Weekend Writing Prompt — Vellichor

My mate works at a used book store and invited me to a Halloween party. “Wear a costume.”

Once there, I smelled something horrific. I whispered to him, “what’s that smell?”

“That’s the vellichor.”

“Is that an apparition?”

“No, it’s the smell of old books,” he replied wistfully.

(Exactly 48 words)

Written for Sami Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “vellichor.”

Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (mate), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (costume), Word of the Day Challenge (horrific), My Vivid Blog (whisper), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (apparition).

By the way, I don’t really think the smell of used books is horrific. Just musty,

14 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt — Vellichor

  1. Marleen October 30, 2021 / 4:09 pm


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  2. Marilyn Armstrong October 30, 2021 / 6:29 pm

    The smell of old books! I like that. It brings back memories of dusty rooms with old books. In the basement.

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  3. Nope, Not Pam October 30, 2021 / 7:07 pm

    I love how you used the prompt Fandango

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  4. talesfromthemindofkristian October 31, 2021 / 11:17 am

    Fantastic, I love that smell but didn’t know it had a name. There is an old bookshop in the City of Rochester in Kent called Baggins and its the perfect old bookshop with rickety stairs and the smell is wonderful.

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  5. leigha66 November 20, 2021 / 3:11 pm

    I didn’t know there was a specific name for the smell of old books… you learn something new every day.

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