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Scratch by [Keene, Brian]
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Length: 100 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • 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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I know the previous reviewer compares this novella to another novel by Brian Keene involving water. Two totally different pieces of work. This novella only pertains to the flooding of a small town river that produces a lengendary monster hiding in its midst. Anything Keene writes is always going to be entertaining and this short novel is no exception. You cannot miss with this established, published, and extremely talented writer!
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Brian Keene never fails to find the right lever to pry the top off of your peace of mind. SCRATCH unfolds like an old-school biological horror story (kind of a 1970s vibe) but it's entrenched in modern day science and paranoia. Fun (and weird) stuff.
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The river that winds up the valley where I live looks like a snake when seen from above, with one oxbow after another, and it has seen its share of strange creatures swimming through its waters. But it's never had something like what Brian Keene has concocted for this story, Scratch.

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.
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"Scratch" is a novella about a man who discovers that a mythological monster is real and is in his neighborhood. It is a scary read indeed. Also included is a short story called "Halves" about a couple whose young daughter has an imaginary friend who may, in fact, be real. Its a creepy read that really sucks you in. What makes both of these stories work is like-able protagonists who are fathers who love their families deeply and will do absolutely anything to protect them. This is a theme through out most of the fiction by Keene. Neither story rank as Keene's best work but they are certainly entertaining and will stay with you after you have read them. This is certainly worth the price.
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Ok this book is short most of brians as of late are...but heres the thing its perfect because its not drawn out an boring its fast but got enough back story to care about what happens to the people in the story also it has one of my biggest fears in it witch I wont ruin ..but it waz worth gettin id rec this book an all his other books because hes the best out hands down an he needs more readers so he can keep books like this coming ...
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If you like monster stories, this is a good one. Brian Keene usually does not disappoint his horror fans. Be warned, it's short, but definitely worth the Kindle price. That $ includes another "bonus" short story, Halves. Halves was good, but not as good as Scratch, you could guess the ending a mile away. But whaddya want for nothing?
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By R. Moschgat on February 14, 2013
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Others have said what the story is about so I won't get into that.

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.
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I bought this because I read about myth of Old Scratch in Keene's other book The Last of the Albawitches. I didn't know that it had an extra bonus story Ellie. Both short stories were fantastic. Whether you are familiar with Keene's own mythos or it's a first time read you won't be disappointed!
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