Jonathan Antony Strickland


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O.K then... here's some stuff you might (or might not) like to know about me!

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My Hobbies:
1_Are you bored. Then do what I do. Take off all your clothes and paint your face and arse bright blue. Then run outside and shout abuse at passers-by... passes the time if nothing else!
2_Managed 18 keepy ups with ye old pigs bladder once....What's that you say? Not that impressive! Well... what I failed to tell you was that the pigs bladder that I did the 18 keepy ups with, was still inside the pig!
3_Not pissing on the evil that is Milthy Swinebuckle, if he were ever to catch fire
4_Scratching my arse!
5_Watching Milthy get his arse kicked by a three legged tortoise...HA !!!
6_Scratching my arse and..oh wait I've already said that! Ah, what the hell. It's a good one so I'll say it again.
7_???? **** ???? with **** then ?*?*!
8_Wondering what I'm doing during hobby seven?

MY most prized possession: Hitler's missing left testicle (NOT FOR SALE).

My most famous quotes:
1_A step in the right direction can still mean the death of an ant!
2_I look down on almost everybody...although come to think about it, it's probably because I do climb a lot of trees!
3_You know that poem "if", what a load of crap. Kipling got it all wrong. What he should have said was "If you can portray the ideas you get to a sober man (no matter how shite though's ideas may be), and keep a straight face. Then you'll be a man MA SON!
4_HMMMMMM........I think I'll eat my socks!
5_MMMMM.......cheese and onion flavour .........NNNNIIIICCCCEEE!!!!
6_Ignore the above quote's and instead just read and live your life by number 7.
7 As far as I'm concerned you should not judge a fellow person on their looks, sex, race or beliefs. There are only two types of people: 1_Everyday ordinary people who just want to get on with their lives and not bother anybody else...2_The preachers, the arseholes and the gobshites, who want to tell you what to do, what you should be doing and how you should be doing it.

My favourite words:...knickers, bra's, boobs, bums, knockers, shit, shite, bollicks, twat, boobs (such a good word it needed to be said twice), gussets, stains, ugabalooga, randy, stodgeflaps, fgkgkujhghrewh, and TURD!!! That's TURD... Got it? No? Then I'll say it again, just in case you missed it...T.U.R.D

My Arch Enemies:
1_Milthy Swinebuckle....Beware he who sneaks, creeps, squawks and chortles. He who goes by many names. Names such as... Archibald Stott, Feagus the mostly squidgy, Terrance the quite nasty tormentor etc... but to me he will always be Milthy Swinebuckle (or if I meet him face to face... ARSEWIPE!)
2_Mr.Hairy Monkfish... Swinebuckle's main henchman (and suspected bumchum)
3_Randy Stodgeflaps... not much to say about this guy except he is one of Swinebuckle's best mates and a bit of a ballbag!

Charity work.....Milthy Swinebuckle has been infected with writers tourettes. Only I can help him. I really hope I don't catch it though, as every few words he writes he can't stop himself writing words like..."KNICKERS" or "ARSE" or some other filth! It takes him a good twenty minutes to write and edit a single sentence. I really "NADS" feel sorry "BOOBS" for the "GUSSETS" poor guy......"B...BB...BBB BOTOMSSS, ARSEHOLES, PANTS,......Oh bugger!"

PS: Does anyone actually read any of this personal information shit?

Smashwords Interview

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has supported me throughout my three thousand three hundred and thirty seven years...I am deeply grateful.

However, please could you tell Smashwords to stop buying me socks at Christmas. Nobody...and I repeat ,nobody needs three thousand three hundred and thirty seven pairs of socks!

What do your fans mean to you?
They keep me cool in the summer.

Bit of an odd question that one!
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Jonathan Antony Strickland online

