For Your Horror Reading Pleasure: Air Conditioner & Five Other Horror Flash Fiction Stories

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Good morning everybody! Hope everything is going well for you, if not I’ve got some stories to help get you in the Halloween Spirit! I wrote these a few months back for part of my first horror short story and flash fiction collection that I’m still working on. So here are Air Conditioner and five other horror flash fiction stories for you to enjoy!

All stories written by Talisha Harrison

Copyright 2014

AIR CONDITIONER

It’s 98 degrees outside. She’s sitting at the bus stop. Purple fingernails, goosebumps, her skin is cold. Like ice. There’s no pulse.

M.U.T.O

Nuclear blast. Fallout. Then they emerged.

PATIENT ZERO

Got sick.  World went to shit.

GHOSTLY REVENGE

Murdered and buried. Now haunting killer.

MIMICS

Knocking. That’s all I hear. They’re always trying to get inside. I make sure I keep the door bolted, never wanting  them to come in. If they entered, my mind wouldn’t be the same…

PlanNine_07THE HORROR PACK

Created by your imagination.

Starring: Freddy, Jason, Michael, The Fly, Gremlins, Jaws, Aliens, Predator, Jigsaw, the Joker, the Candyman, Velociraptors, Anacondas, Snakes on a Plane, Dracula, The Walking Dead, Frankenstein, The Mummy, the Creature From the Black Lagoon, An American Werewolf in Paris and in London, Species, Tremors, Tales From the Crypt, Elvira, The Addams Family, The Munsters, Scooby Doo, Sabertooth, Mr. Sinister, Apocalypse, Darkside, Cheetah, the Wicked Witch of the West, Mumm-Ra, Him, Ghostface, Carrie, I Am Legend, and more.

Gaze upon the everlasting darkness, be in awe of the multitudes of undead who chase the living on an awkward footing. Be invested in that specific character only to watch them die a horrible death.  Cringe at the sounds of stabs, hacking, slashing, witches laughing, zombies moaning, and people screaming, asking for help and calling on God to no avail. Ask the question “Why does the black person always get killed off?” (thankfully that’s changing), Yell passionately at the cast for their stupid, moronic actions. Get angry when that stupid character survives while the smart one does not. Cheer as the remaining few defeat the monster, villain, murderer, or demon, or boo.

It all can be yours for only a big bucket of buttery popcorn, a large drink, and a box of Mike n Ikes or different candy of your choice. To begin, you must locate a TV, laptop, or portable device of your choice and a chair, floor, or other comfortable place to sit or lie down upon. You can participate in this activity alone or with a person or two or more (*HINT*A person or two or more is highly recommended).

The Horror Pack is rated R for reveling in terror, B for bathing in anticipation (and blood), H for high pitched screams, L for lots of laughter, and F for fantastic fun. Recommended viewing times are during the late evening hours when the sun is never visible, the full moon is in full gleam, and where nightmares and unpleasant dreams are waiting to take hold.

Banned Book Week 2014 Starts Today

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Happy Sunday everyone! Today marks the first day of Banned Book Week.  The week celebrates the freedom to read and was started in 1982 by the late Judith Krug, a prominent First Amendment and library activist. The campaign is also sponsored by the following:

Banned Book Week has two campaigns: An international one and one here in the U.S. which has been held during the last week of September since its inception.

The American campaign “stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them” as well as the requirement to have public access to materials so people can draw their own conclusions and form their viewpoints. The international campaign focuses on individuals who have been ‘persecuted because of the writings that they produce, circulate or read.”

This year, there’s also marks the spotlight on comic books and graphic novels which have been banned.  For more information about this you can head over to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s site.  They have a Banned Books Handbook you can download for free or purchase print in addition to discussion guides for the banned books.

For more information about Banned Books Week head over to the above mention sites as well as Banned Books Week’s site.

 

 

 

 

Now Published: Uirusu in The Sirens Call eZine August 2014 Issue #16 Apocalyptic Fiction

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Good Midnight folks!

Life has been very busy and hectic. My mom’s been in the hospital since last Saturday night, hopefully she’ll come home tomorrow.

I haven’t written much in these last few weeks, however I do have some good news to share with you! A short story of mine has been published amongst a group of awesome literary submissions in The Sirens Call eZine August 2014 Issue #16 Apocalyptic Fiction! You can download it for free here,

Titled Uirusu, the story reveals the origins of a mysterious virus that has ravaged the world. It begins on page 76 of the eZine. Thanks to Sirens Call Publications for publishing my story. They always have submission openings for their publication so check them out and submit! Also check out their blog right here on WordPress.

