Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
ShackleSoul would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Not Much of a People Person

By ShackleSoul All Rights Reserved ©

Horror

Not Much of a People Person


The Murphy’s are the picture-perfect family. They remain seated at my dinner table at all hours of the day and night, long after the entrées have gone cold, without complaint or whinge. When I am preparing the next day’s supper I know they will wait patiently for me, and listen with full courtesy to my narratives and accounts. Even when I have cleared all the dishes and I am ready to go to bed I know the Murphy’s will remain there, waiting for the next night’s meal, and the spirited if rather one-sided conversation.

Such a level of perfection would be expected, since as you might have guessed each Murphy has been deceased for quite some time. After their nuclear family died when from a gas leak, I stole their pristine bodies away from the morgue. From there it was a very simple matter of treating the flesh with formaldehyde to retard the process of decay, and then arranging them around my dinner table.

Whenever I am having a rough day I know that I can merely return home and sit in with the Murphy’s on their unending post-dinner conversation. They will never judge me or talk back to me, as it was when I experimented in using living family units for this purpose. Beyond doubt, the stone-cold, dead-as-a-doornail Murphy’s are the picture-perfect family.

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, ShackleSoul
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Alex Rushmer: I read the first chapter, and I'm not sure I can handle anymore, but I certainly liked what I read. The idea of the drug, Fortis, was very interesting, and I enjoyed how you conveyed its effects. The beginning is very intriguing. I think I'd like to see you do a little more with the main characte...

shadowmaven: At first, the word "Dagon" threw me, making me think that this was going to be a story based on one of Lovecraft's, and was pleasantly surprised--no, make that thrilled--when it wasn't (honestly, I like your mythos more). Your writing is so lyrical, deftly capturing this tiny village and the rela...

M. Drewery: I was scrolling down the story list and stopped on Happy Days because I was briefly reminded of the TV show. I started reading the blurb and thought 'oh no another Zombie story' except it ended in the best possible way. Now I'm drawn into a fresh take on the zombie apocalypse, which takes a much ...

danijelstoilkovic: I really like this story. The characters, the mysteries, that bonding in the end, but I would really like to see what happened next. Is there a second part? And this would really be one cool horror movie and if I was the director, I wouldn't change a thing.It's awesome!

Tony Lee: Great ideas. Some mistakes here and there, but not too much to break the immersion :) This was my second book here, and I'm pretty satisfied! Well I can't think of anything else to write so I'm just gonna fill the space up with random words. Magazine holder sidney sheldon first bible shack tom ha...

Pam Lobato Ceja: The plot is interesting although for me the ending feels a bit rushed, since a lot happens in very few pages. I did notice a few grammar mistakes here & there, but nothing too noticeable.Overall, I enjoyed this greatly.

Bri Hoffer: I couldn't put it down!! The characters are all incredibly likable, and it's so descriptive you can see, smell, and feel thier surroundings. Great story, and very well written. I cannot wait for follow up stories. there were a few grammatical errors, but nothing that I could move right over.

Clarissa: Very atmospheric and descriptive language, with good character development. This is a complex and interesting story - definitely worth a read.

Sarah_M_G: This story was truly gripping from start to finish. The way the author used Scottish dialect throughout the novel really helped to put you in he in the place where it was all happening. Every character was well described and thought out. How they all fitted together really worked and loved how t...

More Recommendations

lopezmariana97: I loved everything about this book. I read it in a weekend because it was so hard to put down. I real liked that it wasn't a typical demon story and that It didn't involve vampires. I pictured the cast for this book if it ever becomes a movie. 100% love

Deleted User: This is an artfully-written horror story which deals with the most frightening monsters in the entire history of the macabre: teenagers. Indeed, the author captures the speech, relationships, and general highly-charged, petty, and competitive atmosphere of high school so well, that you would swea...

ChristianHooks: D'graive is the conduit the whoooole time. Can you believe that? DAMN NATURE YOU SCARY! WHAT IN TARNATION

harry142018: This story was gripping and very professionally written. With lots of twists and slight of hand tricks, the author deceives the reader until finally showing their cards at the end. With several subplots all intertwining to create the main plot, this really is an interesting and engaging read.