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Write an alternative ending to a novel, movie, short story, poem, etc. What else can I say but make it damn good! Want some examples? Here are 13 alternative endings for various popualr films: http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/films/alternate-movie-endings-better-than-the-real-ones

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Ctrl + Alt Ending

As a contributing member of the film consuming society, I know I am not alone in my feeling of dissatisfaction with the dissolution of many films and tv series. Here is my take on the ending of Hemingway’s “The Killers”

It doesn’t end like you think….because I changed the ending. (The Killers)


Ole Anderson looked at the wall and did not say anything.

“I know,” George said.
“You know? Are you going to do anything about it.” Nick said.
“One day. You can leave now,” George said to Nick sternly.

Two days later, as Nick was working in the restaurant, George …

The Actual Killers

In Hemingway’s “The Killers” I was waiting for something to happen but nothing ever did. There was no ending to the story, it basically left you waiting and wondering if they were going to come back, or something going to happen to the men in the restaurant. It was very …

Insert “Wut.” gif here

After reading The Shadow, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and The Killers there are some common themes that I have noticed. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING is over dramatized to a point where it almost seems unrealistic (even for being a fictional work). The way the authors write some of …

Alternate Ending – The Killers

Outside the arc-light shone through the bare branches of a tree. Nick walked up the street beside the car-tracks and turned at the next arc-light down a side street. Three houses up the street was Hirsch’s rooming-house. Nick walked up the two steps and pushed the bell. A woman came …

Wild Party Alternate Ending

While I was reading about noir, one of the works I studied was TheWild Party by Joseph Moncure March. I really enjoyed this piece, but was a bit unsatisfied with the ending. The two romantic interests of the main character get into a fight, with one dying and the …

A Bloody Aftermath: An Alternative Ending

“We’re gonna ask you some questions now, H.W, ok?” says an older, hefty police officer, breathing heavily with overwrought concern.

H.W Plainview was pulled away from his family by two officers at the train station for reasons he couldn’t hear. Still furious at his father, he couldn’t imagine any other …

The Murdered: An Alternate Ending to The Killers

Nick had done what George had asked. He had told Ole Anderson about the two men in matching derby hats and black overcoats that were going to kill Ole Anderson. And Ole Anderson didn’t care. He didn’t even show as much as a glint of concern for what those two …

The Shadow Alternate Ending

SHADOW: Dubrille is dead, Dr. Evans.

EVANS: Is? Corvet’s kept his word. Where is he?

SHADOW: Look there, on the floor by the window.

EVANS: Corvet? That’s Corvet?

SHADOW: Dubrille tried to save his life by promising to help that man kill you.

EVANS: Dubrille? Dubrille offered to help Corvet …

The Shadow- Alternative Ending

Here is the Alternative Ending prompt that is three points. I was reading through The Shadow and I kept thinking that the Shadow character would reveal himself to be Corvet.So, here is the story if The Shadow was revealed to be Corvet.

Evans: You mean you won’t use your powers …

Alternate Ending to.. “The Killers”

“I can’t stand to think about him waiting in the room and knowing he’s going to get it.  It’s too damned awful.”
“Well,” said George, “you better not think about it.” 

In walks a strange character, almost looks to be like he is working with Al and Max; with his …

Wilder Party

At the end of Wild party Queenie tells Mr. Black to leave so that he does not get executed. I would like to add a ending where Queenie strikes back.

Look what you’ve done!

Beat it you fool!

Dont Stand there


If they get you

you will get the …

The Killers (how it should have ended)

Once George retrieves Sam and brings him out in front of Al and Max, Sam quickly realizes that something fishy is going on. “All right, both of you stand right there,” Al says, looking at Sam and Nick. “What is going on?” asked Sam. “I’m going back to the kitchen …

Alternate Ending to The Shadow- 3 points


Shadow- Everything, Dr. Evans. Your escape from Devil’s Island after Dubrill’s betrayal of Martan, that resulted in hundred lashes. His resolve for vengeance. From the authorities of Devil’s Island, I learned the truth about Corvet’s … last escape.

Evans- Yes? Yes, I see now why he hated us. But …

The Postman Always Rings Until Someone Answers

From “The Postman Always Rings Twice” by James M. Cain (p. 63)

“I’ll… I’ll..” Frank’s hand was raised above his head and his face grew more red with every yell. His voice was faltering and Cora fell back against the wall. She saw as his arm lowered slowly …

Happily Never After?

