“He Came” by David Michael
Short Short Story (1200 words)
Police respond to an emergency call at the house of known religious fanatic, William Revell, to find the floor, every wall, every window, even the ceiling, splattered and smeared with blood. “He came,” Revell says when he’s asked what happened. “He came…”
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Gunwitch: A Tale of the King’s Coven by David Michael
Novel (Rose Bainbridge, Gunwitch Book #1)
In 1718, in an England that might have been, the law found Rosalind Bainbridge guilty of witchcraft. In lieu of execution, she became Private Bainbridge of the 101st Pistoleers.
A gunwitch of the King’s Coven.
Twenty-four years later, dishonorably discharged and working as a scout on the Amerigon frontier, Rose’s past comes looking for her. A summons and a request from the officer who saved her from the hangman’s noose. A reunion with another veteran of the 101st, someone she never wanted to see again. And a meeting with the Misses Janett and Margaret Laxton, the daughters of the man who pressed her into service as a gunwitch.
Reluctantly, Rose agrees to take Janett and Margaret to their father at Fort Russell. No one knows the swamps around New Venezia better than Rose and her bloodsister, the enigmatic Chal. The trip should take only a few days.
But there’s more waiting in the swamps than mud and mosquitoes. War and betrayal threaten Rose and the girls, while an ancient, unspeakable evil pursues them all the way to the walls of Fort Russell.
Published by Four Crows Landing.
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“Secondhand Coffin” by David Michael
Short Story (2500 words)
A coffin isn’t always a final destination. It certainly wasn’t for Lacey. Murdered, Lacey spends her days as the unseen occupant of a showroom coffin. At night, though, when the lid is closed, she is once again wrapped in a rug and covered with cement, reliving the horror of her death. Until the night another body is dropped into her coffin.
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The World Wears Thin by David Michael
Eight Sci-Fi and Horror stories by David Michael, with illustrations by Don Michael, Jr.
“A Fine Mess” – Kenneth hunts edible Strings in the Frayed remnants of the vegetation of the world.
“Enamored” – Chick-lit meets cyberpunk as overworked, underappreciated Roxy heads to work.
“Curtain Call” – The White Hot Hemisphere Community Theater Company chose Shakespeare’s Hamlet for their first production after the cataclysm–and possibly their last before the end of the world.
“Insanity” – Corporal Jonathan “Drooz” Andrews wakes up in the middle of a war and wishes he remembered what he spent his re-enlistment bonus on.
“Encounter” – The Traveler tries to help in the aftermath of a riot in the Trog Ghetto.
“Until Death Do Us Part” – Ross and Marjorie grow old together in undead retirement.
“Baptism” – Drunk on mojitos, high on love, and smelling of sex on the beach, Myra Acevedo went swimming and drowned. Then she became the end of the world.
Bonus Story: “Roxy Overload” – Roxy, from “Enamored”, heads home after work on an evening when it seems everyone–her best friend, her mom, her men–even her dog–wants a piece of her.
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“Sweet Tooth” by David Michael
Short Story (3100 words)
Ted Millet, divorced and broke and tired of getting up at 2 am, shows up for work anyway at the Jenny-Buns Donut Shop. If he doesn’t make the donuts, no one else will. This morning, though, he has a new customer waiting for him that makes his ex-wife seem almost human.
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