Ok folks there’s a lot to catch up on.

Despite being ill, I had submitted some stories written before 2017 which are now coming to publication.

One story is “Aberration” which is now available to read in the awesome horror magazine, SUBCUTANEOUS. find issues here, http://www.subqmag.com/issues.html remember the story is in issue 3 but I also have 2 stories in issue 2.

Next will be the story, X-Ray Specs in the anthology book, Horror Reincarnate.

There is one story, “Corn on the Macabre” that was planned for release this month, for which I finally sent a notice of withdrawal of submission. I’m going to post the story here on PoH with the details of trying to get it published. The online outlet had the story for over a year and I finally said, Enough is enough…

Later in the year there will be a story called ‘The Tree of Reckoning’ which may remind some of the recent film, VVitch.

A little bit about my health… My biggest disappointment is not being able to see the new King Kong: Skull Island movie which I’ve heard a lot of good things about. The cancer has made my right leg unusable, it has no power in it at all. I had to buy a wheel chair. So it’s a new journey for me. And I don’t mean to be grim but none of the recent cancer treatments seem to be working. If they don’t find something that works I’ll just keep sliding downhill. Eventually it will be, Off to Never, never land.

I’m also gonna’ post about some model kits I had built and never posted up here.


 

 

My Writing – 2016 Overview


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Here’s an overview of my horror fiction writing and published works for the year 2016

 


October 31st

My most recent published stories were in Subcutaneous Magazine for which there are two of my stories in one issue.

The Room, The Woman is a very personal tale about the thought of death and the willingness of one that is ill and his want to welcome the concept of death.

After approving the first story which is flash fiction (under 1k words) the editor asked if I had any longer stories. I sent her, Wax Dolls, which is a story of witchcraft fictionally tied into a story of murder that many would find familiar.

read it for free, here: Subcutaneous Magazine, Issue 2 – Fall 2016

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October 16th

My modern tale, Dead Song, was published in Moon Books presents Horror Anthology – 2016, sharing company with Joe R Lansdale and Jonathan Maberry. The story is about an antique/pawn shop that comes across a very unusual item, one which evil forces desire to control.

Check it out here:
Moon Books Horror Anthology 2016

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September 30th

I had my flash fiction piece, Blinded, published on Cemetery Tomes. The story is only 300 words, one of many short fiction pieces that capture similar aspects of the moment of death.

Read it for Free, here: Blinded – by author Michael Thomas-Knight

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July 2nd

My existential serial killer/urban legend story, Urban Legend #9 was published in Siren’s Call eZine, issue #27. I was very glad to get this story published as a reprint after the original site it was published with deleted all their stories. It is difficult to get a serial killer story published these days but the story has enough of a nuance that helped it to get published twice.

You can read it or download the .pdf here: The Sirens Call eZine #27

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June 17th

On June 17th the short story, Skin Job was released as my first stand-alone offering (with no other stories) by Pleasant Storm Entertainment. The story followed the mythology of Terry M. West’s Car-Nex creation, (Carnivore from the Nexus) and I was one of eight writers invited to create a new story involving Terry’s original ideas and concepts.

But, I’m sure you all heard enough about this during the summer when I was getting reviews of the release and posting about it here at Parlor of Horror. At times, I felt it was a little self-serving to do so, but I felt obligated to the bloggers that reviewed the novelette to provide links to their posts. I’d like to thank all of you who reviewed SKIN JOB. Despite the good reviews, it sold much less than I had anticipated and is making me rethink my path and motives in writing.

Skin Job

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I have four additional stories that were accepted into anthologies but the books have not come out yet. They will have to go into next years tally, if they are published. Two of them have been a long time waiting…

 


 

Dec. 23rd

Of course, I just posted my Christmas Ghost Story, Yule Tide on Parlor of Horror.

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Articles on Writing:

As far as articles, I wrote two very important articles on writing and getting published this year that would pertain to anyone seeking to get stories into the respected published world (not self-published).

The 5 Stages of Writing

 Publishing Terminology

 

Two stories published in Subcutaneous Magazine

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Double down on Horror Tales!

I have 2 of my horror stories published in the new issue of Subcutaneous Magazine

The first called The Woman, The Room is a fictional tale based on my real life situation. Some of you may know of my illness and what it is doing to me, I guess conveying it in a fictional horror tale is my way of dealing with it.

The 2nd story is Wax Dolls a fictional tale of a bad family situation and one young woman’s way to deal with it. You may be reminded of a true story of a New England family tragedy when reading it and the popular limerick that accompanied the tragedy, but I assure you this tale is a work of fiction.franz-xaver-simm-walpurgisnacht

I also have original artwork in the magazine of a shrouded death figure done in charcoal and pencil.


