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Schäfer's Round Up - Take Two

Some of the pieces who stood out to me this week. Enjoy! You are welcome to contribute a link in the comments.

By L.C. SchäferPublished 22 days ago Updated 22 days ago 3 min read
Schäfer's Round Up - Take Two
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Please don't get excited - I'm not promising to do this every week!

Some of the people I included last week knocked some gems out recently, but I decided not to give the same writers a shout out two weeks in a row.

Here we go:

First up, My Jigsaw Puzzle Heart by Poppy the Poet

Why I think you should read it

Every line is powerful and evocative. This one will grab you by the short and curlies and it won't let go.

Stand out line

All of them are stand out lines, so I can either copy and paste the whole damn thing, or just shut my eyes and jab at the page. Jabbing it is, just call me Jabber.

Me, watching the waiter bring.... someone else's food.

The weight on your back seemed to be invisible to all except for me and I spent months trying to map out the faint outlines of your sadness as if they were rivers and I might find the source from which they flowed.

Did that tickle your tastebuds? Read the whole thing here:


Next up - The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Sheila L. Chingwa

Why I think you should read it

I know you probably remember reading this book as a child, and I know you've probably read it to other little kids as well. This conjures up those warm simple memories vividly, and will make your soul smile.


I enjoyed this gross and creepy little tale The Face by Mother Coombs.

Why I think you should read it

Did that not sell it to you, oops, sorry. I think what draws you in at first, is a sense of being able to relate to the main character as a creative. His problems seem almost ordinary at first... and then it spirals downhill, and you find yourself inexorably sucked along with it, like dirty water down the plughole.

Stand out line

So, Darius painted. He painted until he ran out of canvas. Then Darius started painting on the walls. He painted until he ran out of paint, then used charcoal sticks. He painted until he had nothing left to paint on or with.

Go and give it some love:


Another bit of horror fiction - Secrets Held By House's Walls by Stephen Kramer Avitabile

Why I think you should read it

It's clearly fiction, and yet the way he writes it is as if he watched it happen with his own eyes... and you'll feel like you're watching it happen as well.

Stand out line

He felt the impact to his body, he also felt the impact in his body. His organs lurched and bounced.

If that didn't make you imagine kidneys and a liver boinging around painfully, then I don't know what to tell you.

Read the whole thing, but not late at night (that was my mistake):


The Quiet Ones by Laura Lann

Why I think you should read it

It knocked me off my feet, and I think it might knock you too.

Stand out line

The soot of coals. It burns my skin

It’s far too hot. My dress too thin.

Read the whole thing:


Lastly - a wee bit of shameless self-promo!

Miracle Soup by yours truly

Why I think you should read it

I wasn't sure about it at first, but it's grown on me. It's probably riddled with flaws, but every word burned out of me. It's as real as I've ever written, and it's a theme close to my heart: transformation. The cost of it is is its process, which is hard and it can be painful. It will feel like it's beyond you because it is, but you will rise and grow and crack apart... and meet it as an equal.

My favourite bit:

Will you shut your eyes to it , The goo your beautiful butterfly is born from , The soup of blood and shit and fear and doubt , That heralds a new person

Read it all here:


Edit: minor edits for formatting.

As always, thank you for reading! Please go and give these stories some love as well.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: I'd like to have a better variety of fiction next time, so help me out - leave me a link to some in the comments! It can be yours or someone else's, but SELL IT TO ME. Why do you love it? And I'd like a change from horror/thriller/gore/depression, so if it fits those categories let me know why it's such an outstanding example of it.

If you're thirsty for more, I did one of these last week as well:


About the Creator

L.C. Schäfer

Flexing the writing muscle.

Never so naked as I am on a page. Subscribe for "nudes".

I'm also Twitter if you'd like to connect elsewhere.

I value feedback, and reciprocate reads and comments.

Also writing under the name S.E. Holz

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  • Dana Stewart19 days ago

    I just finished Poppy’s piece, wow. Im working my way through the rest of your curated list.

  • I think I've only read yours, Poppy's and Stephen's so far. Gotta go read the others! Thank you so much for these collection!

  • Sid Aaron Hirji22 days ago

    nice recommendations thanks

  • Kenny Penn22 days ago

    Thanks for doing this L.C., I love a good recommendation

  • Wonderful collection L.C.

  • C. H. Richard22 days ago

    These look like some great recommendations. I'm marking this to come back and read this weekend. Thank you for a nice review piece too. Here is one mine I wrote for Mirror challenge. I tried more humor than horror. No worries if you don't choose. Love, love your work. ❤️

  • Great recommendations. Great writers all of them, especially you! Thank you thank you! 😀♥️💙❤️ I’ll check the stories out for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🤓

  • Lilly Cooper22 days ago

    You always pick some interesting reads! Sorry, I had a cracking comment but had to delete it, bloody autocorrect! Now I can't remember what the first one said 😫

  • Thank you for sharing these.I will definitely read them! 🤍

  • Poppy the Poet22 days ago

    Wow thank you so much for the shout out and your kind words L.C! That’s really really means a lot to me. I’ll have to read the others listed as soon as I get the chance. Thanks for putting this list together!

  • Mother Combs22 days ago

    Thank you, LC. I will read the others you suggested today. ❤💛❤💛

  • Thanks for sharing these, love that you support other creators so much

  • verry informative

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