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Pay Back by [Light, Evans]
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"...dips its toes into just about every genre at once...subversive, wicked and sublimely delightful. Highly recommended."

From the Author

PAY BACK is told from the point of view of an incredibly unlikable protagonist, Stephen Hill - a total idiot with a narrow-minded view of the world, to put it mildly. Stephen Hill is a fictional narrator, not the author of this story. The character was purposely written to offend, and I NEVER promise a happy ending. I think happy endings are illegal in this state, anyway.

This story was my attempt to write something completely unique and original, even though I think a little bit of Joe R. Lansdale (author of Bubba Ho-Tep) might have snuck in. For you bold readers who dare read on - Enjoy!

-Evans Light


Product Details

  • File Size: 1768 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Corpus Press (November 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008A8UHRA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A common theme in horror fiction is that of evil or unlikable people getting their comeuppance in as fittingly gruesome a way as possible. Evans Light, one of the best purveyors of short horror on Amazon, has a lot of fun with this theme in his tongue-in-cheek novelette, "Pay Back."

Light uses the technique of the unreliable narrator brilliantly in "Pay Back." The narrator is one Stephen Hill, a rather obnoxious 21-year-old loser who lives at home with his long suffering mother and spends most of his time playing video games. Stephen has been pretty much out of touch with the rest of the world since he lost his job delivering pizzas (I won't spoil just why he got fired, but it's hilarious). Hill's only "friend," if you can call him that, is Joe King, a guy Hill picked on in school but who has now become rather successful. Author Light plays homage to authors Stephen King and his son Joe Hill here.

For the past several years, Stephen has been "taking" Joe to the local amusement park once a year. Of course, Stephen's mother foots the bill, but Stephen feels he's the one doing Joe a favor. And as the two of them make the trip for what Stephen intends to be the last time because he's tired of having Joe cramp his style, readers begin to realize that Stephen's view of reality is quite askew. In fact, Joe has already graduated from MIT and made a bundle as a high tech wizard and drives around in a Maserati, but Stephen is completely in the dark.

Light has a lot of fun with his narrative device, and he handles it brilliantly here. Much as Dr. Watson remained clueless to all of Sherlock Holmes's deductions, Stephen remains clueless here.
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Some people didn't like the cover art. When you read the story, look at it again. It fits!

This guy, Stephen Hill, is a perfect example of a loser. He has no redeeming qualities and nothing in his noggin. He's ignorant, lazy and heaps verbal abuse on all of those around him. His pathetic attempts at belittling Joe, his only friend, to make himself look better, made me angry.

We've all know someone like Stephen. He's a mental bully. His mouth spews out put downs like poop through a goose. All because he's angry. Angry at the world.

Now Joe is not what you expect. He's intelligent, well actually he's a genius. So why does he put up with the abusive Stephen? You'll have to read the book to find out.

The title "Pay Back" gives you a clue. I was "fist pumping", saying "Oh Yeah!'
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Where do I begin? This short story has a bit of vulgarity in it, but that is okay. Vulgar is a good way to sum up the main character Stephen Hill. It is a well-written, imaginative, and descriptive story. The author leads you somewhere you may not be totally prepared for. The story actually reminds me of something Stephen King might have written earlier in his career. Perhaps the similarity is just the power of persuasion, since the author has fun with a play on names, calling his one character Stephen Hill and the other Joe King, a nod to horror writers Stephen King and Joe Hill (King's son). But, frankly, the story held my interest and I couldn't wait to see how exactly the title "Payback" would play out in the end.
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Stephen was a complete narcissus and deserved everything he got. I think he lived in some delusional world where HE was the normal one and Joe the "nard", when it was really the other way around. Very interesting story and a quick read.

This story is CLEARLY an homage to Stephen King and Joe Hill, as the author even names his characters Stephen Hill and Joe King.

I'm shocked at the negative reviews this got. Some people just don't get it.
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By susan on August 1, 2012
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This author is obviously playing with similarities in his characters names to Stephen King and Joe Hill to trick people into buying his book. These characters have nothing to do with the Illustrious authors.. This book is written in a crude, sophomoric manner. The main character is so mean, crude and stupid, that he is unbelievable. I kept waiting to see any redeeming quality in the character, but that never happened. The author also gives the second character the diagnosis of Asperger's. Anyone with any knowledge of this condition will immediately see the author is also clueless about this.
Don't waste your money or the space on your kindle.
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This story is included in the Stories, Inc compilation, and after reading Black Door, I wasn't really sure if I would like this one. I was pleasantly surprised that it was nothing like the other. This is not at all a teen book, and the main character is perfectly hate-able. It's a little over the top, but I enjoyed it thoroughly for a quick read. I got through it in about 20 mins.
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