The assignment is to write an alternate ending to a novel, movie, short story, poem, etc. What else can I say but make it damn good!

I decided to make an alternate ending to  “The Shadow” which is a script for The Death Triangle episode starring Orson Welles. …

The Killers – Alternate Ending

The Killers – Alternate Ending

“I can’t stand to think about him waiting in the room and knowing he’s going to get it.  It’s too damned awful.”
“Well,” said George, “you better not think about it.”
Nick looked at George just once before he walked out the front door.
“For …

The Alternative

So this is the writing assignment:

Write an Alternative Ending

I decided to do this for the story A Matter of Procedure

We fall into silences sometimes, but we have the same scarred history of alcohol abuse, so we know these silences. We trade war stories. We rue the day. …

The Postman Never Heard a Ring Drop Twice.

Here is the link to my work! Hope you all like it! It’s a bit dark, but hey that’s Noir! http://lifebysavanna.com/uncategorized/alternative-middle-to-ending-for-the-postman-always-rings-twice/

Alternative Middle-to-Ending for the Postman Always Rings Twice:

We were running. Running real fast. I looked over my shoulder, and I saw headlights approaching faster and faster. I grabbed Cora by the hand and lowered ourselves under a rotten tree branch as the car passed. She looked at me and said, “Frank, I can’t do it anymore. I …

Happily Never After?

The assignment is to write an alternate ending to a novel, movie, short story, poem, etc. What else can I say but make it damn good!

I decided to make an alternate ending to Ernest Hemingway’s “The Killers”. I decided to write the alternate ending to “The Killers” because …

The Wild(ish) Party: An Alternate Ending

In this post, I will create an alternate ending for Joseph Moncure March’s story, The Wild Party. I am hoping to create a more optimistic ending, as I have grown fond of the characters Queenie and Black, and want an ending that is different than the noir norm.

I …

Alternate Ending to “The Killers”

As Max and Al left the store, they decided to wait in their car for a bit just to make sure Ole Anderson didn’t come to the store late. Thirty minutes passed and they saw Nick leaving the store early. Seeing this they decided to follow Nick and figure out …

How does that ending go?

This is an alternate ending I wrote for the the story “The Pig Farmer’s Burden” by Darren Guest. The full story can be read at this link: http://shenandoahliterary.org/641/2014/08/15/the-pig-farmers-burden/

I pick up just towards the end of the story. Enjoy!


“Lloyd backed up and stood in front of his screen …

The lights are off and the Greek is dead.

“Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? So help you God.”

The cop straightened up. “I do.” It was the same cop that saw the ladder waiting out the window for Cora. The cop that heard the Greek yowl when Cora …

The Killers of My Time…

The ending of “The Killers,” by Ernest Hemingway, was very anti-climactic! When I read a story titled as such, I expect some killing! This probably sounds extremely violent on my part, but let me explain. Sloppy gangsters who hangout in a diner for a couple of hours, only manage to …

Always trust the Shadow

The Shadow

The Death triangle


Dubrille: I will only be safe locked in my room. Corevet is coming to get me and it is safer locked in a room

Martin: Fine run away but I would be careful that he is not already in your room

Evan: I suggest …

Were they really killers?

This week I was really excited to see that one of Hemmingway’s short stories was on the list of options we had to read. I had read a lot of his short stories my senior year of high school. I really didn’t appreciate them then but more and more lately …

The Postman Hates The Milkman

Original assignment here

We went a little way, and then she stopped. “Frank, I feel funny inside.”

“Here, hold on to me.”

“Oh, Frank. Maybe I strained myself, just then. Trying to keep my head up. So I wouldn’t gulp down the salt water.”

“Take it easy.”

“Wouldn’t that be …

The Killers by Ernest Hemingway, an alternate ending.

“Nick walked up the dark street to the corner under the arc-light, and then along the car-tracks to Henry’s eating-house. George was inside, back of the counter.” (Hemingway)

“Did you see him?” asked George

“Yes, he looks  so defeated” replied Nick

“Nothing we can do, I’m sure he must have…

The Postman Always Rings Twice Alternative Ending

I thought that over a long time. Because that was just what I had been doing. Lying there beside her,

just straining to think of a way I could kill her.

