The Curse of the Antiquus

Rated 3.50/5 based on 2 reviews
John Hatro and his friend Mark discover indecipherable hieroglyphs while exploring in the Mayan city of Tik'al. They lead them to discover an unknown culture and a terrible curse, but are they really cursed, or simply mad?
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About Ian Brunner

My name is Ian Brunner, I like to write weird fiction, and dark fantasy; Let me know what you think please I always love to hear your opinions.

Reviews

Review by: Michael Carter on Feb. 26, 2013 :
This story reminded me very much of my own first few stories, both style and substance. The ancient curse amid Mayan myth and legend is prime material for a tale of the weird, and I see all sorts of Weird Tales-esque influences in here. The story is told well and the narrative, through the medium of a journal, is interesting to read. I thought the ultimate ending didn't quite fit; the modern-style end didn't quite gel with the more classic-weird narrative that went before it.

I don't normally comment too much about spelling and grammar but I think it's worth pointing out here that, yes, there are various grammar, spelling and typo errors, but they are of a kind that do tend to appear in early pieces of writing. I imagine that, with more practice, these errors, and the incongruous ending, will iron themselves out in time.

In the main, this was pretty good, and it certainly bodes well for the future. In his introduction to this story Ian Brunner says it is his first try at distributing a story; I would say to Ian, keep on writing, you've got something there.

This is a three star story but I'm giving it an extra star for encouragement and goodwill.
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Review by: Jerriann Law on Aug. 13, 2012 :
The story caught my eye because of its theme and the title, and also because it was offered free; when reading it, it didn't satisfy my sense of having a full story on hand. It needs to be thought over much deeper and elaborated on each of the journal entries, as well as a stronger ending needs to be applied. I would also suggest the author needs to apply spell-check and just do an over all editing to improve the story. Also need to do more research for the setting and the history could be greatly improved.
It could be so much more.
I sensed the author's enthusiasm, and a strong desire to be an author, but this had a rushed feel, and that takes away from the enjoyment of the read.
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