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About Mark Tompkins Author

Mark Tompkins has been a classical pianist, a bartender, and spent 23 years in the United States Air Force working with the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system. His published works include Road Rage, The Fresinnius Chronicles, Pieces, What Grabs You, What Grabs You Too, Arrhythmia and many others. His work is featured in many anthologies by Horrified Press, Thirteen O'Clock Press, Barbwire Butterfly Press and others.

The Runner. A 500 word or less flash fiction story. 

The Runner, a 500 word or less flash fiction story by Mark Tompkins.
     Phillip crouched in the bushes, the back of his pants wet from the morning dew on the leaves. He spied the cheating bastard running along the path towards him and readied himself for the attack. No one was going to get away with sleeping with his wife. He’d left the house this morning before she awoke and briefly thought about strangling her in her sleep, but he would be the prime suspect with no alibi and life in jail seemed much more trouble than the divorce he would initiate later today. 

     Kevin, however, would be stabbed by a mugger while jogging in the early morning darkness and it would be seen as bad judgment in a city known for its occasional violent tendencies. Just another tragic accident.

     The slap of the runner’s tennis shoes on the dry asphalt signaled he was close and Phillip tensed, his muscles tight and ready. His hand ached from nervously gripping the large knife’s handle, and his rubber surgical gloves crackled quietly as he flexed his fingers before reaffirming his grip. The jogging path meandered through this little stand of trees and the overgrowth provided good cover for an ambush. He’d busted the light on the side of the path, which gave him the darkness to hide that ambush from anyone within eyesight.
     The runner’s legs appeared in front of him as he ran by and Phillip leapt from hiding and wrapped his arm around the runner’s throat. He jammed the knife into the back of the black hoodie again and again, gritting his teeth in anger and asking Kevin if sleeping with his wife was worth it now. He could feel the warmth and slickness of the blood through this rubber gloves as he let Kevin fall to the ground writhing in pain.
     Kevin’s voice was high pitched as he screamed, giving Phillip the satisfaction of hearing the man sound like a woman. The screaming continued; he had to shut Kevin up. He dropped the knife and knelt down, pulling the hood from Kevin’s head and slapping his hand over Kevin’s mouth. It wasn’t Kevin’s mouth and it wasn’t Kevin’s close cropped hair and square jaw. It was a cascade of blonde hair and a beautiful young woman’s face, undoubtedly one of the coeds from the university on the hill behind them.
     Horrified, he held his hand over her mouth, muffling the screams until they stopped. What had he done? He had to get out of there, he couldn’t breathe. He stood and turned and ran, pulling the black bandana from his face.
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Kevin stepped out of the way of the sobbing man in the black hoodie with his head down and let him run by. He stared after him, something about his gait looked familiar, but he couldn’t put a finger on it. Shrugging, he continued his run, thinking about his secret rendezvous later that day.

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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

October is Free Horror Month!

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All of my work on Smashwords is free for the entire month of October at the following link: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/marktompkinsauthor. I hope you enjoy the mayhem. Please leave a review on Smashwords if you would be so kind, be it positive or negative, as it is one of an author’s few tools for judging his work and validating it’s literary value to the reading public.

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Wesley Black and Outpost 86

There have been several inquiries concerning Outpost 86, the prison in Antarctica mentioned in my post about The Devil’s Work. The Devil’s Work specifically singles out the character Wesley Black, the prison’s most notorious tenant, and one of his adventures. Outpost 86 and Wesley are chronicled in detail in the novel, Outpost 86, which is in work, and has been for some time. Wesley is one of the main supporting characters.

Outpost 86 is the world’s most remote and technically advanced prison whose area is approximately 5 times the size of the Pentagon, which creates a labyrinth where the inmates can go without seeing each other for lengthy periods of time in the sparsely populated interior. The reason it is sparsely populated is it is relatively new and only select criminals are sentenced there. These inmates are fitted with special sensors that allow the governing entity to keep tabs on them from their Wyoming based headquarters made from the skeleton of an abandoned and decommissioned Atlas D missile site north of Cheyenne Wyoming on Highway 85.

