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Four Corners Dark: A Collection of Short Stories by [McNally, William]
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'Four Corners Dark is a good and eerie read.' - GameVortex

From the Author

After a career as an executive, I now live with my wife inthe mountains surrounding Dahlonega, Georgia. I'vealways been drawn to dark and thought-provoking stories, an interest which ledto my first two books, Four Corners Darkand Beneath the Veil.
A visit to an eerie motorcycle shop in the middle of nowhereinspired The Knights of Moonshine. Ifound myself surrounded by a veritable museum of odd pieces of motorizedhistory, leaving me wondering about the shop's customers and any secrets theymight hide.
For updates on my plans and upcoming events, visit mywebsite at

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  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
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  • Publisher: LMM Publishing; First Edition edition (July 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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"Four Corners Dark" by William McNally is a collection of short stories that could not be better named. There are four stories in the book, and each is dark, somewhat depressing, and certainly melancholy. At the same time, they are extremely well-crafted stories. They are so good individually that I feel compelled to say something about each one.

First up is "Engine 18", a gripping narrative about a "coyote" helping smuggle desperate people across the border into the U.S. The story has demonic overtones that are deliberately revealed as the tale unfolds.

Next is "Return to Nowhere" about a man who inadvertently discovered that he cannot die - or at least he cannot STAY dead. Each time he gets himself in a bind, he jumps off a bridge and comes back to an entirely different life. Sometimes his new life is better than the one he just left, but fate finally catches up with him in the end.

The third tale is a novella called "The Raven Mocker". It delves into paranormal consequences set in motion over a century earlier, when the local Native American tribe agreed to let miners and loggers onto their land, if they would first kill a witch known as The Raven Mocker. But witches don't always stay dead. This one was really, really good at holding a grudge, and could assume just about any form to further her deeds of revenge. I don't believe there were any winners in this tale.

Finally, the book closes with "The Spinning Wheel" which is at once sad and uplifting. A widower ponders who will care for his 44 year old Down's syndrome son, after his own doctor tells him he has Alzheimer's. His remaining family and friends are all too old to assume such responsibility, and he wiped out his life savings as his wife unsuccessfully fought cancer a few years prior.
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This is a fairly fast read which you can easily finish in one sitting. There are three very short stories and one expanded story. Here are my thoughts on each:

Engine Eighteen starts out like many films about smuggling people into the US from Mexico (Think Paraiso Travel and El Norte) and starts to turn supernatural. The supernatural parts are a little bit confusing and it is if the people are being seduced by the Devil.

Return to Nowhere was my favorite tale and it involves a man who can commit suicide if he is unhappy with his life and then start a new life with elements of the prior existance changed.

The Raven Mocker is the longest story and had a feel like the film Horror Hotel and some of it seemed like a Stephen King short story. A couple (Terry and Abby) moves to a country lodge from where Terry's uncle had just died. The townsfolk all seem to be afraid of the woods around the lodge and Joseph the caretaker, seems to be the only one who knows what is going on. Weird things happen to the couple immediately and they get into trouble ignoring the advice of Joseph (hint: when you are in a haunted house and someone in the know warns you; heed the warning). I really didn't care for this tale as there was nothing new about it.

Spinning Wheel is about a widower caring for an adult son with Down Syndrome. The son starts building remarkable things and saying he was helped by an unseen friend. This story is my second favorite but it also is fairly easy to figure out.

Overall this book could have been a lot better. There are hints of a very talented writer that needs just a tad more seasoning to write some really good supernatural tales.
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Four Corners Dark is a well named collection of four short stories. Three of these are quite short and one, The Raven Mocker is a novella and covers about three quarters of the book. This is a relatively quick read which many will go through in one sitting.

I thought the best aspect of this book is that the author's imagination has come up with four quite different and really good ideas as the basis of these stories. In a world where so much is published, it is a challenge to create even one original plot and it is very much to Mr McNally's credit that none of his stories strongly reminded me of anything else I have read.

I thought that Return to Nowhere and The Spinning Wheel were excellent little tales. The first concerns a man who has realised that he cannot actually die. When the going gets tough he can commit suicide and is catapulted into some sort of parallel existence. The Spinning Wheel is about an elderly man who lives with his 44 year old son who has Downs Syndrome. The son starts exhibiting strange abilities to create with his building blocks. Now these two stories were quite different, but had one thing in common. They were relatively simple concepts, uncomplicated, which were well told stories each of which proceeded at a relatively gentle pace and to my mind were Five Star material.

I also liked the whole concept of The Raven Mocker. Its a great story line. However, the masters of horror stories really know how to deliver a story at a very measured pace. Tension gradually builds without a great deal necessarily happening, but menace is definitely there lurking in the background. When something does happen the reader metaphorically jumps! To my mind that is where this story did not achieve its potential.
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