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May Contain ????? ?????
Price: Free! Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Eric felt very unwell! Why did he always go into the little sweet shop at lunch time for one of Mr.Wibbly Wobblie's Wonderful Chocolate delights? After all, he'd heard the rumours about what they put into the chocolate bars to make them so special, but of course, he never believed those rumours. Something like that must be illegal... Mustn't it?
Space Snot
Price: Free! Words: 2,060. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
A man gets hit in the head by a meteorite. Then things get a little weird! Friday was the day when a meteorite was shot through my head... Yet here I am! Why? Why did I not die? You may say that I shouldn't question, say I should consider myself lucky! But the fact is, I don't!
Whatever, Whomever, Whenever, Why ever
Price: Free! Words: 290. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Epic, Poetry » Spiritual
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
A short poem I recently penned (actually I didn't have a pen, so I used a keyboard... hmmm, doesn't sound quite as fancy though!) This poem is nothing like the very famous poem, entitled "If"
The Dead Don't!
Price: Free! Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
This is a series of light-hearted and witty conversations between a deranged fun loving psychotic serial killer, and his best friend, who just happens to be a zombie called Kevin!
Investigations Into The Strange And Unusual
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,110. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Young Lance Gibson works on the magazine "Investigations of the Strange and Unusual". During his work, his boss has become very unhappy with his recent contributions to the publication and is always threatening him with the sack! So when a story about an egg laying pig pops up, Lance is less than enthusiastic to investigate the story. However, he has no other options left to him! So off he trots!
My Name Is Memory
Price: Free! Words: 3,830. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A young woman is sprawled out on a cold floor, semiconscious, blood pouring from her head in the toilets of the Tremwell Train Station. The question is why? And more precisely: What can she do about it?
Interpreting A Man's Intentions
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,650. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Just what is going on with the man in the red suite? During a simple leisurely stroll, things begin to take a turn for the worse. Deadly situations, strange adventures, romance, love, death, dangerous creatures, time freezing plots, and an enemy so infamous that he is feared throughout all the dimensions of the universe!
Hells Warm Fires
Price: Free! Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Stuck in a miserable job with no prospects, a man decides to end it all! Then, just as he's about to jump, he spots a piece of paper that might just give him that one break he's been looking for... A holiday like no other... A holiday in hell,
True or False Hero's
Price: Free! Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Every superhero must hang up his cape at some point. Today is the day when the Unsquashilble-Tomato breaks the news to his faithful sidekick... young Broccoli-boy.
In Fear Of The Red White And Blue
Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Throughout the last three years he had terrorised the dark streets of various cities and towns murdering people at random. Nobody knew the exact reason for killing the people he did, all they did know was that he was criminally insane and when questioned about the fifteen murders he had been known to commit, had simply replied to questions by making monkey sounds!
The Two Wrongs That Made A Right
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This is the story of Greggor Maghalin. A forty seven year old married man in need of money fast, if he doesn't want a visit by the infamous Squid brothers. However, while in the Tremwell graveyard, he witnesses something that mortal eyes should never see, something that will change his life forever!
Garrick The Hobgoblin And The Goblins Of The Blooded Belly Gang
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 56,380. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fairy tales
(5.00 from 1 review)
This story will follow a hobgoblin called Garrick and the Blooded Belly Gang on an adventure as they strive to stay alive within the Su'Varock mines that they call home. Through this they will face fearsome creatures, undertake bloody trials, and have to overcome threats and dangers if they want their story to unfold and be passed on to future generations of their tribe.
Things To Do When You Become A Zombie!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,080. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Ha ha... You got bit! What would you do if you became a zombie? It's all a bit dull... What you need my friend is a hobby... Read this and discover just some of the hobbies you can undertake as a walking corpse.
Let's Hope the Future Doesn’t Sound This Bad
Price: Free! Words: 2,640. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
On the planet that was commonly known as Tzegorp, three famous aliens who started the first ever “Mixed Species-Intergalactic-Boy Band” now find themselves charged with a heinous crime!
The Bloody History Of The Su'Varock Mines
Price: Free! Words: 28,840. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fairy tales
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
This is the bloody history of the Su'Varock Mines. It tells of how the mines came to be before they became filled with the vile anarchic creatures that now roam within them. For in the beginning the mines had once been controlled by devious minds that had unearthed great riches that the mountains of Su'Varock had held hidden beneath.
Nonsense and No Sense
Price: Free! Words: 8,690. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mashups
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A few light-hearted pieces I have written and decided to compile together here. This includes poems, riddles, quotes, short stories and a silly story-like-thing called “The Egg”. If anyone reads this, then I would much appreciate a review (be it good or bad) as any feedback I consider most helpful.
Curse Of The Cowboy
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,030. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Western
"Curse Of The Cowboy” is about three lowlife cowboys who acquire a map that leads to an old Indian graveyard containing buried treasure. However, things don’t go as planned! As you read this story you’ll learn many useful things: such as the benefits and problems of being dead! How to cope with maggots, unsightly smells and a pair of backstabbing murdering scumbags who have just gutted you!
Alien Optimism, a Little Bigotry and Wonder
Price: Free! Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.78 from 9 reviews)
When a visitor from another world visits a normal young couple out for a walk, what questions will they be asked, and what will they make of him/her/it? PLUS: Discover why test-tubes take the fun out of... well... you know!!! Erm... take the fun out of a certain form of enjoyment!
The Battle for the Flesh
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,830. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(5.00 from 1 review)
First let me introduce myself. My name is Eric Von Francis, and I am dead!...So begins “The Battle For The Flesh” a ghost story, but unlike other ghost stories that you may have read, this one is told by the ghost himself. While alive, he was a vile and horrid man. While dead he is even worse...This story is his own personal account of him haunting his old house before he gets he’s just deserts.
My Idea For An Ideal Heaven
Price: Free! Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fairy tales
(5.00 from 8 reviews)
So... Let's see... What is it I don't like? What can't I stand? What would I have to get rid of to make my ideal heaven? Without a shadow of a doubt the thing I personally would get rid of is...THE ONLY WAY TO FIND OUT THIS GREAT MYSTERY IS TO READ THE STORY!
Have You Ever Nogged A Nag?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.57 from 7 reviews)
"So tell me. Have you ever nogged a nag?" Although it seems a simple enough question, it makes no sense! So what does it mean? And what would anyone make of such a question if asked when in training to become a government spy?
The King of the Dumps
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,340. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fairy tales
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
The King of Skull Island lies dying after his legendary fall from the great skyscraper. But as he begins to feel death creep into his enormous limbs, something small and nasty begins to annoy him.
The Fool and the Fiend
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,780. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
A bus journey from Durham to Tremwell takes a sinister turn as a man is approached by a pretty young woman eager to learn all about him. What he doesn't know is that the woman has an awful ulterior motive for seeking his company. However, has the girl bitten off more than she can chew as the man begins to tell her some of the weirdest and bizarre stories that she's ever heard in her many years.
Let the Reader Beware
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,950. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
What will you do when you read this? A short story involving the reader reading this story and finding themselves forced into making a horrible decision. This is done by the reader being given six possible endings to the story and having to choose one!
The Graveyard's Retribution
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,080. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
When two teenagers enter the Tremwell cemetery to cause as much pain to a strange classmate in an elaborate revenge plot, they soon find that the damage they cause breeds something altogether different and evil. The artwork for the story was provided by my brother "Robert Thomas Strickland". You can view more of his artistic scribblings on deviantart if you search for strick67.
Twas A Good Day To Die
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
On Christmas day, a man sits, contemplating his life and how the things outside, the indescribable horrors, will soon break through his defences. But this is of no concern to him, for his now miserable life and the hand of fate that has forced him to commit an act so terrible, weigh constantly on his mind. Short horror/Sci-fi (ish) story. Please read and review. Artwork: Robert Thomas Strickland
The Long Slog Back
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,100. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(3.33 from 3 reviews)
On a dark lonely night, a young lad, walks home after a night out. During the long slog back to Tremwell from Durham he encounters a girl in a pink dress in very unusual circumstances. However, after an awkward introduction the two hit it off and decide on trekking back together. Things are going well but something is odd about the girl. Soon he is wondering who or what he is walking with!
26 Minds on Standby
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,270. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mashups, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
We are all very very different. And this story shows exactly how very different twenty six minds inside a pub can be. The following story comes in 26 separate parts (kind of like 26 pieces of flash fiction, but all linked in some way), and can be read in any order. Contains swearing, murderous plots, supernatural entities, and even your own sad pathetic self.
A Week And A Day In The Lives Of Two Angry Young Men
Price: Free! Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(3.86 from 14 reviews)
Story about two young friends/rivals who haven't seen eachother for some time, meet up again to reminisce about the past and to take part in a local cooking competion. Unknown to one though, hatred and madness has grown within the other. If you read this story, then why not review it. Any review you give it (be it good or bad) is most welcome.
The Towering Inferno Versus The Mighty Quinn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
“The Towering Inferno Versus the Mighty Quinn” is about a woman working in a sleazy strip-joint who has to use her guile and wit if she’s to overcome a mysterious lust filled fire demon type thingy (thingy being the optimum word here) that is intent on consuming her within its burning hellish flames. This is a story that will certainly get you hot under the collar. Please read and review.
Claude The Unhappy Caterpillar/Popo The Cheeky Monkey/Sselmorg The Fire Breathing Dragon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,260. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Fairy tales
(4.40 from 5 reviews)
Funny and rather rude children’s story that soon becomes very adult (not in an X-rated sort of way, so all you pervs have been warned). Contains so much over the top swearing that I’m rather embarassed and feel it is my civic duty to warn you all of the dirty, vulgar, and downright disgusting filth contained within.(And if that does not get ya interested, then I might as well give up).
You Are The Monster
Price: Free! Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.00 from 6 reviews)
Short story in which YOU are the monster, as you roam your lair killing and eating all who enter. That is until he shows up. Inspired by the sword and sorcery fantasy gaming books by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. A story told as if YOU are the monster. If you read this story then why not leave me a review to tell me what you thought. Any feedback (good or bad) is always most helpful.
Ya Can't Catch A Kipper With A Spider
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,260. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Detective story were uncouth detective Kirk "the kipper" McClacket recounts to us a very unusual and dangerous situation that he found himself in. Contains some swearing.
The Unforgettable Names Of the Forgotten Gods
Price: Free! Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fairy tales
(3.56 from 9 reviews)
Short comic story. In times of old, when the worlds had just formed, and mankind was still fresh and young, the One God fought for his right to rule over all. But as Gods go, he was not as clever or unique as he first thought and later found he was just one of many from a plethora of other divine deities striving to make a mark and be worshipped by humanity. THIS IS THE STORY TO END ALL STORIES
The Ghost Of A Chance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.17 from 6 reviews)
Who are we? Us, who live like savages, hunted by orks and wargs both day and night. And what part do the strange creatures we call the babblers have to play in all of this? This is the story of a father and daughter and the part they played in discovering some of the truth of the many confusing questions that wandered through the minds of the people.
A Fools Revenge
Price: Free! Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
A bitter hate filled wizard seeks revenge against one who has cheated him of his rightful place to rule the city of Lardenmuk. But the question is how was he cheated? His only clue lies within one unknown word. Maferentuss! If you read this story, I would very much appreciate a it good or bad! THE CHOICE IS YOURS MORTAL!!!
The Empty Man
Price: Free! Words: 280. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
A funny poem about a person being empty inside! Please read and review.
The Sleeper With The Restless Eyes Who Sleeps Beneath A Sleeper
Price: Free! Words: 320. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(3.67 from 6 reviews)
Short poem that mothers could tell children to stop them playing upon railway lines. The poem is about a man who has been murdered and buried on a railway-track. Whenever he’s sleep is disturbed by the sound of children playing he rises from the ground to get he’s revenge. Please read and review.
The Ark Angel Ronald's Quest for Chaos
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,590. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Fairy tales
(3.80 from 5 reviews)
The world is in danger of becoming dull and boring. Evil has gone and the goody-two-shoes have taken over. Without evil all creativity will be lost. The music charts will fill up with boy-bands and rock and roll will die out. This will not do! There is only one explanation for this horrendous occurrence. Satan must have gone soft. But the Ark angel Ronald has plans to change Satan back!
Smashwords Writing Duel
Price: Free! Words: 7,810. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.63 from 8 reviews)
Trevor Ian Thomson was one clever guy. He began reviewing on Smashwords, taking great pleasure criticising mistakes within stories, be they bad spelling to bad grammar. But when challenged to write his own story by an author called Jack Van Mason, the reviews he received where at times as critical as his own. The only difference being that their criticism fell upon his ideas and originality.
The Ten Second Time Traveller
Price: Free! Words: 570. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.27 from 11 reviews)
Extremely short story about the problems with time travel. Recently (October 5th 2012) I was in the pub with Mick Carter discussing short story writing. As the conversation got to what could be achieved with the shortest amount of words, yet be able to still tell a reasonably decent story we decided to set a challenge for ourselves and write a story in around 500 hundred words or less.
Pain Is So Close To Pleasure
Price: Free! Words: 700. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.29 from 7 reviews)
This is the story “Pain Is So Close To Pleasure”, a short comedy story I wrote several years ago. The story looks at an alien race who has recently come into contact with our own. To learn more about each other, ourselves and the aliens decide to send an exchange student to the others world to spend time there so each race can learn more about the other. Warning: contains swearing
Mervin Badman
Price: Free! Words: 15,650. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Beware the Tremwell moors. It is easy to get lost amoung the harsh bleakness of the boggy wasteland and grim open tundra that throughout time has claimed many a poor lost soul. But this is not the only danger out on that god forsaken ground. Upon them roams a legend so terrible that mothers whisper it to there children to keep them safe from wandering too far out…Safe from him.
A Divine Tale
Price: Free! Words: 2,990. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(3.75 from 4 reviews)
This is a story about Seglaman the Snow God, and how other God’s use his sorry tale as a reminder to younger less experienced God's as a warning to never become too comfortable when ruling over mortals who worship them. If you read this story then I would much appreciate it if you would review the story (whether the review be good or bad) as any feedback would be most helpful.
Of Muscle And Magic
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 38,880. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
On the small island of Galiamank something nasty stalks the night. No one knows what, but whatever it is it has the power to steal through the streets unseen and unheard entering into houses unnoticed and without waking anyone within, kill and take the heart of it’s victim. This is a sword and sorcery type story.

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Latest book: Kind Jack.
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Published March 15, 2020. (4.67 from 6 reviews)
James Hold
Latest book: Third Stone From the Sun.
Published March 23, 2020. (5.00 from 3 reviews)
Alison Howen
Latest book: Lights, Camera, Reality!.
Published March 3, 2014. (4.00 from 1 review)
...and 15 more

Smashwords book reviews by Jonathan Antony Strickland

  • Ride The Wild Worm on Sep. 03, 2012

    Ride The Wild Worm is a Lovecraftian story which I heartly recommend to all fans of the genre. It is also a good place to start if you don't have too much idea, or (if like myself) have delved only slightly into Lovecraft and the stories that he wrote. The story involve's a man who witnesses a strange rodeo show that will leave him (and yourself) wondering if what he has seen is real. It also leave's you wanting more from the writer who hints at his forthcoming Cthulhu Mythos collection which I will certainly be looking out for.
  • Esther's House on Sep. 08, 2012

    The story Esthers house is another exellent story where the author recounts a part of his early life throughout the eighties. As the reader your asked by the author to draw your own conclusion as to what happens throughout, wether it be from supernatural goings-on or a combination of enviromental events intermixed with a claustrophobic space that prays upon the troubled minds of two elderly sisters. As for myself (The ultimate skeptic-and someone who would probably need to be grabbed by the short and curlies by a ghost to believe in them), I firmly believe the latter. Hot old houses cluttered with a variety of strange and unusual ornaments can put even the strongest will on edge, let alone the minds of the old and frail. So for myself, I enjoyed most the actual account of the times and the descriptions the author gives of the old bungalow. With it’s slighty eccentric occupants and there strange lives, torubled histories and odd tales told over a period of time, all coming together throughout the years as a growing boy and his family try to make sense of it all.
  • The Pods on Sep. 15, 2012

