The Pods

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When strange metallic pods begin to suddenly drop from the sky one night, two young brothers take one home and make a terrible discovery...

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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 or on Twitter @mickcarter78


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Review by: James Jenkins on April 2, 2015 :
The story flows nicely all the words go together nicely, but this story has been told many times, there must be at least a dozen black and white movies that are near clones if it. There just really is not any compelling reason to read this work.
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Review by: Emily Carter on April 17, 2013 :
I think after reading all the stories published on smashwords by this author, this one is still my favourite. It flows so easily and the interaction between the two brothers is just right. Young boys curiosity usually leads to trouble but the twist at the end of this tale is brilliant. Yes the story ends abruptly but it feels right. Brilliant, ingenious and well written!
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Review by: Rob Wilkins on Jan. 9, 2013 :
I found this story interesting, and particularly enjoyed the interaction between the brothers. The plot was marginally unbelievable, but that gripe only struck me afterwards, and didn't detract at all from the reading.

The only real gripe I have with it is that, when I reached the end of the tale, I was expecting more words. I can't help but feel there's more tale that could be told here, though at the same time, the story feels done...ah, I don't know. Maybe I just wanted more of it. Enjoyable, and a nice insight into the author's earlier style of writing.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Sep. 15, 2012 :
The pods is an interesting story about two young brothers who bear wittness to a strange invasion of the land in which they live. But this is no ordinary invasion and the purpose remains a mystery as they watch the small silver objects fall from the sky slowly down to earth.

But when one of these objects lands near the pair the two youngsters can’t help but investigate. What will they find? And what could be the purpose of the pods?

This is yet another gripping story from the M.Carter that will keep you guessing right up until it’s nerve shattering end!!!
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