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
I was looking through my google account in order to delete files and clear up more space. While looking I discovered this old poem or prose I had written years ago. I wanted to delete it because of the rawness of it. It was slightly painful for me to reread! But, I'm posting it just … Continue reading Anatomy of a cult member
This story is approx. 500 words. I used a writing prompt from a group challenge that asked for the main character to always be outside, to be helpful in some form and include an animal. Possible triggers *** reference to a pandemic and death. The Food Truck Stacy lit up her phone to check the … Continue reading The Food Truck (micro-fiction story)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
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)
This building is now a museum. I snapped this picture inside the lobby of the current library. The building above was the original library. Sadly, the current library is now in a much smaller brick building. The larger building is still in excellent condition and I have visited, although only the first floor is open … Continue reading Visiting a Small Town library
Cover of Cemetery Road. Greg Iles has quite a following of devoted fans and for good reason. Cemetery Road, a legal thriller; is a page-turner. The main character speaks of being responsible for his brother's death, burying his son, backstabbing his friend and hating his father from the very first page. With so much drama … Continue reading Cemetery Road
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.
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.
"Flower Garden" is a story about a housewife living with her wealthy in-laws. When a new neighbor moves into a house she's always admired, she befriends the single mom initially to take a look around at all the new upgrades she's made to the home. The new resident eventually begins to work on creating a … Continue reading “Flower garden” Shunned by the Town