- File Size: 717 KB
- Print Length: 60 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Killer Ink Press; 1 edition (July 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 25, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E5YMZP0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,716,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Consuming Kindle Edition
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If you like your stories on the eerie side, The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins is well worth a read.
In the spirit of full disclosure, you should know that I was one of the lucky few to read this story before its release in the "Tales from the Mist" anthology in October, 2012, and that I was privileged to have one of my stories published in the same anthology. There are no spoilers here, so you can experience every well-crafted shock and OMG moment "The Consuming" has to offer.
Ms. Hopkins has taken the classic components of a solid haunted house tale and engineered a piece of literary horror with a wonderfully spooky vibe. There is a journey of self-discovery that mirrors the protagonist's exploration of the house and its history, giving us very well developed and sympathetic character. The house, itself, also feels like a living character; perhaps a well-disguised homage to Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher." As the plot unfolds at a perfect pace, we get to enjoy the building the sense of peril as Serena learns bit, by frightening bit, of the truth, until the climactic moment when she realizes what she's...
Well, I won't spoil it for you.
With a conclusion you won't see coming until it's too late, this story delivers on every promise. As with all great stories, "The Consuming" will haunt you long after you've finished reading. Ms. Hopkins masterfully leaves us with just enough of an open ending to make us want more. With a permanent place on my "Favorites" shelf, I still treat myself to a re-read when I feel like enjoying a bit of a scare.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Ms. Hopkins does with a novel-length story, where she has room to stretch out.
I am very much looking forward to reading more from this author.
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Taking just under an hour to read, this is the perfect story if you like a little mystery and the supernatural in your reading but aren't in the mood to take on the challenge of a full-length novel. Personally, I would have preferred this to be a little longer, perhaps with more involvement of the psychic friend but overall a fine short story that horror fans will appreciate.