- File Size: 205 KB
- Print Length: 50 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Coelacanth Press (June 5, 2010)
- Publication Date: June 5, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003PPDGQ2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Lake and 17 Other Stories Kindle Edition
"The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell" by Robert Dugoni
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Some of the stories involve the supernatural while others dish out the horror through acts of cruelty, violence and murder perpetrated by human beings--which can sometimes be the most terrifying of them all. Still, even with some of the gruesome imagery and twisted situations, McAfee is still able to add subtle and dark humor where you can't help but smile after you finish a story--even if you're afraid to admit it!
While I enjoy the shorter stories, I think McAfee shines with his longer pieces. Through these stories he creates memorable and fleshed out characters and nail-biting tension. "Exhibit A" is one of my favorites, which involves a talkative killer explaining to his first victim why he feels the need to murder. Unsettling? Sure, but it is also darkly comic at the same time. "The Lake" is an eerie tale that'll make you never want to explore in the woods ever again. "The Spider and the Fly" is another fine tale with a neat little twist to it. While I think this is where this author's true talent is displayed, the bites are still very entertaining and well written. This collection also features a guest writer/author, David Dalglish, who wrote the last story, "One Last Dinner Party." A great story to finish the collection.
"The Lake and 17 Other Stories" by David McAfee is a fine read, especially if you're looking for something quick. It's worth every penny, and then some! It also works as a fine intro if you've never read anything by McAfee. I look forward to checking out his other works. Terrifying and darkly humorous at the same time, this is an excellent collection of stories. Highly recommended! - Michael Crane
One noteworthy thing about this book is that my favorite story was not written by the author! Not to say that David McAfee's stories weren't great, but One Last Dinner Party by David Dalglish is included as a bonus - and really, REALLY stands out. It's a poignant, contemplative piece, and one of the better short stories that I've read in quite some time. I would have been perfectly happy paying my $0.99 for that story alone!
The best story in the collection, however, was the one story by David Dalglish, "One Last Dinner Party." Dalglish leaves the twist-end McAfee runs into the ground, and builds a tale with strong, believable characters, an interesting plot, and a horror that is off-scene most of the tale. The story flows along well, is smooth to digest, and has made this reader be on the look out for other works by this writer. For the price, the two stories are worth a read, but don't keep your hopes up for more than those.
Exhibit A is a look into the mind of a very twisted (but remarkably lucid) killer. Entirely one sided and evocative we learn so much we want to look away... Pretty scary and its only six pages!
The Spider and the Fly introduces us to Beakle and The Boy. While the title of the piece tells us exactly what part each will play the author really draws you in and still manages go shock the he'll out of us at the end.
The Lake is more standard fare than the others by David McAfee as it is a strait up "The college students are gonna die" horror story but it certainly is well done. More than once I was almost yelling at page "You idiot that is going to get you killed" just as one would when watching a goofy B picture.
I feel guilty saying this but the stand out piece of the book is the short story by David Dalglish. And end of the world piece you could feel the weight these people were under. Every sentence brought you closer and closer to "the end" for these people and you REALLY felt it... The characters, the dialog, the pacing... The ending... AAA all the way.
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Love a story that gets the imagination going!