Thursday Doors – The October Door

Warning: It’s not a good idea to respond to calls for help coming from behind doors that were made specially for the Halloween season.

Why? Well, when you read what happened to me recently upon responding to calls for help coming from behind the rather scruffy door in the image below, you’ll believe me.

Photo of a scruffy door in need of a lot of repairs.
The October Door


Those were the words I could hear coming from the other side of the October door.

With its light blue paint having almost peeled away and signs of having been kicked from the scuff marks along its bottom, the door looked unloved and old. People passed me and the door by without taking any notice. Was I the only one who could hear the calls for help?

I watched as the flap of the letterbox lifted and two eyes appeared. They looked shocked when they saw me.

“I’m trapped. Please, you need to get me out. Just turn the knob to the left, then to the right, and once more to the left, and the door will open. I’ll be truly grateful for your help. It’s jammed. I’ve been stuck in here for over forty years.”

As the flap closed, I questioned what I had just heard. Forty years? That should have told me not to open the door, but the writer inside me said this would make a great story.

“Hold on. I’m coming in. Step away from the door,” I announced, as I approached it.

“Left, right, and left again,” I muttered under my breath, as I tried the door knob. The door opened without any problems, but I hesitated before stepping into the black void that now faced me.

“Hello,” I called out, as I took my first step inside.

Nothing but silence met my ears. Even the world behind me seemed to go to sleep. I hesitated and wondered if I should take a step back; to maybe get some help?

“In here,” came a voice, “please help me.”

On my fifth step in, the door slammed behind me.

Turning, I ran towards it, but it wouldn’t open. I told myself not to panic and to feel for the door knob, but there wasn’t one. Then, I heard a terrifying sound from something behind me. I banged on the door hard with both hands, hoping that somebody on the other side would hear me.


As the sound behind me got nearer, I had a strange feeling that somebody on the other side of the door had heard me. Then I remembered that the door had a letterbox. I bent down and pulled open the flap. My eyes opened wide with shock.

I hadn’t expected to see myself staring back.


This week’s door is located in Llandeilo, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.

Have you ever come across a door that isn’t all it seems?

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56 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – The October Door

    1. Thank you, Robbie; yes, I mention in the post that ‘The above piece of flash fiction features in Glimpses.’ So you will have read it before when reading Glimpses.

      1. You are the king of Halloween stories. I hope you are on the roster again for the first Story Chat of Year 3!!! I think Year 2 is full. Yay! 🙂

  1. Can you actually go back to somewhere you’ve never been, considering that “going back” means you’ve already been? 🙂 Sorry. Just the English/grammar person in my pushing to the front. Enjoyed the story either way.


  2. This is wonderful, Hugh – I love it!

    What a great story. I love the twist at the end. It’s a great door for the plt, too.

    Thanks so much for sharing this with Thursday Doors.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Dan. I figured with it being Halloween month, creepy looking doors should appear on my blog. I loved this particular door, even though it was in such a poor state of repairs. It must have been at least 50 years old and never seen a fresh lick of paint or clean water. I felt sorry for it but glad I captured it like that.

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