TWA # 74 – Acrophobia

“The Spire” by Albert Berg


“The Climb” by G.M. Neary


TWA 74 MAIN-01Greetings, short story lovers, and welcome to our mystery prompt.

This week the arena has a hankering for some good old-fashioned terror. We want to be dizzy with fear. We want to faint from fright.

Or at least we want anyone who suffers from acrophobia to feel this way while reading our competitor’s stories.

Acrophobia is also known as a fear of heights, and it is heights that we demanded from our authors this week. From high-wire acts to skyscrapers to parachuting to rope bridges, there is always an element of fear whenever a character is exposed to a terrific drop. Hitchcock himself loved heights for a quick scare and, of course, he elevated heights to genius in Vertigo. Every action hero worth his or her salt has had to deal with heights, from John McClane to Indiana Jones to Lara Croft. And boy do bad guys love dangling their prey from tall places.

Our authors task this week was to write us a story in which heights, and/or the fear of them, play a major part. They were allowed to choose whether or not anyone in their tale suffers from acrophobia, that wasn’t necessary as long as dizzying heights were given to us in the arena.

Who will soar and who’s wax wings will melt?

Let’s find out!

Albert Berg represents the arena this week with “The Spire.”

G.M. Neary opposed him with his entry “The Climb.”

The Battle of the High Ground 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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