Massacre Autumn Contest Winner: Shining Out In The Darkness…

My story “We Were Wolves” chosen as runner-up for Massacre Magazine’s Autumn contest.

Massacre Publishing

Bonfire - DanOnly The Good Burn Brightly – by Dan Weatherer

A previous runner-up in Massacre’s flash fiction contest, Dan made it to the top of the pile this time. He receives an Amazon voucher for his winning entry and his story will be published in Massacre.

But that’s not all…

Due to the number of high quality submissions we also have a runner-up

Scythes - RoseWe Were Wolves by Rose Blackthorn
will also feature in Issue 4 of Massacre

You will be able to read Only the Good Burn Brightly and We Were Wolves in Issue 4 of Massacre in September.

Many thanks to all those who entered!

Click on Flash Fiction to see our previous winners. Perhaps YOU should have a go, too…

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Into the Dark with Rose Blackthorn

A little background on the inspiration for my story In the Dark which appears in Sirens Call Publications latest anthology…

The Sirens Song

With the release of our seventeenth anthology, we at Sirens Call Publications decided not to break tradition and asked all of the contributing authors in FEAR: Of the Dark to share the inspiration for their stories. Out of the nine authors whose tales lurk between the covers waiting to terrify you, seven took up the challenge of putting their fears into words. Next up we have Rose Blackthorn, author of In the Dark. But before we delve into what horrors hide in dark of her mind, let’s take a moment for everyone to get acquainted just a little more…

RoseBlackthorn 0207Rose Blackthorn lives in the high mountain desert of Eastern Utah with her boyfriend and two dogs, an Australian Shepherd mix called Boo and a Yorkie named Shadow. She spends her time writing, reading, being crafty, and photographing the surrounding wilderness. An only child, she was lucky enough to have…

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Microfiction Monday – Twelfth Edition

The twelfth edition of Microfiction Monday Magazine is now live, and includes my 100 word story “Reset”. Go, check it out! Five stories total, with something for everyone.

Microfiction Monday Magazine

Special thanks to Jessica Standifird for her editorial assistance. This week’s artwork is by Marc D. Regan.


by Rose Blackthorn

“I don’t know why we have to…present our son to him,” Charley muttered. “It’s creepy!”
“He’s my great-grandfather; he’s very old,” Moira replied. “This is the first son born to his line. It’s a big deal.”
Charley sighed.
Cian MacRaith sat propped up in bed. He’d waited so long for this day, and he was running out of time.
“Great-grandfather,” Moira went to him, taking one parchment-dry hand. “Meet your great-great-grandson.”
“He’s healthy?” Cian asked hoarsely.
“Perfect!” Moira beamed.
Babe and old man locked gazes. When the old man collapsed, no one noticed the cold satisfaction in the child’s eyes.

The Clockmaker
by Nathan Hystad

The clockmaker squints through his looking glass. His ultimate work is almost done, and he revels in the intricate beauty of the cogs…

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The Best Of SpeckLit 2nd Quarter 2014 – Reader Choice Voting


I’ve got two stories in the running “Beginner’s Luck” and “Sacrifices” – take some time to go and read the stories and vote for your favorite three! 

Here’s the rules:

The Best of SpeckLit 2nd Quarter 2014

Enter the name of your top 3 stories in the spaces provided. To refresh your memory, you can visit any of them by clicking on the story title. Only one set of votes per email address allowed. Email addresses will not be used for any purpose other than to confirm the validity of the vote. At the end of the month, they will be discarded.

Another three months have passed and as of July 1st, SpeckLit started with a third round of authors and drabbles, meaning it’s time once again to celebrate the best stories that have appeared on the site from April to the end of June.

And this time there are more of them! In April we stepped up from publishing once every three days to every other day, bringing us to 14 authors and 46 stories.

And just like last time, we need help picking the best stories from the 2nd Quarter just as you did for the 1st Quarter.

We invite you to use the form below to vote on your top three stories. The winners will receive Amazon gift certificates. Votes must be received by the 31st of August. Winners will be announced the first week of September.

You can go here to read the stories and vote.

Ways Not to Start Your Morning… #37

Awakened by the dogs at 5:45 am, insistent that they must go out right now. Stumble to the back door, let them out. 5 minutes later, Boo-dog comes back in. No sign of Lil Bit. Return to the back door to find him pacing on the deck (he never does that). After a few reps, he sees me through the glass and comes in. It smells very skunky suddenly. And that’s when I realize the smell is coming from Lil Bit.

After chasing him down the hall and shooing him off my bed (where he has decided to try and rub the smell off on my blankets) I catch him and give him a bath. (He didn’t get sprayed by a skunk, thankyouthankyou, more like he found where one sprayed and kind of just strolled through the aftermath.) Freshly washed, towel dried (and air-dried from chasing him around with the towel) and I can finally go back to bed about 6:30. With a damp, restless furball curled up next to me.

Epilogue: finally dragged butt out of bed about quarter after 9, and went to put his collar back on… should’ve washed it this morning, too. Pee-yew!