This may be my favorite holiday of the year.
No, not because of THE SWEET DEALS.
But rather, because of the fiction that grows out of it.
If you don’t know #talesfromblackfriday, well, it’s a bit of a tradition, now. I’m not even sure when I started it? I wanna say three years ago, but maybe it’s been longer. It’s certainly taken on its own life, since then, which is awesome.
Here’s what you do:
Go to Twitter. Don’t have The Twitters? Now’s a good time to get an account.
Then, tell a horror-ish story about Black Friday using the hashtag, #talesfromblackfriday.
Here’s an example, and here, and here — or, just go peruse the hashtag.
The tales you tell can be short (a single tweet) or long. They can be Night Vale-ish, or more cosmic horror-y, or Twilight Zoney — or, really, whatever you want to do with it.
Go. Descend into the retail labyrinth. Shuffle past the snapping doors.
FIND YOUR DEALS.
TELL YOUR TALE.
11 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge — #talesfromblackfriday”
Just to let you know – the Here’s an example link is dead.
Weird. Fixed! Thanks!
i love this. this is what makes black friday
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Have just come up with a tagline, now I have to make a poster to use it:
“You will save. You will not be saved.”
Really needs a horde of shoppers hammering at a glass door, but I wasn’t brave enough to go take that photo.
Black Friday, worthy of no less than the darkest of tales.
I actually have my own tradition of doing Black Friday themed stories, but since it fits so well with everything, I’d thought I’d share: http://coolerbs.com/2015/11/28/microfiction-sales-rush/. It’s more of a pitch black comedy than true horror though.
It kinda says something about humanity with how much we enjoy this, doesn’t it….
[…] So a good place for me to begin in trying to do likewise, and return Blue Ink Alchemy to a regular schedule, seems to be writing up some Flash Fiction. I turned my browser to Terribleminds, and instead of a full-length post, 500-100 words, this week the challenge is to write a tweet. Hence this verbose forward to what follows! At 131 characters, here’s how I contributed to the Tales from Black Friday. […]
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