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Warning Signs-A Short Story [Kindle Edition]

John Grover
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Book Description

Man's Best Friend. They are our companions, our protectors, a member of the family. So we should listen to them when they're trying to tell us something is wrong. Especially when it's something beyond our understanding...something only a dog could see. Witness one dog's desperate attempt to warn his master of the evil invading their home and lengths he will go to in order to protect everything he loves.
Pay attention next time your pet is giving you warning signs.

Warning Signs is a preview story from the author’s collection Creatures and Crypts released in late December 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 in the pale moonlight.

Product Details

  • File Size: 102 KB
  • Print Length: 13 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: (April 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007W84B4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars felt a bit cheated, sorry August 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
it does state that this is a short story, previewing a collection. However, in fact it just like the first chapter of a short story... it finishes just as the story starts, felt a bit cheated as would have got that as a sample from the book, instead I paid for it (ok, only 77p but still, some authors sell their whole books for that).

As a reader you start the book with the thoughts of the lab'dog Lucky, although this is a little disjointed as you switch between the dogs PoV and descriptive text; another irritation is the author keeps calling the dog an IT.

Was not impressed enough with the writing to carry on to the full collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read May 1, 2012
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Just finished it. What a wonderful twist on an everyday occurance. How many of us have yelled at the dog for barking at "nothing." I'll never listen to her mad barking the same way again. Thanks for the nightmares :-) Can't wait to read the entire book. Everyone should read this short story and find out for themselves how well written it is and get the book to read more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great point of view for this scary tale. July 16, 2012
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The author had me at "tennis ball." I love dogs, and Warning Signs is delightfully and convincingly written from the point of view of a dog. The writing's filled with that sweetly different sensitivity to light and shade, to smell and nature, and to the permanence and unchanging comfort of home. But a thread of danger quickly wakens... something the dog can sense that the owner can't. The dog, with infinite patience, accepts the owner's rebukes and tries, still tries, so desperately tries to save... Ah, if only we listened better to our pets, to our better halves.

Beautifully channeling the thoughts of a dog, scarily creating the nightmare threat of "something" in the dark, and building tension through love and attention to detail, John Grover creates a truly scary and intriguing short story in Warning Signs, another short story and truly enjoyable snippet from his Creatures and Crypts collection.

Disclosure: I bought a free ecopy of this tale and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warning Signs by John Grover May 2, 2012
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A very short story written from a unique point of view, Warning Signs explores the relationship between two residents of a home. One always on the lookout for danger, the other complacent and comfortably nestled in the security of the walls that surround.

All is not well within the house and danger is stalking. Only Lucky seems to sense the presence of a stranger. One who would invade and wreak havoc.

Written in the first person with an interesting, protagonist Warning Signs is a very short and quick read that will leave you wondering if paying more attention to even the smallest members of the household would be appropriate.

Karen Bryant Doering,
Parent's Little Black Book
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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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