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THEY [Kindle Edition]

Vincent Hobbes
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'THEY' is a short story by Vincent Hobbes. It was first released in January, 2010 in the anthology, The Endlands.

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

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Product Details

  • File Size: 61 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MZ8SE8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,505 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THEY do exist October 12, 2011
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Does anything good ever come from being lost in a strange area in the dead of night? When they've come too far to turn back now, two couples feel compelled to drive onward, hanging onto some desperate bit of hope that things will be all right. Only things aren't all right. Lost on a remote road on a dark, snowy night, these two couples realize something very horrifying: 'the boogeyman is real.'

A nicely eerie tale with a good amount of fear, blood and horror, this short story starts off with a feeling of doom. I actually felt my chest tighten as things went from bad to worse to frightening. Never telling the reader exactly what 'THEY' are, the author only gives some clues, but I think it's up to us to put a face on the boogeyman. And that makes it all the more scary.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THEY may give you a hand.... your own. October 16, 2011
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Ever wonder who "THEY" are? THEY are quoted with frequency and are quite the authority on whatever THEY have to say. After taking this short wintery ride with these two couples... I no longer have any desire to get to know, or have any contact with who THEY are. THEY are not at all nice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth a read June 13, 2012
By PattyW
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It is a decent story for what it is and it was interesting enough to keep my attention. I do wish the author would have said exactly what "THEY" are but that's fine. Decent scenes and I don't feel like I wasted my time, especially since it was free.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun short ride May 19, 2012
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It's not an amazing story, but it's got that nice build-up during which you watch the characters make bad decisions as they get closer to their doom. What got me to the end of the story wasn't the question of whether they survive, but the question of what THEY turn out to be. Not a bad way to kill a half hour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely has the creep factor February 23, 2012
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"THEY" by Vincent Hobbes is a scary little story about what happens when a raging snow storm stops two couples in a Chevy Blazer in the dark of the Rocky Mountains when they run out of gas. The couples had a chance to stop and return down the windy mountain road to find safety, but the driver decides to go on, and after they find nothing but blinding snow and wind, the driver thinks, 'Maybe I made a mistake.'

He doesn't know how bad a mistake he has made until the Blazer runs out of gas and they are forced to come to a halt in the middle of nowhere. Dark, cold, silent.

I really enjoyed this short story that has the power to be creepy, scary and grows from there to a nightmarish frenzy. It's one of those stories that you think, while reading, 'That could never happen.' Could it?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Usefull more as a writing exercise than as entertainment December 17, 2011
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"They" (2010) is a short story by Vincent Hobbes, one of the free ones I have picked up for the Kindle - which may someday be meaningful if I ever get a Kindle - and read on the computer. There is not much too it, but that is not to say that it is bad. It is lacking any sense of overall purpose; horror should mean something, I think, and "They" just sort of is.
Taking up approximately thirteen pages, "They" is long enough to have been more fully developed than it is. Hobbes fills it instead with suggestions of conversations and the structures of personal relationships (in this regard, I do like his brand of short hand). The monsters of "They" - it is that kind of horror - go unnamed, but it is relatively clear as to what they are. What is not clear is any broader context for them to exist or have motivations beyond being rapacious monsters.
Hobbes clearly has a decent sense of character and tone. He comes close to making his undefined characters into people, but for some reason stops short. Surprisingly, he doesn't give the kind of attention to the gore and violence that one would expect, given that these should be the ultimate payoffs to the story. That is why "They" ends up feeling a little incomplete or somehow rushed.
I don't know that I would make much of a recommendation of "They" to the general reader. It is free, so there is no real risk involved. It takes a very short time to read, so there isn't a lengthy investment if one finds they do not like it. And it is readable. But I think the real benefits of "They" are to look upon it as a writing exercise.
As someone who is not accustomed to reading much in the way of horror fiction - it took me a decade to realize that I like horror films - I cannot offer ultimate judgment to it. It is not the first thing I would recommend to a friend, but it may satisfy those who are much more familiar with the genre.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More story than so few words could handle. August 26, 2012
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THEY is a good story. That is the first thing I will say, so don't get hung up on stars here. It was fast and is a great way to spend a lunch break. There is a very pervasive feeling of doom almost from the onset and Vincent Hobbes does a splendid job of creating mood.

This is one of those stories that leaves everything to the imagination of the reader. You are forced to take a black and white image and fill in all the colors here and that is wonderful. You can get as deep into this tale as you like and scare yourself silly, or you can just read it as an outline and pass the time with it.

My complaints are that the story could use some polish and detailing to smooth out a few errors. Also, the minimalist approach is done well, but this seemed at times like an outline for something more in depth. There are times when Mr. Hobbes gives the reader some detail and that works, but it plays against the author in the sense that it is done in uneven doses. There is particular attention payed to one very gruesome and intense scene, but then the rest of the story makes that scene a touch awkward.

This is my first selection from Vincent Hobbes, and now I will seek out something full-length to see if his fine talent gives the payoff that I anticipate from having read this sample.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Short Story
THEY focuses on two couples traveling along a highway during a major snowstorm. While the fear of being stuck in the snow in the middle of nowhere sets them on edge, they soon... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Zagain
1.0 out of 5 stars NO STARS
I gave this story one star for one reason only. I don't know how to give it a zero star rating. Sorry, but it was terrible. A waste of disk space, little as that is.
Published 4 days ago by Michael D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good short story
Stop and ask for directions if you are lost. THEY might get you if you do not. It was a good storyline and could possible have a continuation to the story to find out who THEY are... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Christine Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars worth 15 minutes
First half of the book was a build up for two pages. Good story, but very predictable. Did not have to be that long.
Published 8 days ago by Siv Carina Busch
3.0 out of 5 stars predictable ending
Short story that kept my interest even though the ending was predictable. If you like suspense you'll like this short story.
Published 9 days ago by H.Rhoads
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally sucks
do not waste your time on this one.starts nowhere and goes nowhere.if it .was a regular book I would say it s not worth the paper it was written on.!!!!!
Published 12 days ago by mlke wynn
1.0 out of 5 stars No
Why would you not put a ending to such a great story! This does not cut it. I can't believe that you would do such a thing!!!! I am very disappointed.
Published 20 days ago by jane
1.0 out of 5 stars What the neck??
By the time it got started it was over. I think this book may have been good but the story just started to make me interested. What was They?
Published 22 days ago by wanda barr
2.0 out of 5 stars Let down.
This short story was a total let down. No explanations or resolution. You will finish this story and be disappointed. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Kimberly
3.0 out of 5 stars This wasn't a story... it was a bit of gore about some unknown horror...
This was a neat concept and great set-up with no payoff. Didn't like that the story didn't show "they," really at all. Read more
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More About the Author

Vincent Hobbes was born in Dallas, Texas in 1975. He has been actively writing most his life. His love, his roots, is horror. His recent releases primarily consist of horror, though he knows no limit in genre. His 2012-2013 releases range from horror, dystopian, science-fiction and fantasy. He's been widely reviewed, his fans having compared him to the likes of such greats as Philip K. Dick and Stephen King.

Mr. Hobbes writes with elegant prose, has unique plot-lines and great character development. His work is mind-boggling, his characters life-like, his ideas fresh in a dull market.

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