The Steps At Silloth

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Bizarre and terrifying dreams lead a man to a lonely coastal town in the middle of the night. What will he discover on The Steps At Silloth?

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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 Dec. 30, 2016 :
Very colorful and detailed story, I had to look up the meaning of a couple of words, but enjoyed the trip.
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Review by: Walter Lazo on July 15, 2013 :
Dazzling and hypnotic. Michael Carter's control of language never ceases to impress me. Here, in this story, his sentences achieve a melodic quality; more, the story is very good, great even. It is reminiscent of Lovecraft in his more hallucinogenic moods. Also, at least for me, I found there to be a touch of Robert E. Howard--although the story is very different, it reminded me of Children of the Night. Great story.
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Review by: Bronwyn Pillar on June 28, 2013 :
Excellent writing. Loved all the adjectives too.
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Review by: John Mc Caffrey on June 28, 2013 :
Captures the tone of Lovecraft perfectly. Wonderfully written.
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Review by: Rob Wilkins on June 23, 2013 :
Michael's Mythos tales are what led me to discover Lovecraft in the first place, and it's something I'm very grateful for. Having now read and enjoyed a couple of dozen of Lovecraft's tales, I appreciate their influence on his work far more. However, perhaps more than that, I enjoy his takes on the Lovecraft mythos; and sacrilegious though it may be to say so, I genuinely enjoy his Lovecraft-inspired work more than the original stories they were inspired by.

This particular tale has a quiet, moody nature to it that will be familiar to anyone who has read Lovecraft's work, and he certainly channels the originator very well indeed. There's no sense of modern pace, that rushed and impatient quality that so much of modern fiction possesses, but it isn't slow. It's simply unhurried, and entirely relentless, and ends with a quiet but entirely satisfying conclusion.

I'll be reading this one again today, and that's always a sign of a story I've deeply enjoyed. I'd be proud to put it on my bookshelf, if it were only in print; instead, it'll have a permanent home on my Kindle. And that means, as with all stories of that nature, it earns five stars from me. Greatly enjoyed.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on June 23, 2013 :
First off let me start by saying that although I have only read the one Lovecraft short story (and it was nothing to do with the Cthulhu mythos) I have read many other stories based on his ideas (some good, some bad). So although I am not perhaps the best judge for this type of story, i still believe i have read enough to have an opinion of some merit.

To start with this story falls into the better Lovecraftian mythos stories I have read. It follows the traditional formula of many of the other tales as a man discovers something strange happening in the seaside town of Silloth. What makes it stand out from the rest is the writing itself. Indeed some of the wording I found to be garbranchion, and only in the afterword did I realise that it was not my own lack of vocabulary that I did not pick up on all the opomaskis wording of the tale, but instead these being actual Lovecraft terms.

The other plus for me was the original ending as the narrater concludes what is going on and why he is unaffected by the unholy events(can't say too much here without spoiling it).


I’m pleased to get some traditional Stricklandian adjectives in the review; “garbranchion” and “opomaskis” are two of my favourites. Go on, look them up, you won't find them anywhere (HA HA)...
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