    The pods is an interesting story about two young brothers who bear wittness to a strange invasion of the land in which they live. But this is no ordinary invasion and the purpose remains a mystery as they watch the small silver objects fall from the sky slowly down to earth. But when one of these objects lands near the pair the two youngsters can’t help but investigate. What will they find? And what could be the purpose of the pods? This is yet another gripping story from the M.Carter that will keep you guessing right up until it’s nerve shattering end!!!
  • Snow Wonder on Sep. 17, 2012

    Exellent science fiction short story about unencountered alien life. A story that has comedy elements that will make you laugh out, but don't be fooled! An undertone of fear and horror slowly grows throughout as letters are sent too and fro from the mysterious planet and back to earth. Anyone who loves a good sci-fi yarn such as "the invasion of the body snatchers, or the Thing, should give this a spin for a brand new take on the genre.
  • We Don’t Plummet Out of the Sky Anymore on Sep. 29, 2012

    It's very odd this story has so many reviews, and good reviews at that. Although well written I found the story itself to be a slow drudge where conversations about the inner workings of flying cars took up the majority of it. Believe me, half way through I bet even Jeremy Clarson would have been yawning and wondering when some plot was going to kick in. It was'nt terrible, just very very slow with not a lot happening throughout. I have a feeling that Bruce Bethke was being a little too polite to the author. Just a note_those of you not unfamiliar with the English presenter Jeremy Clarkson should know this about him. He presents a show on British television called "Top Gear" and would probally admit himself that he could bore for Britain on the subject of bloody cars. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
  • The Dead Celebrity Space Corps on Oct. 06, 2012

    Really good short comedy story about what happens to all those poor celeb's who die out before old age has a chance to get it's grizzly mitts into them. Even though this story is only a work of fiction, it is quite believable. In fact I would believe it, but there is one thing I know which means the reported events must be unture. Elvis could not have been recruited to the "Dead Celebrity Space Corps". I know this for sure as I see him every night working down my local chippy (I recommend his hambuger and chips. Now these are truly out of this world).
  • Number Withheld on Oct. 09, 2012

    Not a bad attempt, though I would have liked something a bit more original. For me it was like a modernised version of the Poe classic "The Tell-Tale Heart, with the mobile phone ringing instead of the beating of the heart in the aforementioned story.
  • A Scene from the Life of Shadowfax- Gandalf's Horse on Oct. 11, 2012

    A comic look at the life of Shadowfax (Gandalf's horse) and how he's taken for granted. An interesting sideways look at the classic fantasy story by Tolkien.
  • Hunting Comp. on Oct. 15, 2012

    Dino hunting story about a guy seeking to bag himself a Jurassic prize. An interesting and fast paced romp with comedy elements (eg_man has gunfight with an unarmed tree...tree loses), sci-fi techno twaddle and DINOSAURS!!! Let's face it. What's not to like. If the three events combined does not float your boat then you should really go back to your stamp collection, knitting, watching paint dry,etc., or whatever other dull and boring past time you have and leave the dino hunting to the rest of us.
  • A Goblin's Tale on Oct. 16, 2012

    Very good little fantasy story. Really liked the fact that we got to see into the mind of the goblin's, usually it's just a case of the hero butchering the scaly green devils as the pile up at him in a muderous rage. Also thought the trap/trick (don't want to say too much here as it will spoil the ending for any future readers) that was sprung was a great finnish to an exellent story.
  • The Contained on Oct. 16, 2012

    Good little snapshot of a different kind of courier carrying an interesting "package"! The story moves at a fast gripping pace, with danager and suspense following a man taking a risk to deliver the goods. Worth reading and very enjoyable.
  • An Elf's Pain on Oct. 17, 2012

    Another good short story by the writer about a strange and troubled elf, with an interesting and thoughtful ending.
  • The Angry Vagabonds on Oct. 28, 2012

    A good short original read with a sharp and witty twist.
  • Terminator; The Razors Edge on Oct. 29, 2012

    A short and subtle story exploring humanity after the horror of the machines. A nice idea based around the Terminator films that the author plans to expand on. PS: Can't understand the one star review by Alex Friedman? Even if your not a fan of the franchise there was still a good solid idea behind this. Everyone's has there own opinion but I thought the one star a bit harsh.
  • The Red Bra on Oct. 29, 2012

    Well told and very funny read. The God of lingerie has a lot to answer for.
  • The Grandfather Army on Oct. 31, 2012

    Exellent short story which makes you question who the real enemy is. Very poignent and the sort of thing every soldier should read before going into war. After all the first question a solidier should ask him or herself is do they believe in what they are fighting for.
  • The Dark Divide on Nov. 03, 2012

    Highly enjoyable read as a park ranger comes across a very hairy encounter in the woods. This is actually a really good story of a bigfoot (almasti) encounter which hints at why an eight foot tall, huge and smelly bipedal beast can remain hidden for so long in the wilderness. One particular piece of interest comes near the finale of the story, the ranger is posed a problem as he faces a dilema as to weather or not to expose the creature to the world or simply to keep the truth hidden. It is a problem you could possibly ask yourself if ever you found yourself in a simular situtaion. Personally I'd have taken the money!
  • The Hypochondriac’s Lament. on Nov. 04, 2012

    Short and to the point. As someone fast approaching 40 I can relate to this small comic piece as little niggles and pains seem to get more serious each year.
  • Cons on Nov. 07, 2012

    Short adult story where a con tells another about his crime. The story has some nice dark humour to it, and a devilish little twist that will make you smile. Mick Carter was telling me about this story and how he had a few reservations about putting it on here. After reading it I think he was worrying a bit much. There are descriptions of violence but there is a point to them, and there certainly not meant to titillate.
  • Let The World Die on Nov. 09, 2012

    Quite interesting. It seemed a little underdeveloped but the bones of the story are all there. Could do with a little more depth, though it was interesting to see a story of so few words still distill plenty of intrigue.
  • Slaughter Wolf on Nov. 10, 2012

    A gripping story as three werewolf hunters tackle the beast. The ending was possibly influenced by An "American Werewolf In London" but on a whole the story was still very original.
  • Not a Victim on Nov. 15, 2012

    Short and to the point. A very good little read. Really liked the ending where the guy questions what he does to protect himself.
  • Banshee 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.
  • We Stand at the Gate on Nov. 17, 2012

    Exellent story of two guardsmen as they chit-chat while guarding a gateway to horrors unimaginable. Throughout this story we learn of the blight from one of the guardsmen (a well educated sort who according to the other man, must be insane to be here)as he tells his tale to the other. Highly reccomended to all fantasy/horror readers.
  • Fifteen on Nov. 18, 2012

    Good short story. A nice quick horror, with a dark twisted ending. Very well written (there may have been some minor mistakes in the text but as these did not effect the story one bit I do not see a problem here or any reason for anyone to mark it down because of this) with a dark and mysterious kid called grub and his sinister strange life.
  • Smokers Are The New Jews on Nov. 19, 2012

    Bloody nicotine free world. Who needs it. Give me a joint or a tap (accompanied by some of your best ale)any day of the week. If you feel the same way I do.....THEN BLOODY READ THIS!
  • The Pale Shovel - Death in 100 Words on Nov. 21, 2012

    An interesting idea but I felt the shortness if anything hindered it slightly. That said, it was still well executed taking minamilst story-telling to quite an extreme.
  • Twas The Night Before Christmas (When The Aliens Appeared) on Nov. 21, 2012

    A happy, jolly, silly, fun, christmassy poem (aliens included). Best enjoyed with a sweet mince pie, a galss of sherry, and a ray gun on stand-by!
  • The Librarian on Nov. 22, 2012

    The story was solid enough but for me the conclusion was a little basic. Still...not bad, and the description of the two characters was put across very well.
  • The Chaac Ornamentation on Dec. 02, 2012

    Here's a courtroom-drama with a twist as we find out more behind the man on trial for stealing an ancient Mayan treasure. This is another well told weird tale by Mick Carter that he wrote back in the late 90's (probaly around two or three years before I knew him)that will appeal to all fans of Lovecraftian stories and the like.
  • Triumph of the Scientific Mind on Dec. 16, 2012

    A funny comedy short. It was O.K but the joke about mirrored toe capped shoes to look up girls skirts has already been done in a Red Dwarf episode.
  • Biff the Smashing Robot of the Steel Hammer-Fist on Dec. 16, 2012

    Very entertaining little snippet about Biff, a robot on the rampage, and how the corrupt hierarchy of the deals with him.
  • Board Meeting on Dec. 17, 2012

    This reminded me of a job interview in which I was asked many bullshit questions too which I responded with bullshit answers...Guess what, I got the job! The job was only a six month contract but a year later the same job came up again and instead I decided this time to be more honest with my answers...Guess what, I did'nt get the job! It would be nice to tell the boss how it is, and how things should be done. This is a story of such a man, the question is will he have the bottle to carry it out?
  • My Name is Dave and I am Dead on Jan. 06, 2013

    Ah yes....The problems of becoming deceased, and then dealing with ones zombiefied state are of some concern to us all! This is a short, fun little story about such a man and how he tries to cope with the boredom of afterlife. I really liked the ending of this one. Great little one liner on the gravestone that will give you a good old giggle and a half.
  • Straight From the Vein on Jan. 30, 2013

    pretty decent vampire story. The writing at times jumped around a bit, but the overall plot about a man not wanting to embrace his undead family and also become a full blown vamp himself was good and fairly-original.
  • Tempests on Feb. 04, 2013

    This sci-fi story involves a young man helping out the love of his life with a rather strange recurring problem. The story builds up the relationship between the pair throughout it, and the two share stories of there pasts till eventually they fall in love. It's then that the girl reveals her dark-secret to her new boyfriend and the story takes a new turn, building up as tension grows and a plan between the two is formed. The story itself is well written, with some very good imaginative lines thrown in. This is done particularly well as some writers tend to get overly clever/flowery with sentances. Many is the time I've read something that would make a brain-surgeon, rocket-scientist and (cleverer still) an umemployed landscape-gardener scratch his head. There are one or two things left unexplained but I know from a conversation with Mick (the writer) that this is to be explored further when he writes part 2. ......................................................... """"""SPOILER ALERT"""""" (do not read if you have not read "Tempests" yet) It also shows that it's not just E bloody T who can phone home. ...........................................................
  • Desperation on Feb. 07, 2013

