Microcosms 25

Welcome back, all. In honour of our resident gourmet Sal Page who so kindly came up with last week’s competition, this week’s post centres on the role food plays in our lives – it feeds the body, provides a focus for families, welcomes the newcomer, instils guilt for eating the wrong thing or too much, comforts us when life is tough, birthed The Great British Bake Off, MasterChef and other TV programmes. In fact our lives would be very empty (not to say non-existent) without the sustenance it provides both mentally and physically.

Fun Fact: Food also set me firmly on the path of horror writing. The Last Supper was my very first horror story and also my very first published story (featuring in KnightWatch Press’ The Last Diner). My little restaurant featured some of the most disgusting meals to be found in the world and gave the specially chosen diners their come-uppance. And just to show you that the meals I wrote about do exist, check out the videos below, but be warned, they are a bit gross!

I hope that all of you find food to be as inspiring as I did, I can’t wait to see what you cook up between you.


As usual, our contest will begin with three things: character, setting, and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are character: Cleaner, setting: Kebab Van, and genre: sci-fi.

Feel free to write a story using those or spin a new set of your own. Be sure to include which three elements you’re using.

  • Waiter
  • Baker
  • Environmental Health Worker
  • Food Critic
  • Celebrity Chef
  • Cleaner
  • Homeless Person
  • Dieter
  • Cafe
  • Soup Kitchen
  • Picnic
  • Barbecue
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • Motorway Services
  • Chip Shop
  • Kebab Van
  • horror
  • adventure
  • sci-fi
  • steam punk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem

Judging this week is one of last week’s Community Picks A.J. Walker

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time to submit.

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