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Loss, a horror novella [Kindle Edition]

Glen Krisch
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A 29k word (or about 110 printed pages) novella.

After Angie Chandler's husband dies in a car crash in which she was driving, her life comes undone. Though her soul mate is gone, her memories of Paul linger as she tries to recover at their secluded wooded estate. Ostracized from Paul's family--the only family she has really known--Angie's life spirals down a dark path of alcohol and pills. In the blur of constant self-medication, Angie is in no position to know what is happening to her.
Is Paul haunting her?
Has she gone mad?
Or is there another possibility, something far worse?

Editorial Reviews


What the Critics are saying about the works of Glen Krisch

"Krisch writes with sheer force and raw power-a welcome entry to the horror ranks."
-- Scott Nicholson, best-selling author of The Red Church

"Every new book by Glen Krisch is a reason to celebrate. Seeming to come from out of nowhere, he writes with the kind of assured, lyrical style that makes other writers salivate. Count me as one of them. He knows what makes a story tick. He knows the value of character. And he knows how to scare you. And he does it all like someone who has been writing since before King was King. Mark my words: The future for Krisch is going to be a bright one, and I'm hard-pressed to think of anyone who so completely deserves it."
-- Kealan Patrick Burke, author of The Turtle Boy and Kin.

"Where Darkness Dwells is a wonderful story, rich with imagination, adventure, and lots of heart and soul. And yes, it's scary! There is great complexity in the people and the town that Glen Krisch creates. He doesn't give us cardboard paper dolls to represent good and evil. These are living, breathing characters. Most everyone has their faults and even the more villainous characters are in possession of a soft spot. But yikes! The villainous characters do some seriously heinous things."
-- Carole Lanham, author of The Whisper Jar

"Where Darkness Dwells, is fast paced with a lot of twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages, wanting to find out what happens next. Even with such a large and varied group of characters as well as all the twists and turns I never felt that Glen lost focus as the story moved along quickly, and didn't lag for me at all."
-- Famous Monsters of Filmland

About the Author

Glen Krisch has written three novels: The Nightmare Within, Where Darkness Dwells, and Nothing Lasting. His short fiction has appeared in publications across three continents for the last decade.

As a freelance editor, he has worked on books by Tim Lebbon and Lawrence Block, among others.

He enjoys speaking with other readers & writers. Feel free to drop by:

Product Details

  • File Size: 255 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stray King Publishing (January 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006TZ8Z4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Miscategorized & Mistitled February 14, 2012
By Kat
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Although written well for the most part (the first 70-80%), this is a dramatic story about the loss of a loved one and coping with it in a drug and alcohol induced state. I wouldn't classify it as a "psychological horror" book. There isn't really anything horror, or thriller until the end of the story, and it felt out of place, rushed, and and a little goofy, almost like it had been written by someone else. It just didn't come together well for me.

I was interested in this book because the subject matter seemed like it would be a good ghost story, and the author requested I read it and review it for my horror movie/book review blog. It failed at being what I was expecting, and that doesn't make for a bad book, its just not what I was hoping for, and as I stated, the ending just felt rushed and too different compared to the rest of the book. Because of all of this I'm rating it the way I am.

For a more in depth book review please visit my horror movie/book review blog, Shivers of Horror.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's YOUR loss if you pass this one up! January 16, 2012
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This was a relatively quick read and I absolutely LOVED it.

Rarely do I say that I could not put a book/novella down, but in this case it is true. This story was fast paced, the characters were very likeable and I could feel the ache of the main character as if it were my own. I could also feel her confusion and sadness at what had become of her life. The author brings this story alive and carries you along with it to the conclusion. It will be your loss if you pass this one by.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great novella exploring loss - with a mystery January 22, 2012
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Cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews ([...])

Angie has suffered a devastating loss. Her husband has been killed in a car accident in the snow and she was the driver. This is basically where we start with "Loss".

Glen Krisch wants to tell a story with this novella, but I think he also wants to explore loss - in this case Angie's loss - in detail. I'm no stranger to Krisch's writing and one thing that I've admired is his writing of characters. There is an honesty about the Angie's portrayal in her time of suffering. Instead of the romantic, swooning with loss but courageous and plucky to the end, we see a decidedly messier and more plausible heroine. By the end of the novella, I'm not even certain if Angie stages any real recovery (something I'll let other readers decide).