    This short sci-fi can be read in a mere five minutes. The idea is pretty simple but the plot is executed in such a way that I was left gripped thoughout as a man struggles for survival. Well worth a quick read, and it proves that you don't need page after page of text to build up an exciting plot.
  • Ownership is Fatal on Feb. 17, 2013

    A rather nifty little piece of flash horror. Very enjoyable with a nasty little ending to finnish it off....Good stuff indeed.
  • Horse-Flesh on Feb. 23, 2013

    This is a flash fiction horror story told in the first person. A short interesting and gory read with an ending that's left for the reader to decide what, why and how the events could have happened.
  • Rehab 3000 on March 08, 2013

    For a piece of flash fiction this works quite well. It's got all the right elements to keep the reader interested for the couple of minutes needed in reading it. In other words a quick description of plot, and a snappy finnish for an ending....Not bad at all.
  • A Gift of Thorns on March 24, 2013

    I really enjoyed this short fantasy tale. Although it is just a short introduction to a larger story, it still gives you a good feel for what the writer has planned. The ending left me wanting more so I will definitely be looking out for part 2. All fans of fantasy fiction should give it a read.
  • Leaves of Autumn: A Short Horror on March 29, 2013

    Although I have read a few other similar tales, as short horror stories go this was still definitely one of the better ones. Well written with a good build up of tention that leads to a nasty and gripping conclusion. And if Liam Harder thinks a story is "To short to bother reading" then I can only come to the conclusion that he must not of read it! So why give it a one star review?
  • Tooth & Claw on April 03, 2013

    Really enjoyed this short story describing part of an orks initiation. Well told with some exellent action thrown in as the young ork called Rotuck is tasked with claiming a wolf/dog like creature called a hyolf. Highly recommended.
  • Alicanto on April 03, 2013

    Very interesting tale involving a mythical creature and the part it plays in a womans affairs. This was good stuff, a truly fascinating and gripping read with an excellent conclusion. If more free short stories on smashwords were of this quality, then we would be able to save on the pennies and invest less in the high-street authors.
  • Come Find Me on April 07, 2013

    This was a good little horror story with a nice twist for an ending. I did find some of the sentances a little long with parts of the action jumping a little from scene to scene, but this is a minor gripe. As urban horror stories go this was still very enjoyable and well worth a read.
  • The Last Fight of the Dwarves on April 07, 2013

    An entertaining sword and sorcery read as a dwarf army defends against a horde of monsters. I would have liked a bit more fleshing out, perhaps a few more points of view from the humans watching or even a bit of a description of the tactics from the monsters attack and how they felt the fight had went.
  • We Who Embrace The Night on April 08, 2013

    A strange short tale this one. I quite enjoyed the introduction of the old mysterious bringer meeting a modern day individual. So all in all, a nice short read.
  • Mourning The Sun on April 08, 2013

    Another truly excellent short story detailing a tragic event in a village of creatures called the tarous. As a young tarous witnesses the horror around her the author uses great skill and imagination to describe what the young child feels as she hides in terror. Yet another fabulous short from Melody Hewson.
  • Jikininki on April 14, 2013

    Really good short story this one. As someone interested in myhs and legends I found this tale of the jikininki truly fascinating. I particularly liked the idea of the creature still retaining most of it’s humanity and in no way being the blood-lust flesh eating zombie killer that most horror story writers seem to go for. Instead their was an intelligence and understanding to the jikininki which makes the reader feel some sympathy for it and the predicament that it finds itself in. To sum up_this was an excellently written story, told at just the right pace, with an original plot that grips you from start to finnish. Really good stuff.
  • Uncontainable on April 18, 2013

    In it's time the ghost story has been (pardon the pun...and yes, I know the "pardon the pun" joke has been done by a billion other people but like an old senile comedian I'm going to repeat it anyway) done to death. So coming up with an original and exciting plot to hold the readers atention and keep him/her in suspense is becoming increasingly difficult. As for the poor writer racking his brains as he performs mental gymnastics and tries squeezing out a myriad of ideas and plots...some bad, some awful and some so awfully bad, that one, if one has actually indeed got a brain worth racking in the first place, thinks why bother. So it becomes a rare thing indeed then to hit on that one truly original plot that will unquestionably keep the reader thrilled throughout. It is this last part that the story "UNCONTAINABLE" I'm glad to tell you falls into. The story is about a guy sent to secretly investigate a group of ghost-hunters who capture spooks (ghost-buster style). The reason he is sent to investigate the S.T.A.R organisation (the name of the ghost-hunters) is because the ghosts they capture and keep are mysteriously going missing. This gives the story a who-dunnit feel as our narrator explains through e-mails to the company his working for his findings throughout. The rest you'll have to read as you discover bit by byte the characters (some of who are ordinary, some intersting, and one who's just plain annoying), the ghost-hunting exploits, and the shock ending, all of which congeal into a truly exellent story. ................................................................................................. It may (or may not) also interest you to know that me and Mick (while in the pub) set ourselves the writing challange of coming up with an original ghost story. This is how "UNCONTAINABLE" came to be. My own dirty scribblings can be found here too on smashwords as well. The original ghost story I came up with is called "THE GHOST OF A CHANCE" and can be downloaded from my smashwords page. As a fellow writer I know that the one thing we strive for is productive feedback (be it good or bad) on our stories. So if you,ve read either mine or Mick's story/stories then why not leave a review of what you thought of it.
  • Incubus on April 21, 2013

    Another good short tale about a Nazi officer and a strange Jewish prisoner. For the reader the story has a sprinkling of mystery and horror as we are taken inside a nazi concentration camp and the thoughts of one of its vile servants as he tries to torture an infuriating Jew. Like the other Bestiary tales I've read, this again is beautifully written and told. As Rob Wilkins says though, I would perhaps change the title as I too guessed the ending half way through. This though is still but a minor gripe and should not deter other readers from yet another exellent story.
  • The Place Of The Shoggoths on April 25, 2013

    A good short Lovecraftian poem about creatures called Shoggoths slithering and creeping about. As poems go it was done well (though i prefered "Twas the night before christmas (when the aleins appeared" by the same author), with a Lovecraftian ending as the narrator hopes the monsters don't break thorugh. This short piece will no doubt appeal more to the Lovecraft fanbase. Still worth a quick read but if you are a lovecraft fan then you can probably add another one or even two stars to the score.
  • Horse-Flesh on April 25, 2013
    (no rating)
    Just a quick note to say if you are reading the reviews below you should really discount the ones here which are one or two star. If you have noticed the one thing they do not do is actually talk about the story itself. As an example the alias "Tom Hagen" writes "This is more of a horse-shit story than the horse flesh story." In other words he has seen the title, not read the story, and decided to write something amusing. If he had not liked the story and then rated it a low score then I would not have a problem, as long as he gave his reasons for doing so. It appears though that quite a few people are doing this, the reasons I believe this is happening is for promotion of their own PRICED stories. What I belive they do is they set up lots of fake avatars and then pick out at random any free story and give it a low rating. Then using the same avatar they review their own story (so-far, each time I've noticed this there story is a priced story)and give it an exellent review. This to me makes the said individuals worthless pieces of cock-flem, that are only capable of spewing out great steaming lumps of horseshit themselves.
  • The Old Mansion on April 28, 2013

    Three young children enter into the grounds of an old mansion in search of elves. The story was good, with fairytale beginning and a brothers Grimm like twist for an end. Perhaps it could be improved if a little more action happens and the children find themselves in more danger. Because of this I agree with the reviewer Ardy, this would make a great intro for a longer story.
  • Strange Strangers on May 01, 2013

    A good hairy horror tale. Very well written with a flow to the writing that will keep you intrigued throughout. Reminded me a bit of the short Steven King story "Popsy", with a differnt spin on a simular tale.
  • Moments In A Crowd on May 01, 2013

    Tale about a guy trying to change the future. Short and sweet piece of flash fiction with a twist ending.
  • Innocence Lost For Love on May 02, 2013

    A unique and fascinating short story of a young couple in a very unusual situation. A hard one to explain without giving away too much plot....A kind of fantasy story crossed with Orwell's classic 1984 is one way perhaps to describe it. A very good read and yet another short piece of fantasy by Melody Hewson that will leave you smiling and wanting more.
  • Lamatsu on May 06, 2013

    This was a fairly good shock horror story but I have to agree with David Blake on many of the points he raises. Although some of the ideas could be fleshed out a bit more I still liked the originality of the whole piece. I personally would have liked more background detailing Lamatsu herself (what she was and what her plans for being here might be...etc). Still, for a short horror, this was a good read and anybody looking for this kind of genre should definitely check out more of this authors work.
  • In The Realm of the Wolf on May 09, 2013

    Very good tale continuing the story of the werewolf hunter Bart. The flow of the story moves at a fast gripping pace as the hero contemplates the world and it's people that he is helping to save. I sometimes felt that some of the conversations and philosophising where a touch too long and wordy as the action was about to take place, but this is a minor niggle to what is a deep involving, and at times even moving, tale. I particularly liked the part where Bart through a vision trip finds himself entering into "Dread Marduel's kingdom" (a plane of hell) and the horrors he finds there. Also he questions his task as he first asks himself if there is the slightest possibilty that the werewolves he fights may still possess some humanity and can yet be reasoned with. All this adds up to a thrilling read, and I will certainly be looking forward to more of Bart's adventure.
  • Lifetimes of Adventure on May 12, 2013

    Very original and fun tale. I did think at the beginning it was going to be a fairly ordinary fantasy tale but the suprise twist and that "Ah Ha" moment that you get as you realise what's actually going on was totally unique. I also liked the fact that the twist did not come right towards the end and instead you leave the reader with a proper explanation and the beginning of a new story and how our central character (I can't say too much or I'll give it away) ties in her faithful companion. Very good and a nice short pleasant read.
  • On Full Moon Night on May 13, 2013

