Prompt: As a bartender at a seaport, you hear a lot of stories from all over, but nothing compares to the widow who describes how her sailor husband was killed. But what’s really interesting is that halfway through her story, you realize the killer was you.
Prompt: The demon looked confused as he found himself summoned into a pink room, covered in princess posters and unicorn stickers. In front of him was a girl that looked about 5 years old, hugging a teddy bear and jumping up and down excitedly saying “yay yay yay, it worked!”
Z Publishing House‘s “Pennsylvania’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction” is up for pre-order now! It’s set to release August 21st.
It features a shorter version of my story, “Driftwood Mannequins,” which is from my most recently released collection, The Abyss Beyond the Reflection.
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Prompt: A story that is told entirely through setting description – no characters allowed.
Prompt: An old woman and an elder dragon recall their past stories of helping people and the kingdom.
Morgan Tanner, horror author of many short stories like, “Answer The Phone,” “The Suicide Storm,” and “A Place With the Trees,” was kind enough to review my newest collection of stories, The Abyss Beyond the Reflection.
Here are some excerpts from the review, but I suggest you reading it in its eternity over on Morgan’s website.
“The Abyss Beyond the Reflection, the title story (and a great title, by the way), kicks things off brilliantly. Set in the future where technology has come up with the ultimate experience in celebrity stalking, a man in his thirties longs to live a day in the body of his favourite blonde bombshell. But of course, things don’t go all that swimmingly. Eyeballs are removed, an abyss reveals itself in a mirror that leads to a terrifying other place, and all is not well in the world of this certain celebrity. …”
“The White Sea was not only brilliantly Lovecraftian in its ideas, but also in its execution. A man with a huge inheritance from his parents embarks on a journey across the sea to Alaska. There’s something very strange about the crew he hires, though, and especially the captain. His journey seems to be taking longer than expected but when he discovers exactly where’s he headed, it’s too late to turn back. The sense of utter helplessness aboard the boat was really well executed here. That and the damn freaky creatures living in the water, but I’ll say no more.”
“So all in all, a great collection of stories. The ones that didn’t really grab so much me were easily outweighed by the ones that did. Micah Castle obviously has a great love of the Lovecraft tale but manages to put his own contemporary twists on the classic ideas. This is highly recommended for fans of the aforementioned Howard, and those fans of weird stories in general.”
You can purchase The Abyss Beyond the Reflection now on Amazon in eBook or paperback.
Prompt: After vampires are discovered and start explaining additional details of history, they reveal the true story of the bubonic plague.