Qui définit le moment où j’écris?

How to define the moment that I write?

Michel Foucault

Next month it’s October. It may seem early, but it reminds me to draft a science fiction horror story for entering into the sort of literary competitions often seen on the web at Halloween. I was thinking of a new installment in my Search Beyond Series, which has already reached a total of four volumes, each containing as many as five individual short stories.

Here are my notes for possibly the creepiest story I could think of, to take place on the fictional star ship Traction featured in all the Search Beyond stories:

The Captain [George Sannox] is trapped in [an apparent] “zombie” outbreak on the ship, caused by a mysterious bat-like intruder. [Called the Navidian Plague, it causes blindness and tumorous growths around the eyes. The back-story would be that Sannox experienced an outbreak of the Plague at some point in his childhood, and was traumatized by it.]

In case this sounds riddled with clichés like all too many horror stories, I had an excellent twist in mind, but won’t reveal it here, in case readers prefer to discover it for themselves. Stay tuned to find out what happens.

I get a lot of downloads on Amazon, but one thing I must request is your star rating of the titles you download. I’m giving out two free Amazon Kindle science fiction downloads, Superstructure and Journey into the Machine, so go ahead and download both of them because it will cost you nothing and will help give you a taste of my fiction writing.

Superstructure: Now featuring 6 fascinating bonus stories, Superstructure is the adventure of Carl Resco, a young student in the distant interstellar future. On the dark side of the planet Sapo, the brutal Provide armada hunts for the elusive Loci sect, and Resco must brave extreme dangers to find the answer to his former mentor’s disappearance.  FREE Friday 12th-Sunday 14th. No-one has rated it yet 

Journey into the Machine: Cyberpunk stories exploring esoteric questions. Where do uploaded people go when they die? These are short stories based on this theme. FREE Friday 12th-Sunday 14th. No-one has rated it yet 

ABOVE ALL – I can’t repeat it enough – I need you to be a star by giving me your star rating for these free books on Amazon. Your reactions – positive or negative – are worth far more than any payment I might get through Amazon.

By Harry J. Bentham

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