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Fragments of Fear: Fragments of Fear, #1

Fragments of Fear: Fragments of Fear, #1

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Fragments of Fear: Fragments of Fear, #1

71 pages
33 minutes
Mar 6, 2016


Don't look behind you... 
If you want to read some stories that will break you into a cold sweat and make you quicken your step as you walk down that dark alleyway, this is the book for you. 
For your convenience, these tasty morsels of mayhem are bite sized. All are under five hundred words long. Perfect length for a quick commute or a wait in the doctor's office. 
Can each of these stories really scare you or make you cringe in a mere five hundred words? Step inside and see...

Mar 6, 2016

About the author

Michael Kelso self-published his first short horror story seven years ago. Since then he has gone on to self-publish many more, won 2 horror writing contests, and publish his debut Crime fiction novel.  He conitnues to work on his next novel, a YA sports novel, along with sequels to his first crime novel.  Michael lives with his wife and children in Pennsylvania. Author interview: https://www.qwertythoughts.com/authors-lobby/interviews/michael-kelso/5d2c15e11a1ffb34782c440f Review of One on One: https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=102148&fbclid=IwAR3f66nynkRjlEECORSPN-S83Ph4pCxxgHmn_9J-WDo5TPGeHc6ILx5wsHg

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Fragments of Fear - Michael Kelso

This story is an original work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locations is entirely coincidental.

Some of the stories in this collection are particularly graphic in regards to violence, blood, gore, language, and sexual references. This collection is not recommended for those under the age of eighteen.

THESE STORIES CAME about because of Dean Kuch. He put out a challenge to write horror stories that were 500 words or less. I took this challenge and ran with it. The result is the collection that you are about to read.

When I write horror I do it with two goals in mind. The first is to terrify the reader, but the second is to make them think. Hopefully I have accomplished both goals in all of these stories.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention those who have assisted and/or inspired me through the process of writing this collection. Aside from the above mentioned Mr. Kuch, there is Linda Engle, Mark Valentine, Michael Cahill, T.R. Mullins, and Mike Battaglia. But most important, as always, is my wife and family. They are so valuable and put up with so much from me,  I can’t even begin to say thank you enough. Love ya guys!

Cover photography and design by Michael Kelso


Siren Song

EVA’S CURIOSITY HELD her hostage, dragging her to find the source of the haunting song that wafted through the forest. In her eleven years of life, she had never heard anything so beautiful yet tinged with such sadness. When her parents had suggested that they go camping, she resisted. It took her dad's ridiculous claim of camping on the border of a haunted forest to pique her interest. They kept up a good act. Pretending to be nervous and jumping at every noise. That alone made the trip worth it.

They turned in early, but in the middle of the night something woke her.  She slipped out of the tent and heard music coming from the forest. She hadn't brought a flashlight, but the light of the full moon and the beautiful song were enough to guide her. As she approached, she began to hear words.

Come my dear

Never fear

Now draw near

To the song you hear

She reached a clearing and saw a boy sitting on an old tree stump. He was the same age as her, with dirty blonde hair.  He seemed to be sleeping, yet he sang the same verse over and over. When she reached out to touch his face, his sky blue eyes snapped open, startling her.

Who are you? she asked.

For a long moment the air was still and silent. She felt a profound sense of loss that the music had ended.

Please sing again, she said.

When he opened his mouth the

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