The Dark Divide

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In the vast coniferous forests of the Pacific North-West something is stirring... More
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About Michael Carter




I'm a writer of mainly horror, science-fiction and fantasy stories, and live with my wife and three cats in County Durham, England. When I'm not being a full-time registered carer, I enjoy writing, reading, watching films and TV, drinking good beer with good friends, and collecting rejection letters.

In the past I have had stories published in small press magazines including, "The Colored Lens", "Cthulhu Cultus", "Dark Legacy", "Dread", "Pop Fiction", "The Domain", "The Ancient Track", "Blue Silver Dementia"; e-zines and websites, "Frightnet", "Nightscapes", "Dark Portal", "Magnetic Fiction" "alt.ghoststories.", "Writers Dungeon", and "Raise The Dead".

After a ten year break, and thanks to friends Jonathan Strickland and Robert Wilkins, and my wife, I am seriously writing again, trying to catch up on a boat-load of new ideas, and sending them out into the world. My newest success is my short science fiction story 'Cuts', which appeared in 'The Colored Lens', Winter 2014 Issue.

My many influences include H.P.Lovecraft, Stephen King, Clark Ashton Smith, Thomas Ligotti, Angela Carter, Sue Townsend and many more.

Of the stories here, UNCONTAINABLE, DREEK MIDWINTER and EYE CHECK are the most recently written, while HUNTING COMP, OBLIVIOUS and CONS go back to the mid 1990's.

Thanks to all who have downloaded, read or reviewed my stories. Like most writers [some don't give a hoot], any feedback is very important to me, and I appreciate every review.

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Review by: James Jenkins on Jan. 31, 2014 :
The story flows well, but the name almasti is not one I have ever heard used to describe sasquatch, And I spent many years living 100 miles southwest of Seattle.

All of the events and the flow for the ranger and the campers do not have the ring of experience. I would not be at all surprised to learn that the author has never camped in forest.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Nov. 03, 2012 :
Highly enjoyable read as a park ranger comes across a very hairy encounter in the woods.

This is actually a really good story of a bigfoot (almasti) encounter which hints at why an eight foot tall, huge and smelly bipedal beast can remain hidden for so long in the wilderness.
One particular piece of interest comes near the finale of the story, the ranger is posed a problem as he faces a dilema as to weather or not to expose the creature to the world or simply to keep the truth hidden.
It is a problem you could possibly ask yourself if ever you found yourself in a simular situtaion.

Personally I'd have taken the money!
(review of free book)

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