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Denning Swamp - A Ghost Story by [Gaffield, John]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 144 KB
  • Print Length: 11 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ES4IIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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I'll have to read more of John Gaffield to get a better sense of his style. Denning Swamp just gains some momentum promising some chills but just quits abruptly. A common problem with so many of these short stories. More of a camp fire story feel with a small build up then a quick "BOO". Not enough for me to recommend.
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"Denning Swamp - A Ghost Story" is a short horror story by author John Gaffield. This Kindle e-book was a 95 Kb download (approx. 9 printed pages in length) and was free (normally $0.99) at the time of writing this review.

<spoilers>

Jack lives alone in a house near the swamp... got it real cheap. But it is peaceful in the this area although somewhat isolated... no correct that, very isolated.

<end spoilers>

Some thoughts on "Denning Swamp"...

1.) the type of creepy atmosphere that could only be found in a swamp at nighttime.

2.) a slow methodical ratcheting up of the tension as Jack's situation goes from bad to worse.

3.) although the author provides a few remote suggestions as to the cause of Jack's predicament, no real explanation is ever given to provide the reader with some of the whys or wherefores as to the reason for the situation that Jack finds himself in. There is a definitive ending but the reason for it was missing.

Conclusion:
A well told, spooky ghost story.
A little more detail could have provided some missing answers and made for a more satisfying ending.

As it is... 4 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
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Like someone else mentioned, I was scared after downloading this and noticed it was from the same author as "The Ghost of Birch River Cabin". I liked the idea in that book but had a lot of problems with its execution.

John Gattfield, the author, has a way of titling his books that make them attractive to me, The Ghost of Birch River Cabin, Denning Swamp, etc. Books named like that will attract me as this one did and his other ones do too. I'm glad I didn't recognize the name until I had downloaded it already or I might have skipped it.

So, enough of that, here, in Denning Swamp, Gaffield has come a long ways in his story telling. There was one part where the conversation was a little stiff, but in reality it was quite a real conversation between friends on break at work. Maybe I was expecting the worst and was hyperfocusing on it. Missing was the technical manual style of writing that plagued some of his other books.

Congrats to Gaffield on this book, its short, there is a mystery and it left me wanting more.
I look forward to more of his books.
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I must say that I was really, really pleasantly surprised by this book. I cringed after I downloaded it and noticed that this was the same author who wrote the short, The Ghost of Birch River Cabin, a book I gave 1 star to. But this one was much more "beefed" up and was more developed. This one gave me the desire to check out one of his full length books and that maybe my one star review was a fluke for this author. Time will tell!
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I did not like the previous short story by this author, yet this one hit the nail on the head. Short, yet creepy and scary at the same time. It had the feeling of an effective ghost story told around the campfire; scares the listeners, but leaves the unknown open just enough to allow their imaginations to fill in the rest of the scare.
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Ok, not great, but not terrible either. Read like a pretty well done high school english class submission. No real complaints about it, just not wow either.
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The story ended when it finally got interesting.

Poorly edited, the beginning of the story is too long, and the ending too short.
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