    Short poem of a werewolf on a hunt. Bloody, gruesome and enjoyable. I'll have to check out a bit more of this authors work (by the looks of it he has got quite a few stories on here without any reviews as of yet) as he seems to deal with some of the genre's I myself write about.
  • Defiance on May 14, 2013

    A poem of a man being damned but refusing to bow down to Old Nick. Really well put together, with a hint of humour thrown in for good (or in this case probably evil) measure. Very good stuff indeed.
  • First One There Dies on May 22, 2013

    Short sci-fi piece with a comic twist. The ending was a little obvious, but then again who's to say that your average martian would not fall for it.
  • Mould on May 22, 2013

    Fairly interesting, though i found it a little long winded at times as the writing spiralled off at places with the descriptions of places or thoughts. But still worth a quick read.
  • Splinter on May 25, 2013

    Good short flash fiction story involving a rather nasty bloke and his wife. Nice piece of writing with a "happy ending" thrown in to boot. Good stuff.
  • An Act of Charity on May 25, 2013

    Wonderful story involving a female thief tricking and scamming her way through a complex situation. The pace of the writing here is perfect, and i found myself gripped with the scene as our hapless thief leaves the church and suddenly finds herself having to fight for her life. I also loved the finale, how her morals where questioned and the witty replies she gave. This is well worth your time and anyone seeking a short sharp injection of action and adventure should give this a read now.
  • Enemy of the People on May 29, 2013

    This was O.K for short flash fiction as a man contemplates his unusual life. The one thing I did not like was the way the writer used the hitmans own thoughts to describe the world and situation that he found himself in. It all seemed a little strange as he pondered his own past, and I was left thinking that it was too abrupt and artificial the way his past and story were introduced to the reader. I think it would have worked better if this was instead described by the writer as he himself described the characters past, our he could have even mixed it up a bit between the two writing points to make it more believable.
  • That's All the Time We Have on May 29, 2013

    This was a well written short and sad story, written by a man visiting an old female friend he'd known on and off for pretty much most of his early life. For me, it's a hard one to rate. I'm sure there are plenty of people who enjoyed this more than me, and even though I too did enjoy it, I perhaps came to it expecting more of a story. Instead, for me, it was basically just a mans memoir he'd written, and with this being (I hope) a fictional event I could not be quite as moved by it. If it had been presented in a more traditional story type telling, then for me it would have worked better and the thoughts and feelings would have been more powerful. Still, I'm giving this a big whopping four stars as it was different and very well thought out, with some nice pieces of wit thrown in to lighten the mood.
  • Side Effects May Vary on June 03, 2013

    As ever this was a exceptionally well written story by the author. The amount of detail that went into the story and the understanding of a blind persons world was truly outstanding and moving. I always like a story that suprises me (a lot of the time when I'm reading stories here on smashwords, I do find that the endings are a bit too predictable), and though at one point as the woman enters the surgery I thought I'd guessed what that ending might be(I was figuring on some new kind of brain transplant. My only conclusion to my thought process on this is that I really should stop reading so much shlock horror and sci-fi tales). And I'm glad to say how wrong I was. In other words...Good story. Good ending. Good stuff.
  • Phooka on June 03, 2013

    Another good addition to the Bestiary Tales, as a woman befriends a huge dog and strange man. The story has a strange mysterious feel running throughout it as were left wondering how the relationship between the two can grow as he hides so much about himself from her. Yet another good read from this excellent author.
  • Glass Heart on June 10, 2013

    For a thousand word story this really delivers. As I started the story I thought this was just going to be a few clever plays on words about how delicate and emotional we all are as we fall in and out of love. For me, if this had been the case I would have been a bit dissapointed as I like a bit more "nudge nudge, wink wink, mind the axe weilding maniac madam" to my reading. If like me you read the first part and you come to the same conclusion then you too are in for a shock. As the story opens up we get to see the source of the voice narrating the piece and what is actually happening. Can't say too much more without spoiling yet another very good short story by this author.
  • Blue on June 12, 2013

    Good short story of a colonist travelling across space to another planet in search of a better life for his family and himself. Narrated by the colonist himself, we find out as his story progresses that his in very DEEP trouble and has a huge BEAST of a problem to overcome. In the afterword the writer talks of how his tale is a bit like Mellive's Moby Dick. Having read Moby Dick there is perhaps a slight resemblance (here it only hints at a revengefull madness, where as Mellive's Ahab is virtually driven insane)but slight being the operative word. I personally found it wholly original and an entertaining sci-fi romp which left me wondering if perhaps a conclusion to our naraters tale was to follow.
  • The Steps At Silloth 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). AFTERWORD 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)...
  • Echoes Of War on June 26, 2013

    This tale was very enjoyable and an excellent introduction for anybody who is new to this writer. As Melody tells us, this is yet another short to the Wolfcaller Chronicles. The story itself is of two young druids who find themselves trapped as a horde of zombies advance to feast on their flesh. So, I know what your thinking. Will they be ripped limb from limb or could they find a way out? I could tell you, but where's the fun in that! If you really wanna know then I suggest you give it a read.
  • The Star Creature on June 26, 2013

    Certainly one of the best flash fiction stories I've read. I liked the way how you never mention what the star creature is, a less skilled writer would have done this but from your descriptions and the strange creature that finds it we can work it out ourselves. So for me this part was really well done. I also loved the fact that even though this is only around 1000 words long, you still manage to develop the creatures anatomy, the world it inhabits, and the customs and beliefs it follows. This is all very well done. Well worth a read. And a excellent example of what can be achieved for anyone out there who fancies giving flash fiction writing a go.
  • The First Galactic Princess – A Bedtime Story on June 27, 2013

    Having just read the brilliant "star creature" I thought I'd give this other freebie a quick read. This story is a futaristic childrens story (so I'm not the audience it was aimed at) of a young princess getting lost in her fathers royal garden. Hard one for me to sum up, probably a bit like a modern Hans Christian Anderson tale. So it was O.K, though I personally would have preferred a little danger in the story (making it more like a brothers Grimm). But like I said before this is not meant for adult readers and smaller eyes and ears who read and listen to this may well enjoy it much more.
  • A Greasy Spoon Life on June 30, 2013

    What the...No giant squid god! To say this story is a little different to Mick's other stories is putting it mildly (unless of course Lovecraft wrote a series of stories that I'm unaware of, involving alein killer spoons from beyond Uranus, who worship a mega ultra giant killer spoon called something like Cthspoonulhu, who sends his minions forward to invade our lovely little blue planet, then nicking our jobs, shagging our women, and poisoining our SOUP with there filthy rotting wooden faces! YA UGLY WOODEN SWINES, I hope you all catch dutch elm disease!!!). The story itself is about a guy who buys a spoon and...well the rest is a bit hard to explain. It is one of those stories where it's easier to read it than explain it. But it is well worth a read. Some good one liners, and a witty ending make this a different kind of appetiser if you just fancy reading something short and quick to put a smile on your face and brighten your day. ++++++ I'd originally given this story a 4 star review, but after seeing that everyone else had rated it 5 stars I decided to give it another read (the first read being interupted twice...Once from having to actually rush out and meet Mick (the writer of this story)in Durham for our weekly drinking and chatting about all sorts of bollicks session. The second being because I had put some chips on, totally forgotting about them as I started reading the story from where I'd left it...all I can say is thank god for fire alarms!). With this second read I got more of the jokes as I do think I missed a few good lines first time around. I also think the writer should be awarded for writing something out of his comfort zone. As he points out himself in the afterword, and believe me there's not a demon, ghost, goblin or any other such nasty about. It's also inspired me to write a silly story (something I used to do a lot, lately the stuff I've been writing is more serious and run of the mill gloom). However, because of this I have decided to upgrade my review to 5 star. The other good thing about upgrading my review to 5 stars is that this should now make "A Greasy Spoon Life" Mick's most highly rated story. This means that (with a bit of luck) in the future he will become known as that guy who wrote about the funny greasy spoon, with the spoon story far overshadowing his Lovecraft stories and other more serious tales. And hopefully he will pick up the nickname "the guy with the greasy spoon". This indeed I would find most amusing.....(fingers crossed!)
  • Nightmare on July 01, 2013

    For a short flash fiction piece this was very good. It captures the emotions of a mother left alone with her child as she waits for her husband in the early hours. With a great/almost understated ending that brought a supernatural and moving theme to the plot, this was well worth a read.
  • Mistaking the Dragon Mage on July 03, 2013

    On smashwords I feel that there is a lack of good free sword and sorcery writing. So it was quite a suprise to come across this short tale this morning, though I have to admit I did not posses to much hope of it being any good. How wrong I was. This is an excellent entertaining read about dragon hunters and powerful mages. It has a really good ending and the build up to the ending is written cleverly so that you don't guess whats coming. Very good stuff. And for a first story here on smashwords I'm giving it a big whopping 5 stars...I just hope the writer adds more of his work here for the rest of us to enjoy.
  • Vampires: A PSA on July 03, 2013

    It's nice to read a good old fashioned vamp story where the vampires themselves are not participating in some loved up relationship with teenagers, or in some grief stricken state as they drain blood to survive. Here the vampires are thanfully and thoroughly, well and truly evil. This is a good original story as a group of them impose themselves on the modern age, their survival is frightingly easy as they conquer, use and abuse the world around them....Good stuff.
  • Veronica on July 04, 2013

    Nice short story with a fast paced feel to it as the young girl flees for her life. Good ending...I'd read about two thirds of the way through before I figured out the catch. Really good for a story of just over a 1000 words to be this entertaining....Well worth a read.
  • Envy on July 04, 2013

