The Story Behind the Story | Watcher in the Window

WATCHER IN THE WINDOW - Flashfiction by Dennis Lowery

Pictures tell stories—or form the seed of one—and I collect them from the public domain or that have a Creative Commons license so I can use them. Some time ago, I came across one that showed an abandoned building, close up of a window with the old metal horizontal blinds bent down like when you don’t want to raise them but peek out. So, I thought… who’s inside, what’s in there and maybe that’ll become a story. On the morning of October 6, 2018, it came to me. I found another suitable image—of a ghoulish face—and took the ‘behind the glass’ black of the one, made it a transparent section, and then moved the face into it. The figure became the watcher in the window. Over that morning’s coffee, I wrote the first two drafts. I polished it more, and here is the result.

My 2018 Halloween Story: A 2,000-word post-apocalyptic tale–young girl’s vignette–of a society debilitated by politics and devastated by an event that turned part of the population into inhuman creatures.

You can read it here, and I hope you enjoy the story.

Side note: Caligari Street–mentioned in the story–comes from a 1920s movie titled The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, arguably ‘the first true horror film.’ And there is other symbolism from that movie, which depicts a brutal authority manipulating people to serve their agenda and that weakens the fabric of character (society), that I hint at in this story.


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