Skippy Jack Joe

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Words: 600
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301231898
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: Jerriann Law on July 20, 2013 :
I enjoyed this. I've seen such homeless people here in America. Some of them with mental issues, and so they have grandiose ideas of just what they plan on doing with their finds. It accomplished what you wanted, I think. He seemed quite vital and breathing true, good job. 5 stars.
One thing...your author friend you mention; you should provide a link to his page or that of the book you mention; it would be such a help to readers who actually do want to check out what you reference.
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Review by: Tanya Freeth on Dec. 27, 2012 :
interesting character
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Review by: S J Cavanagh on Nov. 15, 2012 :
Works as a 500 worder, but feels constrained by the length (suffering from tell not show etc). The story needs to breathe. Still, it achieves its objective and is entertaining.
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Review by: David Blake on Oct. 21, 2012 :
A good experiment with the "micro story" format. It's well written and a good idea that plays on imagination and is open to different interpretations, but I think by the author's own conclusion that it "sort of works" he maybe agrees with me in that it is perhaps lacking a little something in terms of overall reader satisfaction.
Having said that, I know from my own previous attempts that 500 words is a very severe limit and it's extremely difficult to juggle good prose and good plot in such tight confines. And I've read other stories with less plot or description in ten times the word count of this one so I commend the writer on what he's achieved with Skippy Jack Joe.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Oct. 09, 2012 :
An old bearded man, wondering the streets and collecting bits and bobs as he goes. We've all seen them, glanced over them without a second look but what is there story?

This story does what it sets out to do first by meeting the writing challange of 500 words or less. But the other important thing was to try and make a story of interest aswell, and as your left wondering who or what is Skippy Jack Joe and what's he's story it again succeeds here aswell.
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Review by: David Sell on Oct. 08, 2012 :
Nice attempt at the ultra-short, a good little vignette.
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