    I liked this. It's perhaps hard to give this story a high star rating as it is just a silly funny joke (though I can't understand the 1 and 2 star scores, for me this seems a bit harsh) but for a quick read and a giggle it did the trick. It was also well written, and one skill as a writer is to portray a story like this in such few words. Less skilled writers would have probaly told the same story but written it to be two or three times longer, and it would have suffered in my opinion if this had been the case. Personally I'd probaly give this around three stars, but because I feel the 1 and 2 star reviews are a bit unnecessary, I'm giving it a 4.
  • Old Shock on July 07, 2013

    Yeah, this was a good solid horror using the legend of the demon dog old shock. It builds up slowly to a shock (no pun intended) ending that was original and totally unexpected. Mick Carter points out that he felt the story took a while to get to the point, and I too found the begining a little slow and long winded. I know that you've got to build up the character and back story a bit but for me personally I would have liked it cut down just a little bit (this is a very minor gripe though). This though is still one of the better horror stories you'll find here on smashwords. And of course, with it being free there is really no excuse for anyone reading this review and fancying giving it a read to not do so!
  • Close on July 07, 2013

    This was O.K for a flash fiction piece. The ending for me was a bit predictable as he grasped the bat (I guessed what was coming before I'd read it), but writing a story of around 500 words I know to be very difficult. So this did the job well and anyone giving flash fiction a try should read stuff like this as an example of what can be achieved with so few words.
  • Redacted #823 on July 09, 2013

    Interseting and strange short piece of flash fiction. It has a claustrophobic feel to it and a strange sense of hopelessnes as a trapped man ponders his unusual predicament. Who knows! Perhaps one day Edward Snowden will read this and think..."bugger! That about sums things up for me and the life I once had."
  • A Night Under the Stars on July 13, 2013

    Not to bad, though not the most original killer/psycho story here on smashwords. Probably for me it was a three and a half star story. Very well written though, with some nice touches to the writing.
  • Old Jack's Tale on July 13, 2013

    After reading one or two of the reviews I was expecting this to be one of Walter's weaker stories. However, I found it to be a really thrilling and exiting read. It is one of those stories that's screaming out for a second part, with the character of Jack deserving some more unwanted horror in his life. But as a short tale goes it was told well, with some good titbits of humour thrown in (the description of the barmans hair, and the fact that the creature goes "OUCH" as it's shot, and the slightly thick law enforcement team, spring to mind). My one criticism (minor gripe) is I would have liked a bit more information on Jack, and why the police rate him so highly. This story is also another really good slice of the werewolf series that the author is building up and deyploying here on smashwords. Well worth a read.
  • It's The End Of The Universe As We Know It [And I Feel Scared] 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)!
  • The Gray King on July 19, 2013

    A well written short tale. Quite liked the suprise of using a common mythical god over a fantasy god that would need creating within a fantasy world. I think the suprise though should be unvieled nearer the end of which god the Gray King slumbers for.
  • The Slow Descent on July 20, 2013

    As age, beer and life (though mostly beer) take there toll on us all, we all find ourselves growing and turning into something or someone who years before we would have turned our inexperienced noses up at. Ol' Jock is one such man who has lived the life and drank the drink. Although what life that may be, and god knows what the old bastrd has drunk in his time, but for me his the type of bloke who is the bedrock of society. This is a good short story with some great use of language and a plethora giggles to keep ya entertained...Good enjoyable stuff.
  • Killing A Chav on July 21, 2013

    Really good short story of a guy pushed to his limit. I think we've all felt like doing what he did when the scum of the streets cross our paths. Loved the fact that although the main character is in effect an anti-hero who has just commited a murder, as the reader I found myself sympathising with him. This makes you ask the question, if you had seen what the old man at the end of the story had seen would you too react any differently. Very good stuff, very original, and well worth a quick read.
  • Return To Sender on July 25, 2013

    An interesting read with some confusing wording (though this is explained in the afterword) of a guy delivering a parcel. The story itself was O.K, though i did think it dragged a bit in the middle. That said, I liked the ending, and the Leuvenhook Universe certainly sounds an interesting place to visit.
  • Behold, the Warrior's Pride on July 28, 2013

    A good fantasy tale of a warrior/killer who questions his life. For me the story was a little tame and could have used a bit more oommph to lift it above the typical sword and sorcery. That said though, it was quick and fast paced, and the world that the writer dreams up is also very interesting. So all in all, I would recommend this for a short sharp fantasy kick to start off a good days reading.
  • Present Company (Flash Fiction / Short Story) on July 30, 2013

    Excellent short tale of a young beauty rescued by what she thinks is her brave handsome knight. However, like all good stories there is a bit more to our prince charming than we are first led to believe. For a short flash fiction piece this was top knotch fantasy and a recomended read.
  • Red Hair and Gold: St. Van Helsing University on July 30, 2013

    A nice little suprise this short tale of wizardry, monsters and knuckledusters. The story itself is very original with some good comedy moments thrown into the mix to lighten and thrill us as we get but a taste of the strange mystical world our detective/magician named Josh lives in. It's one of those stories that leaves you wanting more, so as a piece of quirky flash fiction, this one is a great short read and a good introduction to the authors writing. Good stuff indeed.
  • Free Writer on Aug. 04, 2013

    Good short story of a author dealing with one of the most god awful publishers to ever grace the writing world. As someone who too has dealt with a simular subject (I'm talking of a story I wrote on here called "Smashwords Writing Duel". That's my plug over with!) this was a nice change and funnily enough only this week in the pub I was disscussing with Mick Carter (a writer here on smashwords as well) that bloody zombies, vampires and werewolves get far too much coverage. This was a good story and the next time I'm in my local bookstore I'm going armed with my chainsaw, wooden-stakes and silver bullets to deal with all that crappy teenage fiction that seems to be flooding the market.
  • Black Box on Aug. 10, 2013

    This is not a bad idea, and I like the way the writer leaves it up to the reader to fathom out for himself how the black box came to be in the time and place that we read about. It is a good idea, but you do get where it's going within the first page. Perhaps a punchier ending or a twist of some sort would spice things up a bit.
  • Wishful Thinking on Aug. 10, 2013

    I was told about this story by Micheal Carter, so in truth i knew what it was about, but because it is so short I thought i may as well give it a read anyway. It is fairly good but I'd have to agree with Mick Carter and Steve Latchey of it being a lot like many other stories out there. However, it was also done with a nice style, and the writing had no chunky boring bits stuck within, so for a quick read it was'nt too bad and done better than most of the simular ghost stories I read.
  • The Lands Of Vulgaria on Aug. 11, 2013

    This was a good solid lovecraftian story of a man's horror filled night and the curse that befalls him. As I've said in other Lovecraftian stories here on smashwords (mainly Michael Carter's who I recomend highly), I am not the best person to judge these as I've read only lovecraftian fan-fiction (though I have read quite a lot) and only the one short story by the man himself. That said this was done extremly well, the writing moving along nicely, keeping the reader enthralled throughout.
  • The Black Cat on Aug. 19, 2013

    This was O.K, though perhaps a little cheesy in places. Perhaps a bit more detail and thought as the guy speculates as to why he has been chosen to recieve such riches, instead of just taking it all for granted. I found it a fairly standard myth/horror type story, where the narrator gets cursed. It was'nt bad though, with a decent and enjoyabe conclusion this is still worth a quick read.
  • Letting Go on Aug. 19, 2013

    This was well written flash fiction piece. But I just do not see the point. I've read a few stories here on smashwords that are about a simular subject (I won't say what as that would spoil it for anybody wanting to read this), and with every story I read like this I'm left wondering if I've perhaps missed something? however, as I've said though, this is a nicely put together piece. Perhaps others will get more from it than I did.
  • The White Steed on Aug. 21, 2013

    I enjoyed this short fantasy story of a guy transported to a strange and wonderful land. The dreamlike quality explored here was my favourite part, as the narrator explains the mysterious, though beatiful world, he finds himself in. This was good and the twist ending was also done well(though I did kind of guess what was coming, though this is not a complaint as I'm sure the writer wanted the reader to work out the strange jumps from scene to scene).
  • I Used To Believe In God on Aug. 21, 2013

    A decent flash fiction horror tale (though it's not really a horror, but to say the genre that it is would give away too much) of a young boy in an abortion clinic. I've read a few other stories of late that use a simular tactic as this one, however the subject that the story deals with and the way the young boy accepts his strange position and circumstances, was for me refreshing and different.
  • Sci-fi Shorts on Aug. 27, 2013

    Six very short flash fiction stories presented together. This was O.K, though for me a little too short in some cases, and say by doubling the length of one or two stories, with a little bit more description here and there, it would have enhanced the expierence yet still kept the stories very short and flash. For me the two stories that stood out where "Sunshine" and "Joshua KB917". But overall this is a quick fun sci-fi read, so i'm giving it 4 stars as it presented something a bit different here on smashwords.
  • Toy Garden on Aug. 28, 2013

    Top notch flash fiction horror here. Really enjoyed this little snippet of a young girl and her strange garden. Well written, with a nice (though extremly nasty) suprising ending to boot. Good stuff and recommended to all who like there stories original and a little twisted.
  • The Little People on Aug. 31, 2013

    Very good story set in Ireland, involving strange little nasties that have been given different names throughout time. Loved the way the author brings together old folklore and myths, putting his own spin on the creatures and legends of his land. Very good "little" read.
  • Breakthrough on Aug. 31, 2013

    As sci-fi stories go that I've read here on smashwords, this was certainly up there with the best. Very good writing and a great idea to set it around the Hadron Collider. The other two reviews here state that the ending is a little obvious and I too have to agree. That said this is a minor quibble, and after reading a run of so-and-so fiction on smashwords, it's nice to read something like this that shows very good writing exists for free. (It does however pain me to have to agree with that GOIT Carter again. This is now the third story in a row that (like Mick Carter) I've given 5 stars to.......DAAAAMMMMNNNN!!!! So I suppose in hindsight that there is lots of good stuff for free on smashwords.....You've just got to know were to look!
  • Mooncake on Sep. 07, 2013

