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Length: 11 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Jon Hartling had been writing aimlessly for many years before the stars aligned and he discovered his muse in the classic stories of H.P. Lovecraft.  With the invaluable help of his wife Heather in an editorial and technical capacity, he began writing short stories of weird fiction. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and children and dreams of one day owning a plush Cthulhu doll that's wearing a Green Bay Packers jersey and helmet. His demented cat Nikki may or may not be head-butting him at this very moment.

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  • File Size: 95 KB
  • Print Length: 11 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jon and Heather Hartling (July 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CHQY24
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Beth Kristen Nehme on August 29, 2011
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A young mother dies in childbirth and begs her husband to forgive her and accept the child. He looks down at a child that can't possibly be his, and decides that he loved his wife enough to raise her child even if she was unfaithful once. The boy is a sunny, bright child with an unusual preference for cold weather and a great imagination that insists he can talk to owls and invents a magical world. As the magical world becomes more real, the father fears that he will lose his child, and wonders what is really best for the boy.

I liked this father. He listened to his son and believed him even when what he said seemed impossible. Also, when confronted with the possibility of losing his son, he cared more about his son than about himself. This is a light, fast paced story with a satisfying ending. The horror comes from the universal fear of losing a child and not from anything creepy or monstrous.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Warfield on October 15, 2011
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THE SNOW OWL is a very pleasing short story centered around a boy who was born as his mother died. His mother's last words were that she was sorry, and his father wasn't sure what she meant, but when he saw a baby with very light hair and pale skin compared to his and his wife's dark hair and darker-toned skin he wondered what had happened during his wife's vacation. His wife had gone to Colorado to ski, a winter-lover, but the father loved summer and didn't ski and stayed home.

As the boy grows and begins to talk he speaks of a place called Lukana and he wants to go there. He also makes a snowman, but instead of the traditional snowman, he makes a snow owl, and one evening calls his father to look out the window and they see a real snowy owl outside. Jamie, the boy, claims to be the prince of Lukana and believes the snowy owl is a messenger from there.

I wouldn't call this a strict horror story, but fantasy instead. I thought the snow owls were interesting and unique in this story. The character of Jamie was special and one that I like. I also like the father who was frightened while at the same time protected his son, and didn't judge.

If you like stories that include animals and have a bit of fantasy to them, you should enjoy SNOW OWL by Jon Hartling.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodriguez on February 14, 2012
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What a nice short story! I loved it!

Synopsis: A loving couple. She dies during child birth but not before she asks him for forgiveness. As soon as he sees the baby he realizes that she asked for forgiveness because the child is not his. He makes the heart wrenching decision to raise this child as his own. At seven this child sculpts a snow owl and sets in motion a series of magical events where he confirms that he is Prince of Lukana and he will be traveling there soon.

Again, this story was AWESOME! The writing was on point. The author did a really great job in creating the ambiance, the intrigue and even a better job at wrapping this story up. It really left me wanting more. In fact I started to look up other books this author wrote.

I will definitely read Jon Hartling's other stories as well as re-read this one.

I recommend you pick this FREEBIE up on Amazon for Kindle!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 17, 2013
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The biggest point that caught my attention is the idea that a woman went on some skiing trip and was raped and impregnated by a demon.I thought this was a kids book? Glad I read it first before I let my 7 year old read it.Horror? Yes I guess thats what the reviews are saying, but personally, This book is just plain inappropriate.Its directed to children and It just weirds you out.I wouldn't give any star if I could.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 26, 2012
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The story seemed a bit on the strange side.....likely because it was lacking in length. Not sure if the author was trying to get a point across or not, but in the couple of minutes it took me to read it, I wasn't impressed...but will give him 3 stars for effort.....inside it, there is a REAL story begging to be told.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 11, 2012
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I have to say that I was very disappointed in this story. The beginning had so much potential to turn this into a full length novel, but after the weather changed...so did the book. Ending was a huge letdown for me. So much that I deleted off my kindle at the earliest possible moment. I am giving this a 2 star simply because it has potential. If the writer would go back and take another look at what they have written and possibly expand on the story, then maybe it could go somewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rainpebble on March 29, 2013
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The Snow Owl is a lovely little fantasy. It is about a young couple who differ in that she loves all things wintery while he hates to be cold and he loves all things summery while she hates the heat. So they decide that in the Spring and Fall they will take trips and do fun things outdoors together while in the Summer and Winter they will vacation and so outdoor activities on their own or with like minded friends.
After the wife comes back from a skiing vacation, they excitedly find out that she is pregnant. Sadly she dies during childbirth asking her husband to forgive her. When husband and now father sees the child he is shocked for while he and his wife were dark complected with dark hair and eyes, this baby is fair, blond & blue eyed.
The child is named Eric and not surprisingly to this reader, as he grows up he loves the winter weather, the snow and all things of the cold. When he is about 10 years of age there is a great snowfall and Eric builds a huge snowman. When his father compliments him on it, the boy tells him that it is not a snowman but a snow owl. Each day the sculpture takes on more of the look of the snow owl. The boy has been seeing owls in the trees at the edge of the property and the father decides to sit up one night and watch for the snow owls. In the midst of the night they come, four of them. And as the father watches, they fly around the snow owl sculpture and with their talons and wings work to make it more lifelike.
To tell you more of the story would be to spoil it for anyone who wishes to read this slim little book. I really enjoyed it for what it was, recommend it and gave it 4 stars.
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