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"The Short Drop" by Matthew FitzSimmons
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About the Author

Brad spent four years earning his degree in evolutionary biology at Tulane University in New Orleans and should be, according to many of his professors, wandering the globe and searching for new animal species.  Instead, he lives in New Jersey where he practices dentistry during the day and writes at night. He is married with two children and a diabetic, half-blind wiener dog named Friday. 

His interests include, in no particular order: the Philadelphia Phillies, the Philadelphia Eagles, reading comic books, reading non-illustrated books (King, Koontz, Straub, Barker, Deaver, Butcher are among his favorite authors), listening to music (Tool, Disturbed, Godsmack, Chevelle, Three Days Grace and Nirvana are among his favorite bands) and playing video games. Sleeping is considered optional.
Brad can be found at Facebook at Bradley Convissar author and Twitter at @bconvisdmd

Product Details

  • File Size: 102 KB
  • Print Length: 13 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Darkest Days Publishing; 1 edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064UT13W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,073 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Brad Convissar is a dentist by day, a writer of dark fiction at night, and a father, husband, and not-so-proud pet owner when time permits.

He is the author of several dozen short stories, four novellas, and will be releasing his first novel, Blood, Smoke and Ashes, a supernatural thriller, in early 2013.

He was born in Georgia, but moved to southern New Jersey before he could be forced to be an Atlanta Braves fan. He spent his formative years living outside of Philadelphia where he latched on to the Philly sports teams and was promptly disappointed for almost twenty years. He spent his college years in New Orleans, where he earned his bachelor's degree in evolutionary biology at Tulane University, then relocated to lovely Newark New Jersey, where he earned his DMD.

After eight years of bouncing around, Brad finally settled down back in south Jersey, only miles from the house he grew up in. He is happily married and the proud father of two children. He is also "dad' to a diabetic, half-blind eight-year-old daschund named Friday who is little more than a lump on the couch most of the time.

When not filling cavities or performing root canals or extracting teeth or fabricating dentures, or writing, he spends his time playing with his kids, playing video games, reading comic books, reading non-illustrated books, and impotently rooting on his beloved Philadelphia Phillies or less than beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

His favorite authors are, but not limited to, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Richard Matheson, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Simon Green, Jim Butcher, and Jeffery Deaver. He likes to think he learned something of the art of writing from each of these authors.

To this day, he wonders how the TV show LOST got so bad, so quickly. The wasted potential of the first three seasons still haunts him.

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Dr. Brian Mallory had been seeing a lot of his dental patients for years, and Amy Gladwell was one of them. She was a very nice girl and came from nice parents, so Dr. Mallory was surprised when she came for her 6-month check-up and cleaning and he saw signs of bulimia in the little pit marks on her teeth. Instead of talking to Amy, he spoke with her parents and they were aware of the problem, but the dentist's observation just confirmed it for them.

The next time that Amy came in, she said that her parents had spoken to her and she was doing better. As Dr. Mallory examined her mouth, her teeth were the same as last time, so he knew that her bulimia was under control and she had no more pitting in her teeth or gum disease.

However, what Dr. Brian Mallory does discover in Amy's mouth is something that he has never seen before and hopes never to see again. He is shaken to the core and when he discusses this finding with Amy, she doesn't seem like herself. She's a bit on the sinister side.

I loved this story. It is well-crafted and flows well. It's short enough to be read on a lunch break or coffee break. A sinister little story to delight the mind.
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Being in the dentist's chair is usually an uncomfortable and anxious place to be, but this story turns it around and puts the dentist on the spot. As he pokes and prods with his instruments, he is soon distracted by his patient's new accessory. The doctor has seen plenty of tongue rings but never one quite like this. It's very odd and makes him feel as if someone is watching him. As he continues his examination, he is soon troubled and scared by what he finds.

This story is maybe a fifteen-minute read, but it doesn't short-change the reader that feeling of expectation. There is a nice feeling of suspense for the reader as we wait to see exactly what the good doctor will discover in what is supposed to be a routine exam. From the well-chosen book cover with its unnerving stare to the patient's startling and ominous revelation, it all comes together for a good and kind of creepy read.
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"Blink" is a short stand-alone sci-fi work by author Bradley Convissar. This was 93 Kb download from Amazon.com and was free at the time of writing this review.

Brian Mallory has been practicing dentistry for 25 year and has had enough experience to believe he's probably seen it all at one time or another...not this day.

A creepy little tale that was well written as well as an enjoyable short read. However I didn't quite connect with this story like I did with Convissar's "Last Dance of A Black Widow". To me, it didn't have the same emotional impact nor conclude with a definitive ending...it almost appeared to be just beginning.

As it is...3 Stars

Ray Nicholson
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I read this story in about 20 minutes. The author did a wonderful job of capturing my attention and building the suspense. Although I sensed the build-up, I was taken off-guard. If I had a complaint, it would be that it was too short, because I just wasn't ready for it to end. The plot and subject would be great for a full-length novel, too.
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By G. Smith on January 24, 2012
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A routine day at the office for dentist Brian Mallory. A teenage patient he's treated since she first sprouted teeth is in for a cleaning. He had previously noted some signs of bulimia and reported this to her parents. Since no further damage is present, he assumes the issue has been resolved and indeed, Amy acknowledges that her parents have spoken with her and she is doing much better.

He does, however, find something else that gives him pause. Something that at first seems innocuous quickly escalates to disturbing, and rushes from there to horrifying!

This short story is very well-written and engrossing. It is extremely creepy, probably because of the mundane setting and ordinariness of circumstances. If Rod Serling were alive this story would make a perfect half-hour Twilight Zone.

I had only one minor complaint: There is no indenting of paragraphs. This is irritating but didn't affect my rating.
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If you're looking for a good and quick read during your lunch or smoke break at work, you might want to consider giving this one a try: it's about a ten minute read. If you think about a short story format, the author has to be good, fast, in order to get your attention and develop a plot and conclusion vs. the 100,000 words or so a novelist has. Mr. Connvissar does so in rapid fashion, and has you thinking "gross" here and there (in a good way) and leaves you thinking of a "what if" if this deranged plot actually happened. This could be a pretty good outlilne for a horror movie!

As I type this review, the Kindle version is free - grab it now at this price while you can.
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I enjoyed this short story - I'm not sure why some reviewers are saying the writing is 'amateurish'. The writing was of a decent standard to me, the characters were interesting and well developed considering the story length, the story flowed and didn't lag and I was drawn on to want to know what was going to happen in the end. Speaking of the ending, what a weird twist! It left me wondering what was going to happen afterwards, so I guess you could call it 'thought provoking'. There were a couple of typos/grammatical errors, (I vaguely remember 'they're instead of 'their'???) but they didn't distract from the story at all.
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