    An interesting little story this one. I liked the way the modern day moon generation found it hard to grasp the common things (such as phrases and euphemisms) we ourselves as earthlings take for granted. In fact the whole story is basically one big clash of old and new, but dealt with in such a way as to leave the reader contemplating such a future. And I quite liked that about it...Good stuff indeed.
  • Botched: A Tale of Taloria on Sep. 11, 2013

    Free fantasy stories are few and far between here on smashwords. And as for free comedy fantasy, well, lets just say that perhaps every other blue moon (even thats a little too much) you may stumble across the odd one. So I was glad to come across this short flash piece. A piece that delivers the laughs and also has a good solid story of a noble (though quite dim) knight on a quest to save an enslaved town, to back it up. Really good, my only criticism being (and its a minor one at that) was that I guessed the end quite early. Don't let this put you off though, this was good stuff and I'll have to check out more of this writers work.
  • Now Recruiting on Sep. 12, 2013

    Short and good sci-fi/horror story. The whole thing reminded me kind of "V for Vendetta" crossed with "do androids dream of electric sheep", that sort of thing. Anyway, it was interesting, and though the ending was perhaps not the most original, I did like it.
  • Mortal Hobby on Sep. 21, 2013

    This is a fairly straight forward serial killer story, yet the plain and simple realism of the whole piece sets it aside a bit from the average. Here we get to look at both the killer and his victums. And although it is fairly uncomfortable to read as he practices his grim hobby, the fact is that these kind of people are out there, and this short takes an inside look at one. I found the writing here very good, and although it might have been nice to get a bit more information on say, news-reports, or police investigations, the story kept me gripped throughout, and I really liked the fact that the ending was not over the top "Hollywood" shlock, and instead straight forward and very believable.
  • Duval Street: A Short Story on Sep. 21, 2013

    Not sure how to describe this one? The story, though well written and told, was for me a bit too flowery and overlong in descriptions, and seemed to go on a bit much, as though it was being a little too wordy and clever for its own good. However the single premise of an individual stumbling across the weird thing on the street and the way the onlookers viewed it, I loved. So all in all it was for me...a little dragged out, but had an excellent and original ending...good interesting and weird stuff. Definitely worth a read if ya fancy something that sits on the fringe, and does not quite adhere to the normal
  • Isaac's Bible (a flash fiction story) on Sep. 22, 2013

    I actually really liked this short story of a strange unexplainable and eerie phenomenom that haunts the Florish Parish every fifty-five and a half years. With lines such as: "Fog clung to the stagnant water like a veil and the swampfire played its eerie game of hide and seek around the mangroves." this was a really good atmosheric and well written read. Well done...and most enjoyable P.S_I'm glad too see from the review below by Mick Carter that you've taken his advice and changed the odd bit here and there. A lot of writers would ignore this well done you.
  • Short Trip: A Tale of Taloria on Sep. 22, 2013

    A nice short story this one. No complaints really. It was well told and well written, and as someone who likes fairytales this was pretty good. A good children's story much like a Grimm tale, so perhaps a younger reader would get more from it than myself.
  • Difficult Child on Oct. 05, 2013

    This was a surprisingly original and excellent short horror story of a young boy going on a shopping trip with his mother. In fact, I was completely thrown off course as we learn of the young lad who is told constantly that his a brat and troublesome child by his mom. However, there’s much more too this as we learn of the mother and her beliefs, and the way in which she brings up the boy. This part brings forward a sense of injustice, and we feel some sympathy for the child. At this point I thought I knew where the story was going but instead we are set on a very different track as the mother takes the young boy shopping with her. And it is what happens within the store where the story really picks up pace. Backed up with a strong accurate afterword to fill in for anyone who does not know too much of the history of the time (can’t say too much myself here without giving away a vital piece of plot) this is a far above average read here on smashwords…HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
  • Crimson Veil on Oct. 05, 2013

    Really good short piece of flash fiction. A snappy tale with some very funny comedy conversational pieces thrown in to lighten up this story of a young girl turning the tables on rather nasty boy who tries to trick her by diabolical means. Very funny ending and a great little twist.
  • The Battlefield: A Short Story on Oct. 08, 2013

    This story of a Home Guard unit based in New Silksworth as the end of the second World War approaches. The story is mainly about Captain Norris and Sergant Bedall, and a task of blowing up a pillbox. However, things at first don’t go as planned, much to the Captains dismay and humilation. This is an excellently told story. The history of the piece is both fascinating and I believe flawless. Being from the North East myself, I found the descriptions of the places of the time most intriguing, but it is the story itself were this tale actually truimphs. With touches of comedy to lighten the drama at hand, this is truly a good solid read. Highly recommended.
  • Cannibal Lovers (a flash fiction story) on Oct. 12, 2013

    It is a hard one to rate. As the author herself says this is but an experimental piece, and you can draw out many things from it. But because it is vauge and short, this also means that with each individual reading each reader can take very different things (be they thoughts, feelings, ideas...etc.) from it. And for me, thats what makes it interesting. For myself, the first time I read it I thought it was about an idividual who had suffered some shock in there life, and the shock changed them to something much tougher and cruder and much less gullible. I was'nt a million miles away, but having read the afterword which describes a bit more of what it is actually about, when I again re-read it, it did make much more sense.
  • Closer Than Kin on Oct. 12, 2013

    Another good read from the Wolfcaller Chronicles. The story starts off with a young tarin finding an injured sparrow in some long grass. As the tarin (who loves all life) takes it upon herself to help the bird, things take a turn for the worst and we are thrown into a bloody brutal battle. But there's much more to it, to what we percieve as we read this short tale. With a shocking and sudden twist, the writer leaves us wanting more and to find out how the tarin will cope with the nasty predicament she finds herself in.
  • A Halo Too Deep (a flash fiction story) on Oct. 18, 2013

    "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water", but this be no shark, so "Avast, me hearties!" And read on. A modern day life story, mixed up with a greek legend. An enjoyable short story that mixes both fantasy and horror together well.
  • The Awful Tale of the Minnesota Diarrhea Ghost on Oct. 22, 2013

    Enjoyable short and rude story with a spinkling of the giggles mixed in with a pinch of chuckles and snorts. Good funny stuff from this short black (though perhaps that should be brown) comedy. P.S_In reply to the writers afterword...Please could I NOT have my money back. However if you do feel the need to send me any cash, then rest assured, you'll get no complaints from me!
  • Anniversary on Oct. 26, 2013

    I enjoyed this sharp short tale of murder. A good first flash story to start off your writing on Smashwords, with a nice twist ending. First of all though I've got to agree with Sherry Donacy, there are a fair few mistakes here but these can be easliy corrected and for me they did not take anything away from the story, so don't be put off from writing more stuff. It's always good to have a review like Sherry's, a review that actually helps the writer. My own story scibblings have many mistakes within them as anyone who's read any of my stuff will tell you. However I always think that as long as a free story is readable, then any mistakes can still be pointed out without altering the score of the story. After all, we strive to be story-tellors and NOT english teachers. After all, the first stories were indeed told by word of mouth, and not written down. These stories are still considered some of the best.
  • Death of a Ghost on Nov. 04, 2013

    I found this story of one mans troubled life and how we as humans take solace in times of distress, be it from objects or memories, very interesting and enjoyable. It's the ending though that makes this short tale stand out. Trying not to give too much away, and although still quite sad, the ending left me feeling that perhaps the guy was about to move on and back up. And the slow spiral of his alcoholism was about to be put well behind him. I guess we all at some point end up with a Boris in our lives!
  • Ten Minutes on Nov. 30, 2013

    Great little idea here for a flash fiction piece. The story itself was very good, and although noticable, nothing major is lost through the translation from Spanish to English. It's one of those stories that leaves you thinking as someone contemplates what to do with the last few moments of their lives as the world is about to come to an abrupt end. Enjoyable, and worth a quick read.
  • In the Woods on Nov. 30, 2013

    Pretty much have to agree with Mick carter on this one. The story is good, but perhaps unlike the other story (Ten Minutes) I have read here by David J. Skinner, the translation does get a little in the way. That said, it's a mere 220 words and still a good quick read with a nice twist for an go on...give the old peepers a quick glance...I promise, you won't be dissapointed.
  • Jacob's Closet on Dec. 21, 2013

    A good solid horror/ghost story with a twist ending. I liked the way the story starts off with the young mother and her little escapade as she investigates the mystery of the house, then flips suddenly halfway through to the police investigation as to what happened.
  • Oblivious on Jan. 12, 2014

    A good solid horror story (though technically I would class it more of a fairytale with a happy ending type story as most of the horror within it happens to a pretty awful individual getting his just deserts). The stories main protagonist is a young lad who takes great pleasure in finding and killing defenceless animals. And that’s all I'm willing to disclose to you about the plot. There is good writing here, with deep descriptions of a typical English wood. The thing I really liked about this story is that it points out that unfortunately these beautiful and tranquil places with there magnificent fauna and wildlife, tend to attract scumbags and wasters who take great pleasure destroying the treasures within. So if you've ever walked in the country and have witnessed some form of moronic destruction that some little arsewipe has no doubt done just for the hell of it, destroying or killing something that he has no right to, then give this a read.
  • An Indie Author's Anthem on Jan. 20, 2014

    Undoubtedly this is something I myself have been harping on about (I wrote a whole story called "Smashwords Writers Duel", and YES as shamefull plugs go this is a bad one. Though not as bad as the one in my current story "26 Minds on Standby" Part 17 entitled "The Mighty Quinn vs the Shameful plug"), who needs perfect writing if the said writing is regurgitating old or run-of-the-mill material. I'd much prefer to read something original (even if its not particularly good) than read something word perfect that has been written before in a dozen different ways. Surely, originality should come first. The ideas and beliefs here are like a breadth of fresh air, breathed into the inkwell of a tired old pen that refuses to write in a different style or context. After all, the first stories where told by word of mouth or drawn upon cave walls. And I'm sure that within these stories the odd comma or full stop was misplaced or indeed forgotten about completely. However, it still did not make the story any worse. So I applaud Sandra D Paul for bringing light to the minds of those who think writing is for those who have mastered the language. For as this short piece shows, nothing could be further from the truth.
  • Love & Secrets on Jan. 22, 2014

