IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT

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TAORMINA, SICILY

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It was a dark and stormy night.  I went to my bed craving the sleep that seemed to elude me every night since the start of the visitations.  As I crawled into bed by the light of the ghostly moon, I said a brief prayer asking that I be spared a visit tonight.

As I dozed off to sleep, I heard the ghastly sound of the door opening and then the creek of the floor boards as my visitors slipped into the room.  I closed my eyes tight like a child willing them to go away.  Suddenly a cold hand reached out and touched my shoulder.  It was followed by a plaintiff voice that said, “Mommy we’re scared.  Can we sleep with you again tonight”.


“It was a dark and stormy night” is an often-mocked and parodied phrase written by English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the opening sentence of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford. The phrase is considered to represent “the archetypal example of a florid, melodramatic style of fiction writing, also known as purple prose.

I invite you to use the prompt and the photo and write your own piece of purple prose or poetry starting with It was a dark and stormy night.  Let’s have some spooky fun.  Post your link in the comments section🎃

Thanks for stopping by,

bernadette

About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

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