Croak & Dagger Short Story Challenge

Welcome to the Croak & Dagger Short Story Challenge!

All Croak & Dagger members are invited to finish a short story inspired by a Charles Schultz Peanuts cartoon republished September 2, 2016 in the Albuquerque Journal.

  • Snoopy begins the story at his typewriter: 

“It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a shot rang out!”

  • Snoopy pauses for inspiration, then adds: 

“The maid screamed. A door slammed.”

  • Gripped by inspiration, Snoopy adds: 

“Suddenly, a pirate ship appeared on the horizon.”

  • Snoopy grins, thinking ‘this twist in the plot will baffle my readers’.
Challenge Rules:
  1. The challenge is open to members of Croak & Dagger
  2. Your story must begin with Snoopy’s opening lines
  3. Email your story to
  4. All entries will be published here on our blog
  5. Challenge runs until October 31, 2016