Floor Four Synopsis: A tale of horror with a twist of the Twilight Zone. The old, abandoned Saint Vincent Hospital is said to be haunted by the ghost of David Henry Coleman, the notorious serial killer, known as The Mangler. Coleman died on the fourth floor after being shot by police. For the three Jr. High boys, their curiosity gets the best of them as they explore the old hospital, despite ‘Old Man’ Jake’s warning. No one knew of Jake’s dark connection to the killer and the hospital. And now, on the anniversary of The Mangler’s death, a group of high school kids are planning a private party on the haunted fourth floor. Jake must keep everyone out and protect them from the true evil that lurks on Floor Four. – Goodreads
Floor Four Review
A “novella of horror” Floor Four is not. Well, perhaps if you’re an 8 year old, but once you get beyond that, the scare factor drops away into nothingness. A. Lopez, Jr had the basics of a good novella in this piece, but unfortunately the execution was not up to par. Filled with some of the classic downfalls like telling instead of showing and repetitive descriptions/word usage, this small town urban legend is quickly buried in mediocrity that continues until the final painful word. The characters are flat, the atmosphere tepid, and the creep factor is completely nonexistent.
I cannot recommend this, and certainly do not understand the rave reviews it seems to have gathered in other places. Perhaps once Mr. Lopez hones his skills, he will be a writer to re-visit, but in the meantime I’d stay away. Far away.