FLASH FICTION FRIDAY: 3… 2… 1 | #flashfiction #freefiction #amwriting

3… 2… 1

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Your body cringes, like an itch inside your skull. The pain is unwelcome, and though not entirely unpleasant, it’s never ending, unyielding to everything you throw at it. You want to scream but silence is the only result you can safely achieve. A scream would rend the fragile membrane of sanity, dashing the tightly held control you’ve managed to maintain.

Until now.

The dam is about to break, and you sense it. You can feel the waves of pain swell the moment before they come crashing down. As your nerves explode from the overload, you wonder is this the end?

© 2018 Julianne Snow

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY: The Face on the TV | #flashfiction #freefiction #amwriting

The Face on the TV

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Most people see her first—their attention drawn in by the blurry face, the hands pressed against the glass. It’s a sad image, a scary vision, but what do I know when it comes to the terror of others?

I know a lot actually, but it’s my face no one looks at. My fractured frown beneath vacant eyes that everyone tends to miss, but I hold my own vigil; waiting, watching, always at the ready.

They’re scared at the sight of the woman trapped, but they should be frightened of me as I’m the one who put her there. I’m the Face on the TV and I’m always watching.

© 2018 Julianne Snow

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY: The Eyes Say It All | #flashfiction #freefiction #amwriting

The Eyes Say It All

They bore into the back of your head.

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Her eyes never stop tracking you as you work. While it’s disconcerting, you continue; you have tasks to complete before the next full moon. She is integral to the ceremony, without her, he won’t come. And he must because the world demands his supreme presence.

You feel her hatred, her pain, her defiance—the heat of those emotions stings your flesh, but you work on, knowing her sacrifice will bring about much needed change.

In the space of a moment, my senses feel a difference in the air. I no longer feel her eyes on me with the same intensity. My head snaps around to look, my fear taking root.

© 2018 Julianne Snow

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY: Downhill | #flashfiction #freefiction #amwriting

Downhill

Racing down the hill on waxed strips of fiberglass, the wind is heavy, pounding in my ears. It’s almost disorienting but I’m in control. The snow is both my partner and adversary–loving and hating my skis with each push of my knees.

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My speed picks up as I descend the massive moguled hill, the pressure of my knees driving into each small ascent of the mounded snow. So easy to make a mistake, my training and practice take over my mind as the frantic rhythm of the cutting snow echoes the melody of Disturbed in my ear buds.

In the briefest of heartbeats, my course changes, driving me faster than I can correct into the trees lining the hill. I make contact, unable to stop myself, The strongly supple branch skewering through my left eye. My breathing slows as I hang there, hoping someone will see me, someone will come to my rescue. I know my brain is dying, bringing my body with it into the great beyond.

© 2018 Julianne Snow

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY: WasteLands | #flashfiction #freefiction #amwriting

WasteLands

The landscape is cracked, broken. A wasteland.

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But it wasn’t like this all that long ago…

It used to be verdant grasslands, widespread farmland, places where herds of livestock used to graze for their daily sustenance. It all changed in the breath of a moment. One second there, the next—devastation and desolation.

No one knows exactly what happened; maybe the lungs of the Earth simply stopped breathing. Or maybe it was something more diabolical—like the Wings of War swept in, decimating the countryside to its crust.

It’s uninhabitable but some still try to eke out an existence, living in the WasteLands like refugees of another time and place. Their faces always covered, the harsh sun and winds taking their toll even through the woven fabric; etching the skeleton beneath into the tautly stretched skin. Hollow faces stare back, slack and unforgiving. Specters of their former selves, waiting for death to take them like it has the land.

© 2018 Julianne Snow

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY: Agonizing Decision | #flashfiction #freefiction #amwriting

Agonizing Decision

Hate. Murder. Unspeakable abuse. Neglect. Willful ignorance. Apathy.

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You run the gamut of these emotions everyday but expect me to be loving, merciful, understanding. I can no longer allow the pain and outright hostility to run rampant among you. I have to take control back, return things back to the beginning; a time when creatures didn’t understand what they could do to one another. I have made my decision, agonized over it as I’ve watched you continue to destroy yourselves and everything I’ve created through your hands. It’s time to take it back to the bedrock and start anew…

© 2018 Julianne Snow

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY: Beneath | #flashfiction #freefiction #amwriting

Beneath…

image011It watches from beneath the flowing water, waiting for its moment to attack, tentacles tensed on the ready, coiled rage and frustration burning, blood boiling as it courses through hardened veins. It can see the bodies playing on the idyllic sand, their screams of pleasure knocking loudly at the vestigial auricles, inciting more anger, more hatred. Waiting for that moment when one chances close enough to grab with a strong, suction-cupped arm, it constricts inside with each high pitched squeal. A little white leg dances close enough and in the breadth of a moment, they disappear.

