Nocturnum Contest Winners!
Our "Nocturnum" contest drew many responses, ranging from well-crafted
1-paragraph vignettes through to full-length stories. RPGnet
appreciates the efforts of the contest-winners, and looks forward
to seeing their writing appear in publications in the future, no doubt!
The contest details are
still available (for the historically-minded),
and entries will remain on this site. Entries are, of course, covered by
copyright and permission is needed by the authors in order to
present these works elsewhere (email firstname.lastname@example.org
for contact details).
And remember, these are just a few reasons to fear the unknown.
by Dan Davenport
When Things Go Wrong
by Rick Neal
The water is hot, almost hotter than I can stand. As I lather
up my hands with soap, I look into the medicine cabinet mirror. I'm
not surprised to see that I'm crying. I don't want to look at the
expression on my face, but I can't, just can't, look at the way the
water in the sink is turning a bright red colour.
I told him. He didn't want to listen, but I told him. Stupid Arts
major. Sciences teach you what you need. Centa is hundred. Centi is
hundredth. The circle was far too small. Centa. Hundred. Not
There's the sound of movement back in the living room, something wet
and weak flopping on the hardwood floor. A whimper escapes from my
throat, as I turn and leave the bathroom,picking my way past the ring
of candles, to the shape on the floor in front of the coffee table we
used as an altar. I pick up the knife and close my eyes as I bend
down. The thing in my mind chuckles, and the rest of me screams
silently as I finish the job.
by Peter Devlin
We hope you enjoyed these entries, and again, our thanks to
the participants! Until next time...