- File Size: 1919 KB
- Print Length: 41 pages
- Publication Date: December 20, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N6J5I13
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Did You Forget About Me? Kindle Edition
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I love Andrew's prose. He's a master at tickling your senses: sight, smell, and touch with words. He has the ability to create rich environments without being overly descriptive. I highly recommend this book and any of Andy's other works too.
I recently read and greatly enjoyed an anthology of Christmas themed horror written by members of the Australian Horror Writers Association. That book was Hell's Bells and one of the stories within was Old Man Christmas, written by filmmaker/writer Andrew Cull. When Andrew reached out to me with a request to read and review his new short story, Did You Forget About Me? I jumped at the opportunity.
Cam Miller is a struggling actor and at age thirty he has yet to make his mark. When his long estranged father dies and leaves Cam his childhood home he contacts his sister and makes plans to visit the property. The trip brings back unpleasant memories and more.
I don't want to get into he nitty-gritty here. After all, this is just a short story and it's secrets should be discovered by the reader. I will say I enjoyed the experience and that Cull makes effective use of his filmmaker's eye for detail.
"I pulled the curtain aside. I could feel the cold pressing against the glass outside, wanting in."
Although this is only a short story, Did You Forget About Me? had something that's been missing in a lot of books I've been reading recently and that's "atmosphere."
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From the author's bio - Andrew Cull is both a writer and director. His first novel, Remains, is set for release in 2017.
"He had written to me a month or so before he died. I’d ignored the letter the same way I’d ignored all the others."
Cam Miller returns to his estranged father's house after 23 years to clean it out. Cam doesn't remember much about the farmhouse, though. Little by little, he begins to remember his childhood. Something has been waiting for him there. Something sinister. Something menacing.
"It's you he wants."
The atmosphere is dark and the dread is all too real. Andrew Cull gives the characters just enough depth to make you care about them. It will punch you right in the feels, while terrifying you. I read this one in the dark. I should have turned the lamp on. I couldn't sleep for a few hours after reading this one.
Urban legends might not be urban legends after all. The ending will shock you. In the end, everything will be revealed. I can still picture the ending in my mind. It will send shivers down your spine.
The dead visiting us…
The dead calling us to them….
Both scenarios are frightening and worth losing sleep over.
“Did You Forget About Me?” is definitely a horror story worth reading.
The story jumps back and forth from present day to Cam's memories when his mother whisked he and his sister away from their farmhouse twenty-three years prior. It was clunky, and made it difficult to stay with the story and what should have been a suspenseful tale.
From an editor's standpoint, there were issues that were a bit distracting, like missing and misplaced punctuation, lack of capitalization at the beginning of sentences, and the excessive use of "OK." However, these are things that the average reader may not even notice.
Others may like the way this story unfolds, so I won't not recommend it. (Yes, I know I used a double negative.) If you're looking for a quick read, then you may like it more than I did.
Though short, a novelette my guess, Did You Forget About Me? packs a surprising punch. Being short, it still holds a relatively slow-burning wick, building on childhood turmoil to offer a sense of impending dread. Then it turns left and the original issue is not the terror of the tale.
Clunky at times, and somewhat erratic in its finale, there’s a hell of a lot more to like about this story than dislike. It’s quick, engaging, and entirely entertaining.
It's ghostly, and ghastly, has the haunted house-ish thrills, really something enjoyable here.
As far as picking a story to read in an under an hour (quick reader or not), you can do much worse than to pick up this short by Andrew Cull.