Friday Fictioneers – Through Open Doors Monsters Come

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Fabulous Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

The following post is political. You have been warned.


Image © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Rochelle’s permission.

Through Open Doors Monsters Come

 “…he was merely using anti-Semitic propaganda as a bait to catch masses of followers and keep them aroused, enthusiastic, and in line …”(1)

“…“You can’t expect the masses to understand or appreciate your finer real aims. You must feed the masses with cruder morsels and ideas like anti-Semitism. It would be politically all wrong to tell them the truth about where you really are leading them.”…”(1)

“… for the purpose of holding a series of reactionary inflammatory meetings … to beat up protesting Socialists and Communists with blackjacks if any dare protest, which is becoming increasingly rarer….”(1)

Close that door! Now!

(100 words)
(1) The New York Times 1922

I pledge

You’ve been warned.

I’m too upset right now to write something original.

I’m German.  I’ve lived with the horror and shame about what my people allowed to happen all my life.




51 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Through Open Doors Monsters Come

    1. Thank you. They are here, too. We have more restrictions on hate speech and symbols though, and our parites aren’t so divided. I see a lot of hopeful actions and protest everywhere, I think that is what defines most of our modern cultures and that’s a good thing. Still, it’s worrying that there is so much downplaying, as if it was so easy to keep these people ‘managed’ once they are in power. Just like they thought in 22.

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    1. Thank you Alicia. I was less apologizing, more keeping it down. I don’t want to provoke, so if people don’t want politics, they don’t have to read my story. I’m not commenting on any other stories this week than on those from people who comment here. And yes, sometimes it just must be said. Or screamed. Or grunted… 😉

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  1. Powerfully done. I think the point now is that it’s NOT original: we don’t have to come up with new words for this. We’ve seen it before, and we need to recognize it for what it is, and act accordingly. I am gratified for the number of our politicians and other leaders who are speaking up, and horrified about those who are not.

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    1. Dear Rochelle,

      thank you. I didn’t want to provoke, that’s why I posted the warning. I know FF as a friendly space and if people are uncomfortable with politics, they were warned. I’m very worried for you all over there though.


  2. The response to the prompt is that the photo makes one think of some sort of portal, something picked up by several contributors including me. The use of reportage with the juxtaposition of historical quotations is an established technique of fiction. The last line “Close that door! Now!” is a powerful way of drawing together the quotations and making the work a piece of original fiction, by illuminating the quotations in a contemporary light. It is also a strong conclusion to the story.
    Well written, and very relevant. Thank you.

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      1. Glad you liked the video. We had a March of Remembrance (same as what was pointed out in the video) in Kansas City. No, it won’t be forgotten with the next outrage.

        As for the Tiki Torch Nazi song, that was pretty funny. Good satire.

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