Short Bites

Short Story Review: Rattlesnake

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After narrowly escaping a town that has gone mysteriously mad, a man threatens a boy’s life to get the truth out of him about his missing son.

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Just finished this. I thought I would share my review. Well worth the twenty or so minutes it took to read it.

Another one I have read by this author and another one that has made me an even bigger fan of his work. The story is short, but complex. You feel the pain and anguish of these characters. I got it free, but I would have no problem paying 99 cents for it. Nice work Michael!

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Saturday Shorts 4

BNReads quick and fast, and has a start, a middle, and an end, which a lot of short stories don’t have. Suspenseful at times, and it keeps you guessing right up until the end. I was also amazed that in so few pages how well the author captures the feel of Eldritch City. Only 99 cents, but worth it for this twenty to thirty minute read.

Read more about it here: Nine years have passed since the tragic and mysterious deaths of Mr. Phillips and his daughter. A new clue surfaces, one which the lead investigator will follow to the brink of insanity. via Amazon.com: Beneath (Eldritch City Shorts Book 1) eBook: Robin Heggelund Hansen, Joy Wotton, Alessandro Battan: Kindle Store

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Saturday Shorts 3

There’s been an accident at Santa’s Workshop. He needs to desperately replace what he lost at the North Pole. This Christmas horror story will make you think twice about being on the naughty list. via Amazon.com: Checking It Twice eBook: Melissa L. Webb: Kindle Store

It was super short, but a fun little read. I especially liked the twist ending and the Christmas setting. Those elves are sure creepy. I would hate to run into those guys. Nice work by Melissa. I will have to read more of her stuff later on. Also love that cover.

He knows if you’ve been bad or good…

The three Devlin boys are in trouble, and this year they might make it onto Santa’s ‘naughty’ list. via A Christmas Tale – Kindle edition by Travis Hill. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com

If you like Santa or enjoy the holiday nice and pure then you probably should stay away from this story. I enjoyed reading a unique take on the jolly old elf himself. This one gets pretty twisted by the end of it. Solid work.

 

The family thought they’d moved into their dream house… they found that they may have prematurely moved into their own tombs. The spiders that populate this residence are unlike any that have come before. They’re dangerous, they’re smart, and there’s a lot of them. via Spiders – Kindle edition by Troy McCombs. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com

A great little short story that will make your skin crawl. It kept me engaged from start to finish. It also comes with a big recommendation from me. Love that cover.

It’s Thanksgiving and all Cassie wants to do is sit in her dorm room eating cheesy poofs and binge watching a Horror High marathon on HitFlix. That’s when Rex, one of the members of the Zombie Job Corps, shows up, wanting to clean her floor. With nothing better to do, Cassie helps him… and finds a friend for Thanksgiving break. And just in time, too, seeing as a zombie outbreak is starting and Cassie has to decide which side to fight for: the good zombies… or the bad! via Amazon.com: Zombie Thanksgiving: A YA Paranormal Story eBook: Rusty Fischer: Kindle Store

Unique and different. I was really surprised by how original this short story was. I will read more by this author in the future. A great quick read.

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Saturday Shorts 2

I haven’t been reading as many individual short stories recently that’s why I haven’t posted a second Saturday Shorts, but I did manage to read the two below. I thought I would post them for you. Both are excellent reads.

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‘To Read or Not to Read’ is a short story by Vincent Hobbes. It was first published in ‘The Endlands’ Jan. 2011 Gunter von Strauss owns a small bookstore. He carries something for everyone’s taste. He also carefully inspects each book, making sure they are safe to read. Who knew that choosing the wrong book could carry such a consequence. via To Read or Not to Read – Kindle edition by Vincent Hobbes. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com

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Sometimes you come across something that is just so original in concept that you can’t believe you haven’t read it before. This is that short story. Unique and original, and one of the better ones I have read so far on Kindle. I’ve now read 3 stories by this author, and I am looking forward to reading a lot more. Vincent really does have a very strong and different voice. His work stands out – to me at least. You can find this story running permanently free.

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“Please hear me. We are all in danger, the most terrible danger; we are all going to die terrible deaths. If you can hear me, if anyone can hear me, remember these words. Please. Pass them on to your children, and to theirs. You are our one hope…”

Ansible 15715, a short story, is a frantic broadcast from the mind of a woman lost in time, a researcher trying to forewarn the human species about an unexpected and terrifying threat.

via Amazon.com: Ansible 15715 (The Ansible Stories) eBook: Stant Litore: Kindle Store

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This is a very unusual short story. A quick read that will keep you entertained until you read the last word on the EBook page. I managed to grab this one when it was free, but if you have a little extra cash you shouldn’t be disappointed with your purchase. I will have to read more by this author in the future.

