The Monarchy Of The Rats

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There were two distinct and very dangerous tribes of rats at war in the grey, rain-lashed city of Cernogratz. More
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Words: 1,820
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301133130
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.

Comments, queries, or correspondence can be sent off to


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Review by: Emily Carter on April 17, 2013 :
On first reading this story I thought it brilliant, On re-reading I felt it lacked something, it was still a great story but the ending was too abrupt. Maybe that is why there will be a Part Two?
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Review by: Walter Lazo on Feb. 20, 2013 :
Well-written, disturbing in places, with nice, evocative imagery.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Dec. 31, 2012 :
A grim tale of two tribes of rats (the Grimnashers and the Brownboys)as they wreck havoc on the city of Cernogratz. It tells of the great war forged by the rats and how the poor populace struggle against the torment and death brought on by the small furry razor toothed killers of the night.

Having talked to Mick only last week about this story he tells me how this is more an introduction to further tails/tales he had planned. This also can be seen in a footnote he comprises at the end which mentions further stories involving king-rats and future quests to rid the city of the horrid vermin.

All in all this is a sharp exiting read mixing fantasy and horror together into a bloodied diseased bowl of 1821 words of enjoyment.
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