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The Disembodied [Kindle Edition]

John Grover
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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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: (November 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FQDV9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,374 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
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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
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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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2 of 2 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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars The Disembodied September 27, 2014
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Started well, moved fairly quickly into the plot and built a bit of the back story. Needed more background, and more motivation toward either flight or attempted flight. Good concept, decent for a short story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Ehh story was ok. It was very predictable.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars "This is why we sew up the mouths of the dead."
Rich in atmosphere and truly creepy without being gross, this short story was a lot of fun to read. Lots of style, and I think that the author's take on zombies was unique and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Phantom Prowler
3.0 out of 5 stars The disembodied
It was a scary story but not really long enough. They could have done a lot more with this story but overall pretty good
Published 4 months ago by Kim Railey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Greg Blakeslee
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
Scary short story. This was really scary and well thought out storyline. Unexpectedly good. Recommended reading but with a warning.....Scary
Published 5 months ago by KP
3.0 out of 5 stars Short Story That was So Good It Should Have Been Longer!
I really liked this story. I realize it was a short story, but I wanted it to go on a little longer! Don't forget to sew up those dead people's mouths!
Published 5 months ago by Joann Pettiford
4.0 out of 5 stars The Disembodied
This is a very good short story. Well written and just scary enough. A good book to read on a dark and stormy night.
Published 7 months ago by Margaret A. Croyts
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but good
If you like to read short stories. This is the book to read. I think that this book is a five stars.Anita Mendibles-Westover
Published 7 months ago by Glen Westover
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
If you're looking for something different, this is the one!! I love this story line!! Definitely something new. Bravo Mr Grover!!
Published 7 months ago by Rhonda Greene
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, I guess
It was a decent book. I enjoyed it, and I liked the twist ending. But it was a little dry, it had some excitement, and suspense, but no gore. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lily Skye Shaw
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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 or his facebook author page for more information.

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