Nursery Crimes

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic


You remember those nursery rhymes? Well, I'm going to use them and give them some kind of a twist. This will be a collection of nursery rhyme based short stories and poems, together with the
originals of course.



Thanks again to Markie Bee for the fantastic cover, the title, and for the inspiration to put this together. https://www.booksie.com/users/markie-bee-223538

Table of Contents

Rock-A-Bye


A short story inspired by 'Rock-A-Bye Baby'.
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Gone Hunting


A short poem and story inspired by 'Bye, Baby Bunting'.
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Plague


Inspired by 'Three Blind Mice'.
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Gun!


Inspired by 'Little Jack Horner'.
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You Can Never Leave!


Inspired by 'Hush, little baby, don't say a word'.
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Pet Food


Inspired by 'Old Mother Hubbard'.
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Drowned!


A short story inspired by 'Ding, Dong, Dell.'
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Baking Day!


Inspired by 'The Queen Of Hearts'.
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Prey!


Inspired by the nursery rhyme, 'Little Miss Muffet'.
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A Case Of Misjudgement


Inspired by 'Hickory, dickory, dock.'
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The Faerie Moon


Inspired by 'Boys and girls come out to play'.
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Like Clockwork


Inspired by 'Pussy cat, pussy-cat, where have you been?'
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Vows


Inspired by 'Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater'.
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Swine


Inspired by 'Elsie Marley'.
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Beach Party


Inspired by 'Jack Be Nimble'.
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Fever-Pitch


A short story inspired by 'Ring A-Round The Roses'.
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Just Like A Bad Penny


Inspired by 'Goosey, Goosey, Gander'.
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Imposter!


Please note: this is a work of fiction and is not based on the real life of anyone living or dead.
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Spite!


Inspired by 'Sing A Song Of Sixpence'.
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The 'Cat And Fiddle'.


Inspired by 'Hey! Diddle, Diddle'.
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A Hairy Leg


Inspired by 'The Itsy Bitsy Spider'.
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So Hard To Keep Good Staff.


Inspired by 'Jack Sprat Could Eat No Fat'.
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Show-time!


Inspired by 'Gregory Griggs'.
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An Assignation


Inspired by 'A-Tisket, A-Tasket'.
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Drip, Drip, Drip.


Inspired by 'It's Raining, It's Pouring.'
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Scolded


Inspired by 'Speak When You Are Spoken To.'
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Mary's Lamb


Inspired by 'Mary Had A Little Lamb'.
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Fleeting Reality


Inspired by 'What Did I Dream?'
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Trophy Wife


Inspired by 'Curly Locks, Curly Locks.'
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Amnesia


Inspired by 'Jack and Jill'.
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My Teddy


Inspired by 'Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear'.
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Gypsy Blood


Inspired by 'Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark'.
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Predatory


Story inspired by 'Smiling Girls And Rosy Boys'.
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Star Gazing


A short story inspired by 'Star Light, Star Bright.'
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One To Thirty


A poetic rewrite of 'One, Two'.
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Mary And The Lamb


A darker version of 'Mary Had A Little Lamb'.
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Recent Comments

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Donald Harry Roberts

Who ate your wheties...Lol...that was dark and nasty but well done. The sad thing about it is...reality is much worse.

Fri, March 30th, 2018 5:39pm

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Thanks for reading, D.H. I've had to get a book of Nursery Rhymes to work from, as I actually don't know that many. I'm quite looking forward to this project though.

Fri, March 30th, 2018 10:57am

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Mike S.

A parent's worst nightmare--exellent, Hull!

Fri, March 30th, 2018 5:51pm

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Thank you, Mike. I've got the Nursery Rhyme book to work from now and I'm quite looking forward to it. The inspiration for this book has to go to Markie Bee who came up with a cover and title.

Fri, March 30th, 2018 10:59am

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Donald Harry Roberts

Clever idea 22..It'll work well

Fri, March 30th, 2018 6:03pm

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Thanks for the vote of confidence, D.H.

