Here’s an overview of my horror fiction writing and published works for the year 2016
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
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
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
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
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.
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…
Of course, I just posted my Christmas Ghost Story, Yule Tide on Parlor of Horror.
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