TWA #62 – The Goblin King

“A Curiosity” by Albert Berg


“The Goblin King” by Gabriel Necochea


TWA 62 Main-01We don’t often do themed prompts, but it just so happens that the day this prompt went out the world lost an artistic legend. On January 11th, the arena had been thrown into a bit of a funk thinking about the man known as David Bowie.

We’re fans of his music, we loved his acting, but most of all we enjoyed watching him make his way through this world with a happy smile for everyone and a never-ending need to create, gladly tackling everything from “Little Drummer Boy” with Bing Crosby to trading comedic jabs with Ricky Gervais.

So in honor of the man who was *also* known as Ziggy Stardust, Starman, The Thin White Duke, and Nikola Tesla, we decided to pick one of his many alternate personas as our prompt this week.

Our authors were tasked to give us a story based upon the phrase “The Goblin King.” It’s an evocative set of three words and we allowed them to attack this prompt any way they wanted; there are obviously a number of interpretations.

Who will reign as king and who will remain among the ruled?

Let’s find out!

Albert Berg leads off with “A Curiosity.”

Gabriel Necochea goes next with “The Goblin King.”

The Clash of the Goblin Kings is on!

We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.

And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).

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