- File Size: 4911 KB
- Print Length: 53 pages
- Publisher: BUOY MEDIA; 1 edition (April 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06ZXY1T82
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Better Watch Out Kindle Edition
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I'll admit, I almost want to Not like it from the beginning
When someone proclaims themselves as the "Queen Of Scream!" I'm thinking they are just asking for trouble.
But once I started in... well, that was simply too late.
I was in for the ride, unwilling to stop until "The End"
We have too much Santa nowadays. And we're getting him earlier and earlier now.
Maybe it's because I had the joy of working with one of the Rudest Santas in the world. "So how many brothers & sisters do you have? None?Well, your Mom looks like she could easily feed 5 or 6 kids..."
It was shocking how much action Santa got!
But Sara Really had a Bad Santa experience.
Sara has had seasonal issues with Christmas for most of her life and I quickly found myself Needing to know why.
This is a nicely put together story. It plays fair. No cats jumping out to do unnecessary Got Chas!
If it been possible, I would have given this a 4 1/2.
But I rolled up, rather than down - not wanting to ding Willow Rose.
I'm not sure I'm willing to put the Crown on her head yet, but I am looking to dig in and go through some of other titles.
And I'm willing to bet that she has some Real goodies all set tor the Best of holidays - Halloween!
In the short story, Better Watch Out by Willow Rose protagonist Sara tries to explain to her doctor why a fear of Santa should be considered more serious than fear of clowns. Maybe it was the long pointy brown fingernails that Santa showed Sara when Sara was visiting him in the Meridian Mall. Even at eight years old she knew that was wrong. The fingernails, the red eyes, and what looked like blood in his beard made Sara fearful every year around Christmas time. Her fear soon combined with frustration when nobody believed her about Santa killing her brother one year on Christmas Eve. Everyone believed she was the murderer despite her eyewitness report of Santa's misdeed.
It was on 15 December when Santa killed Rob Wilson, her boyfriend. It seems that Santa was expanding the time when he was most active. Again no one believed her. Again she was a suspect. Her parents had her committed for a few years but Sara knew she was innocent and eventually she convinced doctors enough to secure her release. She turned her life around. She got a job, met and married John, and gave birth to Molly. As Molly grew up, John wanted Molly to have a "normal" life and that included Santa Claus. All Molly's friends knew of Santa Claus and Molly wanted to participate. Sara, of course, objected.
Sara was really upset when she saw John at the Mall with Molly. Sara noticed the same Santa Claus from her youth, the one with long fingernails and pointy teeth. Sara had put up with enough. She would not let Santa have Molly; this time John could not have his way.
This is a tightly constructed fast-paced short story that could be amusing to some. If you long for the season of good cheer from your youth, if you long for a world of presents per annum from a benevolent large person in a red suit, this might not be the story for you.
You might not believe the story Sara told Dr. Hahn. He was to evaluate Sara. Based on his long experience he found it easy to dismiss her stories as self-serving. How were her stories of a brother's death and a boyfriend's murder self-serving? Dr. Hahn should have listened closer.
This is a fun coffee break read. Short stories are good for motivating folks to read. My son* read this one while on a doctor visit.
*son = He is fifteen years old. The idea of a malevolent Santa Claus amuses him.
Better watch out a short story about a young lady's fear of Santa. She explains a few events in her life which caused this fear and made her believe Santa to be a monster.
The writing style was good. The story was gripping, but too short. It was about 7 pages, taking maybe 10 minutes.
I will be reading more Willow Rose's books in the near future. Hopefully the full length books are not a disappointment.
I loved the buildup for this short story but it fell flat for me. Why was Sara Santa's chosen one? Why did Santa go after Dr. Hahn? What happens to Sara? and her case? now that Dr. Hahn is 'gone'? Short story or not, I don't like loose endings...tie it up!
Sara is trying to convince a prison Psychiatrist that her stories about Santa being a killer are true. From the death of her little brother, which she was blamed for, to other events in her life after that!! Absolutely LOVED the ending!!
I have been an avid reader all my life, have read other horror stories that were much better