Short Story Shoutout: Fire and Ice by Kevin Bray

This isn’t either scifi or horror, so I feel a bit weird sharing it, but at the same time its well written enough that I couldn’t not share it. The author does a great job and its only a few minutes of reading, so go give it a try.

Source: Fire and Ice by Kevin Bray

Short Story Shoutout: Trifecta by Atrishna Agathon

There’s a short story serialist I follow on wordpress who goes by Atrishna Agathon. I won’t lie and say I’m a fan of everything he writes, but more often than not his stuff is good. Some of it is even darned good.

(If you’re a spelling/grammar Nazi, you will get a bit twitchy reading his work. Try to overlook it though.)

Such is the case with Trifecta.

The first episode drew me in almost immediately, and was a pleasure to read. Its sort of a glitch in the matrix / the ultimate introvert’s mind. I had no clue where it would go from here.

The second episode went straight from interesting study to beginning reports of the zombie apocalypse/ 28 days later, but not really and the main character’s apparently narrow escape.

The third episode details a bit more about the Trifecta, the warning signs, etc. It gives you just enough information to keep you interested. Its not quite 28 days later. I mean, people DO recover, and the uninfected keep track Honestly, I hope the author stops right here, because I like what’s in my imagination. I don’t want to find out anything different!

So, anyways, please head over to https://atrishnaagathon.wordpress.com and check out the Trifecta story. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

A Review of Chameleon by Layden Robinson

What’s it about?

Epic tale of a mysterious man in search of peace, love and eternal answers. An acid trip frenzy that delivers color and intensity the whole way.” is how its described on the Kindle Unlimited page.

What did I think about it?

Chameleon is a story not well-served by the restrictions of fonts and formatting found in e-books.  The straight-forwardness of the formatting wars viciously with the imagery the author is trying to evoke.

Chameleon evokes a story told in a seedy bar, by a spoken-word singer sitting on a bar stool.  Lazy descriptors and cigarette smoke curling together through the air.

I would not call it an Epic Tale by any stretch of the imagination, but it is an interesting read in the right atmosphere. Written in a way you can fall right into.

3 Star Rating

Click here to find Chameleon on Amazon.com

Title: Chameleon | Author: Layden Robinson | Publisher: Self-Published | Publication Date: 2014-5-20 | Pages: 26 | ASIN: B00KHB71QI | Genre: Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited

A Review of Everyone Dies at the End by Riley Westbrook

What’s it about?

Two story lines intersect as the zombie apocalypse is brought about by an everyday item in our fridges or in our woods. A drug addict and a family, both doing what they can to survive the end of the world. Will they?

 

What did I think of it?

“Everyone dies at the end” definitely has potential. No doubt about it. I would love to read a version of this story that has been professionally edited. That, more than anything else, is my main issue with this story. It could be very, very good, but until the wording and descriptive issues are fixed, it borders on being annoying.

There were certain places where the writing just didn’t make sense. If the author says that x slammed their pistol into someone’s head, I assume they pistol-whipped them. Not that they jammed the barrel against the person’s forehead. So when the author immediately says that they pulled the trigger then, and blew the person’s brain out, my brain skittered to a halt and went “What? Wait…what?”

Another weakness of the author is the tendency to get stuck in a rut with descriptions. One character’s drug addiction is always referred to as his demon (which, even if it is actually a demon, the descriptions still need switched up a bit. A heavyset male is always, always called the fat man.

The ending was definitely a surprise, and as I tend to write reviews while I read, it made me go back and erase portions of what I’d written down. Ultimately, though, i think the base of my review stands. The author needs to work on some basic wording as well as try to avoid over-using the same descriptors.

3 Star Rating

Title: Everyone Dies at the End | Author: Riley Westbrook | Source: I received a free copy from author in exchange for honest review

You can check out the individual sections of this story (its written in episode format) here.

Reblogged: Charlie the Robot

Need a quick read with a different sort of ending?

Charlie the Robot packs a lot of feels into such a short little story. Go check it out.

Reblogged: There’s A Place In St. Louis Called ‘Zombie Road’ And You Should Never, Ever Go There

There’s A Place In St. Louis Called ‘Zombie Road’ And You Should Never, Ever Go There.

With a title like that, how could I resist reading it? I”m glad I did. This is an excellent little short story doesn’t seem like a short story. The author does a great job of giving you the perfect amount of information, and promptly creeping you out.

Nicely done. I recommend you go check it out!