If there weren't some small details towards the start of the novella that had already given the story an air of mystery, one could be forgiven for thinking that the widow's suffering is the only purpose - and even then that wouldn't be a bad thing given Krisch's deft handling of the character; but in the second half of the book uncomfortable discoveries are made and the story plummets from a study to a thriller. I'm not about to reveal where the story actually goes, but I can say that although some might regard certain elements as tropes, I liked the "how" of the revelations and I also liked the back stories told to make sense of the characters and actions involved.

I think an author like Krisch understands darkness because he understands reality and is not afraid to write about it. He keeps us on a non-sugar diet that I believe is good for our health in the long run.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definition of Dark Fiction January 31, 2012
By recluse
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This novella is one Hell of a dark, scary ride through an emotional minefield that you won't soon forget! The pain contained here is heartwrenchingly real, powerful and will linger in your soul. An incredible piece of Dark Fiction!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good novella February 17, 2012
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Although it was a little confusing in parts, overall it was a very good read and you really got to know the main character in detail. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who would like a good,entertaining novella.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller January 23, 2012
By Ignite
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This is a real thriller of a novella. The story concerns a woman who blames herself for the car crash in which her husband is killed. Her grief and her falling-apart after his death are believably told and as she pulls her life around something strange happens.
I read this book in a single sitting - in fact, unusually for me, I stayed up late to finish it. The writing is really good, clear, sensitive and the characters are strong. I feel I shall be returning to Glen Krisch's work before too long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars loss June 9, 2012
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This story is a good read. There were a couple of parts that were a bit draggy and/or jumped a bit without full clarity. They were not huge deals though. There are several minor punctuation errors. Though, again, not huge deal as they did not stall pacing or cause confusion/rereading.

The ending was a bit rushed considering the beginning was so developed and in depth. There could easily have been 10,000 more words to bring about a fuller closure at the novel pace set initially.

The premise was interesting. The intrgral characters fleshed well. The genre allows suspension issues (nothing of substance) to be minimal. Even with the final confrontation with the brothers, the scene laid out was acceptable (given genre), rather than hokey. I find many paranormals /horrors to just wind up with gratuitous bunk. This one had the paranormal aspect in plausible manner (to this reader) .

I recommend the author and this title.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and intriguing
This was a great little suspense novella. I am not sure I would call it a horror story but definitely mysterious and interesting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book
I had not ever heard of this author but the book was recommended by a friend. It was really good.
Published 15 months ago by 1booklover
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, sad, sweet, creepy
This book was sad, it made me cry and want to cuddle my BF. The main characters reactions to her situation were believable - I wouldn't have done any different I think. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amber
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, Creepy Novella
Angie Chandler is married to Paul, one of a family of rich people. At a Christmas party with the family, Paul announces that they are going to adopt a child since they couldn't... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, weak finish
I gave this 4 stars because the writing was wonderful, especially the first 3/4 of the book. The descriptions of a person grieving the sudden loss of a loved one were haunting and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by shelly
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
a so so short story. I expected something more. Sorry to say not one of my favorite books I was expecting something really, really creepy.
Published on October 6, 2012 by Nita
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I will start this review with the positives. It is a novella and the story is very quick and flows nicely. Over all the writing was better than I was expecting. Read more
Published on September 24, 2012 by SallyS
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
I picked up this book to read for a few minutes and then found I couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed it a lot. Read more
Published on August 8, 2012 by AvisE
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, short suspense.
This was a fun afternoon read. Not brilliant, but, good. It felt a lot like a Koontz book. The writing is strong.
Published on August 6, 2012 by seabeyond
3.0 out of 5 stars Three and a half stars for this dark semi-thriller.
I'm kind of torn on this one because, on the one hand, I thought the descriptive prose concerning the protagonist and her mindset after the accident was hauntingly realistic and... Read more
Published on August 5, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Glen Krisch's novels include The Nightmare Within, Where Darkness Dwells, and Nothing Lasting. His short fiction has appeared in publications across three continents for the last decade.

He is also an editor for Morrigan Books. As a freelance editor, he has worked on books by Tim Lebbon and Lawrence Block, among others.

Besides writing and reading, he enjoys spending time with his wife, romance author Sarah Krisch, his three boys, simple living, and ultra-running.

He enjoys talking to his readers. Feel free to stop by his website to see what he's up to:

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