The Moon in Your Eyes: A group of strangers enters the woods on a week-long camping trip to escape technology. But, the trek meant to test their endurance has them fighting for their lives when they cross paths with a blood-thirsty werewolf.
Victor is the guide on the expedition, and he has only one goal: to use his years of experience to get everyone in and out safely. Eighteen-year-old Taylor, and his mother, Leah, are only joining the trip after a judge ordered Taylor, who caused a car wreck while texting, to go. Odette is hoping to shed a few pounds while treating herself to a relaxing week in the woods after a long, hard year. Tech-addicted Brent is always looking for a challenge, and burnt out with mud runs, thinks this week-long hike is just the thing. Chelsea read in her favorite blog that this was the new thing to do, so she’s doing it. Merle used to always camp with his wife before she died, and he thinks camping with a group is the best way to try again.
But the first night they are awakened by the sound of an animal outside their tents. When Victor investigates, something tackles him to the ground. Suddenly, the camp erupts into chaos, and the campers scatter, only to be hunted down, and watch in horror, as their numbers dwindle. – Goodreads
The Moon in Your Eyes Review
The Moon in Your Eyes was a great read. I had my reservations at first because, especially in short stories, character dumps can be a really rough way to set out and there’s been more than one case where it ruined it for me. Not the case in The Moon in Your Eyes. Maybe this is because you have a sinking suspicion that at least half of them are going to die, maybe its the writer’s talent. Either way, you wolf down the character introductions as you watch the pack come together for their hike.
This short story reads like a perfect b-movie flick, complete with a handful of archetypes including the rebellious teen (nice nod with the name) , the horny campers, and the cowardly muscle-bound egoist.
You know when you find yourself cheering on a character in a short story that you’ve found a good one, and that definitely happened in this one. Plus, the ending was perfect. I love it when an author is willing to end it in that particular way.
Definitely a short story worth reading!
Title: The Moon in Your Eyes | Author: Adrian W. Lilly | Publisher: Self-published | Pub. Date: 2016-1-22 | Pages: 53 | ASIN: B019XB2VLW | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-1-11 | Source: Received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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