My latest flash fiction story, DOWNWARD GOD, has been published on the Deadman’s Tome Online Magazine. I wrote this Lovecraftian tale as an entry in the Deadman’s Tome Month of Horror October weekly flash fiction contest, which it won.
The story was inspired by my preferred characters of the obsessed, the addicted, and the hopelessly compulsive, exploring the psychology that can override choice, morality, and even survival instinct. There is a school of thought stating that the horror story is taking ordinary, everyday characters and throwing them into extraordinary, horrific situations. Perhaps this is a function my weird fiction preference that I have generally rejected that idea preferring instead to create extraordinary, fringe characters that warp the ordinary, their merciless singularity melting reality to expose the madness of dead things underneath the routine of convention. For Downward God, the fertile ground I chose are those beloved hardcore yoga enthusiasts who gush about pressure points and third eyes and transcendental consciousness and chakra vortices…
Please feel free to ‘like’ and to comment; as a relatively new writer all feedback is important to me. Thanks to everyone who has (or will) read—as a writer that is the ultimate compliment.
Thanks to the Deadman’s Tome for both publishing my story and sponsoring this flash fiction contest. For the uninitiated, the Deadman’s Tome is a growing horror and speculative fiction site that publishes a ton of material by many new, aspiring authors. Recently, I have pledged my monetary support through the site’s Patreon page. The cost of running a site and paying authors are realities. Platforms like this one which are free to read and encourages community interaction only can do so with actual support. Please visit and consider the pledging if you are in a position to do so. All we indie authors appreciate it.