Vanished – 100 Word Flash Fiction

Tricia had wasted time choosing a costume and now darkness swallowed the winding country road. The party ended long ago while she lost her way. Fog enshrouded cornfields came to life as aged stalks resembled zombies. The paved road narrowed then changed to gravel. Turning around she spun the car too fast and rolled it over.

After climbing from the crumpled wreck she rubbed her aching head.

Incandescent light beckoned from a farmhouse. Entranced, she stumbled through the corn.

Tricia banged on the door.

It opened on rusted hinges. The woman looked right through her and asked, “Who’s there?”

Have you ever panicked when you were lost?

What is your favorite Vincent Price movie?

If you are a fan of his, you will love this video mash-up!

Photo by S. Lindau

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38 Responses to Vanished – 100 Word Flash Fiction

  1. The Hook says:

    Fantastic Halloween post! You have mad, spooky skills!


  2. Helen says:

    Oh you’re character is certainly in the spirit now! Good story spooky – hope you like my Halloween one too!


  3. Julia Indigo says:

    The twist had me LOLing. Beautiful!


  4. susielindau says:

    Thanks the Lime! I am glad you stopped by to read~


  5. The Lime says:

    Spooky, spooky, Halloween. Lovely, as always! Thanks for writing Susie.


  6. Love this! And by the way, I get lost all the time. Now I try to think of it as an adventure.

    Which usually works.

    Or it did until I saw someone get stabbed once.

    So now I sing when I’m lost.


  7. Tiyana says:

    Ha! Nice ending. Totally didn’t see that coming.


  8. K.D. McCrite says:

    Ah ha! Great twist, which is something I like. And something else: I wonder if people will know I’m here, after I’m gone. :-)

    Here’s a link to mine:


  9. Ray Yanek says:

    So many good things in only a 100 words! It was the setting that drug me in—the image of the fog enshrouded cornfields gave me that chill and I was hooked and made the perfect candidate for the smack down surprise at the end.

    Very nice work!


  10. Madison Woods says:

    Loved the surprise ending! That sure was a lot of story for 100 words. Very nice job :)

    Oh, I watched the video, but my computer’s sound doesn’t work. I’ll try to watch it again from home. And I really liked your photo – is that a real web? Beautiful.


  11. Ooh spooky. A very nice, non-obvious ghost story.


  12. kbnelson says:

    Oh, those evil cornstalks! Nice job!

    Have a great weekend!


  13. Diane Capri says:

    Enjoyed the story, Susie. I love twist endings!!


  14. Great story! And what a fun assignment, “100 word flash fiction”. Very fun.


  15. susielindau says:

    Oh excellent! I remember seeing “The Pit and the Pendulum” when I was a child, peeking between my fingers!!


  16. I love VP, one of my all time favorite actors. House on Haunted Hill is a great classic. I think I will watch it tonight. Hmmm


  17. I’m sleeping with the light on tonight!


  18. Good piece, tight, scary and timely! Happy Halloween!


  19. dmmacilroy says:


    Happy Halloween! You’re really into the spirit (no pun intended) of All Saint’s Day aren’t you? I loved your story and hope my passing is that painless.




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