Right now you are safe. You can comfort yourself by reading this book while curled up on your bed or in your favorite chair. Just don’t forget about what’s waiting for you just beyond the edge of your driveway.
ROAD KILLS is a collection of short tales of dark comic horror from the mind of Isaac Thorne. These stories are all connected to travel, to the road. After all, it is always lurking there, quiet and dark, just waiting for you to come out for a drive or a walk or a jog. However you next confront it, the road is already there, plotting.
Enjoy the ride.
They look like us. They behave like us. They even have dreams and ambitions like us. But they are not us. At least, we do not like to think so.
Sometimes, as is the case with traveling family man Reed Reese, we are confronted by these monsters. Usually when we are mostvulnerable. They might not even view it as a confrontation, but we do.
It ultimately leads to what all confrontations lead to: a fight or a flight. Sometimes one of those options is forced upon us. This is one of those times.
Lurid, engrossing, and NOT for the faint of stomach, NOBODY WAS HERE is a short tale of dark comic horror that might make you nervous about your next pit stop along a rural stretch of Southern interstate. There is no rest at this exit. In fact, you'll be lucky if you even get to relieve yourself.
There is but one certainty when that heavy men's room door whooshes closed behind you.
You'll never be the same.
they post online. Two social network friends of William Dennison are about to
find out for themselves how difficult it can be.
After losing both his marriage and his job in a single day,
William takes to a popular social networking site to vent. A few irate posts
later, however, it becomes clear to his friends that William’s state of mind is
slowly unraveling before their eyes.
Can his online friends stop William’s real life from collapsing
before it’s too late?
DISLIKE is a short work of dark social horror from the mind
Isaac Thorne, a nice man who simply wants to provide you with a few fun
frights. Written in the style of status updates and comment threads on a social
network, DISLIKE is an experimental story that attempts to place the reader
into the mind of a user who is watching the events unfold onscreen. If you’ve
ever posted your intimate thoughts in such a public way, you might think twice
about how you phrase things after you read DISLIKE.
But Joe has a problem. He's not sure he's done a very good job of raising his daughter. Rachel not only disagrees with him politically but also has all the bad personal habits and vices he tried hard to leave behind. Joe often fears his daughter will harm his career.
One night, when he returns to his capitol building office to do some thinking about how to best ensure his daughter's choices do not affect his own future, Joe is confronted by a dark figure. The man in the shadows seems to know far too much about his personal history for Joe's comfort. More than that, he seems to be threatening Joe's life.
Can Joe escape the shadows of his past and prevent himself from getting killed in the process?
Her granny has had a rough time of late. First, Tina's grandfather, the family decision maker, died. Next, her granny was saddled with having to care for granddaughter Tina while Tina's mother went to work. That became especially burdensome after Tina's bus driver forgot to drop her off from school one day. However, the worst day of her granny's life was yet to come.
One afternoon Tina finds herself helplessly captive in the backseat of her granny's Lincoln. She can only watch as the pressure of daily decision-making forces away the last of her granny's sanity. Meanwhile, the Lincoln speeds and careens wildly down the streets of Tina's hometown with Tina trapped in the backseat and her granny paralyzed behind the wheel.
Can Tina help her granny break free from her spiral in time to save both their lives?
The decision is in her hands.
Meet Diggum, the local graveyard caretaker, who lives in a small cottage at the edge of the lot. Diggum has spent most of his life angry with God, whom he blames for the devastating house fire that cost Diggum his family.
But Diggum has a secret. It is a secret he hopes to carry to his own grave. It is a secret that he hopes will finally get him his ultimate revenge on God.
DIGGUM is a short tale of dark horror from the mind of Isaac Thorne, a nice man who simply wants to provide you with a few frights. His story is one of rage and revenge. At some point in our lives we all ask the "why" question. Diggum demands an answer.
The apparition arrives at a crucial time in Jake’s family life, just when he’s beginning to notice that his mommy and his daddy aren’t getting along the way they once did. Daddy seems particularly stressed about his job at the hospital, which seems to be making him tired and nearly always irritable.
His new visitor, the start of the school year, and the tension between his parents start to take their toll on Jake as he searches for a way to rid himself of at least one of his triad of problems. His schooling is required by law. His parents don’t seem to be interested in continuing to get along. That leaves Jake with only one option. Can he determine what the ghost wants and send her on her way back to the realm of the dead?
BEDSIDE MANNER is a short tale of dark comic horror from the mind of Isaac Thorne, a nice man who simply wants to provide you with a few fun frights. Throughout history ghosts have haunted the imaginations of young children. On a few occasions, they have reportedly compelled those children to perform unspeakable acts of horror against the living. BEDSIDE MANNER documents one child’s attempts to resist.
Meet Internet, television, and radio sensation Nick Saint, a man who has built a media empire off the public shaming of both celebrities and average joes. Lately Nick has noticed a disturbing trend emerging from the culture he's spent so many hard hours at work perpetuating. The crows are no longer interested in the food he's providing, and scavenging for the dirty deeds of others is getting more difficult now that all the world has learned to watch their Ps and Qs.
Can Nick continue to find fresh corpses for his starving flocks to feed on? Or will they finally turn on him instead?
THE MURDER OF CROWS is a short tale of dark comic anxiety from the mind of Isaac Thorne, a nice man who simply wants to provide you with a few fun frights. A satire of modern media and popular culture, in which people are products and their imperfect humanity is entertainment, THE MURDER OF CROWS attempts to follow the trend to what could be its ultimate end.