Horror Fiction Reviews / Mike Duke

Warm, Dark Places Are Best

By Mike Duke


Mike Duke, I don’t know whether
I want to praise your remarkable talent and skill,
or slap your face.



A down-on-their-luck couple is moving into a seedy, low rent apartment.  They meet the usual neighbors while carrying boxes up: the busy-body older woman, the kids made tough by poverty killing roaches on the landing.  There is obviously a roach problem in the building, but oddly, their new apartment is roach free.  Why is that?

Content Review:

Mike Duke weaves a tale of visceral horror, made worse by wholly believable characters who the reader can both empathize and identify with.  While bordering on the stereotypical, the initial scene and character set ups comfortably draw the reader in and are well written.  If you did not know you had chosen a horror story, you could be reading the beginning of any well written story in any adult genre by any story telling master.

But you do know.

So you know there is something there.

And once you have been lulled into enjoyment, it gets you.  It gets you as surely as it gets them.

Because it’s there waiting in the dark.

And the worst part is, these monsters are real.

No, not just that.  The monsters really exist and the story could really happen.

Mike Duke creates characters and setting and plot so believable that his addition of creatures that actually exist will terrify you long after you run screaming from the story.


  • For an added bonus, please further traumatize yourself by reading the author’s Afterward. I am actually quoted and paraphrased in a couple of places, but other than that, Mike Duke allows us into the twisted things behind his creation of this frightening piece.


Get it on Amazon: here



About the Author: Mike Duke

“I was a cop for 12 years, but the last 10 years I’ve been teaching Military, Law Enforcement and Bodyguards how to drive fast, do bad ass tactical driving maneuvers as well as hand to hand Combatives. I enjoy martial arts and have been a practitioner since 1989 of various styles. Filipino blade arts are my favorite. Since I was a teenager I’ve loved reading, writing, and watching movies…particularly in the horror genre. I’ve also been a prolific reader of theology and studied quite extensively for a layman. I have a beautiful wife who is very supportive and a son and daughter her are both graduated and out of the house. My baby girl now is my German Shepherd, Ziva. And she’s a Daddy’s girl who loves to play…even when I’m writing. Most recently, Stitched Smile Publications has picked up my novel LOW and I’m part of their family now. Looking forward to publishing lots of work with them!”

Mike Duke’s Amazon Page


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