The only entrance to the prison is controlled with a chamber bookended by two blast doors. The outer door is opened, the prisoner is placed inside, the outer door closes, and then the inner door opens to admit the prisoner to the interior of the prison. After a few minutes, the inner door automatically closes and the chamber fills with cyanide gas, so if the prisoner chooses to not enter the prison, they die. Due to a joint effort, a military base was built inside a mountain adjacent to Outpost 86 that is charged with supply and maintenance functions.

Blood nurses is taking the brunt of my time (when I am working on novels) and Outpost 86 must wait until it is finished. I hope to have it out sometime next year (doubtful), but I have to finish Blood Nurses first and I never know what life will throw at me or what weather will destroy that demands my time and energy. I have included a couple of possible covers below,but I haven’t decided on anything concrete. In the meantime, read The Devil’s Work and begin your insight into a dark and important character in Outpost 86.

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The Devil’s Work

Wesley Black is an infamous cannibalistic serial killer. When finally caught and convicted, he was sentenced to consecutive life sentences in the world’s most remote prison, Outpost 86. Outpost 86 is in Antarctica and is so remote it requires no guards. The prison relies on engineering and its extreme isolation for prisoner control. Wesley hasn’t changed his ways during his incarceration, and the prison’s massive size and five levels allows him to conduct his business in relative secrecy, but this time something is different and Wesley dies and goes to hell to face his fate…for the first time. It seems the devil’s work is never finished.

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The Devil’s Work is only $.99 cents at https://www.amazon.com/Devils-Work-Mark-Tompkins-ebook/dp/B019RC1DMU

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Synopsis: Jason is pursued by a mysterious man dressed in black who hands him a slip of paper and leaves without a word. What is written on that paper changes Jason’s life forever and plunges him on a journey to another dimension where strange creatures capture and imprison him. Surrounded by surreal monsters chained to the walls, he fights to understand what has happened to him. That understanding is beyond his comprehension and soon the prisoners are collected from the dark dungeon and led to their fate, but it is not what, or where, Jason would have ever imagined.

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HTTP Error 502, the latest work from Mark Tompkins is available for only .99 cents at the following sellers:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/629234

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E4TFC0K

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

A Dark Chapter, A New Light

It is with a heavy heart that I posthumously honor fellow Louisiana author and friend, Richard Wilkins. Richard wrote two books out of the planned Wizards of Lake Bistineau trilogy, an eclectic book of poetry, the 2014 Colbert Family Reunion Album, and a candid view of societal and sociological enigmas and anomalies entitled, That’s Why I Hate Them. Below is a link to his Amazon author page if you feel you would like to peek inside this wonderfully creative mind. The first two installments of the trilogy are also featured on my guest author page, on which Richard has earned a permanent place. Richard was a kind-hearted and talented Air Force veteran with a knack for spinning a yarn and I thoroughly enjoyed reading his work.

Richard has passed into the realm where his rich and vivid characters can live alongside him and keep him company until his family can meet him. I picture him sitting on a bench in an ethereal garden with his feet propped up, looking over his glasses at the neighbor and shaking his head, gathering material for That’s Why I Hate Them 2, and waiting for his wife to join him.

http://www.amazon.com/Richard-Wilkins/e/B00B7CGKGS

Rest in Peace, Richard.

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Posted by on February 16, 2016 in Guest Authors, Writing

 

Two Stories For Only $.99 Cents.

 

OcularityJamie steps into the bright new day and finds his world changed. Eyeless corpses litter the city streets, filling him with dread and many questions. Is he the last living person on earth? What happened to everybody? What happened to their eyes? He eventually finds them, all of them. The end is in sight. This purchase also includes the bonus story, Transmogrification.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2016 in Promotions, Writing