- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 1 hour and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Mike Duran
- Audible.com Release Date: January 31, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N15I7VU
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Wickers Bog: A Tale of Southern Gothic Horror Audiobook – Unabridged
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I can picture this short in my mind's eye, I can hear the southern accents, see the stern mannerisms and attitude of Nans, the typical male attitude of a southern male personified in Cole.
All successfully through the eyes of Julene, one determined and well-educated young woman who stands for righteousness and justice through her faith and upbringing.
If a budding film producer wanted to get some experience in a producing a short film, they would not go wrong here. This would make one very enjoyable but horror filled film debut.
What makes shorts like this or any length of a story successful is the back story. Duran has one that supports Wickers Bog very well. In his own words,
"After writing several novels, this year I’d hoped to take a break in order to concoct a tale I’d long imagined — a Gothic Mermaid story. How does that work, you ask? How do mermaids do Gothic? Well, it helps when you set your story in a backwoods bayou and a submerged Southern plantation house. It’s an image that has fomented in my brain for quite some time and actually came to me in a dream. No wonder, I guess. I’ve always been fascinated with denizens of the deep, especially those of the swamp variety. All the way back in my first published novel, The Resurrection, I referenced Nelda the Swamp Witch. In The Ghost Box, I referenced another “swamp witch,” this one anonymous, who attempted to “pickle [Reagan Moon’s] gizzards.” So now, in Wickers Bog, I allowed myself to explore the concept more fully. Frankly, the outcome pleased and rather surprised me."
Really enjoyed this one. Now, Duran, when are more coming? You have whetted our appetites, now don't leave us hungering for more and not deliver!
Strongly Recommended. 4/5 Stars
The story is steeped in a strong Southern Gothic flavor. The swamp-drowned plantation, cypress trees laden with Spanish moss, and frog choirs. The narrator whose mind is teeming with superstitions, fairies, and kelpies but who also has a healthy respect for her Grandmother's stern instructions. And a fear of crossing her older brother, who bosses her around and instills both a desire to live up to his admiration and to avoid his ire.
The young narrator and her down-to-earth view of the world reminded me of the boy in Where the Red Fern Grows (the book by Wilson Rawls). That mix of innocence plus tragedy and bullying, courage and sorrow. Yes, it's something like Supernatural (the TV show) meets Where the Red Fern Grows. Definitely more of a Grimm's fairy tale than a Disney princess story.
A good read, thoroughly enjoyed the mystery, the suspense and the balance of paranormal and thriller aspects. Well executed story and worthy of re-reading for the atmosphere of it (which I do *not* always say about a shorter story).
Mike Duran is one of my new favorite authors- Not just as a writer- But as someone who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of publishing. Wickers Bog is a great example. A fun creepy tale full of Southern Gothic flavor. While reading it I could picture the landscape of the swamped plantation in my mind, I could see myself walking along the path looking at cypress trees and muddy banks.
The young narrator having grown up with her grandmother’s tales of superstition, and urban legends is thrust into a story with supernatural entities. It is the story of a young innocence girl coming face to face with the reality of the monster her brother is. Wickers Bog is horror- But one where you find yourself cheering for a well crafted good guy. Something that is somewhat rare in most horror where characters seem flat- Mike Duran is starting to stand apart in the genre with each new book.
This was no exception.
Gladly, he doesn't go with the True Blood method of having Southern stereotypes embedded in the story, just the creepy imagery and some of the Deep South attitude (just some) and a good dash of fringe superstition.
It all made for a short yet creepy story.