Microcosms 43

It’s almost time for ghouls and ghosts, witches and warlocks. But no tricks… you’re in for a treat: it’s Microcosms 43!

Our guest host this week is Stephen Shirres. He’s crept out of the crypt to deliver this seasonal challenge:

This Halloween, we are taking a sideways glance at the classic Hollywood horror movies and the creature features of the 1950s which inspired one of the weirdest, kinkiest and utterly memorable musicals: ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ by Richard O’Brien. I’ve taken apart the opening song, ‘Science Fiction/Double Feature’, for the contest elements. So it’s time to get your gold hot pants on, take a jump to the left, then a step to the right, and do the time warp for Microcosms 43!



As usual, our contest will begin with three things. This week: character, activity and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are character: Bride, activity: Coming from Space, and genre: Romance.

Write a story using those OR feel free to click on the “Spin!” button, and the slot machine will come up with a new set – you can keep clicking until you have a set of elements that inspire you. Be sure to include which three elements you’re using.

  • The Invisible Man
  • Doctor X
  • Tarantula
  • Bride
  • King Kong
  • Brad/Janet
  • Worlds Colliding
  • Standing Still
  • Taking to the Hills
  • Building a Creature
  • Androids Fighting
  • Coming from Space
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Crime
  • Science Fiction
  • Steam Punk


Judging this week is Microcosms 42 Judge’s Pick, Louise Mangos.

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time to submit. (If you are new to Microcosms, check out the full submission guidelines.)

All being well, results will be posted on Monday.


If you like, you may use this image to inspire you – purely optional.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show The Sugar Club, Dublin (Sebastian Dooris - CC by 2.0)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Sugar Club, Dublin
(Sebastian Dooris – CC by 2.0)

If you need further inspiration,

click HERE

…if you dare. <BWAH-HA-HA!>

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