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KID by [Emmett, Steve]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 14 pages
  • Publication Date: July 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HE159O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I swear I spent more time thinking about this book than reading it. At only 12 pages long, you might not think that an author can cram in scenes so vivid that every sense comes alive. It's creepy and disturbing. I think the choice Kid made was 100% the wrong choice. The ending isn't well-defined but I'm left with the feeling that the results of this gift aren't going to make Kid's life any better. Definitely a 5 star short story.
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"So traumatized was she by the creature to which she had given birth she never named him, and he'd been known simply as Kid ever since." Kid is approached by a dark character offering him one wish and unfortunately for Kid he doesn't trust his own instincts to beat a path. Some very descriptive scenes of torture follow demonstrating to me the author's ability to write and making him one to watch if you enjoy the horror genre (which I do).
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Remember Steve Emmett's "Diavolino"? You know, the one that makes Stephen King's most horrifying fiction seem like fairy stories; the one that, if you're fortunate enough to be in Italy, makes you check out your surroundings twice.

If you thought that was a masterpiece of horror, take a look at his "Kid". This may be a short story but Steve has condensed as much into it as most authors would in a complete novel. He excels at concise, no-holds-barred prose and this is horror in its rawest form. If you love to be terrified, then this is a page turner that will have you panting for more. It had my eyes out on stalks, and I'm not squeamish. A keeper.
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This short story has several good qualities going for it. The main character is sympathetic and very well fleshed-out for such a brief tale. The writing is concentrated on making you "sense" every moment of Kid's existence that is described. Description could well be said to be the soul of this story.

I wish I could say plotting was the heart, but I failed to note that there was a heart to the narrative. Maybe the old saying, "actions speak louder than words," is the message/heart here. Maybe it's that even the desperate and choiceless are never really left without some other recourse. I don't know.

The writing is viscerally compact and alarming, which works great for many fans of the horror genre, including me. It's why I'm giving this three stars. Minus two stars because it isn't something that will haunt me or stick in my head for long. I think with a little more life (to eviscerate later) would have made all the difference here.
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