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The Disembodied [Kindle Edition]

John Grover
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Book Description

The Disembodied-A Short Story by John Grover

In the trees. In the mist.

An apprentice mortician moves his family to the small town of Sotherton to provide them with a better life. Little did he know the dark secret the town and its people harbored.
The town sat on the edge of a mist-shrouded forest with a deadly secret. Something lives in the trees, in the mist and it’s jealous. Jealous of all those who have flesh.

Disembodied is a preview story from the author’s upcoming collection Creatures and Crypts due out in late 2011. Creatures of the living and the dead gather in a volume of over 70,000 words to stalk their prey…humans. 20 stories set the scene for a cast ranging from the Grim Reaper, shambling zombies and restless spirits, to unimaginable monsters that only inhabit the shapeless darkness and the author’s imagination. Join them as they wreak havoc on their unsuspecting victims and celebrate with a victory dance on hollowed bones.


Product Details

  • File Size: 82 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ShadowTales.com (November 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FQDV9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,167 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept Me Interested... December 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a pretty good short story. It kept me interested and the plot was good. Eerie and a little scary, nothing gory. A decent read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read, pretty good February 19, 2013
By S&D
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It wasn't the creepiest story I've read lately but it reads fast and keeps you interested. I would recommend it to anyone who has a half hour to kill and likes a good old-fashioned, tales from the crypt-like story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars maybe it's me? February 9, 2013
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I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but this story just seems too childish and rough. Maybe the next installment will be better, but I don't think I'll be buying it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little creepy for my taste. December 5, 2012
By MLW
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This book wasn't horrible, just wasn't great. Kind of creepy, but not in the edge-of-your-seat-can't-wait-to-see-what-happens kind of way, just weird. I guess it's ok for a freebie, but I would never recommend paying actual money for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chills in short order! July 13, 2013
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John Grover sure knows how to make things horrifying in quick order. A mishap in preparing a dead body for viewing at a funeral home allows the mist that hangs in the woods around town to sneak into the body of the deceased and inhabits her flesh and becomes her host. The body then begins to attack the two morticians, with Mathew, newly moved to the town, witnessing this for the first time.

Action and terror are quick, and the pace is picked up right after the first page and is relentless. While only 20 pages in length, this story will be over before you know it.

He tries to create a bit of family dynamic with a family member being in inhabited, but that doesn't come off as well as you would think. The scenarios created are more of the central focus than the characters, so you don't really get the time to make much of a connection.

The Bottom Line: Quick to the punch and quick to terrify, The Disembodied is filled with chills that leaves a lot of questions unanswered. However, there is a companion story in the book of short stories that this is in if you want to learn more about the cursed town on the edge of Murk woods.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite work April 8, 2013
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Although the premise is kind of silly (people are usually dead for hours before a mortician gets to them, so I'm not sure how having the mortician sew lips together would keep the problem under control for fifty years), the author brings it around to a solid "trapped in the house" type horror story.

I don't think I'd pay for it, but it was a relatively entertaining free read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it July 7, 2012
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This is a pretty good and creepy little story. The author did a good job of keeping my attention and the ending was good. I will be reading more books by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well July 13, 2014
By Mel
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It's a book. You might like it. You might not. All you can do is see for your self
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting short story
Short but keeps you guessing and wondering looking forward to bc reading more of his work going it will be as interesting
Published 20 days ago by Jessica woolard
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
This was a really good book.
I chose this rating because the book disembodied is a suspenseful book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keyona Quashai Teague
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
This book was good. Very short and an easy read. I would recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction
Published 1 month ago by stullert
3.0 out of 5 stars Zombies!
I liked the different spin on how the zombies were "born" . Very short story, but entertaining. I liked it.
Published 1 month ago by fonzie
4.0 out of 5 stars The Disembodied
An apprentice mortician moves to a small town and forgets the most important task when preparing a body for burial here on the edge of a mist shrouded forest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The most a-mazing bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
this short story is one of the best short story I ever read. in my opinion this book should be a little bit more.
Published 2 months ago by Adriana
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
loved the beginning of this, bought the free sneak peak. will be purchasing the book as soon as classes let up on he homework!
Published 2 months ago by SoFun
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Short Story
I went on a bit of a short story downloading kick the other night, and 'The Disembodied' was one of about a dozen stories I read in one night. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ultraviolent
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a good book but......
I think it should be longer and it could've been more to read.....rather than that it was a good book
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Please?
The premise behind this eBook drew my curiosity: the sewn mouths, the mist, the terror---all very spine chilling. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ireadebooks
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More About the Author

John Grover is a fiction author specializing in Horror, Fantasy and Sci-fi. He resides in Massachusetts and completed a creative writing course at Boston's Fisher College. He is a member of the New England Horror Writers.

Some of his more recent credits include Frozen Stiff: A Zombie Novella, The Song of the Ancestors fantasy series, Best New Zombie Tales Vol 1 by Books of the Dead Press, Epitaphs: Journal of the New England Horror Writers, The Vermin Anthology, The Northern Haunts Anthology by Shroud Publishing, Wrong World, The Silver Blade, Alien Skin Magazine, Aurora Wolf and more.

He is the author of several collections, novellas and novels including the recently released If God Doesn't Show-an apocalyptic, Cthuhlu mythos novel published by Permuted Press. Please visit his website www.shadowtales.com or his facebook author page www.facebook.com/pages/John-Grover-Dark-Fiction-Author for more information.


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