- File Size: 4261 KB
- Print Length: 34 pages
- Publisher: CHBB Publishing; 2 edition (October 17, 2012)
- Publication Date: October 17, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009SF5ITG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Red Door: The Thirteenth Boy (The Demon Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Red Door is quite an intriguing story. We meet Max, a boy who yearns to be left alone by those who insist on bothering him at every turn. He's had to contend with so many changes in his life that he's no longer sure what is up or what is down. Nevertheless, he's willing to make do with the cards life has dealt him.
Though the story has a bit of a slow start don't let that fool you. The action and suspense do begin to pick up the further you get into the story. The circumstances surrounding the Starke house aren't quite explained, but I think that's because the author has left the explanations for the books that are still to come in the series. In a way, that's a good thing, though we do get a bit of a cliffhanger at the end.
Max is a boy that anyone can relate to. A good many of us have experienced what it's like to be bullied. The author shows us this boy's pain and heartache, as well as the uncertainties that surround him. He's the type of person who wants to fit in, but he's not quite sure on how to go about doing just that. The Red Door leaves you wondering as to what comes next. Perhaps book two will answer the questions left behind soon enough.
Max is the new kid in town, moving so often as he father gains and loses employment quite often. Max hopes this is their last move for awhile because being the new kid all the time gets pretty exhausting. He becomes the target of the bullies in every school, and this new one is no exception. Instead of meeting behind the school to get beat up, this time he's being given a different option: On a specific date in the upcoming month of September, it is said that the ghost of serial killer, Edward Starke, comes back to haunt the old abandoned Starke house, the burial location of the brutally murdered young boys. Max's job is to go into the house on the night, go into the basement, and scrape of some of the blood that is rumored to be splattered on the door.
When the date arrives will Max see the ghost of Starke and live to tell the tale?
The Red Door is a very chilling short story full of suspense. The beginning of the tale sets the stage for Max's entry into the Starke house. The descriptions of everything in the story are done well and allow the reader to easily create the surroundings as they progress through the pages. The ending is spine tingling with an unexpected twist.
And....there is a sequel!
I guess some people don't ever learn, or are just plain stupid. Don't they ever watch the movies? Sheesh!
Max is the new guy in school. He's been through this so many times, he heads right to the cool kids, the bullies. Figures to get it over with and move on.
And Jimmy and his cronies don't disappoint.
So here he is, waiting out in back of the school, wondering if he's going to get his butt kicked by Jimmy and his buddies.
But nope, he gets off easy. Or so he thinks.
All he has to do is go in a haunted house and bring out something.
The thing is, it's the Starke house, where Edward Starke killed thirteen boys and buried their bodies in the basement, before he was caught and executed.
Every September 9th, shortly after midnight, it's said Edward comes back, looking for more blood to spill.
Jimmy tells him he has to get a chip of dried blood off the door in the basement and come back out. That's all.
Max accepts the challenge and on September 9th, just before midnight, he enters the Starke house to get his chip of whatever and come back out.
You probably know where this is going now.
Shortly after midnight things get dicey, and bloody.
Similar views of this story have been written, and I love reading how each author comes up with his own twist to scare the pants off ya.
The Red Door is campy and ghoulish. Just long enough to connect with the characters, but not too long in getting to the heart of the story.
What surprised me was how quickly I bonded with Max. I think we've all walked a mile in his shoes.
I wish he wouldn't go in the basement.
Well written, flowed fast, and kept me riveted.
Reminded of some of Steven Kings earlier short story writing and that of Gary Devon.
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