The Red Man

Rated 4.62/5 based on 21 reviews
An archaeological dig unearths an ancient Celtic secret that should have stayed buried.
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Published by Frith Books
Words: 3,820
Language: English
ISBN: 9781907623424
About Anna Reith

Anna Reith lives behind a keyboard in the far south west of England. On the very rare occasions she is not writing, Anna enjoys taking long, muddy walks with her dogs, dabbling in her herb garden, and falling off horses. Not all at the same time, obviously.

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Review by: J.L. Aarne on July 14, 2014 :
This story started off great—good set-up, a compelling plotline that made me want to keep reading and interesting characters (although the latter could have been a bit more developed—and there was potential, had the story been longer). The writing is excellent, truly good stuff and I do want to read more by this author because of the clear talent she exhibits.

That said, I was very disappointed by the rushed feeling of the ending—there’s a lot of excellent, interesting set-up, but the ending is wholly unsatisfying. A story with this much set-up and back story deserves a better payoff. This story could have easily been drawn out into a longer piece of work, especially with all of the background/back story.

Therefore, the ending is not only a letdown (what I call a “brick wall story”—you come to the end so abruptly you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall face first at dead run… and that’s not fun) but it’s a real disservice to the story itself. I know that seems a strange thing to say, but the rushed quality of the ending suggests to me that either (A) the author didn’t know how to proceed (though I find that hard to believe given her writing ability in the first ninety seven percent of the story) or (B) the author got tired of writing the story and so wrapped it up in a rather haphazard fashion when she should’ve put it aside for a little while then came back to it when she was ready to go on.

All-in-all, I give this story three stars because of the truly lackluster and slapped together ending and yet, I’ve also found a new writer whose work I am eager to explore more of. Therefore, this piece falls into “middle of the road” territory for me overall.
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Review by: Book Beast on June 26, 2014 :
Great writing. I'd have liked to see this in a longer novella form rather than a short story, with a bit more of a climax, but overall quite a good read.
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Review by: Mikoto Tanaka on Nov. 27, 2013 :
Great descriptions - they really fit with the genre and storyline. It is good if you are looking for something short to read.
The ending was awesome and well worth the build up to it.
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Review by: Corrinne McMahon on Aug. 11, 2013 :
Good premise and overall an enjoyable read. I do wish it had been longer though. It seemed to get interesting and then abruptly ended. But that said I would recommend as a quick read.
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Review by: Ken on Aug. 06, 2013 :
An archaeological dig turns up a Celtic man buried centuries earlier. The intense study of the body that ensues brings more questions than answers. One thing is for sure though, he should have stayed buried.

This is a VERY well written short story. If you are looking for an action story, give this one a skip. It is a slower, more cranial type of story.

4 STARS
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Review by: Antonio Simon, Jr on July 30, 2013 :
Artfully written, The Red Man is a suspenseful tale that builds steadily up through its terrifying conclusion.
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Review by: Virginia Conlin on May 23, 2013 :
Really enjoyed it! Creepy enough for me too but not so much that I wanted my mother, thank goodness. Well written. I recommend it.
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Review by: Red Jackson on April 23, 2013 :
Good.
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Review by: Kassandra Alvarado on Feb. 28, 2013 :
Good story.
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Review by: Suleiman Buhari on Feb. 10, 2013 :
very good,descriptive and precise
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Review by: Lisa Mears on Jan. 30, 2013 :
Loved "The Red Man". Great story, left me wanting more.
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Review by: gary stuart on Jan. 11, 2013 :
I enjoyed this and thought the premise was sweet. The story is fluent and the novella was great. I will read more of your work.
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Review by: Michael Carter on Dec. 28, 2012 :
I enjoyed this atmospheric tale of archeology and ancient secrets. Reminiscent of "The Man In The Moss" by Phil Rickman, this story is very well written, perfectly paced, and has a lot of mood and hidden malignancy which quietly grows as the story goes on. A bit like the story itself, the idea is an old one, but Anna Reith has given it new life, and I loved its folky pagan, "Wicker Man", "Blood On Satans Claw" feel.

Highly reccomended.
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Review by: Alex Michael on Nov. 12, 2012 :
Great ending! Good story!
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Review by: Noel Hoffmann on July 14, 2012 :
Was enticed by the title (good one by the way)and, after downloading, couldn't stop reading. Good read and thanks!
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Review by: Adam Drake on July 14, 2012 :
The suspense of "The Red Man" kept building and building, sweeping me along with it. Great story!
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Review by: Tim Meyer on June 11, 2012 :
This is one of those stories that's impossible to stop reading. Really well written. The story is gripping. Everything you could want from a short horror fiction story.
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Review by: Robert C. Mason on June 02, 2012 :
Great story, well written. Ended with me wanting more.
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Review by: Brian Harmon on May 23, 2012 :
A very well-written story with an extremely creepy premise. A little slow paced, but that was part of its mood. The story unraveled superbly to an excellent ending and left me wanting more from this author.
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Review by: Jon Olson on May 17, 2012 :
Excellent story. A very interesting premise and very well written. There was a lot of detail concerning the archaeological aspects but they never once overwhelmed the reader.
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Review by: Emma Laybourn on May 15, 2012 :
I thought I'd just take a quick look at this and then couldn't stop reading. It's intelligently and skilfully written, with some striking images and a rhythm to the prose that hasn't just happened by accident. Well-researched on archaeology too. Oh, and nicely creepy...
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