TRUE Halloween Horror Story (& Exquisite Corpse Winner)

This is a true Halloween horror story:

We spent all of Halloween finishing a move which consolidated two apartments into one. The one we were moving to is on the second floor… not a big deal until you climb the stairs for the thousandth time.

Finally, everything was moved and the two old apartments were cleaned. Exhausted but happy, I set up my computer to announce the winner of last month’s exquisite corpse submission. The monitors were connected, the keyboard dusted off, the tower tucked away under the desk. I plug in cords into the Google Fiber box and, to my horror…

…the Fiber jack is broken!!!!

I call Google Fiber right away to see about getting it fixed. The technician was awesome and sympathetic. He completely understood how important high speed internet is to all of us and scheduled someone to come by and fix it, to my horror…

…two days later!!!!

No problem, I think. We can survive without internet.

“Hey Google!” I call out to the empty apartment, waiting for my Google Assistant’s response. “What do we do without internet?” There was no reply. I suddenly realized, to my horror…

…Google Assistant doesn’t work without internet!!!!

Shaking and alone, I realized how quiet the apartment was without ambient music playing in the background. There was no way for me to know what tomorrow’s weather would bring or set a timer without using that dial thing on the stove.

Determined to make the best of this dour situation, I selected the winner of the exquisite corpse prize and I took a walk to calm myself, leaving the necklace in its gift box on my desk. When I returned, to my horror…

…one of the dogs had eaten it!!!!!

My son’s dog, Bree, has now ingested enough dirt from Edgar Allan Poe’s grave to classify as a potential haunting ground. The nice gift box was shredded all over the carpet. Fortunately, I had made 33 of these necklaces to give away as presents and prizes, so it’s an easy replacement.

With that said, I’ll announce the winner of last month’s exquisite corpse poem. The winner was picked at random with no regard to merit of contribution. And the winner is, writer of horror… Danielle DeLisle!

Congratulations Danielle! I’ll be sending you an email to get your snail mail details. Next exquisite corpse will be open for submissions on November 15th!

Here are the corpses we’ve made so far…

Exquisite Corpse #1: Collaborative Poem

Exquisite Corpse #2: The Daunting Riddle

Exquisite Corpse #3: Toxicated

Exquisite Corpse #4: Deceptions

Exquisite Corpse #5: Final Chimes

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit
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2 Responses to TRUE Halloween Horror Story (& Exquisite Corpse Winner)

  1. Laura Duerrwaechter says:

    Revenge on the grave robber?

    • Hahahahaha! No graves have been robbed. The grave soil was sustainably harvested. I left the same amount I gathered, and I asked permission.

      “Mr. Poe, would you mind if I took some of your grave dirt home to make necklaces with?” No answer. Permission by omission.

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