PLANT, a short tale of dark comic horror from Isaac Thorne, is not available in the new collection of short stories ROAD KILLS. This story is brand new and never before published as of October 13, 2017. If you sign up for Isaac’s email newsletter, you can download the title free from this site.
Joe Cannon is a good ole boy, a Southern Tennessee Democrat made good. He’s confident in who he is and he knows who he wants to be. All the personal failures and vices that might have once stood in the way of his climb up the political ladder are far in the past.
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.
PLANT is a short tale of dark comic horror from the mind of Isaac Thorne. Can Joe escape the shadows of his past and prevent himself from getting killed in the process?
Anyone who has ever fallen off a bike and skinned a knee can tell you that a road is a dangerous place. You can break a bone or crack your skull open barreling down some stretch of interstate at 70 miles-per-hour in a cage of steel, fiberglass, plastic, and rubber.
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.
Contains 11 short tales of dark comic horror plus the screenplay adaptation of DIGGUM, winner of the 2017 Chemical Film Festival’s BEST VIOLENCE award and the 2017 Shiver International Film Festival’s BEST SHORT SCRIPT award.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed to the point of paralysis these days. Just ask grade-schooler Tina. Better yet, ask Tina’s granny.
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.
DECISION PARALYSIS is a short tale of dark horror from the mind of Isaac Thorne. We all make hundreds of decisions per day. It’s only a matter of time before the process eats us all alive.
When personal tragedy strikes, some men pray. Other men despair. This man goes to war.
Meet 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 him his family.
But the caretaker has a secret. It is a secret he will 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 fun frights. His story is one of rage and revenge. At some point in our lives we all ask the “why” question. This gravedigger demands an answer.
It’s easy to tell yourself there’s no such thing as ghosts, at least until you meet one face-to-face. Then it becomes a matter of convincing yourself that you are not seeing what you think you are seeing. If you happen to be Jake, a barely school-age child who awakens one night to find an elongated abomination in female form floating by his bedside, there is no amount of daylight or parental soothing that can convince you that ghosts are not real.
The apparition arrives at a crucial time in Jake’s family life. 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. In turn, that stress seems to be making him tired and nearly always irritable.
Finally, his new visitor, the start of the school year, and the tension between his parents start to take their toll. Consequently, he decides to search 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. BEDSIDE MANNER documents one child’s attempts to resist.
Tiffany is an above average girl, an all-American dream. Her mother is a successful lawyer. Her father is CEO of two different startups. She has perfect social skills. Her mind is sharp. Her instincts? Killer.
Unfortunately, Tiffany has a problem. She’s bored. So bored. She has no idea what she’s going to do with her life. That is, until the night her mother dies right before her eyes.
That night Tiffany decides she’s going to go out and have some real fun. Some blood-soaked fun. Fun is powerful and power is legit.
Because being bored is worse than being dead.
This short tale of dark comic horror from the mind of Isaac Thorne follows Tiffany on her murderous romp down a lonely desert highway, perhaps to her own destiny.
In a near future of zero tolerance, Big Brother is not entirely born of the government. He is also your local news. Or your social media friends and followers. Perhaps he’s your neighbors. Everything you say and do is monitored and judged. Almost overnight, the fabric of society has dissolved into a culture of carrions: a murder of crows.
It was only a matter of time before someone found a way to capitalize on it.
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.
They say it’s difficult to judge a person’s tone based on what 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.
Mike Bragg is a man you can trust. He’ll fix your car up right. He might even drive it home himself, just to make sure it’s running exactly the way he thinks it should before you get it back. But when he accidentally runs over a small brown rabbit on his way home from work one day, Mike chalks up the incident as just another insignificant rodent casualty.
“Too many of them hoppers anyway,” he reasons. And maybe he’s right, because that very afternoon dozens of them begin to crowd outside the door of Mike’s humble abode.
HOPPERS 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. Fast-paced and packed with edge-of-your-seat moments, HOPPERS is a story that might make you wary about what darts out in front of your speeding car on a given afternoon. Better to put that smart phone down and keep your eyes on the road than try to survive the vengeful roadkill vendetta of the HOPPERS.
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 most vulnerable. 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.