Saturday, July 7, 2012

Carcass II: Bloodstorm Sample


Thunder tore apart the heavens with increasing fury as the rain fell and the earth blackened. Another boom and the ground quaked as if a mighty giant sought freedom from it's subterranean bonds. It seemed that God himself were trying to destroy the world ahead of schedule. That would be a much more merciful fate than the one Ervin Dennison hunted.

The only constant light belonged to the village of Oakdale as it was consumed by flames in the distance. Screams were carried along the wind but were snuffed out by the growing storm. It didn't matter;  by the time the cries reached Ervin's ears, the source was already dead.

It had only been two days since the creatures made their presence known. Two days since one had slaughtered his wife and abducted his daughter.

A hint of smoke drifted past and crept into his nostril. Diluted as it was, he could still detect the scent of charred flesh. Ervin tightened his grip on the sharpened chair leg. It seemed to be the only useful weapon he carried. Bury the wooden spike into their chest and they go down. Bullets only angered them. Still, Ervin pressed on with a rifle hanging over his shoulder; a single shell resting in the chamber.


Ervin stopped in his tracks and waited, half hoping to hear the sound again. It was hard to tell in the rain. His eyes and ears had been playing tricks on him for quite a while. Every tree bore their abominal faces and every sound, that horrid noise.


A flash of lightning revealed the beast. It squatted on the outstretched limb of a Black Walnut tree; eating the throat out of a young man. It was the first time Ervin had seen one since that first night. It was almost exactly as he remembered. On the second flash, the creature lifted it's head and sniffed at the air; it's long, stringy hair hiding it's face. A third flash, it's hollow eyes were locked onto Ervin's.

1 comment:

  1. I'm happy to report that the first draft is finally finished! I'll be editing and polishing it up this week and possibly expanding it a little more. As it is right now, it's too short and has some gaps but that'll be taken care of after a little break. I'm hoping to have the Kindle edition up and running by this time next week. Maybe sooner but we'll see how it goes. Thank you to all of the people who bought the original and supported it and me. Carcass has became a reader favorite and I really hope all of you like this final installment and that it lives up to part one. There has been a screenwriter who has told me that he believes Carcass should be made into a film. I'd love to see that happen. Maybe now that the full story is finished, something might come out of that. I promise to keep everyone posted on that news as it happens... if it happens.