 

You can read the magazine online at the link below or download the .pdf using the toolbar on the right of the opened page. This is a nice looking publication with original fiction, stories, and photography that will surely thrill the senses of the horror fanatic… check it out!

Best of all it’s FREE!

Subcutaneous Magazine, Issue 2 – Fall 2016

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Halloween Horror – Free Read 2016 – Best Horror Stories on the internet!

 


 

Halloween Horror – Free Read 2016 – Best Horror Stories on the internet!

hosted by Parlor of Horror

 


 

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The 2nd annual Parlor of Horror Best ‘Free Read’ Halloween Horror Stories

Here they are folks! 20 deliciously horrific stories to delve into for Halloween scares! Great free reading for the Halloween Season and to put you in the mood for the creepiest holiday ever.

 


Check out the titles, click a link, get some goosebumps as you read some of the best stories from underground writers and authors on the web.

 

Our TOP Stories! Editors picks:

Best Story:

Buback – Kerry E.B. Blackbest-free-read-award-best
https://kerrylizblack.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/buback/

This story embodied the spirit of Halloween and pulled me in with wonderful descriptive wording and thick atmosphere. It’s a wonderful tale for Halloween so take a moment and give it a read. Kerry wins a $25 gift card to Amazon.com and the title, Best “Free Read” Halloween Horror story on the Internet.


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Dead Memories – by author William Cook
http://www.williamcookwriter.com/2011/08/its-my-birthday-achieved-goal-happy.html


Honorable mentions:

Halloween Lights – by author Anna Taborska
http://www.thehorrorzine.com/Fiction/October2009/Anna%20Taborska.html

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Run – by author Joseph Pinto
https://penofthedamned.com/2013/01/01/run/

 

Bast – by author Christian A. Larsen
http://www.thehorrorzine.com/Fiction/Sept2011/ChristianLarsen/Larsen.html

 


Writers/authors: feel free to copy and post these award logos on you websites, blogs, posts, with your story or in separate announcements

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We had plenty of fantastic horror tales to choose from. Pick out a few stories and give them a read. They are all high quality horror tales worthy of your time and good for a thrill and a chill.

What Objects Might Conspire – by author Dona Fox
https://donafox.com/2016/10/12/what-objects-might-conspire/

Anaphylaxis – by author Tony Bowman
https://cemeterytomes.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/anaphylaxis-short-story-by-tony-bowman/

Birds and the Bees, and Playmates – by author Thomas Kleaton
http://www.digitalfictionpub.com/quickfic/playmates-by-thomas-kleaton-horror/

Heavenly Damnation – by author Essel Pratt
http://www.darkchapterpress.com/blog-archive/4585860420/Heavenly-Damnation-by-Essel-Pratt-dark_chapter_UK-horror/9609779

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The Cemetery Intruder – by author W. P. Rigler
https://riglerwrites.wordpress.com/2016/10/3/the-cemetery-intruder/

I’m Coming to Get You – by author Jason D. Brawn
http://www.thehorrorzine.com/Fiction/November%202009/Jason%20Brawn.html

The Jigsaw Puzzle – by author Wies Blaize
https://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/2097871-The-jigsaw-puzzle

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She Was a Woman of Exquisite Taste – by author Terry James
https://authortjames.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/she-was-a-woman-of-exquisite-taste/

Demon Eyes and Devil Fingers – by author Tim Prasil
https://timprasil.wordpress.com/demon-eyes-and-devil-fingers/

Apocalyptic Toffee – by author Julianne Snow
https://dayswiththeundead.com/2014/11/10/random-monday-mini-apocalyptic-toffee/

The Worm of Mysteries – by author Sebastian Crow
http://www.thehorrorzine.com/Fiction/March2016/SebastianCrow/SebastianCrow.html

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Blinded – by author Michael Thomas-Knight
https://cemeterytomes.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/blinded-short-story-by-michael-thomas-knight/

Ankle Bites: A Werewolf Tail – by author John Mountain
https://jmountswritteninblood.com/2014/08/26/ankle-bites-a-werewolf-tail/

 


 

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Last call for SKIN JOB – and can you give me some advice/opinion?

if any blogger wants a copy of my novelette SKIN JOB for review, let me know…
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Last call for SKIN JOB

I’ve gotten some great support from the blogger community for my first stand alone ebook in the horror fiction genre. I really want to thank you all for your enthusiasm and help (especially those from the Long Time Bloggers Club). I asked the bloggers that I felt closest to and bloggers I knew the longest (only 5 – ones that I felt a bit of kinship and friendship with) if they would like to review my release. Then a few more expressed interest and I sent some more off into the blogger community for reviews.
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If any blogger that I haven’t asked, wants to review the book, I’ll be happy to send one over to you. You can leave a comment here or go to my contact page and email me.
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And now, on to the next….
I think that the novelette or novella is the way for me to move forward.

