It's The End Of The Universe As We Know It [And I Feel Scared]

Rated 4.13/5 based on 8 reviews
Huge metaphysical concept science-fiction, as discovered by a spaceship of idiots!

This is silly light-hearted science-fiction in a flash.

Also featuring monkeys in cummerbunds!!! Yes,really! More
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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: Andre' Mwansa on Feb. 23, 2017 :
Wonderful, really great humor.....
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Review by: James Jenkins on Dec. 24, 2014 :
A fun story. The story line is not overly new or unique but fun to read. I will be looking for more works by the author.
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Review by: Francisco Figueira on March 25, 2014 :
Metaphysical fun, that's how I would describe this little treasure.
Creative, well-written and enjoyable. I prefer drama over comedy but there's nothing to dislike in this book.
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Review by: Ray Hecht on Feb. 16, 2014 :
Great comedic science fiction - a subgenre we don't see nearly enough of - in the tradition of Douglas Adams. It was too short, I wanted more, which is what good flash fiction should do.

The mirror image spaceship, the one-liners, and the shock! ending. Enough has been said about the bizarre concepts, read it yourself. What, you want a detailed review that's almost as long as the whole piece?

However, I don't think the explanation at the end of where the author got his story ideas is necessary. It's all well and good that a writing assignment had such requirements, but I'd kinda rather not know that and just let myself assume it was all from one crazy imagination. We all take inspiration where we can get it, but unless you want to credit the writing teacher there's no need to detail that...
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Review by: Walter Lazo on Aug. 13, 2013 :
This one made my day and put a smile on my face. Sci-fi comedy has rarely been funnier.
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Review by: Rob Wilkins on July 19, 2013 :
Well, it does seem that Mr. Carter has embraced jumping off the deep end in his fiction. First a sentient spoon, and now this. I do recall having any number of discussions about what lay at the end of the universe, but I'm pretty sure that none of them ended this way...

Enjoyably daft.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on July 19, 2013 :
This is a solid enough piece of flash fiction. And though I've read simular stories, this one does involve a jam-jar, a spaceship, and monkies wearing cummerbunds. And you know what, I can't think of one particular story featuring those three categries.

Apart from of course the one story I wrote (as I too was part of the writing challange at the time). I belive I did something just as bizzare about aleins stealing thoughts from an escaped lunatic on death row.

And I've got to agree with the afterword part about the suggestion of "monkies wearing cummerbunds". Even at the time when it came up, the only person that I remember laughing at it was the one who suggested it.

And the moral of that story is "No matter how clever you think you are, no matter how ingenious you think you are, and no matter what you might dream up to inspire and create new ideas, there's always some up his own arse Scotch git just around the corner who'll fuck everything up!

(can I just point out that being Scotch is not being Scottish. There's nowt wrong with being Scottish. However, this guy was'nt Scottish, but he was however most definitely Scotch)!
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Review by: Tevin Hansen on July 18, 2013 :
Um, bizarre. Which is what I believe the author was aiming for on this one. To me, recycling jokes are always funny. And the explanation at the end helped out. (Read on, then post your thoughts on the latest scientific discovery: The Jam-jar Theory.)
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