The belt underneath Bob’s feet picked up some speed, and the mileage counter jumped without warning from 1 mile to 10 miles.
“Hey buddy. I think your mileage thing is out of whack,” Bob replied, trying to stay with the current speed of the belt. He was starting to struggle, as a pain ran up his side, across his heart, and down his left arm.
“Just a minor glitch. I’ll slow it down a bit. Guess that was a little too fast to last. Too many doughnuts and beer does not make a heart healthy I hear. Ain’t that right, Bob?” The floating head replied with an evil chuckle, and slowed the moving belt under Bob’s feet down to a crawl.
Bob, for the first time, kind of got spooked. Twenty dollars or no twenty dollars, he was starting to think that maybe getting onto this thing was a bad idea, maybe the worse one he had ever had.
Bob reached out for the rails, and gripped them tight. He held onto them, and tried to get his breath back.
The rails, man he shouldn’t have grabbed onto those rails, because the minute Bob grabbed the rails the treadmill had him where it wanted him.
Poor Bob, whatever will become of him? Find out by clicking the links below. You can grab this short story for free from today through Saturday (3/10 – 3/12). I can also send you a copy of it in EPUB or PDF if you don’t have a KINDLE reader – firstname.lastname@example.org. Tune in next Thursday for another new cover reveal. Now, let’s get onto those covers.
Personally, I like both of these a lot. The original was one of the first ones I made where I said – “I made that.” I couldn’t believe it. So, it is hard to kind of let it go. However, it came out real dark and hard to read when it was pushed down to a thumbnail size. When I made it I didn’t create a back up. I couldn’t go back and make it a little lighter. So, I left it alone. Of course, it didn’t sell and hasn’t sold a copy since it has been released. I think the cover is partially to blame for that, but it could also be that it is a short story about a killer treadmill. Both, I am sure, are major selling negatives. Anyway, I think the new cover is much better. It is brighter and cleaner. Easier to read as a thumbnail. I don’t know if it will get me major sales, but at least it looks sharp.
So, thoughts. What do you think of these covers?
A short story about a man who sees a flashy ad online advertising a twenty dollar treadmill. He buys the machine, too cheap to be scared, and realizes much to his dismay that this machine has a taste for blood. Big Bob better run like his life depends on it, because in many ways it does.
3 out of 5 stars: Kind of fun, kind of gory, and I liked it.