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Wicked Words
Wicked Words: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Members of Wicked Wordsmiths of the West | Wicked Wordsmiths Wicked Wordsmiths of the West
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INTRODUCTION by Jon C. Cook What scares you? Is it Ghosts? Zombies? The Unknown? The Dark? Maybe it's a combination of things. Whether we like to admit our fears or not, there is something that scares us and sometimes we don't even know what it is ourselves until it is right there in front of us. Why do we tell stories intended to scare us? Is it to comfort ourselves in the knowledge that "this could never happen"? Maybe we like to be scared because to fear is to be reminded that you are alive ... for now. Whatever the reason, fright and suspense are ingrained within us so deeply that we simply cannot resist knowing what is behind that locked door, or lurking in that dark forest, or creeping just out of sight. With Wicked Words, Wicked Wordsmiths of The West introduce themselves along with an exploration of the fears and terrors we all possess. Each story within represents an attempt to tap into the horrors around us, be they real or imagined ... be they before our eyes, or inside our hearts. Read these wicked words if you dare, but understand that as you do, you may be inching ever closer to that one thing that terrifies you. The question is this: Once you know, can you ever hide that fear away again? Enjoy... Story ContentsReckless by Stacy Lucas The Dollhouse by Marsha A. Blevins Grandmother's Attic by Olivia Ferguson The Man between the Books by Jon C. Cook The Rules by Nikki Gladwell Midwest Mills by Jake Atkinson Waiting by Rebecca Barray Flesh and Blood by Julianne Tillis Nothing by M. J. Ferguson Hell Hole by Brent McGuffin Apology Not Accepted by Rebecca Barray Perfect Gentleman by Tobi Doyle Daddy's Girl by M. J. Ferguson I'm Not Crazy by Rebecca Barray Dead Letters by Doyle MacBrayne Resurrected by Stacy Lucas What Isn't Seen by Jake Atkinson Lessons by Jon C. Cook History Repeats by Olivia Ferguson Blanket by Marsha A. Blevins Shadows by Brent McGuffin Hunted by Sarah Davis **ALL proceeds go directly to Wicked Wordsmiths of the West, a nonprofit organization in Huntington, WV, dedicated to promoting an interest in writing and furthering the skills of local writers.**
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AFrostCauseReads
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I printed them out to do them 🎃 I felt like I was in middle school doing word searches during a free period before Halloween again, lol. #teamhendrix #scareathlon2021 @StayCurious guess this counts for 590pts? 👻

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Littlewolf1
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I love word searches! this was so fun! 💜 #TeamHendrix #scarathlon2021 #scarathlon

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Nessavamusic
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Found all 32 for 320 points for #teamhendrix
#Scarathlon2021

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MsRadioSilence
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Read-y_Picker
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Have I mentioned that I love puzzles? Thanks @StayCurious and @Clwojick for hosting this fantastic even once again! #scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix game 4 points 590

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StayCurious
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Hey #TeamHendrix! Don‘t forget to post your current points total for #Scarathlon2021. Team totals will be posted Wednesday. Also, There are 2 word searches for this week‘s game. Here is the first - Repost with your answers, using the spoiler function. Each word found is worth 10 points. Good luck and have fun during the LAST week of #scarathlon2021!

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Allylu
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Word update for Happy Scarathon Team Slaughter! Game: 324 words.

aperfectmjk Go team Slaughter! 2mo
Clwojick Awesome!!! 2mo
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aperfectmjk
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Trying to work on the word game and apparently Dinah doesn't think this is a good idea.

#Scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

Soubhiville 💜 baby! 2mo
mdm139 My favorite bookstore cat has the same name, same spelling. She is all black. 2mo
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 2mo
Read-y_Picker 😍Dinah!!❤️🖤🤍 2mo
aperfectmjk @mdm139... Dinah is Alice's cat in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland... my favorite, so I had to have a cat named Dinah. 😁 2mo
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ConfessionofaBookaholic
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Figured I'd post what I have, lest I forget to post it this Weekend! 233 words = 2330 pts for #TeamSlaughter #weekOne #GameOne #Scarathlon2021 @Clwojick

ConfessionofaBookaholic Scare, Hat, Patty, Meat, Laugh, Laughter, Scary, Marathon, Tear, Teacher, Teach, Peach, Preacher, Preach, Pals, Pleat, Gaunt, Pant, Pants, Scene, Screen, Scream, Steam,
Stream, Melon, Melons, Stem, Trim, Shoe, Shoes, Cat, Cats, ghost, ghosts, Ghostly, Lass, Pass, Crass, Grass, Polyp, Polyps, Man, Men, Taught, Mop, Thought, Though, Stare, Care, Mare, There, They, are, am, slam, scam, spam, tough, rough, slough, cough, nought, caught, rot, shot...
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ConfessionofaBookaholic ought, camelot, hatter, hat, mat, sat, pat, patter, matter, scatter, shatter, than, son, money, cone, cane, slant, ant, can, can, shant, scale, scales, slants, ants, canes, cones, shots, hatters, mats, pats, sons, coughs, scams, slams, mares, stares, cares, lasses, preachers, meats, laughs, marathons, tears, teachers, meet, mops, thoughts, grasses, peaches, streams, screams, screens, scenes, pleats, pal, pale, pales, matters, grate, great... 2mo
ConfessionofaBookaholic greater, grates, games, game, grant, grants, gas, gassy, grassy, messy, testy, test, less, mess, guess, stress, rest, not, cap, caps, nap, naps, map, maps, gap, gaps, tap, taps, rap, raps, rapper, tapper, napper, rester, stresser, gamer, grater, granter, tester, lesser, guesser, run, runner, stun, shun, gun, lung, loung, lounger, pun, honey, ton, gunner, lunger, lunge, gout, shout, lout, couth, clout, reap, reaper, ghoul, ghouls, ghoulish, snap... 2mo
ConfessionofaBookaholic snappy, pep, pot, potter, pots, lot, lots, cots, cot, coat, coats, psycho, psychopath, physical, physicals, psychos, psychopaths, chap, chaps, chappy, starch, starchy, parch, perch, poach, patch, patchy, hatch, snatch, sash, ash, ashes, python, pythons, pharoh, pharohs, anarchy, monarchy, monarch, canopy 2mo
Clwojick Awesome 😎 2mo
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bibliobard
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I might do more — but I wanted to take a screen shot of the words I had so far before I forgot. 78 words means 780 points. Plus this is a post so that 1 for participation.

+781 🎃 #TeamHendrix #Scarathlon2021

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Mitch
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Listened to this on today‘s walk - love their passion for language and the history of words. #nfn2020

rsteve388 I love this podcast. 13mo
veritysalter I love this one too 13mo
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FantasyChick
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@Clwojick I'm posting separate because there's no way in hell I'm retyping these as comments 😂😂

The picture's blurry but my total words is: 1141 for 11, 410 points for this game 😊

This was so relaxing during the work week to just plug away when I could.

#Scarathlon2020 #teamslaughter

Clwojick OH MY GOD! YOU KILLED THIS CHALLENGE! 🙌 13mo
FantasyChick @Clwojick I literally just kept the spreadsheet open all week at work and picked away randomly throughout the days 😂 It was a good stress reliever lol 13mo
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wanderinglynn Awesome! 🙌🏻 2y
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MsRadioSilence
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Right now, it‘s more of a phrase: “spoiled milk.” It just drudges up memories for a lab I did this year where we left out milk for two weeks. One 250mL was even put in a fridge heated to 37*C (98.6*F, roughly body temp). Every day, someone had to check temperature and pH, and then write observations about look and smell. More than a few times, my stomach lurched. It was the worst lab I‘ve ever done!

