A Christmas gift for my readers – a flash fiction holiday story

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A short flash fiction story…Holiday Horror

Here’s a flash fiction piece for the Holiday.

Enjoy!

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Holiday Lights
By Michael Thomas-Knight

It takes me a minute to realize I am in real trouble. I grip the side of the chimney, thirty feet in the air, with a length of lit Christmas lights in my hand. I wanted to wrap the light string around the chimney from the side that was accessible from the roof peak to the side that stood in open air. I had attempted to throw the wire around the chimney like a lasso but it got caught up on the chimney cap. I reached out to get it and slipped off the roof shingles.

My arms strain to the threshold of pain as I try to regain purchase on the roof with my left foot. My right foot clings to a small nub in the brick, thirty feet in the air. I have no choice; I have to jump. I may sprain both ankles or even break a leg but I’ll deal with it. I notice how the colored lights illuminate the chimney and the skin of my arm, soft colors; red, green, blue and yellow. It would have looked fantastic if I had finished decorating, better than the Johnson’s house across the street. I finally had something that Ted Johnson couldn’t copy, a way to differentiate my home from his. His chimney is at the back of his house.

My arms can’t hold on any longer. I decide to push off with my feet so I won’t land too close to the chimney and scrape my face. I count to three and push. I fall a few feet and my journey is interrupted. I feel a hard tug on my neck and my body bounces back against the chimney brick. The string of lights is wrapped around my throat and cutting into my flesh. I kick my feet frantically to find some kind of purchase or to kick myself loose, either one. I try to grab the wire but it is embedded too deeply into my neck. I can’t breath and I gasp for air. My face turns red hot. I pull on the little twinkle bulbs to get my fingers under the green wire. It doesn’t work. I find the hanging end of the wire and pull on it forcefully, hoping to snap it and help it to unravel. It pulls plastic from wire and I feel jolts of electric current stiffen every muscle in my body. My body quivers a few moments and I feel heat. Flames rise before my eyes as my clothes catch fire. My vision fades and I pray the strangulation will take me before I feel the excruciating pain of my burning flesh. The flames engulf me. I hear the Johnson’s Dodge Durango pull up across the street and the doors open. Then I hear Ted Johnson say, “Holy Shit!”

I’ve finally topped his holiday decorations. I win.

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This story is part of a series of flash fiction I am writing that deals with the ‘moment of death’ for my characters. Another of the stories is posted on Halloweenforevermore.com (Eight Seconds of Torment). I intend to title the full body of work, Moments of Death or 99 Ways to Die, or something like that. Let me know your thoughts 🙂

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Aurora Prehistoric Scenes style Iguanodon Model

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This is my Neave Parker/Burian style Iguanodon. Parker and Burian did artwork of what the Iguanodon may look like in the early 1900s. They only had a few bones to work with and conferred with other scientists about how the creature might look. Today the Iguanodon looks much different as more complete fossils were found in subsequent years. They are primarily quadrupeds and don’t have that broad neck design.

Iguanodon by Mike K - sculpt in progress

Ok, this is not a marketed model kit – it is a sculpt I made from plastic forming clay to add to my Aurora Prehistoric Scenes kits. I used the Lindberg Corythosaurus figure (minus the head) to start the modeling from, completely covering the entire body with clay to be molded.

Iguanodon by Mike K - giving the Fonzy thumbs up

I made the base out of clay and plaster. It is shaped to lock-in with my custom Allosaurus base.

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I made two Compsognathus (Compys) for the background and the Archaeopteryx on the branch in the foreground is from the Tamiya Mesozoic Creatures model kit collection. I know this mixes time periods but so does the whole PS Line of model kits.

I added some palm trees, plants, broken tree limbs and rock outcrops to complete the scene.

Michael Thomas-Knight’s short story in Ghosts Revenge

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GHOSTS: Revenge
JWK Fiction

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I’m pleased to announce that my latest short story is part of the JWK Fiction Anthology, GHOSTS: Revenge

Tales of angry ghosts, vengeful people, scary places and local haunts to chill the spine and spread fear. Over 40 stories, 330 pages of terror,  today’s upcoming horror authors come together to offer their take on what it might be like to be a ghost, an angry ghost, the kind of ghost not soon forgotten.

My story is called The Obsidian Box, a tale of NY mobsters, a vengeful spirit, a dominating wife and her undisciplined son.

If you like ghost stories, want your ghostly fix, and feel the need to get your creep on…there’s plenty of horror fiction here to last you many a night.

 

Currently available on: Amazon Kindle

 

Paperback coming soon, I’ll keep you posted.

