Storm Lake: A Short Horror Story (Storm Lake Stories Book 0) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 4033 KB
- ASIN : B00R4MKS3G
- Publication date : December 16, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Val Tobin (December 16, 2014)
- Print length : 48 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
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- #1,429 in 90-Minute Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
- #2,749 in Horror Suspense
- #6,232 in 90-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads
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Storm Lake was a quick read that kept me interested to the very end. The characters are likeable and intriguing, the storyline is well-written and fast paced, and the suspense sucks you in and keeps you wanting more.
This story does end on a cliff-hanger, leaving you wondering what will happen next and how the story will proceed. I assume this was done intentionally. Normally, I’m opposed to this technique, but as a prequel to a series — in this instance — it works well. I look forward to finding out what happens in the next story and how these children slay their monsters. If you enjoy a good suspenseful horror story, you should definitely give this one a try.
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.
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.
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 loved the level of detail in the first half. The author paints such a vivid picture of the action and surroundings you almost feel like you’re there. By the time her main character adjusted to the chill, MY feet were starting to feel cold.
Overall, this is a well written short piece by an author with obvious talent. My only complaint is that it should have been much longer. In the second half of the piece, the pace picks up substantially, but the details drop off. I felt that her descriptions of the “creatures” in particular would have benefited from a lot more detail. I must also admit that I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the ending. I wanted more.
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Several dead and mutilated bodies and other equally horrific scenes later that wouldn’t be out of place in zombie fest, what follows is a desperate fight for survival.
The abrupt and inconclusive ending, far from being frustrating or a disappointment, is one that leaves the reader the opportunity to let their imagination run wild, especially knowing there is will soon be a full novel-length sequel to this, and one that I’ll definitely be reading – a well-deserved five blood dripping stars for this one.
The tale begins at a leisurely pace, introducing a mother and two children driving out to their remote lakeside retreat in Ontario. Once they arrive at the marina near their hideaway, things start to pick up a pace. There are unexplained disappearances according to other folk they meet on arrival. The family dog finds something unusual in the bushes ... and there are shadows moving through the trees. It’s time to read between the fingers.
Suspense is layered from that point onwards and the pace picks up and increases right to the end. The characterisation and imagery are done well, and so too is how the story reaches its conclusion. There are those who will say that it ends suddenly, or could have been taken a stage further. I would disagree, because the author has left enough information and scope to allow readers to come to their own conclusions. In this story – that is a good thing.
If you like this story, you should check out the author’s longer works.