re outside of my wheelhouse…
[…] for terribleminds Flash Fiction Challenge: SubGenre Shake-And-Bake, Baby, where the prompt is to write a short story that mashes up two subgenres and I chose BDSM Erotica […]
1 and 18 for me. How erotic may be be?
12 & 14. I had to look up “Bodice Ripper.” *blushing*
Ha! I did too! I’m doing it as one of mine.
Superhero + Medical Thriller
I’ll give it a shot! My child refuses to sleep tonight anyway, lol!
I got 2 and 12. BDSM Erotica and Urban Fantasy. Shall I dare…?
OK, right under the deadline, but here it is. Obviously it’s NSFW, but I didn’t hit very heavily either with the BDSM or the Urban Fantasy themes.
Not Your Usual Nightclub: https://medium.com/@VicenteLRuiz/not-your-usual-nightclub-be6413b3782c
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I got fairy tale and haunted house. Might I introduce “Gingerbread Lullaby” http://mdflyn.com/2018/02/05/gingerbread-lullaby-original-flash-fiction/
Nice original lullaby!
Actually it’s an old German lullaby. I thought it fitting.
Oh nice. It works really well!
Wild West and Body Horror. ROTTEN HELL. This was fun.
Forgot the link. Here it is ROTTEN HELL – https://www.timothysmorehead.com/blog/2018/2/6/rotten-hell-a-flash-fiction-challenge
I wanted to read it. But on my computer, your blog has a very light grey font on a white background–much too hard for this old lady to read 🙁
He updated the text color to black. Reads fine on my computer now, Rebecca.
I thoroughly enjoyed this piece. It is apparent that you had a blast writing it, and that you know how to “spin a yarn”. Nice use of the two sub-genres.
Comic Fantasy vs Musical for 1900 words of yummy goodness. Please to enjoy “Meeting The Familiars”
[…] fiction challenge courtesy of Chuck Wendig. I got the RNG to spit out the numbers 8 and 8 and considered doing some kind of Sword & […]
Been forever since I did one of these. Sword & Sorcery and Climate Change. https://evathereseebert.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/the-subgenre-shake-and-bake
Comic fantasy and occult detective worked nicely to give direction to a little piece I’d already started about the demon 333…
[…] is a flash fic challenge, I did it, and right away I want to say this has spawned a hell of a plot bunny. This isn’t […]
Running in late, because it has been an insanely busy week, and goddamn it! Now I have to write a novel about this. I got occult detective/paranormal romance, and we are off to the races with Hearts Aflame: http://andreaspeed.com/2018/flash-fic-challenge-hearts-aflame/
Wild West (5) and Who Done It (15).
Great fun. Thanks!
“The People Who Weren’t There”
Interesting story, though I found that some of the setting/time period was a bit slippery. Poor kid!
Thanks for reading the story, Rebecca. I appreciate the feedback on time period – probably not truly Wild West based on the Wikipedia definition.
[…] at terribleminds, Chuck Wendig asked us to write a story that incorporated two of twenty different subgenres. I chose Folk Tale/ and Bodice […]
Folk Tale/Bodice Ripper
This one gets a little dirty 😉
Interesting exercise! Happy Friday!
And with about five minutes to spare, here’s mine. I picked Artificial Intelligence Sci-Fi and BDSM Erotica. This one’s called “Subroutines.”
A bit late, but hey, I made it. PASSWORD: Around