Can I get your opinion on these?

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Let me know which book sounds most appealing. Let me know which one you would want to read, which you think should be me next release. They are all written and would have to go through the next six months of editing processes. I’d love if you guys could help me make this decision…
Here are my choices for my next book release:
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Renfield’s Carnival (style: modern/monsters)
Julie, a young woman on the run from her abusive boyfriend collides with a rogue band of carnival of freaks. Led by the deformed snake-charmer, Renfield, the carny folk are attempting to resurrect an historical carnival in the Arizona desert despite opposition from the nearby townsfolk. The town had burnt down the carnival forty years ago when a local girl had gone missing. Now Julie has to fight her abuser while navigating her way through the age-old melee, and rebirth of Renfield’s Carnival.
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Shroud of the Crimson Queen (style: era late 1800’s/Hammer Films style)
London in 1885 is once again the scene for a string of horrific murders, but this time evidence points to a wild animal as the culprit. Doctor Edwin McKee, a pioneer in forensic investigation, teams up with Detective White, Scottland Yard’s top cop to hunt down clues and solve the mystery of these grisly murders as rumors and sightings of a gray lion within the city confines mount. Is it a man or a wild cat, or something even more sinister? This tale combines the crytozoology of Great Britain’s legendary gray lion and the detective partnership reminiscent of Holmes and Watson in the Hound of the Baskervilles to bring readers on a thrilling ride combining horror, mystery and action.
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Three Witches – (style: era late 1800’s) this would be three different olden tales about Witches, however the main novelette is about a cursed sea vessel, The Angel Witch, so it’s not actually a witch. The Angel-Witch – Set in the early 20th Century, Captain Ryan and his crew find themselves stuck in the windless doldrums after capturing a mythological fish for their client, the Countess Bisselle. To make matters worse, they spot a man on a raft who sleeps by day and walks at night. As his raft inches closer to the ship Captain Ryan decides to bring the man aboard to save him, but soon realizes he may be the one in need of saving as his crew plans a mutiny, and a larger evil looms.
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Stormbringer – (style: modern/monster) The novelette Stormbringer and two other tales. Lovecraftian.
As Hurricane Jehovah devastates the east coast, Matt Hoffman works to secure his family’s Connecticut mansion and keep it from ripping apart at the seams. However he will soon have to fight for his life and save his loved ones from a hidden danger. Under cover of the storm something has slithered out of the ocean and made claim to the ancient land where the mansion sits.
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So, vote below for the story you find most interesting:

Attention all Horror Writers, authors, and story tellers…

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Attention all Horror Writers, authors, and story tellers…

Parlor of Horror is gearing up for the 2nd annual Halloween Horror Best ‘Free Read’ on the Internet. There will be more info coming soon so keep an eye out here at Parlor of Horror for more info. For a look at last year’s winners and Top 25 Tales click this link:

https://parlorofhorror.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/25-super-terrific-terrifying-tales-for-halloween/


 

Stanley Kubrick’s, THE SHINING gets a new trailer for UK and Ireland Halloween 2016 Screenings:


 

Just want to let you all know I am participating in the “Keep Watching the Skies! Science Fiction Movies of the 1950s Blogathon!” from The Cinematic Frontier on Monday Sept. 26th through Wednesday Sept. 28th. The film I chose to review is 20 Million Miles to Earth by special effects titan, Ray Harryhausen and his partner Charles Schneer.

Click the logo to check out the nearly 20 films that will be reviewed during this blogothon!

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Lastly, I got a nice boost for SKIN JOB on the charts from Amazon sales, thanks to the recent Blogger reviews and reviews on Goodreads and Amazon itself.

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#197 in Horror – Short Stories – is pretty decent, I think…

Thanks to all that have reviewed SKIN JOB up until this point:
By Hook Or Book, Book Reviews

JMount’s Written in Blood

Robbinsrealm Blog

Tranquil Dreams

The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger


 

My short story, Urban Legend #9 is now in Sirens Call eZine #27

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My short story, Urban Legend #9 is now in Sirens Call Zine #27.

Some of you may have read this story already on another website but out of the clear blue the other website deleted all their stories. This annoys me somewhat because when I offer my story to a website and they post it, the story is no longer ‘first run,’ it’s now a reprint and has lost some value. Thankfully The Sirens Call accepts some reprints and liked the story enough to accept it for this issue.
So now I have a more permanent home for this little story. You can download Sirens Call eZine #27 for FREE to your tablet, desktop, or your I-phone. There’s no request for your email, no strings attached. It downloads as a .pdf. It looks like a slick magazine, It’s nicely laid out and has some awesome horror from some infamous horror writers.

Sirens Call Ezine 27