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Chester [Kindle Edition]

David Gerrold
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Annie is six years old. Something bad lives in her dreams and now it’s trying to get out. A very scary story that will haunt you long after you read its hysterical last line. (By the Hugo and Nebula award winning author of "The Trouble With Tribbles" and "The Martian Child.")

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Product Details

  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DG Media (March 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QX071O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but not fully developed October 10, 2013
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I DO like the story. It is a very creepy horror story, and as with all good horror stories it leaves a lot unanswered. Unfortunately it sets my mind working on the questions, and the possible answers, and I would like to flesh it out a bit.

The story opens with a father and his daughter. The mother has died, and the daughter is scarred, presumably in whatever accident killed the mother. She is also scarred emotionally, very withdrawn, and the father is having a difficult time drawing her out. He knows the scar on her face will make her future life more difficult.

Then she starts having nightmares, about something from "underneath". It scares her. She asks her father to sleep in the room with her, and HE has the nightmare about something from "underneath", while she sleeps peacefully. She knows he took her bad dream for her. But the story continues in the tradition of the Poltergeist, where something evil is associated with a child.

After various attempts to stop the dreams, they get a small dog, Chester, meant to pull her out emotionally and, maybe, to protect her from the thing "underneath".

They need to get a bigger dog.

That is the bare bones of the story. Below are my personal observations.

The first is that apparently this thing "underneath" is not really interested in destroying the girl. But it DOES go against her protectors, as if the purpose is to keep her scared, withdrawn, helpless.

I am not at all sure that getting a bigger dog would help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gerrold knows more than tribbles August 21, 2013
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David Gerrold is a very talented writer. This short story is nothing like I expected from someone known for his sci-fi output. It was an enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary story July 30, 2013
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And if you like 'em scary, this one's for you. You know how some stories go on and on, and instead of leaving you wanting more, you wish they'd stopped about thirty pages ago, but instead, they drone on and on, and by the time you figure out what's supposed to be so frightening, you stopped caring about it?

This isn't one of those stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nifty Little Terror Piece... July 28, 2013
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Chester is the story of a six year old girl, the survivor of an accident that took her mother and left her scarred and limping. And having bad dreams. Something was there that scared her.

Her father didn't know what to do. He tried dream catchers. Chewed up. Even the industrial strength models.

Chester was the dog adopted from the pound. A small terrier that loved the little girl, but became terrified itself.

An unusual story and the last line was truly scary.

Liked this one.
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