- File Size: 91 KB
- Print Length: 18 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Black Sombrero Publishing (June 2, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 2, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0088JOJFW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,905,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Granny and the Hole - A Zombie Story Kindle Edition
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Hugh Hall is on a road trip with his wife, his little girl, and his dead mother-in-law, who is locked in the trunk. He's taking his family to the infamous O'Linn Hole where the dead can be resurrected...now if he can only get past the military...
Derek M. Koch's short story Granny and the Hole is a unique spin on the zombie sub-genre. The naively optimistic character of Hugh drew a nice contrast to his wife's increasing unease with the situation, especially as the Hall family grew steadily closer to their destination. I was intrigued. Unfortunately what started out with a promising dynamic and considerable tension devolved into an average zombie romp. Hugh's motivation for taking such a dangerous trip and putting his family at risk was unclear to the very end, and so it lacked believability. Did he love his mother-in-law? Does she know something he needs to know? The reader never finds out.
The story is missing a critical element - some deeper character development - that could really elevate it, and so I feel that this story is only average. Still, if you like zombie tales, you could certainly do worse.
Author of Brachman's Underworld
My only real "complaint" about the story is that I don't feel the title does enough to sell it to its potential audience. But that's a minor quibble. This is a good story. Zombie fans should like it. You should read it. I look forward to seeing more books and stories by Derek M. Koch!
What really works for me in this story is that, like all good zombie tales, it springs forth from relatable human feelings. The central figure is a guy named Hugh Hall who is on a road trip with his wife and daughter, but this is not your typical family getaway. In the trunk, they have Hugh's recently deceased mother-in-law, and Hugh's plan is to be able to drive close enough to this hole in Nebraska, a hole in the earth linked to a zombie outbreak, in hopes of resurrecting her. What unfolds is a journey that feels like a genuine family experience. There is a lot of uncertainty between Hugh and his wife, Dana, about the course they are taking intermixed with trying to keep the whole aim of the trip a secret from Janey, their daughter. All of the interactions between these well thought-out characters play out like a well-conceived family drama. The heart of this mission seems crazy, especially in light of the military presence that keeps people away from that part of Nebraska, but the impulse and emotion that would make someone try to resurrect an important family member if they could is real. Because of this relatable plot, you go along for the journey willingly, cringing and feeling the struggle of the characters.
When things start to disintegrate like they have to in good zombie tales, Koch pulls no punches. The violence that occurs is often gut-wrenching and palpable. In fact, the last part of the story proceeds in lightning quick page clicks that keep you rushing along, wishing and hoping for things to work out for Hugh and his family.
"Granny and the Hole" is a debut story that works very well. Koch has created some strong characters, an interesting scenario, and proves he is up to the test of delivering shocking scares.
That's about all the information I want to give you with this little gem as it is a short story and I don't want to give anything away. One tidbit I will share is Koch's zombies aren't referred to as zombies. They are Quaids named after the scientist who discovered the anomaly that brings the dead back. Granny and the Hole - A Zombie Story ''is an entertaining road trip type story. It takes it's readers down the road with some wonderful humor and great family moments. There is a heart pumping chase scene and, of course, deaths a plenty!
Fans of short stories that have plenty of twists and turns, a fun tale to tell and an element of horror that, while not necessarily terrifying, makes one think about the lengths we go to hold onto those we love.