Dedicated to his craft, Thompson has authored five novels. His most recent is OLD ANGER, the Amazon Best Seller OUTSIDE the LAW, DEEP BLOOD, A SIMPLE MURDER, and ENEMY WITHIN. His short fiction has appeared in O-Dark-Thirty; The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature; Out of the Gutter Online; Thrills, Kills 'N' Chaos; Near to the Knuckle; Yellow Mama; and The Shamus Sampler II.
If you are looking for more information on Phillip and his writing, you can find him on Twitter at @olemissgrad38 and online at phillipthompsonbooks.com. We are excited to have Phillip join us in this challenge.
What is the challenge?
Write a fifty-word flash. That’s it. However, the story must incorporate three randomly selected words and revolve around a single, overall theme. The words have been drawn and shared; letter, afford, and yard. The theme is despair.
I sit alone on the front porch, running a cleaning rag through the barrel of my Ruger. I’ve already wiped down the only bullet I’ll need. My last whiskey bottle lies empty in the yard where I threw it, and I can’t afford another one.
The letter never came.