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The Demon Version [Kindle Edition]

Caleb Casey
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Book Description

NOTE: This story is now also available as part of the compilation "Now You'll Never Know: A Collection of Strange Stories."

Three young women. One possessed. Rush her to a hospital? A church? Or maybe they'll prefer the demon version. (A short story.)

Excerpt #01 (the beginning of the story):

"I think this room is haunted."
The three girls are standing in the open doorway, looking in. Through the only window, past a skeletal, ice-covered tree outside, the full moon looks like it's only a few feet away. A black scuff on the white wall looks vaguely like a disembodied face.
Emily Foster, the tall one, looks bored. "I'm sure it is," she says, adjusting her thick-rimmed rectangular eyeglasses, "but the bar closes in a few hours and I don't want to be sober all night."
Arica Kobayashi, the short one, adds to her initial objection. "It's freezing in here, too."
Emily: "An unfortunate side effect of December."

Excerpt #02:

"A church can do an exorcism or something?"
"Have you ever read The Exorcist or seen the movie?"
"No," Arica says.
"Well, two people die during the exorcism scene at the end," Emily says. "Besides, I liked the demon version of the little girl better than the regular one."

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Product Details

  • File Size: 121 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Publisher: C. Casey; 2 edition (January 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006V73IL4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well that was creepy July 14, 2012
By mr dead
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just finished reading this a few moments ago and felt it was so good i wanted to review it right away with the thought of it still in my head. i love a good story that affects you in that way.
so its creepy and inventive. i have now read all his other stories and i find myself wanting two things.
1 i want more of them and 2 i want them longer. i swear if there was a full length novel of his i would buy it right away.
as for the story itself its a good demonstration of what someone can do with a short story. you dont need to know every detail of how why and what. it is there and as long as you are drawn into it and riveted to it you will be reading it to the end and find yourself wanting more of it. that is the effect i had from this one.
i once read the acid house by Irvine welsh and i think this is the story he hadnt thought of
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was longer! July 23, 2012
By lilbic
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've never read C. Casey's work before, and I wanted to give it a shot since I enjoy horror and supernatural stories. I really enjoyed this story, and my only complaint is that I wish it had been longer. It's a perfect short story, with all the elements to keep the reader involved until the very end. However, it could be expanded upon for one heck of a novel!
The characters are very much like anyone who may know, or have met at some point, so they feel comfortable right from the beginning. I have to say that it's one of the things that will make me love a story; being comfy with the people I'm reading about.
I'm never one to give anything away in a story, but I will say that I'll read more of his work, and I'll keep my fingers crossed that a full length story gets releases in the future. Well done!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be good, with a few changes. June 15, 2012
By S
Format:Kindle Edition
The Demon Version.


For me, this story didn't really work. There wasn't any build up in tension. Instead we get a mishmash of drinking, chatter and going back and forth thrown together with an unexplained possession from a 'haunted room' which wasn't described or grounded in any sort of lore or back-story. There's a haunted room, one of them went in it, acted a bit odd including superhuman strength & hypnotism then it's all over for no rhyme or reason.

However I do think the author has some potential. If he dropped the colon used to precede speech, and built the creepy up slowly rather than the jerky unsupported approach shown here then he could write a fairly good story. The style of the prose is engaging, and there is an appropriate balance between dialogue and action. It just needed a few tweaks, and a bit more grounding as to what the horror element actually entailed. I wanted to know how the room was haunted, why they stayed there anyway, what effect it had on people and perhaps a lore or legend as to how the 'haunted room' came to be haunted. I'd also like a more detailed ending that shows how she became depossessed.

This has the bare bones of a workable story, but it needs the flesh added. Forehadowing, a reason for the demon's presence and a more grounded approach to how he possesses (and when that possession ends) would improve this story considerably.

All in all, I think a rating of 2.5* rating is a fair reflection of this short story. I have therefore rounded up to 3* taking into account the low price point.

Our story starts with Emily, Aricia and Kira going out for drinks.
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More About the Author

Caleb Casey lived in a haunted house when he was very, very young. "Now You'll Never Know: A Collection of Strange Stories," published in July 2012, is his first book. Three of the stories included in it - "The Winged Things," "The Demon Version," and "The Insomniacs" - have been available for Kindle since January of 2012.

Learn more about Caleb Casey from one of his digital alter egos:

From the Product Description for "Now You'll Never Know: A Collection of Strange Stories": Nine horror stories filled with strange events and dark humor.
A weird apocalypse and "The Winged Things" are prowling outside. Stay put, or run to the nearest church? ...An impossible car accident. What will happen when "The Scarlet Spider" meets The Bloody Fly? ...Three young women, one possessed. Schedule an exorcism? Or will they prefer "The Demon Version"? ...Co-workers don't seem quite right. Are the "Drones Like Us" human, or are they something else? Does it matter? ...Will the escape plan work? Will there be "No Blood" or lots of blood? ...A girl found bleeding and freezing in the snow. No one else around, except for "The Insomniacs". ...The "Rain" will not stop. Is there something in the water? ...Bonus stories: Can two ex-surfers survive an encounter with the drug lord El Spock while starting a business called "Frugs, Inc."? After getting kicked out of rehab, will the two ex-surfers be able to stay "Frog Sober"? Will they want to?

Excerpt from "The Winged Things"
I don't where the winged things came from, but there seems to be a lot of them. They're tapping at the windows, occasionally peering inside with their black eyes, scratching at the doors, scraping against the walls, walking across the roof with their clawed feet.
We're holed up in a dead guy's house.

Excerpt from "The Scarlet Spider"
Scarlet is staring at me like a spider might study an unusual looking fly that's been caught in its web, a mix of curiosity and appetite.
I nod, saying nothing. I know I've got blood all over me. I wonder if I look like a victim or a perpetrator.

Excerpt from "The Demon Version"
"A church can do an exorcism or something?"
"Have you ever read The Exorcist or seen the movie?"
"No," Arica says.
"Well, two people die during the exorcism scene at the end," Emily says. "Besides, I liked the demon version of the little girl better than the regular one."

Excerpt from "Drones Like Us"
He's thinking this: There's been a lot of turnover lately; we always have new faces and new voices. And these faces and these voices don't seem quite right.

Excerpt from "No Blood"
I should pound the consciousness out of him.

Excerpt from "The Insomniacs"
She seems alarmed. The girl tries to sit up, shedding the jacket. Her blonde hair is stained red and matted to her face and scalp. Her eyes are still closed and caked with blood. She reaches out towards me, touching the zipper on my sweatshirt. She moves her hand upward until it reaches my face; she touches it like a blind person might.
"We can't be here," she says. "We have to go now."

Excerpt from "Rain"
"Here we are in the middle of the biggest flood ever, and you need a weather man to tell you that it's raining?"

Excerpt from "Frugs, Inc."
El Spock demands an explanation. The miscreants do their best, resulting in pretty much what you'd expect from the two stoned CEOs of Frugs, Inc. at two in the morning. El Spock repeats one word of their rambling answer: drugs. He says it in English first, then in espanol. Drogas.

Excerpt from "Frog Sober"
Tray and Cole debate whether there's some kind of support group and meeting for people who are hooked on being sober.
They decide to take the first step toward leaving their version of sobriety and entering the world of the alcoholics. Perhaps they won't get kicked out of the next meeting.

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