Beneath…

© 2018 Julianne Snow

7 Questions with Stuart Conover (@StuartConover)

Today on the FlipSide, I have the distinct pleasure of presenting an interview with author and friend Stuart Conover. For those of you who haven’t gotten acquainted with Stuart yet, here’s a little more information about him…

stubwStuart Conover is a father, husband, rescue dog lover, blogger, published author, geek, entrepreneur, and horror fanatic. He works IT during the day and tries to battle the urge to sleep with a healthy consumption of caffeine.

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Welcome Stuart! Now let’s delve into the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your work.

My work revolves around adding new spins to classic concepts.

Well isn’t that intriguing… What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

‘The Catalyst’ by Linkin Park or ‘Endgame’ by Rise Against

Both great songs! Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?

As a geek I love everything by Joss Whedon though I don’t think the story of my life would be his type of film. Though if we’re having exceptions made, absolutely him! To play me? I’d go with Matt Damon just because he can pull off a good smile and a squinty look.

What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?

Well I have two writing processes. For short stories I write them out by hand on the train and later on type them up. After they are typed I’ll print it up double spaced and edit by hand, update, and shoot them off! For novels they are completely type up initially. To continue I’ll also add in that I am a pantser for novels or joint work where I value an outline to work off of above everything else. The outline may constantly change as things progress but to keep things in order I find that they are invaluable.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

Start writing sooner and make a point to write every day!

Writing every day is important! What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert

‘Good Omens’ by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

‘The Stand’ by Stephen King

Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

  • Coffee or tea? Coffee
  • Cats or dogs? Dogs
  • Snow or sun? Sun
  • Print books or eReader? Both
  • Nachos or potato chips? Nachos
  • Baked or fried? Baked
  • Candy or chocolate? Neither
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science Fiction
  • Classics or Modern? Modern
  • Old World or New World? New World
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort

Thank you Stuart! Now let’s take a look at State of Horror: Illinois in which both Stuart and I have stories! Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon.

StateofHorror_ILWHAT IS YOUR STATE OF HORROR?

Come take a unique tour of the state of Illinois. Visit a little known pizza place where the deep-dish pizza is to die for. Spend the night in a haunted house or explore an abandoned resort town. What happens when you disturb the sanctity of an ancient deity? Swim with us in a lake where fish are not the only creatures under the water’s surface. Ghosts, mobsters, and zombies all provide thrills as we explore the Land of Lincoln.

The number 13 is often viewed as an unlucky, even evil number. However , here it is only fitting we traverse the horrors of Illinois through 13 tales to make the heart beat just a little faster. Join us if you dare.

Stories by: Stuart Conover, Eric I. Dean, DJ Tyrer, Della West, Claire C. Riley, Herika R. Raymer, Frank J. Edler, Julianne Snow, A. Lopez, Jr., Armand Rosamilia, Eli Constant, P. David Puffinburger, and Jay Seate

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7 Questions with Tabitha Thompson

Today on the FlipSide I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with author Tabitha Thompson. If you’re not yet familiar with Tabitha, let’s give her a moment to introduce herself…

CYMERA_20140819_130845[1]My name is Tabitha Thompson who resides in south Florida with a very loving family. I’m a devoted word nerd who has been writing horror stories for 7 years. By day I’m a college student who studies for computers and who’s a loyal employee for my day job but I churn out horror stories by night. In my life, many things have come and gone but writing was one of the few things that stuck around and became a great positive outlet since I can remember. Despite being very young and feeding off of different genres to figure out who I was, by the age of 16 I had found my calling in horror. Of course, none of my stories were good and were just plain embarrassing to read but I knew I could only get better if I continued. Ideas were never a huge issue for me as I would also get inspired by everyday people and no matter where I would be, my creative wheels would always turn.  After getting my feet wet with short stories published by Sirens Call Publications, it’s now given me the ultimate confidence to now aim higher with anthologies, novellas and possibly a novel by the end of the year which is still a work in progress.

Using ten words or less, tell me about your work.

West Nile is a story about mosquito bites gone wrong.

What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

I have a bunch! But one I would choose is Never Surrender by Straight Line Stitch. Being a personal fan of this band and song, I felt that it also I’m a huge fan of the band personally but it resonates with West Nile as to fighting the good fight in a time of crisis.

Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?

Interesting question. Being a huge fan of his I would get Ron Howard and I would get Nia Long to play me because she’s feisty, funny and awesome.

What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?