    This was a good short tale with one of the best twist endings that I've read for quite sometime. Took me totally by surprise, which is always a good thing as I hate reading a short story and thinking "I know where this is going".
  • The Rise and Fall of Cyrus on Jan. 23, 2014

    The author creates a kind of Kipling type tale as we climb with mythical monkeys up into a great tree and ponder what lies beneath the clouds. l enjoyed this little short, particularly the ending and how the other monkeys see Cyrus's fall, and the conclusions they dream up in the great monkeys absence. A totally original and interesting look at mythology and legends. Good stuff, and recommended.
  • Warm October on Jan. 25, 2014

    A delightfully short and funny little tale that makes little sense and is all the better for it. Told in the first person/lettuce person style, there are a myriad of twinkling ideas that will make you laugh and smile throughout. Good stuff.
  • Greed on Jan. 29, 2014

    A very interesting and well written light hearted tale of one (million) man and his attempt to take over the universe. A good comedy science fiction that will take you ten minutes to read but will stay with you for the rest of the day, bringing a smile to your face as you think back to poor old Jansen and his brilliant/harebrained scheme.
  • The Unnamed on Feb. 03, 2014

    Yet another good horror tale from this author as we step once more onto the dreaded paths of Maple street. Some excellent writing here as we speed through a wicked and terror ridden chase scene to find out how our young narrator finds herself in the predicament she's in. Gory and graphic at times, with hints of humour and fast action, this short tale is a great little read.
  • Feeder on Feb. 14, 2014

    A good short flash fiction. Nicely told. And the ending does make you think what our narrator has planned.
  • We Were Good, Once on Feb. 19, 2014

    I really liked this short story of an alien world and the strange frightening phenomenon that infects it and the worlds inhabitants. First we are introduced to the cat-like creatures inhabiting the world and their odd customs, fashions and traditions, as one of their kind explains to us the life that he leads. Then something strange happens to the planet and the whole world starts to become topsy-turvy (can't say to much here without spoiling the plot) as our narrator finds his whole life torn apart. This is one of those stories that has a fabulous ending that will leave you thinking. For although the author sets the horror on an alien world, it could certainly be set on a certain little blue world that we all know and love. A great little science-fiction/weird fiction story, and highly recommended.
  • The Hunt on Feb. 23, 2014

    A very good werewolf tale involving a man hunting the beast that slew his beloved. The story is nicely written, with fast action and flashback scenes as our grim and determined hero tracks his quarry. The story does feel a bit like an introduction to a far greater piece of work, and though there is a conclusion, plus an original ending involving a machete, you are left wanting to know more of the world described here. This for me is a good thing, and hopefully the author will add more stories, be they about this world or not, to his smashwords page. Good stuff and recommended to all horror and fantasy lovers out there.
  • Nan -heart- Nu on Feb. 26, 2014

    Short and sweet. A good funny short with some nice artwork, particularly liked the last picture of the heart.
  • Lights, Camera, Reality! on March 04, 2014

    This is a good piece of comedy reality flash fiction. I like the way it points out the all so true fame game where people will prostitute themselves just for the tiniest scrap of stardom. Some of the jokes and references where lost on me a bit, but this is only because of me being English and the writer being American. However, over here in Blighty we too have plenty of wannabe stars so I could still guess at most of the references.
  • A Call from Cthulhu on March 11, 2014

    This is a really expert piece of flash fiction writing. Although at its heart it is a simple is a bloody good one and executed perfectly. But the thing for me that makes it stand out from the rest is the writing, wickedly told to throw the reader into thinking he is reading a deep and dark horror...Though the true horror as anybody from our generation will tell you comes indeed from the very last sentence itself!
  • The Funny Smell on Oct. 10, 2014

    For a short flash fiction story to get you thinking, this really hits the spot. The horror coming by way of the last few lines. A story that although fictional, may well be uncomfortably close to the way that modern warfare is going.
  • Anglers on Dec. 10, 2014

    Really enjoyed this silly short story of two ghouls trying to catch their strange and rather feisty meal. A very good comedy fantasy with plenty of clever ideas and laughs to keep you entertained from beginning to end. Good stuff.
  • My Final Encounter with the Purple Scooter Lady on Dec. 14, 2014

    A simple but funny little piece. I liked the way how the author builds up the character of the purple scooter lady as the tale progresses. Would be interesting to know what else the strange woman gets up to and who else she troubles as she rides about town.
  • Castigation on Dec. 27, 2014

    Really good story this one, with an excellent twist ending. I really liked the way the author builds the story. The whole thing working kind of like a jigsaw, with you at first wondering what is happening, but as each piece of the tale is fitted, and more and more story is revealed to you, slowly the whole piece begins to take shape until the last piece reveals an ending to both startle and surprise the reader.
  • Invasion on April 03, 2015

    Short and funny piece of flash fiction, though I'm now beginning to wonder if I've just read a simple story, the words of a madman, or perhaps even a warning as I look down and examine my own navel!
  • The Creature in the Laundry Room on April 11, 2015

    Enjoyable throughout. It kind of reminded me of one of those old style science fiction/horror films, with added touches of humour thrown in as poor old Eustace deals not only with the creature but also the bumps and bruises as he fires off his shotgun.
  • A Reckless Moon on May 17, 2015

    Very good short piece of horror writing that starts off like a slow trickle of blood as our narrator describes his predicament, and as he hunts we find ourselves drawn into his world as the trickle becomes a torrent. Good stuff indeed!
  • Mr. Flanagan on July 30, 2015

    A good short story that builds up an interesting character and shows how people can interpret a situation in totally the wrong way.
  • Midget Poem on Aug. 08, 2015

    A really funny and well written take on Poe's classic. If your a fan of Edgar Allan Poe combined with midget porn (and lets face it, who isn't!) then my suggestion to you is you take five minutes out and have a good old chortle at this little gem.
  • Glassman on Aug. 30, 2015

    A superhero story describing some of the troubles of having certain superpowers. A nicely written tale that is funny in places and tragic in others, making the reader feel empathetic for our humble glass hero and (pardon the pun) shows that a superhero need not just be a see-through, one dimensional character but have depth and a life that is as real as anyone else's. An interesting and enjoyable short story that is well worth a read. Good stuff all round.
  • The Incredible Life and Death of Rover the Space-Dog of Destruction on Sep. 06, 2015

    An angry god getting his just deserts. A short quick funny piece of flash fiction.
  • The Outrageous Obnubilation of Oscar Oaks Objectification of Orbs on Sep. 06, 2015

    Good funny story of a ordinary guy who gets an unusual superpower! I liked the ending and I'm pretty sure that every red blooded bloke would come to the same conclusion if gifted with the same power as our would be hero!!!!!!!!!
  • The Great Dissolution on Dec. 17, 2015

    Excellent short story of a group of men finding themselves facing a strange ritual that leads on to horror so terrible that one will never forget. To even survive the unholy thing is of no guarantee that all will be fine, for in later years the witnesses mind might snap by simply just remembering. Really good stuff!
  • Beware of Dog on Dec. 20, 2015

    Excellent and really funny story of a man becoming obsessed with what he believes are small smelly presents left on his lawn by his neighbour's dog. A brilliant ending finishes off this sorry man's tale, and it just goes to show that sometimes what you might expect to be the case, can actually have a strange and surprising twist.
  • The Fine Print on Jan. 17, 2016

    Great short story that should be read by every religious nut on the planet, be they Christian, Muslim, or any of the other thousand of man-made beliefs forced upon the worlds cultures. Pulls no punches and is all the better for it. P.S_My favourite line here has to be "Farouk was conclusive proof that when you build something idiot-proof, nature just builds a bigger idiot."
  • The Leaky Faucet on March 30, 2016

    Excellent idea for an extremely short/long story! I love anything that messes around with the conventional writing styles that we're taught to abide by in our youth. Although the story is second to the actual idea, it all still holds together and leaves you smiling at the end as you realise the authors skilful technique.
  • When A Murder Plot Goes Wrong on March 12, 2017

    Al lighthearted look at a man journeying into the beyond and back again. A very good short tale with a man contemplating murder, a smartly (if unconventionally dressed) God, and a last few meaningful lines that bring the whole piece to a funny and thoughtful end. Good stuff.
  • Abstract Friends on Aug. 21, 2017

    A really good tale that starts off fairly straightforwardly with a couple walking in the woods and finding an old house... Then the strangeness starts and you're left wondering what's it all about... Fear not, for as we near the end it all begins to slowly unravel as you realise the stories meaning. Good stuff.
  • Another Cup of Tea on Jan. 13, 2018

    This is a great short story that develops into a strange dreamlike mystery as we wonder if what Amy perceives to be true. Perhaps it's all in her head, or perhaps there really is something behind the giant zipper!!! Good stuff!
  • The Doctor and the Little Demon on Feb. 11, 2018

    Really loved this one. The story has some wonderful writing, I particularly liked when nurse MCabe showed up, as she's described as being: "A large, robust woman who had the ability to switch between mother and bouncer at will." I really liked little Vile and how he (or she, though most probably it) undertook his macabre task with deadly precision. And the way the story ends leaves me wondering if we've not heard the last of him... though now her!
  • The Walk on July 13, 2019

    A wonderful and a pleasantly different type of story, told here by the author who usually concentrates his craft on horror. Short it may be (just over a thousand words) but in those words, a whole lifetime of happiness and sadness are packed. And it is all capped off and summed up with a last line that will stick with you and make you contemplate your own life! Great stuff.
  • Street Fightin' Man on Sep. 03, 2019

    A good and funny detective short, with a shrewd calculated protagonist, who's got a sharp eye for detail... Good stuff.
  • Who Are You? And Why Are You So Fat? on Sep. 23, 2019

    Really enjoyed this short. Although told as a story, it has a poetic flow to it, and a witty narrative that is both clever and extremely funny.... Great stuff.