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GHOSTS: Revenge

edited by James Ward Kirk

Authors list:

underlined names provide links to authors

Mary Genevieve Fortier
William Cook
Roger Cowin
Scáth Beorh
James S. Dorr
Dona Fox
CS Nelson
John Sies
Michael Tugendhat
Guy Burtenshaw
E.F. Schraeder
Evan Dicken
Brian Rosenberger
Mike Jansen
Sheldon Woodbury
Allen Griffin
Ken L. Jones
Rik Raven-Daleford
Flo Stanton
Kenneth Whitfield
Rie Sheridan Rose
William Petersen
Brian Rosenberger
Tim Jeffreys
Stephen O’Connor
Matthew Weber
Nicholas Day
Steve Foreman
Neal F. Litherland
Alex S. Johnson
J. C. Michael
Betty Rocksteady
Justin Hunter
Angeline Trevena
David Schütz II
Lori R. Lopez
Magenta Nero
Tracy L. Carbone
T.S. Woolard
K.Z. Morano 
and Michael Thomas-Knight

Cover Artwork by Stephen Cooney
Cover design John D. Stanton
Inside art illustrations: Gidion Van de Swaluw

 

Journals of Horror – news and 99 cents sale!

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Ok, first the news! Journals of Horror has made the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Award in the category of Anthology! It’s only the first step of many, but still an honor to even be recognized by the HWA. Oh, and did I mention that I have a story in this book?

Now, you can get your Kindle version of Journals Of Horror for only 99 cents!

That’s right, sign into Amazon on Feb. 14th, Valentine’s Day and get a copy of Journals of Horror for only 99 cents!

If you get a copy, be sure to read my story, Night Terrors and leave a comment on Amazon Reviews about the book 🙂

****Sale extended though Mon, Feb 16th****

get it here: Journals of Horror

My year in writing Fiction and getting published – 2014

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My year in writing – 2014

My Horror Fiction stories published

Anthology books
Terror Train my story, Steel Deliverance
Journals of Horrormy story, Night Terrors: Journal
Stomping Grounds – my story, The Devil’s Avatar

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Horror Websites (read for free)
Fictionterrifica.com – my story, My All Time Favorite
Fictionterrifica.com – my story, Urban Legend #9
Microhorror.com – my story, The Opaque Veil
Bizart Pod cast – my story, The Station
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Horror Magazines/E-zines
Dark Eclipse #28 – my story, The Memory Thief
The Best of Dark Eclipse issue Dec. 2014 – my story, The Memory Thief
The Best of Dark Eclipse Vol 2 dark eclipse #28

My guest articles

I wrote a true life ghost hunting story, guest article for the Fox True Ghost Story Project
The Witch Tree

I continue to contribute periodic articles to Vic’s Movie Den

My Top 5 Gothic Vincent Price movies
My Top 5 Horror and Sci-Fi Sequels that Rock
10 Things you Didn’t know about John Carpenter

 

This year I’ve written several guest articles for Halloweenforevermore.com

Why do Grown Men Watch Godzilla Films
Ouija Boards and other Fortune Telling Games
To Own a Monster – Aurora Monster Models

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My work recognized!

The Memory Thief chosen for The Best of Dark Eclipse issue Dec. 2014

Ann Rice tweets about my article, Why Do Grown Men Watch Godzilla Movies

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Interview on Jim Pyre’s Dead Letter Office

Interview on Whispers in the Dark Podcast for Journals of Horror

Terror Train podcast, Steel Deliverance reading

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Thank you to all the wonderful editors, site managers and fellow bloggers I’ve dealt with this year who strive to put something special into the hands of horror readers and fans out there. It’s been a pleasure working with you all. 

I have about 25 written, unpublished, horror short stories that I’ll be looking to find placement for this year, as well as, many ideas for articles and blog posts that will appear here and with other sites on the web. I have yet to finish my first novel but the first draft is nearly complete. I hope to get it into the hands of some BETA readers within the first six months of 2015. 

To all my fellow writers out there, good luck on your endeavors, and best wishes in achieving all you goals for 2015. 

Michael Thomas-Knight

My story, The Station, chosen for podcast…

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Bizart: A Podcast Of The Odd, The Art and The Rest

Hey folks, My story, The Station can be heard on this podcast. It is a very short story, (under 300 words).

This is the Holiday episode where the hosts, Madeleine and Stephen, talk about Christmas related artwork, the Wisconsin Death Trip, some personal memory and freaky film.

Check out the podcast and my story, it’s sure to be entertaining. click here: Bizart: A Podcast Of The Odd, The Art and The Rest 

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Also if you are so inclined to write something…
Bizart: A Podcast Of The Odd, The Art and The Rest Are looking for stories for their podcast. Submit a three hundred word story. We need stories that are 300 words or less. We like weird, odd, strange, spooky or scary, or if you really want to blow our socks off, all five at once. Think you can manage it?

Bizart: A Podcast Of The Odd, The Art And The Rest