- File Size: 419 KB
- Print Length: 100 pages
- Publication Date: September 13, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009ARHZ0C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Evan Fisher is a comic book illustrator and devoted father to his son, Dylan, but his limitations in keeping his family safe are tested when the Susquehanna River floods during the spring. It's not so much the rising waters that creep along his backyard that test his mettle, but the tentacular impossibility he sees on the other side of the river. Old Scratch is supposed to be nothing but folklore, but it's hard for Evan and his neighbor to dismiss what they've seen reach out of those torrential waters.
In quick fashion, Keene captures Evan's fear and resolve when the flood comes. The guy has a knack for taking the most wondrously terrifying creatures in horror and shackling them to our mundane reality. The flood waters ought to be terrifying enough if your child has ever strayed to close to a riverbank, but throw in a slithering monstrosity and what should be cartoonish in some regard feels downright palpable. That said, the ending offered up feels a bit anticlimactic, though there is a piece at the end that spikes the tension right back up.
Along with Scratch, there's a short story called "Halves" that was as comical as it was creepy. If you've ever owned a cat that brought you "gifts" to your door of the recently killed variety, you'll know what I'm talking about. Throw in an afterword from Brian Keene about the stories, and this ebook is a nice little glimpse into the horror master's mind. It might not be the book I point to as a gateway for new readers, but they could certainly do worse when searching out something short and scary to read.
This is another great read from Mr. Keene. While it was short, it was well worth the price and the time I spent reading it. I also enjoyed the short story "Halves" that was included at the end.
If you are a fan of '70s/'80s horror give this one a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story! Only downfall is I want more! Well worth the price, I would definitely recommend itPublished 8 days ago by IrishKicker
2 awesome novellas for the price of one! I bought the book for Scratch, which was great, and then was pleasantly surprised by Halves, which was included. Read morePublished 2 months ago by westicles
Brian Keene continues to delight me with his stories and his unique voice. I curse all the years before I discovered his writing. But very thankful I found him before I died.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a great story from Brian, and though it was short, it was awesome as always. There is a bonus story here that is one of my favorites as well, so pick this one up while you... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wes Caldwell
I like thos book veryuch even though it was short ng on.urban gothic bu very good readPublished 10 months ago by melanie mccutcheon
I guess this would be a great book if you like stories that are disturbing. It kept my attention. Was an easy and fast read, but too dark for my taste; also somewhat predictable,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by lbh
Great short story that lives wondering and wanting to learn more about the creature.Published 17 months ago by harry william hoser
Keene is always good. Deserving of 4 stars at least typically. At 2.99 this book is a bit of a rip off. Its very short. Want some Keene pick a longer book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Brett Grossmann