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A new cellmate brings a new conversation; What did you do?

A violent and grisly short story for adults only. More
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Fiction » Horror » Crime
Words: 1,490
Language: English
About Michael Carter

THANKS FOR VISITING MY PAGE

*****'CUTS' PUBLISHED IN 'THE COLORED LENS', WINTER 2014 - NOW AVAILABLE*****

***** OVER 11,000 DOWNLOADS THROUGH SMASHWORDS *****

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.

Comments, queries, or correspondence can be sent off to mickcarter1978@gmail.com

Enjoy.

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Reviews

Review by: Jeff McDargh on Nov. 23, 2013 :
A little like the twilight zone episode, written in hell. Works for me.
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Review by: MoratGurgeh on Oct. 09, 2013 :
I guess I must be sick and twisted, coz I *love* this story. As has been said below, the described violence is so utterly over the top that it's beyond shocking, and the twist is masterly.

Wholeheartedly recommended for those that aren't squeamish :)
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Review by: Rob Wilkins on Jan. 17, 2013 :
Although the author was concerned about the violence, it's not really shocking. There are a mixture of reasons for that; it's over-the-top, there's enough of it in succession that you can grow numb to it, and you're never really put in a position to empathise with the victim. By the time it was done, I actually found the succession of violence had grown a little dull rather than offensive or shocking.

It's interesting on two points; firstly, as a reflection of the author getting to grips with writing gory material, and secondly as an exercise in writing dialogue. I don't think it works quite on either level, but the author appears to have thought the same thing, and has clearly developed hugely since this early work.

Despite this, though, it's fairly well written, and the final twist made me smile -- it's worth a read for that alone.

And he may well, indeed, be a nutbag.
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Review by: Jamie J. Buchanan on Nov. 15, 2012 :
yep - you're a nutbag...but that's what's appealing. I actually had no problem with the violence - it's over-the-top and gratuitous to the point of absurdity and, if viewed that way, takes on a less realistic feel. Less sick and more cartoon - which makes this quite appealing. The twist is okay but could be better set up - however, with only using dialogue, that's not easy. Cheers Mike
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Review by: Amy Peters on Nov. 13, 2012 :
You certainly write a different kind of horror story to me. But I liked the swift pace, the black humour, and that final surprise that makes reading this kind of fiction addictive.

I wasn't so much affected by the depiction of such violence, but then I felt you were using that as an effective tool to shock and jolt the senses.

I loved it, and now I'm going to enjoy the rest :)

Well done.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Nov. 07, 2012 :
Short adult story where a con tells another about his crime. The story has some nice dark humour to it, and a devilish little twist that will make you smile.

Mick Carter was telling me about this story and how he had a few reservations about putting it on here. After reading it I think he was worrying a bit much. There are descriptions of violence but there is a point to them, and there certainly not meant to titillate.
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