Fri, March 30th, 2018 11:04am

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Markie Bee

That's quite sad, I would have been happier if the baby had been kidnapped by squirrels after the branch snapped or something like that. Well written as always, I just have mixed feelings about the end. Must be getting soft in my old age :)

Fri, March 30th, 2018 6:10pm

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These are going to be a bit warped and twisted, Markie Bee. Thanks for reading,hopefully others will be more to your liking.

Fri, March 30th, 2018 11:21am

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Sue Harris

Nursery crimes? The mind boggles... A great literal take on the old nursery rhyme, as dark as the original and also quite in keeping... the father's out-dated attitude to the baby and domesticity and the mother's dutiful, stoic acceptance. As always, Hully, exceptionally well written and compelling. Well done!

Fri, March 30th, 2018 7:24pm

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Thanks, Sue. I had to get a kindle book of nursery rhymes to help with this....I remember some, I'm not sure how accurately, but there are others I don't know at all.

Fri, March 30th, 2018 12:43pm

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Jeff Bezaire

The upsetting thing about this story is that there are parents this ignorant and worse. Reg is clearly a man who has no right being a father, let alone being undeserving of a good woman. This story is definitely topical to today's social issues.
It's a well written story, Hully! Your characterization of Reg is spot on. I hate the guy! You've done a good job creating him. Also, the situation with the baby is superbly illustrated. I think most parents and people who have been around kids can relate to an infant's unrelenting cries. I can.
It's definitely a believable situation, one of those one-in-a-million situations, but still plausible. The flustered, on-the-brink-of-losing-his-job-and-his-mind man, the dutiful housewife, and the unhappy baby. You've added a great deal of emotional depth through your narrative of the "father", creating the believability of the situation through his sexist attitude, the dire work situation, and his overall ineptitude as a human being.
This is a great story! It's sad but also gets me angry. And it's inspired by a nursery rhyme? You've basically Grimm brothered a nursery rhyme. :D Excellent work, my dear!
I look forward to more of these! :)

Fri, March 30th, 2018 8:09pm

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Thanks so much for that, Jeff. To be quite honest, I was a bit worried about how it would be received. Looking at the nursery rhymes, though, most of them are pretty horrid in their own way without me warping them -- strange that, isn't it.
There will be a lot more to come.

Fri, March 30th, 2018 1:21pm

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Miss Midnight

This was horrible, well written, but horrible, lol. I always thought lullabies was a bit on the dark side, lol. This is well captured and expressed. I feel bad for both parents. How quickly things can snowball. Excellent Piece!

Wed, April 4th, 2018 2:26am

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Thanks, Miss M. I agree,they are horrible as written and perfect to twist that bit more. Thanks for reading!

Wed, April 4th, 2018 5:09am

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RomanBoukreev

I added it to my shelves on the site. It's one of a thing that I want to read.

Tue, April 24th, 2018 6:29pm

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Well, thank you, Roman. I hope you enjoy at least some of the stories!

Tue, April 24th, 2018 11:43am

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Joy Shaw

OMG!!! I think my heart surged to my throat. My son is with my mother in law for the next few days while my husband and I have a few nights to ourselves and now I’m on the phone checking in on him. Not worried. She’s an absolute wonderful grandmother and my sister and law lives next door so he’s getting lots of spoiling. But this story!!! Like I said. OMG. Parent’s worst nightmare for sure.

Sun, April 29th, 2018 9:32pm

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Thanks for reading, Joy.

Mon, April 30th, 2018 12:45am

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Keke Serene

This is actually terrible.
But well written haha!

Sun, April 29th, 2018 9:48pm

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Thank you, Stars!

Mon, April 30th, 2018 12:47am

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Harnoor C

The concept is really creative and it's well-written as well... Good job!!

Sat, May 4th, 2019 3:12pm

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Thanks so much for giving this a read, Harnoor C, and for taking the time to comment.

Sat, May 4th, 2019 10:06am

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Robert Helliger

A scary new take on the original stories.
I liked it.

Tue, September 3rd, 2019 6:19am

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This was a project I really enjoyed. Thanks for reading. It's much appreciated.

Tue, September 3rd, 2019 2:19am

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