The Black Veldt by Michael Reyes: A book review

The cover was eye catching and I was immediately intrigued. The book's listed description on Amazon: "Jose Carvel is a scumbag. But he wants to be a better person. The degenerate writer and former ward of state is trying to recreate himself in the slums of the LowerEast Side, yet his past won’t stop haunting … Continue reading The Black Veldt by Michael Reyes: A book review

“Bloody Mary the origin story” (micro-fiction) by Bel Nel

Another 500 word challenge story. I forget what the guidelines were, but it was something along the lines of "a reflection of yourself" had to be included. This is "Bloody Mary the origin story". Some trigger warnings*** mentions or references to blood, death and murder. The town came out in record numbers for the viewing … Continue reading “Bloody Mary the origin story” (micro-fiction) by Bel Nel

The Alien Chihuahua by: Bel Nel (micro-fiction)

I wrote this as part of Horrible Writing Facebook group challenge. *some references to death, some gore Words 498 "The Alien Chihuahua" By: Bel Nel My group met weekly for UFO meetings in the foothills of Monterrey, Mexico. Those mountains attracted everything; UFOs, flying witches, chupacabras, even an Irish expat like me. Only two weeks … Continue reading The Alien Chihuahua by: Bel Nel (micro-fiction)

“The Lottery” A story you’ll never forget.

Written by Shirley Jackson, "The Lottery" was first received with mixed reviews. Mostly shocked and frightened ones and one reader apparently thought the lottery winner would win a washing machine. The story shows a demonstration of mob mentality. How either through tradition or community pressure an otherwise good person can do awful things. I'm shocked … Continue reading “The Lottery” A story you’ll never forget.

“The Yellow Wall-Paper” 100-year-old story of postpartum depression.

Written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper" was first published in 1892. It is a story about a woman battling with postpartum depression that has just been prescribed the "Rest Cure". The "Rest Cure" in those days was mostly prescribed to treat mental illnesses. It wasn't just permission to relax, which might sound great … Continue reading “The Yellow Wall-Paper” 100-year-old story of postpartum depression.