Friday Fictioneers – The House of Several Genres

I’m in the midst of mad revisions to a manuscript, so I may not be around much, but here’s this week’s offering, compliments of Penn… Hope everyone is doing well!

Copyright -KentBonham

Photo Copyright –Kent Bonham

The House of Several Genres

Second story’s haunted. Basement swarms with evil. Stay off the top floor, too. You’re not old enough for what goes on up there.

A mad, time-traveler settled in on the fourth floor with all his gadgets and wizardry… No, the wizardry’s all on the third floor. Dragons and scrolls, too. Stay on the right side of things if you want a happy ending on either of those levels.

Now, if all you want is a handsome hero, stick to the ground floor.

Whatever you do, be sure to come back out now and then. That’s where the real stories are.


Now for a little fun: Please pick a floor for me to visit next week. For several reasons, I will decline any requests to write on the top floor, but the rest is fair game. I’m afraid I have little creativity to spare until my revisions are complete, but if you’ll give me a genre to use with next week’s prompt, we’ll see what fun we can have!


Friday Fictioneers (n): A world-wide community of writers addicted to writing 100 word stories based on a photo prompt provided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

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52 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The House of Several Genres

  1. Sounds like a fun “House of Horrors”…Reminds me of the Chelsea Hotel in NYC…from the ’30’s through the druggie hippie days. Each floor had it’s own story.

  2. What a fantastic idea this is – love the last bit too – I wonder how many writers forget there’s a real world out there with real stories to experience!

    • Thanks. It’s coming along decently… I have had to rewrite a huge portion of the original manuscript, but it’s for the best and not as dreadful as I would have thought! 🙂

  3. How fun! I love your take on this building. You really added depth and layers to it I hadn’t imagined before. I gotta know more! Is there a secret floor? One that the average traveler isn’t told about at all, but might occasionally happen upon?

  4. I think from the look of responses we’re going to be in the basement next week. You know we do love our dungeons.

  5. Very creative. 🙂 It’s nice to have a place for everyone, unless the horror and murder mystery floors decide to kill each other. So, do the cross-over genres have to meet in the stairwell?

  6. Really enjoyed this. I can’t decide which floor I’d like to hear more about – there must be so much to learn from each of them. Looking forward to more from any of them. And good luck with all your editing.

  7. Let’s see what you can do with the ground floor… not the one I think you would pick. Your story was a perfect explanation for this building. I bet you are getting tired of me telling you how clever you are, right Lisa?

    • Oh, no – I never tire of being told how clever I am. Everyday “duh” moments more than make up for a clever story now and then! 😉

      Seriously, though, the ground floor isn’t the first one I’d pick, which makes it an excellent one to try. At this point, I think the basement is in the lead, with ground floor in second. Looking at doing two next week. We shall see.

  8. Haha, top floor’s off limits? Yarr! Well how about the left side of the third floor? That sounds like it could be interesting.

    Loved the story by the way, especially your last line about where all the real stories are. Great!

  9. Oh bother! My curser was on “post comment” when I hit enter. Continuing on….
    …photo prompt. I’v certainly like to know what is happening on some of those floors – especially third, fourth and ground floors 🙂

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