I will give you a hint about this story: it’s related to my novel I, Darcy: Evolution! Speaking of my novel, as you know I finished writing it a couple of months back. Currently, I’m in the editing phase and I hope to have it published in the near future. Whether through a publishing house big or small, or me self-publishing it, I, Darcy: Evolution will be published (I’m also gathering my notes for the sequel to the novel I, Darcy: Revolution)!

That’s all in the writing news front. I hope to get back to writing new entries for Musings of a Blerd soon.  Alright until next time!

 

Book Review: Storykiller

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I was a Kickstarter backer (I didn’t get The Girl Who Be King) and received the limited edition illustrated hardcover book with was numbered and signed. I really loved all the illustrations especially those of which were scenes from the book. Very beautiful.

Storykiller is an excellent novel. The short description author Kelly Thompson gave for the book “It’s classic Fiction meets Buffy The Vampire Slayer for a new generation.” is absolutely correct. I also loved the tagline “Fight your fiction.” which has an important role in the story.

Tessa is a great character who continues to develop throughout the story. You can feel her struggle with the burden of being the Last of the Scions-those who have the power to kill stories.
The complex world of the novel is explained very well by the author. She also does an excellent job of giving readers her spin on classic story characters such as the Snow Queen and Robin Hood both in their description and character development. Also Micah and Brand were great characters and they had great moments humorous and serious.

There were a few scenes in the book which were unclear or irrelevant to what was going on. I also felt that the pace was a little too fast. We didn’t have time in a few instances to dwell on what was going on.

Overall the story was great and I am curious as to what lies in store for Tessa, Micah, Brand, and their allies, frenemies, and enemies alike.

 

What I Enjoy Writing About

I love writing it’s something that really enjoy. I also have many things that I’m interested in, things which fascinate me and peak my curiosity.

I’ve come to the conclusion that instead of just talking about writing here, I think I’ll talk about all the things that I’m interested in. This includes the following (in no particular order):

Poetry

Comics

Fashion

Music

Food

Travel

And anything else that fits my fancy (is that how that phrase goes)?

I’ll try not to post personal stuff on here, I think if I do post anything personal it’ll be through my poetry but I digress.

So look to see more things on here. But don’t worry I’ll talk about writing still, it’s just that I don’t feel as though I’m an authority on it, like I don’t know enough to give others advice but I’ll do my best okay?

Alright enjoy your evening, I’m going to be watching The Walking Dead in a bit…hmm maybe I could talk about that…

Anthology Review: Tales From A Lonely Planet

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I enjoy reading anthologies and it’s always awesome to see comics and charity coming together. In the past, I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the comic anthology Womanthology: Heroic where all the proceeds from purchased copies have gone to a number of charities.  So when writer Stu Perrins told me about a project that he had collaborated on with other comic creators in order to raise money for cancer research in the UK,  I was enthused to read it. Fast forward to three weeks later (l had a few busy weeks) and I’m very happy to say that I was not disappointed in the least.

Titled Tales From A Lonely Planet, the e-book comic is forty-three page science fiction anthology with eight diverse stories and art styles from creators Stu Perrins, Nick Gonzo, Niall Doonan, Trystan Mitchell, Marc Jackson, Luke James Halsall, Tim Bird, Dr Mike Cooper, Vince Hunt, Liam Kavanagh, Mike Gallagher, D. S. Georg, Daryl Gilliam, Blas Bigatti and José Buenabad.

To start the book off, Perrins-who also had editorial duties on the anthology-brings readers another new adventurous chapter from Harvey Spigg (read my review of the first chapter here) in which our Superspy supreme faces off with a new foe the dastardly Erasmus Jones and his killing machine.  Needless to say, more action and laughs ensue and Gonzo’s (Execution Day) cartoonish colorful artwork is just amazing.

One of the stories that caught my eye was The Terrible Truth About Mimes by writer Luke James Halsall (I-hero) and artist Tim Bird. The story is an interesting take on mimes and it was very enjoyable. I really dug Bird’s artwork and the inks were marvelous. Another favorite of mine was writer Stu Perrins and artist Victor Hunt’s (The Red Mask From Mars) The Visitor.  It was a cute and humorous story and Hunt’s inks shine.

Overall, the color in this anthology is bright, vivid, and really cool! The inking on the black and white stories is excellent. The lettering is definitely on a high level. Visually, this book is great! However, each story is unique not only in its artwork but also in its plot.  Whether the story is about life on Mars, a hero who wants to be perfect, a man from space, or a group of four guys about to eat lunch who talk about  vegetarians Reservoir Dogs style,  there’s a story here for everyone.

The creators brought their A game to the book and put their heart and soul into it. Tales From A Lonely Planet is definitely a humorous and an enjoyable read.  I know readers will enjoy this anthology and will enjoy it even more knowing that the profits are going to a great cause. To purchase a copy for yourself, friends, family, etc. click here.