Hey all and one!
This review time is a little different from our norm so far. I have been reading a bunch of short stories and thought it would be better to review them all in a single post rather then bore everyone with a million little ones. And for some reason all my shorts seem to be horror. Hmmm… So as they say, Allons-y!
Dark that Day, After All by Jason McIntyre – Two old men sit on a bench as people gather in a park to watch an eclipse. One gentleman begins his tale about how he robbed a woman and hurt a copper during the last eclipse in 1954. After listening patiently his audience of one recounts his own tale of being a cop on that same day… Awesomely weird with a twist I was not expecting. This short was only fourteen pages I believe but worth the few minutes it will take you to read. McIntyre takes a sad story and turns it into one of hope, a second chance. Just not the kind you are thinking of.
The Basement by Chad P. Brown – A teen is dared to enter a house known to be haunted and venture down into the basement. But it’s not the ghost of the murderous homeowner that she faces down below. This story starts like most in this genre: dumb teen is dared to do something stupid, goes and does it, all hell brakes loose, end of story. For our protagonist though, after aforementioned hell breaks loose, she is finally able to release her own ghosts and move on with her life, the last two minutes of it anyways… A short horror read with a heartwarming twist. If your heart is cold and black like mine that is…
Witch by German Alcala – Five books of poetry in one about All Hallow’s Eve. These poems are about a different kind of Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Some cute, all of them dark, the poems begin with everyone, including the creatures that go bump in the night, preparing for Halloween, then Halloween comes, all dark the time when Halloween is truly upon us, then we learn of the creature’s life and thoughts, and finish with all the monsters desiring more than one night. Definitely worth a read if you love the dark holiday. Are monsters good? Bad? Simply living different lives from us? Even tooth decay and commercialism are talked about, something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Think Disney’s Fantasia, the Night on Bald Mountain bit with Satan waking up with all his minions causing chaos, then everything slowly returns to normal as the sky lightens to morning.
Thirteen Shadows: Ghost Stories by Aaron Polson – Thirteen different ghost and scary stories in one book. Some are interesting, some are not. Whenever personification is used it is magically done! Some of the best I have seen. Not much else to say. Worth a read, though none are really scary or disturbing.
The Doll by J. C. Martin – Goodreads Synopsis: The Island of the Dolls is a strange and eerie tourist destination in Mexico, where hundreds of decomposing dolls hang from trees like grisly Christmas ornaments. On a trip to the island, Joyce Parker’s daughter falls in love with a beautiful but sinister doll. Soon after, she starts developing strange mannerisms that concerns Joyce. Her research into the doll’s past reveals a dark history, and the curse of a lonely child spirit. Definitely creepy, though I like the ending, which explains why there are so many dolls on the island, or at least why more keep appearing… If you like scary dolls it’s worth a read!
So what shorts have you read recently?