September #BlogBattle: Eschaton

September 2022 Blog Battle

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Our word this month is:


You can start writing at any time, but make sure you post your story by the

23rd of September (extra week!)

to have a link shared here and on social media.

Once you’ve posted your story to your blog, put a link to it in the comments section, and we’ll add your story to the Battle Stories Line-up post that goes live the 3rd Friday of the month (the same as the post-by date).

Make sure to check back and read some of the stories of your fellow battlers. Leave comments to encourage these writers. And go a step further in supporting one another by sharing each other’s stories on your own blog or social media, whatever you’re most comfortable with!

Basic Rules:

The Prompt Word will be given the First FRIDAY of every month.

Post your story by the 3rd Friday of the same month (this is the same date as the Stories post goes live).


  1. up to 2000 words max (give or take a few)
  2. fictional tale (or true if you really want)
  3. Any genre that fits within PG-13 (or less)-type Content – let’s keep this family friendly!
  4. Your story must contain the randomly chosen word(s) and/or be centered around the word meaning in a way that shows it is clearly related.
  5. Go for the entertainment value!
  6. Put a link back to your #BlogBattle Short Story in the comments section
  7. Please tweet and otherwise share your battler buddies’ stories across social media.
    1. Use the hashtag #BlogBattle when tweeting all the stories so we can cross-share.
  8. Have fun!
Any photos included with the prompt are only for your benefit as a pinch of inspiration. They don’t need to dictate your theme or story genre. Only the Word of the Month counts! Photos are thanks to public domain photo sharing sites like Unsplash and Pixabay.

35 thoughts on “September #BlogBattle: Eschaton

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          • When Fields of The Nephilim and Sisters of Mercy were breaking out I would have been in my late 30s with two daughters who would soon be bringing Alternative Rock, Grunge and Indie into the house.
            Anyway to my mind both bands did have a ‘certain’ something very atmospheric a definite plus to creating a mood for fantasy writing.
            For me Sisters of Mercy’s live renditioning of ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ is still the best. ( I feel a visit to You Tube coming on)

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          • I was at Leeds Uni when Goth was out. I still think that music was something else. Atmospheric as you say. Good language use in FOTN too. Nothings really rivalled it since.

            Sadly trad radio never picked it up either. Too busy with formulaic blah. Shame to think many people never even knew that scene apart from all the black clothing haha

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          • Another time frame and I might well have gone that way (I was wearing black in 1970 and following the Velvet Underground)
            I read (somewhere) that the dusty western look of FOTN caught the attention of over-eager police, who suspecting it was cocaine found out it was McDougall’s flour (nothing but the best for that band)

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          • Haha, yes I read that too. Back when smoke machines were not deemed health hazards. Visionary Heads tour was incredible. Obviously I was and still do wear black 😂

            They still pack venues even now in various guises. There is a relatively new track called Prophecy… not the I listened to that prior to realising it was a good title for a BB post!

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          • Definitely a scene with its attractions.
            Yes, those smoke machines- some smoke was ok and some…not so. Reminds me of watching a documentary on the final scenes of the legendary Dr Who ‘Evil of the Daleks’ – burning polystyrene models in an enclosed space – you did in the 1960s.

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          • The days of no H&S lore…. Sad thing is it’s got so heavy handed now nobody seems to take responsibility for anything that goes wrong…the Pratchett SEP field.

            That said burning polystyrene was never a good idea even back then!

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