#wintergames #teamfestivus #leastfavoriteword

wanderinglynn Yuck! 🤢 2y
ChasingOm Oof! 🤣 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻⛄️ 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I‘m playing WordStacks while listening to testimony

Category: Sources of Happiness

First word I found: Book

Hahaha 😂
Perfect 👌

mdm139 I have been playing this game too 2y
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EchoLogical
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Not really book related at all but does anyone play Words With Friends? I use it (and reading, of course) to battle mom brain. 😆 Not sure if it's helping. Either way, feel free to send me a game request.

riversong153 I used to lol, but I would always forget to make a move during my turn! 3y
4thhouseontheleft I used to play, but it‘s been a long time! 3y
EchoLogical @riversong153 @4thhouseontheleft I played awhile ago and deleted from my phone when I needed memory but reinstalled it when my husband deployed because we usually play it together when he's away. 3y
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riversong153 @EchoLogical that‘s wonderful! 3y
AlaMich I‘ll play with you! 😊 I‘m Alamich in WWF too, and I just invited you to play. (edited) 3y
AlaMich @EchoLogical I get the feeling I may not be much of a challenge for you, though. 3y
EchoLogical @AlaMich I‘m sure you will. I occasionally get lucky with a good set of letters but usually I lose at the end. LoL 3y
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@KennethTolesJr and I played Don‘t Take My Word. Guess who won? Do you all see anymore words?

The words we ended up with:
Kenny- Trashy and fletch
Me- Jaw, vested, body, key, zenith, munch, centaurs, vex, gloats, emporium, flew, flip, and boring

Leftover letters:
D and Q

#words

KennethTolesJr Don't judge me... Lol!! 3y
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#linsyloveslitsy @Linsy
Biblichor ~ the lovely smell of old book!

Linsy Isn‘t that just the best?? I always wonder what I‘m actually breathing in, lol, but I love it! 4y
Tianarose @Linsy I read somewhere that it has similar smell to vanilla but I‘m not entirely sure where that came from. Lol 4y
Linsy Interesting ... I‘m not sure I smell vanilla, but that makes it sound nice. I kind of always imagine I‘m just breathing in old dust, but that sounds much less romantic. (edited) 4y
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Today's #WordOfTheWeek this word just makes me giggle and I cannot wait to use it in causal conversation. ??
"Please excuse me I need to absquatulate" ???

SilversReviews Let us know how it goes. :) 4y
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vivastory #7 "3 pedestrians have been killed here for your safety" ?? 4y
MrBook Ohhh myyy! 😂👏🏻🙌🏻 4y
Gezemice 😂😂😂 education is important but big biceps are importanter 💪🏻💪🏽💪😂 4y
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I have a tattoo about this word. 👌

julesG Show, don't tell. 😝 4y
Liatrek Love this word and movie❤️ 4y
Cinfhen Echoing @julesG 💕 4y
[DELETED] 206653737 Love this word! 4y
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Laura317 😂😂yeah. 4y
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Clwojick
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Another great word. 👌#wordoftheday

bobregina Portuguese language is the best! 🙈🇵🇹 4y
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Clwojick
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#wordoftheday ❤️ I will continue buying books, and never getting around to reading all of them until the day I die.

Sace Yup. This is me. 4y
Librariana Me three! I am enthusiastically with you on this one! 😄 4y
kezzlou85 This is so me 4y
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Cathythoughts ✅imagine there is even a word for it 😮 (edited) 4y
Dragon Moi aussi ( me too ! ) 💙📚🐉 4y
RealBooks4ever I should change my name to Tsundoku. 📚📚📚 4y
PatternsOnWalls Haha my mom sent me this when she saw it because she knew I would relate so hard to this 😍 4y
Lmstraubie 🙋 4y
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MeikyuuAgeha
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Me🤗

Laalaleighh 🙌🏼🙌🏼 5y
KarenUK 😊👍 5y
minkyb Did not know there was a word for it. I like it! 5y
moarbookspleaze Yes, totally me. 5y
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MeikyuuAgeha
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I am a lover of words ⬆