Silhouettes Of Dust And Bone

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After death, we are all silhouettes of dust and bone; in our streets, in our towns, do the dead gather. In the midst of night, we can glimpse these silhouettes, souls, drifting through our towns. But to what end?

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Words: 1,300
Language: English
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: CJ Puccia on Feb. 01, 2014 :
Gruesome and shocking! Well-written piece that I absolutely loved and recommend to anyone that reads horror stories!
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Review by: Jeff McDargh on Nov. 23, 2013 :
I think flow is the right word. I have an image as the spirits move through town with a glimpse of the turbulence that brought them there. Nicely done and a nice shift in mood.
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Review by: Walter Lazo on Oct. 01, 2013 :
Michael Carter is a magnificent writer, plain and simple. Here, in this story, he does something unique--like drawing a portrait with music. He begins by creating very striking imagery, with a powerful emotional undercurrent just beneath the surface, and then switches to a more visceral style, without losing the original melody. Magnificent.
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Review by: Sherry Donacy on Sep. 17, 2013 :
Despite being written in the third person, this story gives the very real and disquieting allusion of being narrated through the eyes of the ghosts who frame the cast. Being removed by one step to be treated as third person simply drives home the point of these characters alienation from the living.

I happen to be a fan of stream-of-conscious (Freudian) writing of the '20s which gave rise to the American 'pulp fiction' of the '40s. Carter has created something new here and entirely his own but I can't help but feel there is a kindred spirit to those earlier styles.

While I agree with the writer's own assessment of the sentence structure (he discloses the fact that it was one of his earlier experiments) I had no problem following the train of thought. I would label this experiment a resounding success and while I don't feel the style works for long formats (look at pulp fiction) I do hope to see more flash fiction of this avant-garde noir from Carter in the future.
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Review by: Vanessa Deroo on Aug. 22, 2013 :
Haunting words and beautiful images... Being slightly obsessed with ghosts and lost souls and all that, I can only love these words.

Well done.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Aug. 17, 2013 :
This is a great little short piece about the journey souls take when life ups and leaves us. The begining is almost poetic as the author describes the strange walk of death as the spirits wander along, passing animals in the night as they are drawn to there grim meeting place.

The writing here is excellent, with descriptions purposely leaving enough for the imagination to fill any gaps of the poor souls who have met tragic ends.

So to sum up, this for me is one of those stories that does something a bit different, and having read and disscussed with Mick (the author here) all the same type of ghost fiction on Smashwords that just reguritates the same old story with a slightly differnt setting, it was great to read a flash-fiction tale that did something different and original.
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