Horror is as Horror Does


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.”



    1. Aw thank you. Liked writing it.


  1. Love the surprise ending, especially the casualness of it.


    1. Sometimes the seemingly normal phrases are the most horrific given the circumstance. Thanks Charles.


  2. I love how you used dialogue to tell the whole story. Great ending, too 🙂


    1. Thanks Marie. I am working on painting images with nothing but dialog. I am an “over writer” and am trying to simplify. The fact that you noticed is very complimentary.


      1. Ah, that’s a great exercise! It’s very well done 🙂


  3. Reblogged this on 1WriteWay and commented:
    And here’s a story from John W. Howell for Friday the 13th.


  4. Well done John! Don’t forget to sharpen your kitchen knives!


    1. It is real hard to take off a head with dull ones. 🙂


  5. Horrific!!!! (Is that a word?)


    1. Yes. It is like Horrificalicious


  6. As a bit of a horror nut – wonderful job! (especially for such a short story!) Bravo! *chills*


    1. Thank you. I had hoped for a chill factor.

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  7. “If I told you I would have to kill you.” Ha ha!

    All dialogue–not too shabby!


    1. Thank you. Been working on dialog. Here catch.

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      1. Oof! What am I catching? Another head?


  8. Ah ha ha ! I was NOT expecting that. Lovely story. Great for Christmas time, I think 🙂


    1. ooooh. never thought of that. “Hey Frank, what’s in the box? A Christmas present for me. Can I take a peek?” “Well sorta Tommy, but it’s gotta be a surprise, so no. . . you have to wait.”


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