Four days in and things are crashing against the door…
Today I have the lovely Annetta Ribken … an author, editor and blogger who lives to weave webs of words together…
#Creepfest’s Guest Author Flash Fiction Challenge
1.) Re-imagine Santa’s visit to drop off gifts by putting a #Creepfest spin on it.
Max words: 200
“What’s this?” asked Santa as he pulled out a stuffed doll from his magic bag. “I don’t remember this being on the list.” He placed the doll under the tree. “As a matter of fact, I though little Miss Maisy was on the naughty list this year.”
Thomas scratched his pointy ear and consulted his notes. “She is. This is a special request from Mrs. Claus.” He squinted. “Say, that doll looks a lot like…”
Santa took a closer look.
“Nah, can’t be. We broke off the affair a year ago.” His hand trembled as he reached for the doll to examine it further.
Thomas didn’t bother shouting a warning as he saw sharp, needle-like teeth erupt from the doll’s mouth and sink into Santa’s hand and chew up his arm. Thomas also didn’t bother to call 9-1-1 or mop up the blood; he simply made a check mark on his list and hurried back to the sleigh, grateful these days everything was automated.
Hey, an elf had to earn his Christmas bonus, right? And Mrs. Claus was very generous. Thomas was looking forward to assuming the big seat next year, although dolls with teeth were definitely off the list.
[Note to bloghoppers-Aside: So just a reminder…Netta’s Flash Fiction is the third entry into the Creepfest Challenge…Let me know what you think of it and check back here tomorrow for the second offering as you are going to help pick the winning Creepfest author at the end of the tour. Please let me know, in your comment below, how you rate this third story, in the challenge, by the wickedly, talented Annetta Ribken out of 5 stars (5 = Brilliant).]
2.) On Santa’s list this year, would you be naughty or nice? Tell me three ways you
got on to either the naughty or the nice list.
Naughty and nice are a matter of perspective, don’t you think? That being said, I’m gonna opt for nice.
- I took in a shelter kitty this year.
- I gave blood.
- I didn’t kill any one of the 4,398 phucktards who crossed my path this year.
3.) Who is your favourite villain in a classic fairy-tale and why?
Rumplestiltskin. I think he gets a bad rap. He’s just a guy trying to make a living. He presents choices to people, and then is blamed when things don’t go exactly the way they’re expected. I think that’s unfair. Although Rumple is muy creepy and gives me nightmares. And I always wonder what the hell he has in mind for all these babies he seems to want. What is up with that??
4.) If you were a character in “The Christmas Carol”…who would you be and why?
I’d probably be the Ghost of Christmas Past. I have a baby face, and I think it’d be really cool to have light emanating from your head.
5.) What gift would you leave under the tree if you were the Christmas Grinch?
I AM the Christmas Grinch. Heh. I’d leave beautifully wrapped boxes which are totally empty to remind people it’s not the THINGS that matter, but the spirit of giving and sharing. Ugh. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.
Author bio: Annetta has been writing since words were carved on stone tablets with chisels. Not only does she write her own words, Annetta is also an accomplished editor. She lives just outside of St. Louis with her evil feline overlord, a rescued shelter cat named Athena.
Twitter me @netta50
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Annetta.Ribken
My blog: Creepfest Blog Hop – Day 2 – Rollin’ in the Deep
Thank you Netta… Your flash fiction was a very original spin on Santa’s visit. No scorn like Mrs Claus it seems…I must say I love Rumpelstiltskin too. Happy Creepfest and thanks for creeping by on my blog. 🙂
The Reader Challenge
~13/12 – 23/12~
I am going to ask you a question and you are going to answer it in the comments. Only 1 entry per person is allowed. However, to be eligible you need to:
- follow this blog
- like my Facebook Page
- follow me on Twitter
- after all this is done: tweet that you have been visited by #GhostofCreepmasPast and tag me @AuthorKimKoning
- Also make sure that you are hopping to the other blogs in this #Creepfest Blog Tour
- These 5 tasks will make your entry eligible for the prize.~~~~~~
So drumroll…Here is the question challenge.
Question: The Ghost of Creepmas (Creepfest’s Christmas) Past is making a house call and this week he is visiting your house. He takes you back through time to your worst Christmas Nightmare. (This can be real or imagined.) Tell me about it in 200 words (max).
I will choose a winner and a runner-up on the 24th. The winner will win an ebook copy of Tales for Canterbury + $10 Amazon voucher
The runner-up will win a $10 Amazon voucher.
For more info on Tales for Canterbury (which includes my debut short story “The Ring of Fire), click below…
2 thoughts on “#Creepfest ‘s Annetta Ribken “Naughty, Naughty… Santa””
“I didn’t kill any one of the 4,398 phucktards who crossed my path this year.”
Thanks so much for having me, Kim! The flash was so much fun to write! And it’s always good to meet a fellow fan of Rumple. Thanks again 🙂