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The job should have been easy. Some quick cash. No problem. But things went wrong. And death leaves a legacy...

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Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Fiction » Horror » Crime
Words: 1,020
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301447169
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: Rob Wilkins on Jan. 15, 2013 :
The writing style in this one is very different, with a stilting, staccato rhythm that would ordinarily feel quite unsettling and distracting. But for the character here, for the tale being told, it's entirely appropriate and fitting, a secondary reflection on the state of mind that goes beyond the actual words being used. The second read of this was more enjoyable than the first, and it improved with it.

The author mentions the use of King's brackets, the way he has of inserting the thought within a thought. It can be annoying sometimes, but at the same time, it offers a very direct and punchy way to offer a brief glimpse into the character's subconscious. If it wasn't so distinctly King's, I'd probably use it all over the place myself.

I think I'd give this three and a half stars. Why can't I have half stars? I demand half stars. Oh well...I'll rate it four, and thereby turn all my future ratings of Michael's work into complete nonsense by comparison. Hurrah.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Nov. 17, 2012 :
An interesting story of a crime going wrong, with the robber getting the money but losing something much worse in return.

Very enjoyable short piece.
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Review by: Jamie J. Buchanan on Nov. 15, 2012 :
I really liked this - yes, there is a very Stephen King-esque style to it but that's not a bad thing at all. We all have influences and they help shape our styles, help us find our own voice. The style of this is what i liked more than anything else - the storyline itself is okay (I won't give anything away) - but the style of the writing and the structure really appealed to me. probably because it was (is!) similar to mine! Well done Mike - good stuff!
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