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Ant Apocalypse by [Swardstrom, Will]
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Length: 62 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 2342 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications; 1 edition (November 20, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F7E77WS
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Ant Apocalypse is a short story that can be consumed in one to two nights. Perfect for those times you want a fun read, but don't want to commit to a whole book.

The story line is reminiscent of those oh-so-popular "B" science fiction movies. I can just hear the MST3K team making fun of the scenes while I read the book, but that is a good thing because this was supposed to be campy story.

I identified with the dreaded ant invasion, as I have one every year at my own house, but the story slowly wraps and twists the horror into itself until you realize you are on the edge of your seat (as I did when there was a noise from the next room and I jumped.)

In short, I recommend this book. Enjoy.
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This bit of horror is a slow burn - fun and well-written, but long on anticipation, so hang in there. It's written in that memoir-ish style that catapults you along toward a finish you know is coming, but dread all the same. Clean and creepy. Nicely done. Read it over lunch for a 99 cent treat. Bargain!
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Ant Apocolypse was my first read of anything Will Swardstorm has written, and I am happy I picked it up. Ant Apocolypse is a quirky little story about a husband and wife who buy their first "home" in Kentucky, only to find it infested with Ants. No, Not a spoiler, as the title of the book kind of gives the reader a heads up!

Beyond the build-up of Rick and Jennifer's new adventure, I found the story quite believable. I could imagine everything Swardstrom was describing as if I was there in the double wide. An unfortunate ending, but I could not imagine any other way to solve the problem as Rick did. Such a brave soul, and a hero to boot.

I did find it interesting though, that none other than Hugh Howey made his way into the story as well. Man, that guy is everywhere!

I look forward to more writing from Will, and you should too. He's got game!
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So I'm lousy at math. THE POINT IS, this is one amusing… and creepy… story. Well crafted and draws you in, its hard to put down. Except when you get the heebie jeebies. Segmented insects….crawling where they don't belong…. yikes!
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By turns darkly humorous and downright disturbing, Ant Apocalypse by Will Swardstrom is a novella that reminded this reader of the works of a young Stephen King. Similar to King's short story "Uncle Otto's Truck" (found in the anthology "Skeleton Crew"), Swardstrom employs a voiceless antagonist to tweak the atmosphere and ratchet up tension as the story unfolds. In this case the antagonist is the eponymous ants, who relentlessly harry and torment the narrator through a series of increasingly uncomfortable encounters. What begins as a slow, almost invisible invasion quickly overwhelms Rick, a young husband and father-to-be who is clearly out of his element when it comes to the many-legged army laying siege to his new home. Outnumbered and overrun, Rick is forced to resort to drastic measures to protect what is most dear to him. With his signature tight prose and unique setup, Swardstrom demonstrates once again why he is an emerging talent on the independent author scene worth watching (and reading).
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Who hasn't experienced that random weirdness that is the sudden appearance of ants? Given that I live on the water, my house has had it happen a few times, when the water rises and the ants climb upward.

For most of us, it is a temporary annoyance that we deal with and forget about.

Not so, Rick! This short story made for a fun, but slightly creepy, evening read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I got the heebie jeebies a few times and even had that tickle feeling like something was on my skin. A story is very well written when it can do that to you!

The battle of the ants, and the mysterious powder, was fab, but it was the last paragraph that sealed the deal. I love this story. Good job!
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Boy, do I hate ants. They are creepy little life forms. I'm not sure why I decided to read this. Someone recommended it to me, I think.

I do enjoy a well written short story, though, which is not always easy to find. This is one of those. I read it in one sitting, and found it to be a fun read. I felt sorry for poor clueless Rick, knowing that things could not end well for him. A couple of his encounters with the enemy were very creepy. Ant killer with a creepy label? Oh, dear.

The ending? A whole new level of creepy. If you like a fast read with an unexpected turn or two, you'll like this horror-lite story. Even if it is creepy.
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This is a great short story about "just some minor problems" the main character experiences with ants in his house ;-). I have asked myself a few times in the past, what if... what if the ants I see once in a while on my counter or in the straight line from the window to the cabinet in the kitchen that houses the sugar - what if they would not go away. What if they would come back. More of them. Many, many more. I loved the story. Quick, fun read, very entertaining, even a little heart felt in the end. The cat was a great touch. Outch!!! Read the labels for your ant killer powder carefully! Great job!
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