Dreek Midwinter

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An aged sorceror awaits the return of a hero, hoping that he brings with him a cure for a terrible disease...

A Free Flash Fantasy, in the classic tradition. More
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Words: 1,260
Language: English
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 mickcarter1978@gmail.com


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Review by: Walter Lazo on Nov. 07, 2013 :
This is a very moody piece, and it really works. One of the most subtle stories I've read this year; it is full of menace and sadness, set in an evocative world we only barely glimpse and dealing with a protagonist that while sympathetic is nonetheless brimming with hostile menace.

P.S. Bumped my head while working, so I haven't been writing much. I'll make a comeback soon, though. Honest.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jamie J. Buchanan on Oct. 24, 2013 :
I must preface this with the admission that I am not much of a fan of fantasy. I struggled through the first 1/2 of Lord of the Rings and rarely ventured there since. But this is a great little short story to re-introduce me into a world where anything can go and the only oimits are your imagination and the effort required to get it into words.

This is well written and, for a short story, a well developed character. It would be good to see this developed into a novel - perhaps this is the first chapter??? It's a stand-alone pice of time in what has obviously been an arduous journey of life for this guy (I assume he's human?) and you get the feeling there's a lot more to tell here - in the past and the future.

Thanks and well done, a rare 5 stars from me!
(review of free book)

Review by: Sherry Donacy on Sep. 22, 2013 :
When an author creates a world he creates its history. A good writer leaves you with the impression that there are vast annals of the past tucked away in some sorceror's castle that he referenced as he wrote. Carter has achieved that for me, like few besides Robert Jordan or the great Tolkien ever have. That in itself says something, but I love the fact that Maleficious is himself a fully fleshed out character (even that flesh is rotting). He is complete with hope, generosity, severity and flaws. I get the idea he is not a man I would like to work for but would certainly be impressed to meet. And this story, though a complete capsulated glance into another world, holds the feeling of a somber postscript of a much longer novel. I certainly hope to see more of Maleficious Dreek in the future! Don't leave me hanging, Mick.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Sep. 19, 2013 :
Short story about a poweful wizard who's caught a rotting disease, his only hope is to aquire a foreign (perhaps even mythical) plant that can be used as a cure.

This short snippet into this fantasy world and one of its more powerful denizens, felt like an intro to a far bigger story, and for me would have worked better as that. It reminded me of a book of short stories by Clarke Ashton Smith, as it simply told the tale it had to tell. And as the writer says in his afterword, there are more tales to tell here.

It is written very well, and the glimpse we get into this new fantasy land is intriguing, plus of course, any free fantasy story placed here on smashwords (a fairly rare thing) is most welcome. So for that I'm awarding it 4 stars. It's not as good as say "The Monarchy Of The Rats" (another free short fantasy story by this writer) but it is still worth a read.
(review of free book)

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