I’m a pantser definitely. I always handwrite first and then go to Word processor for the final draft. Most times I’ll have fragments of a story that will suddenly pop up in my head then I’ll try to write them down as quickly as possible and then I’ll go from there. It sounds hippie-ish of me but my stories after that usually write themselves.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

I’d tell myself to be more of a risk taker when it comes to my creativity. Although I started writing horror stories when I was 16, I felt that I wasn’t confident enough to put my work out there until I was 20 and got published in Sirens Call Publication’s online horror magazine at 23. So now if I had the chance to go back I would tell myself to grab life by the balls and just go for it.

What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

3 books that had a huge impact on me to write were The Chosen by Edward Lee, On Writing by Stephen King and Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. Even though writing has grabbed me by the chest from an early age and has never let me go during my teen years these authors helped shape my stories a lot better.

Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

  • Coffee or tea? Both
  • Cats or dogs? Both
  • Snow or sun? Although I live in South Florida I’ve seen snow in other states and it’s nice but so not down for subzero weather.
  • Print books or eReader? Print
  • Nachos or potato chips? Potato Chips
  • Baked or fried? Fried
  • Candy or chocolate? chocolate girl’s best friend 🙂
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? All 3
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Action and animated
  • Classics or Modern? Both
  • Old World or New World? New World
  • Sweet or spicy? Sweet
  • Comfort or Speed? Both

Thank you Tabitha for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to keep up with what Tabitha is doing, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, her blog, or Tumblr.

And if you’d like to read Tabitha’s short story West Nile. You can download the 16th issue of The Sirens Call full of Apocalyptic fiction for FREE ! Just click on the cover!

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7 Questions with Bryan Murphy

Today on the FlipSide, I’m pleased to present an interview with author Bryan Murphy. If you’re not quite acquainted with Bryan, here’s a little more information about him…

Author on West Lake3British writer Bryan Murphy is the author of the social science fiction novella Goodbye, Padania, several other e-books and countless poems. He recently retired from a job within the United Nations system and now divides his time among Italy, England, the wider world and cyberspace. He is working on a novel set in Portugal during the world’s coolest revolution in the 1970s. The provisional title is Revolution Number One.

Welcome Bryan. Now let’s delve into the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.

As racism destroys Italy, Daria tries to give up killing.

What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

“Strange Days” by The Doors. Because the older I get the more I appreciate The Doors, and because Goodbye, Padania is set in the future, which has to be strange to be interesting.

Great song! Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?

Tarantino, to see what he could make of a life without violence.

Halle Berry, to see whether she can really act or not. Seriously? John Hurt, though he’s even smaller than I am.

You know, I’d like to see Halle playing you… What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?

I’m an anarchist in the real world, but a dictator in my literary life. I grant my characters a bit of leeway, but not much. They will surely rise up and smash the system one day. However, I am planning to tighten it up before they get the chance.

Working on a full-length novel has changed my writing process. I wrote my short stories or poems, even my novella, on paper. Then I would type the work on to the computer, print it out and revise it (several times) using pen on paper, before keying in the changes to leave a final version on the computer.

With the novel, the first version of each chapter went straight on to the computer. It saved time and sped me towards the goal of a completed first draft.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

Fact: football is fixed. I mean soccer, but it will be true of any type of sport on which vast sums of money can be waged. I used to think that football had one over on, say, “Macbeth”, because in football you did not know the outcome from the beginning.

Advice: get writing; and thicken that skin.

What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

Brave New World, the Spectrum One science fiction anthology, and 1984.

Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

  • Coffee or tea? Coffee.
  • Cats or dogs? Cool cats.
  • Snow or sun? Sun.
  • Print books or eReader? eReader for fiction; print for non-fiction.
  • Nachos or potato chips? Mexican nachos and UK chips.
  • Baked or fried? Baked.
  • Candy or chocolate? Chocolate, to eat or to drink..
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Comedy: gotta laugh.
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science fiction: future is now.
  • Classics or Modern? Modern, preferably contemporary.
  • Old World or New World? New worlds.
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy.
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort: it’s one of my favourite deadly drugs.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Bryan. If you’d like to connect with Bryan, you can find him on Twitter, his website, on Facebook on both his author and personal pages, his Goodreads blog, as well as his Amazon Author Page.

Now let’s take a look at Goodbye, Padania… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!

Daria_english_newDaria Rigoletti is a troubled young woman from the south of Italy. Seduced by a priest, she never forgets and never forgives. Years later, in 2032, she is in the independent, racist state of Padania, carved out of northern Italy. She has a contract to fulfil, a contract to kill. The look in her target’s eyes stops her, and from then on Daria herself is on the run. She does everything she can to give up killing, but can she really stop? Dark Future, good reading.