- File Size: 4027 KB
- Print Length: 43 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Val Tobin (December 16, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 16, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00R4MKS3G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,520 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Storm Lake Kindle Edition
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That being said the story totally sucked me in the whole way. I curled further and further into a ball while reading it as each of the children's protectors failed. I was scared, terrified, and ready to put a metal room on my house by the end of the forty-one pages.
Then the writer in me started analyzing how the story was built. Classic start of normality so you care about the character and the introduction of the sinister without it being sinister - then danger is hinted at, then observed, then shown, then brutally thrust into the characters lives. A moment of slow to capture your breath and reestablish caring for these characters (far deeper than you should for a short story), then it gets worse and worse. They do everything right, but this is a horror story. Each time you think the stakes can't get any higher, they do.
If you want to figure out how to write a good horror story, this would be a wonderful one to study. Well done, Ms. Tobin. Very well done.
Also of note were the admirable restraint shown in the depiction of the monsters and of the terrible violence, a restraint that allows the horror of the story to shine through in all its chilling fullness. Based on this short story, I'd say Tobin is a seasoned writer who knows her craft, and I'll certainly be reading more of her work.
I liked the set up of Storm Lake. With the disappearance of so many animals at the resort town, the reader had a clue they needed to buckle up and expect the worst.
Plus, if people are uncomfortable and squeamish about morbid details, Val does a fine job relaying the terror but still lets you sleep at night, so I didn't mind the gore. Her descriptions are forthright, not a respecter of persons, yet filled with the promise of escape. I don't want to give too much more of the story away so I'll stop there.
Though, since the characters and the circumstances were believable, they could easily lead to other sequels or even a longer series. Or a prequel story of origin would be helpful. Once the story built up the momentum, I could not put it down. I'd like to see how the author's imagination takes this story further because it certainly held my interest.
It's a fairy good story, the ending is very open ended though, I didn't need the storyline to finish or wrap up but would have liked a bit more for the alive characters than what we have here. The way it is, the short story could easily become a much longer novel down the track if the author chose to turn it into one.
While neither the electricity went out that night nor did I get around to reading the story until a day or two later, I don't really have much to say other than I enjoyed the story. Enough I read it in one sitting. The only other thing I'd say is I did think it's a story that was worth fleshing out a little more, both in the story itself and in sequels. Particularly with the way this story ends.
This is a fast paced, suspenseful story that draws you in. I did not notice the "over use of British terms" one reviewer complained about. In no way did it distract from the reading for me, so perhaps that was just one reader's experience. The only thing I could say that I would have liked was for this story to be a bit longer. Such a well written piece could easily become an 80k novel, or perhaps a serial? Will definitely be checking out more from this intriguing author.
I have to leave a comment for the reviewer who took away a couple of stars because he didn’t like the use of ‘European’ terms like kilometers. Really? You need to get out a bit. It’s part of the metric system which is in use in almost every country in the world.
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