So, I've put on my judge's wig, and a mighty fine wig it is I must say, whilst I've scrutinised the offering from last week. Tough as ever but I have come to a decision.
I have two winners this week as I have been flicking between the two stories for a good twenty minutes now and just cannot separate them in my mind.
My first winner is newcomer Dex with his entry The Killing Field. Dex - I could envisage myself crouched down there in the cornfield with Peter as the reaper stalked him in the moonlight. Incredibly atmospheric and superbly written.
My second winner is the originator of The Prediction Lily Childs with her second entry of the week Lachrymosa. Lily - this was pitch perfect throughout and showed that horror can truly exist in the subtlest of writing with one word revealing so much at the end.
An honourable mention to John Xero as runner-up this week with Rewrite. John - this was such an imaginative piece of writing which blew me away as a concept. Top drawer.
So congrats to Dex, Lily and John, and thanks to everyone else for bringing such great tales and for supporting each other with your comments.
So, with some extra days off work to play with what words will we have to delight us? The great book has taken a regal air this evening and the 'ink' has turned from red to blue. And by royal command here are our trio of words:
You have until 9pm (
Let's see what tales we can pack in this week.....