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Saturday Shorts

I’ve downloaded a lot of short stories since I obtained my Kindle. It is a form of story telling that I love to read, because you get to read so many different voices in a quick amount of time. What you are about to read in this post is something I have thought about doing for awhile. Collecting all of my current short story reviews, and packaging them into one big post – I figured that if I kept reviewing and posting each one I read it might take away from my main focus on this blog, which is poetry. I plan to start doing this every Saturday when I have short stories read and ready for review. Be it one or fifteen. So, with that said, I give you this Saturday’s collection of short stories. Enjoy. 

Hammurabi Road is a dark redneck noir tale of retribution, backwoods justice, and getting closer to a black bear than was ever dreamed possible. We start off with the eternal triangle – four men ride out in a pick-up truck; three in front and one duct-taped and bound in the back. It’s a clear cut case of Northern Ontario railroad vengeance, served up as cold as a frozen hunting knife. It’s a short, fast read – about 15,000 words – and could be best described as an exercise in redneck noir. Two bonus tales of Northern Ontario are also included. If you enjoyed this tale be certain that you pick up the rest of the Canadian Chills series by Steve Vernon – all available on Kindle. via Amazon.com: Hammurabi Road (Canadian Chills Book 1) eBook: Steve Vernon: Kindle Store.

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I really enjoyed this one. A great read that moves quick and fast. Steve has a unique voice and style. One of the better authors I have found on the EBook side of things. I will have to read more of his stories in the future.

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Fooling around on your wife can be hazardous to your health. Jusk ask Tom. He’s a man with a lot to juggle: a frustrated wife, a secret new girlfriend, and the unpleasant task of trying to keep his deteriorating vintage farmhouse from falling down around him.Now with his wife out of town for the week, Tom is eager to get busy under the covers with his beautiful new lover – but first there’s something he has to finish up…in the CRAWLSPACE. via Crawlspace – Kindle edition by Evans Light, Adam Light. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

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This was a really good short story. Suspenseful with plenty of twists along the way. This story really isn’t for anyone who is claustrophobic.

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Halloween only comes around once a year, and the Justices do it right. They turn their house into a museum of torture, sectioning off each room with a velvet rope. The exhibits are so terrifying that the local amusement park asks them for their secret. It’s quite simple, actually. And four lucky–or unlucky–fans get to find out what it is first hand. via House of Justice: A Short Horror Story – Kindle edition by Vincent Bivona. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

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The main story is pretty good, but it ends abruptly. I would have liked to have more of it instead of what I got. I do take issue a bit  with this author using most of the EBook to give me chunks of his other stories. I understand why he did it, but give me one solid story and not something like this.  It’s free so no harm no foul, but I would have been disappointed if I had paid for it.

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They’re coming… Early in the twenty-second century, scientists discovered how to explore the galaxy by folding space and the corporate-military colonized the first near-habitable earth-like planet they could find and christened it Paradigm Alpha. But within the first few years, Outpost 3 was attacked by an alien force. The horror of the attack was classified and marines and gunships were sent to defend the colonists and Earth’s foothold on the stars. Two days ago the aliens returned and the marines of Outpost 9 launched a counterattack, but have not been heard from since. Soon after, the other Outposts went off-line. Now, the aliens are massing less than a kilometer away from Outpost 9 and the colonists are isolated and defenseless. With the knowledge of the attack on Outpost 3 still fresh in Lane Pierce’s mind, he has convinced the colonists on a course of action. The only remaining question is if he will have the courage and the conviction to defend the colonists and do the unthinkable. via The Last Outpost Twisted Tales Book 12 – Kindle edition by C.C. Kelly. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

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Engaging, riveting, playing on your deepest fears. This was a short story that I couldn’t stop reading. Sure it has a few errors here and there, but you get so engrossed in the story you rarely see them. A good free find from an author I would read more of. As a quick sidebar, this one might be tough if you have kids. It was hard for me to read in spots since I am dad.

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A shed full of macabre secrets… A wife gone crazy…A nine-year-old girl that must die. Jonah fights for his life while trying to stop his deranged wife from killing their daughter in the name of the Lord. Sometimes, the Devil truly is in the details. **Warning: Madeline is a short HORROR story not intended for anyone who may be offended by graphic language or scenes of violence. Please, don’t read this story if you are squeamish or easily offended. via Madeline A Short Horror Story – Kindle edition by Craig McGray, Jason Whited. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

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This was a really good short story that reads quick and fast. Several twists and turns await you along the way if you decide to check it out – cool cover by the way.

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So, that’s it. If you read any of these I hope you enjoy them. 

