PROMPT: “Haunted”

I was walking along the ridge today that overlooks the north beach of Writers Island. From that vantage point you can see the carcass of the old sailing vessel that washed up on the rocks several hundred years ago.

Said to have been manned by pirates of the Spanish Main, who’d been blown off course in a violent cluster of storms — the broken ship is now a bona fide ghost ruins, haunted by the hardy rouges that once set her sails to plunder and pillage in search of treasure on the high seas.

That got me to thinking about the perfect prompt for this coming Halloween week: “Haunted”! Now that is word, wide open to all sorts of unsettling interpretation — and definitely appropriate for the time of year.

So… for the eighth Writers Island prompt, spin your web of words ’round haunted. Let your imagination run to the spine tingling, or perhaps a tormented soul, and create your poem, prose, short story, essay, or commentary — and post it on your blog. Feel free to include recordings of you reading your work — and any photo, artwork, or graphic representation you feel is relevant.

If you’re new to the island, the details for coming ashore can be found in the right sidebar. To our regular islanders, you know how to navigate the surf — and welcome back!

All please then return here Tuesday, October 30th. At 12:01 AM, U.S. East Coast Time, a new post will be open for you to place the link to the piece you’ve written — and which you have posted on your site.


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