Published October 26, 2019 by rochellewisoff

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in Sammi’s comment section.

The story is 44 words without the title. 😉 


The  Twilight Zone’s theme song sent shivers down my spine. But The Outer Limits’ intro scared the you-know-what out of me with, “Do not attempt to adjust the picture…We will control the vertical. We will control the horizontal.”  

How I long for those days.

Submitted for your approval…you’ll find both intros below. Somehow everything was scarier in black and white and you’re between 6-10 years old. 😉 




  • I loved both shows. I often wondered whether or not they really were controlling the horizontal and vertical. Then I wondered who “they” were. And then I wondered….well, sometimes it got scary back then. Good take on the themes. Yes, you can watch reruns, but it doesn’t replace those days and times. I also long for those days many times. It seemed like such simple times as opposed to now.

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    • Dear Jan,

      We were so much older than, we’re younger than that now. Of course I love the TZ reruns which are actually more cerebral than horror, more parable than sci-fi. Rod Serling was certainly ahead of his time, wasn’t he? Sigh.

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  • I don’t recall the Outer Limits, having grown up in the outer limits with little TV. But yes that is a strong and scary opening! Nowadays is so very much more frightening with so much more than vertical and horizontal settings being controlled. I enjoyed your flash.

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  • My sister and I pretty much had to watch what our parents wanted to watch in the evenings (after school was Spin and Marty or Corky and White Shadow, and if we could squeeze it in before Dad got home and dinner hit the table, American Bandstand). But I admit we SO looked forward to TZ. Unlike the sitcoms and even Ed Sullivan, you never knew what you’d get. Scary, out of this world, comedy, drama. But they always made you think, made you see things in a different way. Rod Serling was a ground-breaker in that respect. OL was okay, but just seemed made to be creepy and that was all.

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