Photo prompt – The stairway

I wrote a while ago about a book I loved as a child. It was, in many ways, both an early horror story and a tale of hope. When I took this picture, it reminded me of that book, Down the Snow Stairs by Alice Corkran. Imagination followed memory into the strange lands of which she had written and I found something magical in the image.

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For this week’s photo prompt,  use the image to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… by Wednesday 30th March and link back to this post with a pingback. The first few posts will feature on the blog during the week and all posts will be included in a round up on Thursday.

Feel free to use the photo in your post if you wish.

Have fun!


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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38 Responses to Photo prompt – The stairway

  1. newsferret says:

    In the About Sue I love this “Owned by the Small Dog.” Welcome to the club Sue, albeit here they are large dogs. Not even gone 48 hours and already I miss them.

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Ani’s interpretation of her size is more of an emotional hook, I believe. She is small compared, say, to a great Dane… Setters are not exactly lap dogs, though she would disagree 😉


  2. It really is a very haunting photo, Sue. I can see how it stirred memory and imagination. Hugs.


  3. Beautiful and magical prompt, Sue. I’ll see if I can stir up the old imagination 🙂


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  9. Helen Jones says:

    This is a gorgeous photo, Sue – it looks like Narnia 🙂 Right, will see if I can write something before the deadline this week!


  10. My comment to the image in poetry:

    Is it possible that, lost in thought,
    I failed to note the steep incline of
    the stairs after last night’s snowfall?

    Or did I contemplate the meaning
    of last night’s nightmare dream when
    the ceiling light fixture fell on my head?

    Oh, it was only a dream, right? Why
    then did I scream and shout out
    “help me” loudly to awaken both of us?

    Reminding myself to be more careful
    in the future, I finally got upright and
    continued my morning jaunt in nature.

    Loved the image very much.

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  14. KL Caley says:

    Wow what a beautifully haunting photo Sue. Been away for a few days so running a little late on entering but will hopefully get an entry by tomorrow 🙂


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  18. Bastet says:

    Very nice … an inspiration!


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  20. hi Sue 🙂 thanks for the prompt. Here’s a kyrielle from me ❤


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  23. Wonderful writing and very inspiring, Sue 🙂


  24. Erik says:

    Sorry to have missed this one! I’ll try to keep an eye out for future prompts.

    My first “real book” (i.e. novel) was one I read at the age of six: The Farthest Away Mountain by Lynne Reid Banks. A friend bought me a copy for a recent birthday, and I was hesitant to read it, afraid it wouldn’t seem as good to my adult mind, that it would alter the magical feeling of the images my child-mind held of it. However, much to the contrary, I enjoyed it just as much the second time!

    Thanks for reviving the memory.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      C.S.Lewis wrote that ‘a children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.’ I’m inclined to agree with him…and still read children’s books. I’m still the same child inside 🙂


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