Horror and Thriller Flash Fiction posted September 12, 2021

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The modern cityscapes of Korea hide a dark past, watch out!

Sudden Death/Alley Gwishin


The author has placed a warning on this post for violence.

I staggered home drunk, arm around my friend equally blitzed. We had just finished an exercise as soldiers in South Korea, enduring a week of army pre-packaged food and no showers in summer heat. We walked back through the streets towards base, and heard a blood curdling scream that permeated the air. Instantly sobered, we came face to face with a gore drenched specter, a Gwishin. She was dressed as a 1930's prostitute and had horrid scars, a mark of having been a "comfort woman" during the Japanese occupation. Her ethereal hand was inside another soldier, blood geysering out as she ripped out his entrails. She turned to face us, smiling, a beautiful nightmare. The Gwishin glided towards us, and we met the same fate as she plunged a hand into each of us and pulled out our guts. We howled in pain, shredding our vocal cords as we died.

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*EDIT NOTE BASED ON FEEDBACK* I should have better explained that my time in Korea referenced below was a few years ago, as a large contingent of Americans are based there and in partnership with the South Koreans, and have been since the armistice in 1953. I am not a veteran of the Korean War (1950-1953).

A Gwishin is a Korean ghost.

I wanted to write something about my time in Korea. I actually loved the assignment and had experiences such as this one, though I did come close to breaking the curfew a few times.

I also wanted to highlight that in some ways the entire Korean Peninsula has been in a war mindset and war economy not just since the 1950s, but for generations before, and pay homage to all that died and suffered in wars of colonialism and conquest.
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