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Short Story Review: The Hour of the Time

Charlie is a man who follows the rules. He is a man who is never late. He is a man who always obeys.This is the most important day of Charlie’s life, and he is running late.

via Amazon.com: The Hour of the Time eBook: Vincent Hobbes: Kindle Store

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I’m sure a lot of people will be put off by how sparse the descriptions are in this one – the who, what, when, where, and why are rarely explained, but that’s a good thing.  Sometimes your imagination can be worse than anything an author can create.

This short story also has a nice flow to it.  The way it starts out, the happiness of the character, you just feel something is off the whole time.  Nice work by Vincent.  I will be reading more by him in the future.

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Short Story Review: This Little Piggy

James wakes up with no recollection of how he ended up shoved into a culvert full of corpses in the backwoods. He struggles to escape the confines of the pipe and quickly realizes he should have stayed home that night. Here, Piggy, Piggy!

**Warning: This Little Piggy is a short HORROR story not intended for anyone who may be offended by graphic language or scenes of violence. Please, don’t read this story if you are squeamish. Really, there’s some nasty stuff in here.

via This Little Piggy (A Short Horror Story) – Kindle edition by Craig McGray, Jason Whited. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com..

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I enjoyed this one, but it is really messed up.  If you want something with a unique twist and a page turner – look no further.  I will warn you though.  This is not for the faint of heart or those offended by violence.

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Short Story Review: THEY

A relaxing road-trip becomes madness as two couples find themselves trapped in a blizzard.

via THEY – Kindle edition by Vincent Hobbes. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Of all the short stories I have found for free on Kindle, this one got my first 5 star rating.  “They” just got to me by the end of it – 2 couples, lonely road, trapped in a blizzard, and the car’s running out of gas.  Intense, right?  Well that is just the ice breaker.  If you get a chance to check this one out you should.  It is well worth the time it takes to read it – about an hour or so.  As a sidebar, I have to say that cover is really cool – simple and engaging.

Author Page: http://www.vincenthobbes.com

 

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Short Story Review: Four Spooky Short Stories

I don’t know if you guys know this or not, but I am moving some of my stuff from azombiefortheholidays.wordpress.com over to this site.  I am also going to stop posting to that site as well.  The reason.  I’m just out of ideas for that blog, and I don’t have the time to grow it.

So with that said, one of the features I did love doing over there is now over here.  It’s my Short Bites category where I read a short story I find on Amazon, and I post a review about it.  Case in point, this story.  A good collection that stood out to me from the other short stories I have read so far.  Not just because it is four stories in one, but the author really grabs you with each one of them.

Ghost Brother…

So what happens after you die? Do you go to heaven, or hell? Or do you go to a special place fashioned just for you based on the life you’d lived in the real world? Based on how you treated people? What you did to them?

This one is a really good starter for this collection.  Interesting how this is told from the point of view of the ghost as he relives his life and mistakes.  A great opener – grabbed me right away.

Running with the Train…

Sarah has always been lonely. Searching for a love she’s begun to believe will never come. Her family and friends depend, need her…but they can’t give her what she wants. True, eternal love. Like the wolves have.

Any story involving Werewolves and you can count me in.  This was a good little short story, but it didn’t stick with me as much as the others.

The Banshee and the Witch…

What would you do to live forever, stay young forever? To find true love again?  And if you were a white witch with the magical powers to make it happen…and the secret of how to do it, would you?

This one is probably my favorite of the bunch.  I at first didn’t think it would get me, because it was dealing with Wtches.  That isn’t my favorite Genre to read, but there is something about this story that just wins you over.  I’m not sure about the who’s and what’s of the Witch world, but it seems like this author really knows her stuff.  I really enjoyed this one.

Too Close to the Edge…

Artist Penelope had been looking forward to going with her husband, sister and brother-in-law to see the Grand Canyon…even though she was terrified of heights and, when she got there, couldn’t bear to get too close to the edge. She watched people balancing on one foot, acting foolish, taking photos, oblivious of the death waiting below them. It scared her.

A good solid closer, and a hard one for parents to read.  I had no idea there were so many ghosts around the Grand Canyon, but it makes sense when you think about it.

via Four Spooky Short Stories – Kindle edition by Kathryn Meyer Griffith, Dawne Dominique. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Her Page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/

For my other Short Story reviews, go here:  https://apoetryjourney.wordpress.com/category/short-bites/

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Bitter Coffee ~ A Short Story

I enjoy reading short stories and I enjoy sharing them as well. If you like coffee you should swing over and check this one out.

Confessions of a Cart Jockey

Forty became fourteen, fourteen became one hundred and one hundred became seven. Only in retail did that kind of math make sense and then only to the people who signed the paychecks. Right now, Jack only needed a dollar, seventy-five to get through the next hour, which would lead him to the four he desperately needed to turn one hundred into one, twenty-five and make it to ten and a half if he was really lucky.

