This one comes from Wear Year a while back--2010. It's a quick flash fiction piece about a bloodlusting man named Garret and his search for "normality."
Originally published by Weird Year, September 2010.
With the blade already slicing through the skin of her throat, all he could whisper was, “I love you.”
A zombie craze that sweeps over the nation, and one man can't stand it anymore.
Back then, the police were overzealous and overabundant, and they didn’t care how or why your wife was unconscious in your bedroom. If you’d hurt her, the police would hurt you. So I ran.
Creative types have not only battled with stalemates such as writer's block, they have also often gone to war with the likes of depression and anxiety--Hunter S. Thompson and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to name a couple.
While on paper this sounds like a terrible thing, often a good wallop or depression--or even boredom--can be all the creative mind needs. Read 8 ways to make the most of your blues & creativity.
This blog entry is not about the differences between Seasonal Affective, various Anxiety, and Depressive Disorders. However, to briefly recap I think the following depression/anxiety meme does a nice job. And while SAD is generally a type of depression, many people who experience anxiety and depressive episodes know there are certain times of the year when things get worse. For some us, it's particularly winter like those who would fall into the SAD group (a ridiculous acronym I might add).
If you're still reading at this point (first, thank you) then you can probably relate to some of the words on your screen. Don't worry, this isn't a sappy article about depression; instead, it's 6 ideas I've put together to help get through the hellish months of winter.
Maybe you don't fit into any of the aforementioned but are just feeling the winter blues. Well then-- this is still for you. Read on.
About the Story
Highlighting the collection is the tale "No-Injury Policy," a story set in Raven's Crook's darkest beginnings.
Nicholas Tanner finds himself working for the infamous Douglas Lumber Mill in an effort to support his new family. Despite the horrific tales he's heard from the locals, he tries to earn a living and ignore all the demonic signs around him.
As a union begins to form, the owner resorts to violent efforts to make sure his company is not controlled by any outsiders. He reveals his more sinister side as Nick is roped into the clandestine group.
Tale of the
Pages in Print: 40
Estimated Average Read Time: Less than an hour (~40 min @ 1 pg/min)
If you're anything like me, you've been told time and time again to stop being sarcastic for a multitude of reasons. Most likely, though, it was just because they didn't get whatever sarcastic joke was being made.
And if you are anything like me (you poor, poor soul), then you might rejoice in the fact there are benefits to having a strong sense of sarcasm--some of them intellectual, too! Continue reading to check them out!
Most cases of things-found-in-Halloween-candy turn out to be pranks, hoaxes, and other forms of complete horse manure. The few cases of substances and foreign objects founds in candy are isolated and really should NOT cause widespread paranoia. This goes for the few times things like drugs have been accidentally mistaken for candy. I mostly say this because it is true and people got upset and emailed me when I wrote this fun post in 2012.
Following my post in 2012, though, I wanted to construct a new list of the Worst Things Found in Halloween Candy for 2015, starting off with a real bang! That's a pun. Enjoy!
For no good reason, I constructed a list of the 5 Horror Stories that left a mark on me.
No, not literally.
These are books that stand out when I think of being creeped out. Some are rather well-known, while others are a little more obscure. I hope it either encourages you to experience a new story or to revisit an old classic.
As I work on "Lovefall" from Ashland's Asylum, I find myself hooked on the main character's ability to predict death. For Robert Strife, seeing death is rarely a gift. He sees it when it is near--and at times he can prevent or alter it--but there aren't too many patterns. It's not like he can see death exactly 5-10 minutes before it happens or anything--it can actually be days out.
When you create a character with a special gift--or a dark power for the more nefarious--you wonder if the heart of the character's concept is believable. Quite honestly, if Lovefall suspends too much disbelief, to the point it's no longer enjoyable, then it's only my fault as the writer. However, I feel a little bit better after doing some research about 3 other folks who have claimed to have insight into death.
Ever notice one of those red and white spinning polls at a barber shop (more commonly red, white & blue in the U.S. now)? It gained fame from barber-surgeons, who often recommended bloodletting as a treatment, if not cure, for any medical ailment ranging from acne to cancer to insanity. The red stripes represented the blood and the white resembled a tourniquet.
Bloodletting is kind of what it sounds like. The idea is that blood can humor certain responses, so naturally, removing some of a person's blood should help treat and him or her. Seems totally logical, right? Oh, you have cancer. Let's remove around 4 quarts of blood!
Following the release of my short story collection No-Injury Policy in late 2012, I "leaked" some of the concept artwork from the early stages of the book. Many of you felt it was interesting to see the behind-the-scenes stuff, so I couldn't very well work on another book without letting all of you fine people take a peek at the concept artwork for the covers.
I'll highlight which covers I chose for the eBook and paperback versions of Ashland's Asylum accordingly, as well as show off some of the better and not so much better cover concepts. There are a couple I would have been happy to have as my covers, whereas there is at least one I might soon regret posting online. If you think I chose the wrong cover--let me know!
Ashland's Asylum is my latest work-in-progress. I'm glad to announce the final drafts are coming along smoothly, and I'm optimistic the book should be available mid-2015-ish. For a quick glance into each of the 6 stories making up Ashland's Asylum, click here.
However, more than likely you're here for the big spoiler, which is that I plan on releasing the 1st teaser for Ashland's Asylum on Winter Solstice 2014.
On December 21st, assuming all goes well, I'll launch a few pages of "Strife" for all of you to read for free, right here on C.M. Humphries.com. Keep reading for more details.
"Psychopaths make up 1 to 2 percent of the American population. That’s around 6,278,000 psychopaths who live among us and use intimidation and manipulation to lord over others."
- A Neurobiologist on Understanding Psychopaths by BIG THINK EDITORS
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