“All right, then. I was.”

“I knew it.”

“Were you any better? Weren’t you going to hand me over …

The Hit: The Killers, Sawed-Off

 Ernest Hemingway’s “The Killers”

Nick walked up the dark street to the corner under the arc-light, and then along the car-tracks to Henry’s eating house. George was inside, back of the counter.

“Hey, bright boy,” Nick hears, as a car stops beside him. “You’re alright, you know that?” he’s asked.  …

A Matter of Procedure: Alternate Ending

It cost a little money. I dyed my hair blond, leaving the roots. I went to a high end hair dresser. I told her to straighten it and make it shiny. When she was done my hair like a puddle of oil; it was smooth and reflective. Then I went …


Pilgrim after his last dance at the arcade noticed he still like Ramona, but he relies that Ramona already came back for him. “Are you crazy?” Pilgrim’s friend said after she saw Ramona. “I won’t let you destroy yourself for her anymore”. The two girls put up a big fight a

The Postman Sometimes Rings Twice

Since we were given an ending that rivals that of any Edith Wharton novel, I thought to make my own. While I’m fine with sad endings, I don’t like them so let’s make it a little happier.


Cora waded towards me in the water, her wet hair drawn up …

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For this writing assignment, I had to write an alternative ending to a piece of noir literature we were required to read for this week. I chose to write an alternative ending for The Shadow: The Death Triangle. Unfortunately, making up stories has never been my strong suit. …

The Postman Sometimes Rings Thrice

For my alternative writing assignment, I decided to write a new ending to The Postman Always Rings Twice.  I decided on this one because I feel like there are multiple endings that this story could have and I enjoyed this reading the most out of three that I read. I …

Write an Alternative Ending: The Killers

Ole Andreson was just sitting on his bed and never leave his place. Nick and George went to his place and tried to meet and persuade him to get out of the town, but Ole refuse to meet them. Few weeks later, Nick and George moved out from the town. …

The Postman Rings One Last Time

They say that third time’s the charm, right? Well this go-round, Frank’s mail is delivered straight to his doorstep.

The Postman Rings One Last Time.

There’s a guy in No. 7 that murdered his brother, and says he didn’t really do it, his subconscious did it. I asked him what that meant, and he says you got two selves, one that you know about and the other that you don’t know about, because it’s subconscious. …

The Ending That Wasn’t

…”admit it, Frank, you were lying there thinking of how to kill me.”

“And you weren’t thinking the same?”
“Yeah. I was.”
“See, we’re even.”
“Not even close.”
“Have a drink.”
“I don’t want a drink… we drink every night. I want to know what happened. I thought we were …


One of our assignments this week was to write an alternate ending to one of the stories we read. Since I was so fascinated by The Postman Always Rings Twice I felt as though writing another ending would suit me well, since I am part of the #frankandcora4ever team. I …

Writing Assignment: Alternate Ending of “A Wild Party”

Burr’s lifeless vessel on the floor,

Queenie saw blue, red lights reflecting on the window.

“They’re here! We need to leave now,” she cried

to Black, standing over the body.

They made their way towards the window,

seeing the roof below.

With only seconds to go,

Black pushed up the …

Alternative Ending to The Shadow

Dubrille and Martan are dead, only the Shadow and Dr. Evans are in the house. Evans expresses how he still fears for his life with Corvet still roaming around. From a dark corner of the room a manly figure appears. It’s Corvet! He was the Shadow this entire time. Corvet …

I came, I wrote, I conquered: Writing Assignments

For my first assignment I have chosen to make a poem out of Twilight Zone Titles. Here it is!

Night Call,

Little Girl Lost,

Come Wander With Me,

What You Need,

is The Hunt,

for The Midnight Sun,

Sounds And Silences,

You Drive,

Nothing In The Dark,

The Encounter:

The …

What Happens When “The Killers” Actually Become Killers? An Alternative Ending to “The Killers,” Featuring Detective Long!


Ole Anderson ended up not showing up, so we couldn’t show bright one what we wanted to do to him. After we overheard the conversation among George and Nick,  we new we had to take matters into our own hands before they warned, or even saved him from what …

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