Horror or Horrible Friday the 13th Prompt


This short story is in response to the Community Story Board prompt for this week. The prompt is Horror Friday the 13th and hopefully you will find this piece either horrifying or horrible. Either way, the prompt has been fulfilled.

Jimmy by John W. Howell ©2013

“So Jimmy what do you have there?”

“I don’t think it is any of your business.”

“Aw come on you can tell me. What’s in the box?”

“If I told you I would have to kill you.”

“Ha ha ha that’s pretty funny. Where you going anyway?”

“Not that it’s any of your business; I was heading to the grocery store before you stopped me.”

“Does the box have anything to do with the store?”

“I told you already this is none of your business.”

“Can I go with you?”

“You have no idea what you are getting into.”

“Please, please, please let me go with you.”

“Alright Frank. You can go, but for heaven’s sake shut up will ya.”

“Okay I promise. I’ll be quiet. Can you give me a hint?”

“Hint about what?”

“What is in the box.”

“Okay Frank here is a hint; it is round and ugly as hell.”

“Ooo could it be a melon you are taking back to the store?”

“No Frank.”

“How about a ball? Is it a ball?”

“We are here Frank. No more questions . I need to go talk to Johnny.”

“Can I come inside with you?”

“You might as well Frank. You are in it now.”

“In what?”

“Hi Johnny I have the item you requested. I’ll just leave it here. Oh, have you met Jimmy? Jimmy this is Johnny. Johnny paid me a hundred bucks to knock off your old man. It seems he owed Johnny a bunch of money and refused to pay. Come closer I want you to take a look at your old man’s head. Yeah that’s right; Johnny needed proof that your dad was dead so I cut it off his fat body with a kitchen knife. You really should get those things sharpened. Oh and Jimmy its good you’re not going to be able to go home cause you’d have to be careful and not to slip and fall on the blood. I’m afraid I didn’t have time to clean up. If you are wondering about your mom don’t worry I think she had a heart attack or something. What’s the matter Jimmy you look sick. Don’t tell me you have never seen a head before?Here catch.”



About John W. Howell

I have been working in business for over forty years and now have the time to work in special areas of interest. My passion has always been to create compelling stories of fiction. I have authored two novels and am working on my third. The first novel is still in manuscript form and being utilized as a door stop in the laundry room. The second is a contemporary fiction novel of 89,000 words and is complete and I am currently seeking a publisher. I also write poetry but have not had the guts to share any with anyone. The one time I read a piece to a person their only comment was, “it doesn’t rhyme.” I will continue to write and hopefully my blog, Fiction Favorites at www.johnwhowell.com will provide some entertainment and an interesting thought or two. I live by the Gulf of Mexico with my wife Molly and an assortment of loving pets.

22 comments on “Horror or Horrible Friday the 13th Prompt

  1. Oh, that was shockingly good. 🙂

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  3. This was great, John – I love the deadpan delivery (no pun really intended 😉 )

  4. You should put a warning don’t read soon after eating, lol. Very good John!

  5. I love this John, scary, but the delivery made me laugh out loud, not sure what that says about me. Great story.

  6. […] My (long) short story in response to the Community Storyboard’s September 8 Writing Prompt has been awarded a “Featured Post” badge!  And I am sharing this distinction with my pal and partner in blogging, John W. Howell at Fiction Favorites.  You can read John’s writing prompt response here. […]

  7. Ha ha ha ha. Is it wrong that I giggled at the “Here Catch” line? Well done John!

  8. Down deep…I knew you were a sick puppy…LOL!!

  9. […] (long) short story.  You can go visit her and read her story. In case you missed it my story is  here.  As you know, Marie and I co-publish Ten Things Not to Do each Monday (like […]

  10. John, you demented bastard. I love you.

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