The aroma hit his brain, lifting the fog as he took a deep breath. The cafe was brightly lit which stung his eyes at first, but then he settled on the Halloween décor which was already covering the walls. In a glass case in the corner, a scarecrow with a pumpkin head waved at him from top of a cake he wished he could bite into – mostly because the chemicals used to preserve…

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Short Story Review: When God Whispers Loudly

When God whispers, the wise listen. In this short story, a busy husband and father fails to heed the quiet voice of the Lord. I doing so, he experiences the loving admonition of God whispering loudly. 2750 words, available without charge. Also available in Spanish–search: Cuando Dios Susurra en Voz Alta.

via When God Whispers Loudly (Terreldor Press Shorts Book 1) – Kindle edition by Chris M. Hibbard. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

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This short story doesn’t fit the theme of this blog, which is horror based subjects.  It is a short story though, and since I am reviewing the short stories I read for this blog, I thought I would just continue that trend even though it doesn’t really fit.

I picked this short read up for a free a few days ago, and decided to give it a shot.  I won’t go into too much detail about this story, because it would give so much away.  However, in our busy day to day lives it is nice to come across a story like this that makes you stop and take into consideration how you are living each and every day.

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His page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Chris-M.-Hibbard/e/B006V7BW62/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Short Story Review: Rag Doll

Lucas buys his daughter an old, dirty rag doll at a yard sale one day. But when they return home, they realize they may have brought a sinister force back with them. Are the strange occurrences that soon take place supernatural or mere coincidence? Either way, they lead to an ending you will not soon, if ever, forget.

via Rag Doll – Kindle edition by Troy McCombs. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com

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What is it about dolls?  They absolutely freak me out.  It is obvious with a couple of the short stories I have read that other people feel the same way.

This short read “Rag Doll” may not break the bank when it comes to originality, but that really doesn’t hurt it.  The author does a nice job of keeping it weird and strange, and he finds a nice way to close it.  Nice solid short read.  Will have to look into more by this author at some point in time.  I do have to give him points for that creepy cover.  Jeepers that got me the first time I saw it.

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I can’t find a website for him, so here’s his Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Troy-McCombs/e/B0054RK6DA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

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Short Story Review: The Basement

On a dare from her best friends, Heather goes inside the town’s haunted house, where Frank Blackwell killed his wife and then hung himself in the basement. But while in the house, Heather is confronted by a ghost from her past, her mother who died accidentally one year ago. Now, Heather must not only escape from the evil lurking inside the house, but from the demons of her own past.

via The Basement – Kindle edition by Chad P. Brown. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com

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What starts out as a haunted house story turns into something much different.  This is a good little short read that is creepy and engaging.  Not what I expected at all when I picked it up for free, and that is a good thing.  Nice work.

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Find more on him here: chadpbrown.com

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Short Story Review: The Doll

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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.

via The Doll – Kindle edition by J.C. Martin. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com

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I polished this one off recently after I found it free on Kindle.  I now understand why it has so many great reviews.  It is a creepy little tale with a good solid ending.  There are also a few nice twists and turns along the way.  I would and will recommend this one to anyone who needs a quick scary short read.

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Find more about this author: http://jc-martin.com/the-author.html

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Short Story Review: The Coin Collector

In this humorous short story, Mr. Quimbly sets out on his first-ever field assignment for the Tax and Revenue Agency to investigate the mysterious Mr. Green on a charge of coin hoarding. He finds both the illegal coin collection and Mr. Green at a dilapidated warehouse down by the docks … and also discovers that he’s bitten off a bit more than he can chew.

I read this quirky little short story last night.  I was tired and the room was full of people, but it still grabbed me and caught my attention.  It reads quick and fast even though it looks a bit dense when you see the story on the page.  Don’t be fooled by that.  Michelle keeps your attention the whole way.  Read it if you get a chance.  Well worth your time.  I now look forward to “eventually” reading her first novel.

 The opening to the short story flows below:

It’s a funny sort of place for a person to live, thought Mr. Quimbly, peering curiously through his smudged spectacles at the large, dilapidated old warehouse near the docks. Quite out of the way for most respectable folks. If it weren’t for his job, Mr. Quimbly would never have ventured into this part of town alone. He was far more comfortable in his natural habitat—the dusty fiscal archives at the Tax and Revenue Agency. But when his boss had told him that morning to get down to the warehouse district or else, Mr. Quimbly went.

Find this story at Smashwords for free: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/349853

You can find Michelle blogging away at this address: http://michelleproulx.com/

Her novel can be found here: http://michelleproulx.com/original-works/

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