Unself Reflection: A Short Story

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Karen’s therapist doesn’t want her to fear the voices in her head. But does the voice in her head really care what her shrink thinks? Is it really only in her head?

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Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Words: 3,120
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465926074
About Joshua Scribner

Joshua Scribner is the author of eight published novels and over 100 short stories. He currently lives in Michigan with his wife and two daughters. Up to date information on his work can be found at joshuascribner.com.

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Review by: Chantale Reve on Dec. 03, 2011 :
Hospitals are scary places. Try walking up and down one's hollow hallways just after visiting hours -- may God or James Cameron be with you should you ever need a hospital stay -- and you may sense a haunting waiting to happen. Sure, many people go there or get sent there to get better, others to kept alive, and others to be born. But hospitals also are places where many people *die,* yes, *die.* And, make no mistake, there's always "room for one more" -- to quote the creepy dude from that 1960s "Twilight Zone" episode -- in the morgue. All of this to say, Joshua Scribner's frightfest of flash fiction, "Unself Reflection," chilled my flesh to the bones more than getting stuck in a century-old hospital's sub-basement elevator.

One odd transition in Scribner's otherwise excellent ghost story had me hallucinating a reflection in my Android tablet screen: "SMH." That tiny flaw does not ruin the integrity of the whole, though. I *do* get the necessity (from the author's perspective), or at least the logic, of "the weird lady." I will not elaborate, else risk a spoiler here.

Scribner's "ghoulsome," gruesome short story left my curly strands (above and below) standing on end, until The End. He's a wicked wit of a horror/sci-fi writer who knows what the hell he's doing: scaring the living daylights out of his masochistic readers.

I recommend reading "Unself Reflection" only after flipping on the lights ... every flippin' light in your home.
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Review by: J Dean on Oct. 31, 2011 :
A clever, creepy tale. Well done!
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Review by: Louisa Dang on Oct. 31, 2011 :
Great ghost story for Halloween! Creepy and disturbing -- I wanted more. Maybe this could be the beginning of a novel?
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