Thursday, October 3, 2013

Halloween Bash with Michael Brookes

             Welcome to my guest slot on MR Gott’s third Halloween Bash, for this post I have written four exclusive drabbles for the occasion. Those of you that know me know that I love writing drabbles. For those that don’t know a drabble is a story that is exactly one hundred words long not including the title.
As a writer they are an excellent exercise in economy and telling a story in so few words. As a reader they’re bite sized stories that like popcorn are all too more-ish!
So without further ado here are the Halloween Special Drabbles:
Trick or Treat
Patiently I wait with my favourite axe in hand, the smile of the blade sharp and eager. Night after night I’ve watched her parade in the glow from her bathroom window.
She knows that I watch, of course she does, but she continues her dance anyway. She tempts my mind with thoughts that I dare not share or express.
I watched her leave in her sexy vampire costume; she’ll prowl along the street, calling for a trick or a treat. When she knocks on my door, there’ll be no treat and I’ll chop a smile into her pretty whore face.
The Pumpkin Moon
A toothy grin cut into its pulpy flesh, carved by a hand deliberate and pale. She scoops out its innards, they slop to the side. She admires the Halloween fancy she’s creating. The face is just right, plump enough to carry the smile she’s worked so hard to create.
She stands with her costume already made. Her skin drenched in the blood from her kill. The same bloody knife caresses the man’s moon face. It only needs one final touch, the tallow candle splutters with its rancid smell. The weak flame flutters, casting shadows from the ragged eye sockets.
The Crow Dance
He swaggers and then he struts back and forth. His greedy eye cast upon the fragrant corpse barely hidden by the leafy mulch.  Another crow lands on the nearby branch of a moss covered tree. The first continues his solitary dance, punctuating his movements with raucous cries.
Another crow lands, soon followed by another. Then the whole group arrives, more commonly known as a murder.
They all watch with rapt attention until the first crow stops, he bows his head. A cacophony of celebration as the first crow takes his first peck at the waxy flesh. Then they all feast.
Under the Bed

There’s a strange noise under my bed, it sounds like someone scraping the wooden floor. It spooks me at first then I remember what it is.
It’s funny how you forget things in the middle of the night.
My dear cousin locked in his box. We looked so similar we might have been twins and that proved his doom. Unfortunately for him the spell required him to be kept alive.
For thirty years his life, piece by piece has fed the sacrifices and fuelled my life’s success, all for the price of a few bumps in the night.
Sounds fair to me.


An Odder Quintet explores a world of dark and strange happenings. From new technology to ancient legends, nothing is quite what it seems.
Prisons without Walls
A prisoner serving a life sentence takes part in an experimental programme that manipulates the perception of time to rehabilitate prisoners and ensure they never reoffend.
The Tapestry
Legend speaks of a Great Loom, operated by three women who guide the fate of every living person. The secret kept for thousands of years has now been found by someone with his own designs for it.
Ghost in the Cloud
Everyone knows not to click on links in strange emails, but what do you do when the link comes from your dead husband?
In the Depths
This story continues from ‘Forced Entry’ in ‘An Odd Quartet’.
Bravo Team took part in a hostage rescue mission in what they thought was a normal suburban house, now trapped in the basement they try to find a way out and only discover only more insanity.
Not Welcome at the Gate
This story continues from ‘The Reluctant Demon’ in ‘An Odd Quartet’.
Morlock failed his possession exam in the most spectacular way possible, now ninety years later he faces returning to Hell.

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About Michael Brookes

Michael Brookes is an Executive Producer with a leading UK games developer. Working in games and writing are two of his life passions and he considers himself fortunate to be able to indulge them both. He lives in the east of England, enjoying starry skies in the flattest part of the country. When not working or writing he can sometimes be found sleeping. Which is good as that is where many good ideas come from.
When not working or writing he can be found volunteering as a technical editor for his local community magazine. He also hosts a monthly short fiction contest on his blog.
Follow him on Twitter:  @TheCultofMe

Other Books by Michael Brookes

Faust 2.0

Is it the rebirth of an ancient evil in a new realm? Or something much worse?

A sexy looking avatar grants wishes for people across the web, but nothing is truly free, and for those who accept, what price must be paid?

Sarah Mitchell must discover the truth of this creature and stop it while it can still be stopped, but why is a mysterious lawyer dogging her every step?

Faust 2.0 is the first book in the new Mitchell & Morton series.
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The Cult of Me

The first book in ‘The Third Path’ trilogy.
For too long he dwelt apart, watched those who passed him by. With his unique abilities he entered their minds and inflicted terrible suffering upon them. They didn't even know who he was. The game has lasted for years, but now the game has become stale. On an impulse he decides to make a final and very public last stand. After surrendering himself to the police he enacts his plan to seize the prison for his final bloody act. 

There he discovers that he's not as unique as he once thought.
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Conversations in the Abyss

The second book in ‘The Third Path’ trilogy.
Stealing Lazarus’s miracle gifted him immortality. Combined with his natural ability of invading and controlling people’s minds this made him one of the most dangerous people on Earth.
But the miracle came with a price. His punishment was to be imprisoned within the walls of an ancient monastery and tormented by an invisible fire that burned his body perpetually. To escape the pain he retreated deep into his own mind.
There he discovers the truth of the universe and that only he can stop the coming Apocalypse.
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An Odd Quartet – Drabble Enhanced Edition

A quartet of dark short stories (10,000 words total) each with a twist in the tale. The drabble enhanced edition also contains some of my favourite drabbles (100 word stories).
The Yellow Lady
Grave robbing is a dirty business, in more ways than one. When he disturbs the grave from a childhood scary story he discovers it's not always treasure to be found.

This Empty Place
At the heat death of the universe, Death contemplates his existence.

Forced Entry
Terrorists seize an average suburban house. A Special Forces hostage rescue team is sent in and encounter more than they were trained for.

The Reluctant Demon
A young demon prepares to take his possession exam.
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