Take a very close look at this photo.
Can you see that dark creature? It’s staring back at you. See its eyes?
Don’t look away from it. Stare at the creature for at least five seconds, and you’ll see exactly what it is.
Here, take another look. Remember, look at it for at least five seconds.
Did you stare at it for at least five seconds?
Did it reveal what it was to you?
Did you notice how it moved slightly?
No? Then take a final look. Remember, stare at it for at least five seconds. Providing you do, then you’ll see it move slightly and reveal its secret.
Did it work? No? Then I’m going to have to tell you.
You see, that creature is the creak of the door. It’s that faint sound you hear in the middle of the night that wakes you up and makes you freeze, unable to move. It’s that feeling that terrifies you even though you’re not sure you heard a noise.
That creature is the creak of the trees as you walk past them. It’s the faint sound of those footsteps behind you. It’s the one ring of the telephone that stops and makes you wonder if anybody was really calling you. It’s the chill that passes through your body when somebody walks over your grave. That creature is the whisper you think you heard when you were all alone.
That creature only sleeps on the night of Halloween. That’s the one night you can rest, knowing that you’ll be safe…unless…you stared at the photo for more than five seconds.
Did I not mention to you that the photo is cursed and that nobody should stare at it for more than five seconds or have read to this point of this post? Now you’re cursed. You see, that creature is me. I’m right behind you, right now! Whatever you do, don’t look behind you. In fact, never ever look behind you ever again. Never! You see, if you do, then…
I am the creature.
Written in response to Sue Vincent’s The Thursday Photo Prompt #writephoto – Over at The Daily Echo.
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97 thoughts on “Creature – #writephoto #Halloween”
Excellent Hugh… Now I thought it was Mini Mouse lol without her shoes on.. Enough to scare anyone.. 😉
Great Halloween teaser Hugh.. Sorry I turned up for the curse a little late.. 🙂
Oh, you haven’t, Sue. The curse operates 364 days of the year. The creature only sleeps on Halloween. 😱
🙂 haha… Luckily for me.. I have some special magical spell replant dust glitter left over from my Granddaughters spell bag.. I am sure a pinch of that along with some well chosen chants will put the creature to sleep every time it sees me.. 🙂 So worry not Hugh.. I will be perfectly safe.. 🙂 😀
Ah, you’re one of the lucky ones then, Sue. Don’t go spreading that glitter around too much. The creature won’t like it. 😃
🙂 too late Hugh.. I sprinkled some of it on Sunday.. and then again into Monday.. 😉
How can this be so super creepy and still make me laugh? Genius. 🙂
That happened to me, Diana. Somebody told me it was because I have a wicked mind. 😬 What? Me? Nooooooooooo.
Awesome, Hugh! You are very naughty to tell us to stare, and then tell us we’re cursed cause we did! All those little sounds are eerie, and I especially recognise the one that awakens me in the middle of the night. Did I hear it? Did I dream it? What was it? I can no longer hear over the pounding of my heart. Thanks for adding to the fear! Not.
You’re welcome, Norah. I seem to have been able to draw many readers in with this piece of short fiction. I suppose with it being the Halloween season that it also helped. 👻 Things that go bump in the night are a great subject…especially when you’re not quite sure if it was real.
You did well to attract such a great audience. We must all be anticipating the release of your book!
I hope so, Norah. It will go on pre-order very soon. 😃
Now Hugh, that’s not nice, to curse me like that. I wasn’t expecting it. And now I’m cursed.
You’re safe, Walt. It’s Halloween and the creature sleeps at Halloween. Oh, wait a moment, my calendar tells me it’s November 1st…😱
Great! Thanks! Now I’ve stared at it much longer than 5 recommended seconds. Am I doomed forever? LOL . Great post for the season in true Hugh style! 🙂 xoxo
Oh, you’re safe. Oh, hold on. The creature only sleeps on the night of Halloween…😱
Whew! 🙂 xo
You really sucked us in, Hugh. I did stare at it and thought I saw one or more ravens. Very much on my mind with Halloween! Poor birds get a bad rap – they are amazingly intelligent.
Thanks, Noelle. It’s so good for me to hear that my readers are taken in by my writing. Thanks for taking part.
Happy Halloween. 👻