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The Encampment By The Gorge & Blood Memory (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 30) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07XKVKGGZ
- Publisher : Demain Publishing; 1st edition (September 27, 2019)
- Publication date : September 27, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 321 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 76 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B086PJH4GV
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,625 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The first story is truly terrifying. A road crew encounter something unexpected after their guard dogs go missing.
The second story borrows from indigenous myth to craft a multi layered story that feeds the fire for real life magic in my heart.
I can’t wait to read what this author writes next.
Let’s start with The encampment by the Gorge. I thought I knew where this story was going, it seemed pretty straight forward about a group of guys hunting down a killer, but it became more than that. It became something I want to talk about, but it would certainly ruin the ending. What I can say is it painted interesting images in my head about a land I’d like to visit one day. Not that exact location in Australia, of course, but the country itself.
Blood Memory talks about crocodiles and hunting. Not the crocodile hunter, as funny as that may have been, but ancient creatures and the social commentary on what media chooses to print and not print was right on the money. I could see this story playing out almost exactly as it happened, minus the initial guide. This was my favorite of the two stories because it was more focused on the protagonist. We got to know him and the characters he interacted with better, and the layers to this story sucked me in more.
Overall, I think this one is worth your time. It’s a little under 70 pages, it’s a real quick read that has interesting components to offer, and shows you a side of Australia that may be more real than fiction.
“Blood Memory” is about a reporter, Jones, and a law enforcement officer, Kulka, who are searching for a missing boy that was probably attacked by crocodile, a really, really big one. Or maybe a mischief spirit is the culprit. Ashford gives clues along the way (some of them gruesome clues), and the mystery ramps up to a satisfying ending.
Another fine Short Sharp Shocks! book I downloaded with my Kindle Unlimited subscription.
Top reviews from other countries
The Encampment by the Gorge carries a real Heart of Darkness vibe throughout. Set out in the woods, a terrible tragedy has occurred with the locals not taking too kindly to outsiders entering their homeland. I say homeland, it’s not as though they’re a secret tribe in the wilderness, just denizens of an illegal commune. So blood-spilling is to be expected, I guess.
The group want revenge for their murdered friend and mutilated dogs, so they prepare for battle. Although what they encounter is certainly not what they expected. It would be easier if the enemy was simply human. But alas, the guys have to contend with sentient innards, undead beasts, and horrifying monsters.
The gore on offer here was nicely handled, with a few icky moments captured in entrail-splattered glory. The descriptions of the devoured dogs will have animal lovers everywhere screaming ‘noooo’ at the pages. The ‘cooee’s’ that surround the group of vengeance-hunters from within the trees are terrifying. Death could indeed spring from anywhere. There was a real unnerving atmosphere surrounding them. It seems nowhere is safe in these here parts.
Blood Memory follows a journalist just trying to write a good story. A local kid has gone missing, presumably the victim of a crocodile attack. As the journalist uncovers dark secrets and ancient folklore, he wishes he’d just stayed at home and written a piece on a brave cat saving the day, or something.
The beast is more than simply a crocodile, but I won’t say too much else. Needless to say, there is yet more death and gruesome gore. People are not who they seem, and the warnings provided to our brave journalist should probably have been heeded.
Zachary Ashford knows how to describe disgusting things, which is a great thing if you want to freak out your audience. I really enjoyed these two tales, as I totally dig disgusting stuff.
These two stories are right up there with the other excellent instalments in this series. You wanna get Short Sharp Shocked? Look no further.
After that, naturally, I was quick to drop a quid on this duo and found some thematic similarities, but also some distinct differences in 'Encampment by the Gorge.' Again, we find ourselves dropped into a situation where the proverbial sh*t has hit the fan and people are dealing with a crisis. This is a great stroke of work, partly because it means we are thrown headlong into the action, but also because, even in a piece as short as this, we immediately begin to discover much about our characters, as they are under strain and facing an unknown, yet deadly enemy.
Australianisms abound in the prose and I almost read the text in an Aussie accent, which added a certain thrill, as beyond Alan Baxter, Steve Dillon and Kaaron Warren, I am not familiar with a wealth of Australian writers within genre. When things go wrong, the visions of terror are reminiscent of something out of a John Carpenter movie, likened to things familiar while retaining sufficient otherness that they chill you to your bones.
If you want something bloody but well-written, visceral but thoughtful, this here is for you.
What can I say without giving too much away? Two stories that plunge you straight in and don't ease off until you're done. Ashford really is the master of bush horror, the messed up David Attenborough of the dangerous side of Australia.