Ride The Wild Worm

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When an Englishman visits an American rodeo show, he gets far more than horse-play... A horror/fantasy story with a Lovecraft tinge.

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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 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.

My horror/fantasy story "Lach Nach N'Gai, With Salad" is to appear in the anthology, "OUR WORLD OF HORROR", soon to be published by Eldritch Press. Other stories [and occasional poem] have been published in small press magazines and e-zines including, "The Colored Lens", "Cthulhu Cultus", "Dark Legacy", "Dread", "Pop Fiction", "The Domain", "The Ancient Track", "Blue Silver Dementia"; "Frightnet", "Nightscapes", "Dark Portal", "Magnetic Fiction" "alt.ghoststories.", "Writers Dungeon", and "Raise The Dead".

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 is 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 or on Twitter @mickcarter78


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Review by: James Jenkins on Aug. 12, 2017 :
Not overly good or bad.
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Review by: Melody Hewson on May 15, 2013 :
Not quite what I expected, but a very good read! I did see the Lovecraft influence, especially with the dreaming. Very good imagery and fascinating concept with the worms. Overall I rather enjoyed this short.
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Review by: Walter Lazo on April 16, 2013 :
Michael Carter is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors here. His sentences are very fluid, which makes his prose a sheer delight to read, and his imagination, while retaining traditional elements, is refreshingly unique.
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Review by: Rob Wilkins on Jan. 5, 2013 :
I've been looking for this story on and off ever since the Nightscapes site disappeared, and it's great to have found it again. The pace is elegant but never slow, as the story builds up interest more than tension through the tale, and finishes with an ending that I truly envy; I don't think a single one of my stories has ended so well as this one, nor have many of the stories I've read by extremely well-known and respected authors.

I'm largely unfamiliar with the tales of Lovecraft -- beyond playing games of Elder Sign, at least -- and as a result (despite the obvious differences in the subject matter), the story-teller who I am most reminded of is not Lovecraft, but H. Rider Haggard. However, you don't need to have read books by either of them to appreciate this story.

Absolutely worth a read.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Sep. 3, 2012 :
Ride The Wild Worm is a Lovecraftian story which I heartly recommend to all fans of the genre. It is also a good place to start if you don't have too much idea, or (if like myself) have delved only slightly into Lovecraft and the stories that he wrote.
The story involve's a man who witnesses a strange rodeo show that will leave him (and yourself) wondering if what he has seen is real. It also leave's you wanting more from the writer who hints at his forthcoming Cthulhu Mythos collection which I will certainly be looking out for.
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