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The Disembodied by [Grover, John]
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Length: 19 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 82 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ShadowTales.com (November 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FQDV9U
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It wasn't the creepiest story I've read lately but it reads fast and keeps you interested. I would recommend it to anyone who has a half hour to kill and likes a good old-fashioned, tales from the crypt-like story.
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John Grover sure knows how to make things horrifying in quick order. A mishap in preparing a dead body for viewing at a funeral home allows the mist that hangs in the woods around town to sneak into the body of the deceased and inhabits her flesh and becomes her host. The body then begins to attack the two morticians, with Mathew, newly moved to the town, witnessing this for the first time.

Action and terror are quick, and the pace is picked up right after the first page and is relentless. While only 20 pages in length, this story will be over before you know it.

He tries to create a bit of family dynamic with a family member being in inhabited, but that doesn't come off as well as you would think. The scenarios created are more of the central focus than the characters, so you don't really get the time to make much of a connection.

The Bottom Line: Quick to the punch and quick to terrify, The Disembodied is filled with chills that leaves a lot of questions unanswered. However, there is a companion story in the book of short stories that this is in if you want to learn more about the cursed town on the edge of Murk woods.
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This was a pretty good short story. It kept me interested and the plot was good. Eerie and a little scary, nothing gory. A decent read.
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This book wasn't horrible, just wasn't great. Kind of creepy, but not in the edge-of-your-seat-can't-wait-to-see-what-happens kind of way, just weird. I guess it's ok for a freebie, but I would never recommend paying actual money for it.
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Although the premise is kind of silly (people are usually dead for hours before a mortician gets to them, so I'm not sure how having the mortician sew lips together would keep the problem under control for fifty years), the author brings it around to a solid "trapped in the house" type horror story.

I don't think I'd pay for it, but it was a relatively entertaining free read.
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*May contain spoilers.

"The Disembodied" is a complete short story and a sample for a lengthier anthology that was published later. So John Grover managed to come up with a little local legend (not sure if it's an actual legend in some vague town) and make it his own. I will not reveal the legend, you'll just have to read for yourself.

The book is littered with minor mishaps of editing and punctuation. The very first sentence suffers from bad capitalization (should read "Murk Woods"). "The town sat on the edge of Murk woods, woods believed to be cursed."

When the hovering body appears in the morgue, the book says "it screamed again" and in looking back, I realized that the body didn't scream the first time. So it should say "it screamed".

And then there are weird sentences with seemingly extra words. Exp. "Instead he struck the its naked leg, hacking into it."

The things in the mist were described as being impatient and then two sentences later, the book reads "they are evicted so to speak and they head straight back to Murk, waiting patiently", which sounds strange. Are they patient or impatient?

'"Gerald! Gerald!" Mat stood there, the phone cradled in his hands, the feeling of being watched shimmering over his body." - I'm not sure shimmering is the right word.

There were sentences where it kind of seems like two sentences were smashed together. Exp. '"Dad!" Sharon called, rising from her chair, screaming was joined by thuds."

The last mistake happened at the very end, where it broke the pace of reading. "Searching about he for a moment he finally pulled the bottle of whiskey into the open."

Having said all that, the storytelling itself is good.
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Started well, moved fairly quickly into the plot and built a bit of the back story. Needed more background, and more motivation toward either flight or attempted flight. Good concept, decent for a short story.
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This is a short and quick read which is great for your lunch break at work. The author does a good job of setting the stage for the story, and describes the scenes with such clarity you can almost imagine there are ghosts / demons such as the ones he describes in his story and doesn’t make you stretch your imagination or ever feel as if you don’t know what is going on: due to the length of a short story, I think that’s fairly impressive vs. a novelist who may develop multiple chapters (or a whole book) just to lay the groundwork for the big conclusion.

I found this enjoyable and would recommend it if you are looking for a short, yet good, read of about 10-15 minutes. I picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion vs. its normal price of 99 cents. While the Kindle version of this story is still free as I type up this review, even if the price reverts back to 99 cents I felt like I received a lot more than 99 cents in entertainment value.
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