A True Bizarre Story

Rated 3.75/5 based on 13 reviews
“A true bizarre story” is a voltaic discharge of pure horrifying action. Before you realized, you have finished the reading, feeling cold and covered with goose bumps. If you never knew how the devil was born, it came the time to find out. On your own risk, of course.
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Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Published by Blacklight Design
Words: 2,920
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301423392
About Ryan Ramoutar

Ryan Ramoutar is a published Author who resides in Trinidad and Tobago. At just twenty five years of age he has already written two books, Breakable Moments and Kiss Of A Killer, more short stories and a book of poetry.
Ryan recently received an appreciation award from the National Library for the book Breakable Moments. Ryan is an expert in creating cynical, realistic stories from the intricacies of his mind and looks forward to a long future career in writing.

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Review by: Delinda Sadar on Dec. 18, 2013 :
This story was. . . exhilerating! Double time. Anything from lying under my cover or an open window would get me scared now!
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Review by: Andrew Kuligowski on Jan. 23, 2013 :
Cannot condemn the author, cannot truly praise him, either. Middle of the road effort, would have benefitted from a firm hand of a 3rd party editor or equivalent that could have asked some questions and gotten answers before publication. That process can be painful, but it would have transformed a so-so effort into an excellent one.

The middle/end of the story is being told in the first person. The beginning - in the 3rd. Is it the same the narrator; does he have some insight into events, or have we (awkwardly) swapped voices?

What the h-ll is the leprechaun doing in a Hindu household?

etc. etc. (don't want the review to be longer than the book, don't want to risk spoilers)

On the plus side, the basic story is interesting, and the ending also leaves a question or two for the reader to answer based on their reading and their own experience / values.
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Review by: NaughtyBarbie on Jan. 04, 2013 :
Awesome! Ramoutar brings a chilling and ghastly short story! This is one of the best goose bumps story on Smashwords. Definitely a five star! Going to read the book Kiss of a Killer next!
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Review by: Thomas Duder on Dec. 08, 2012 :
On "A True Bizarre Story"

Hmmmmmmmmm. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

3/5.

WAIT, WAIT, DON'T WALK AWAY! That's not to say this isn't a good story, it's just I'm an asshole. :D Seriously, it's actually quite the intriguing tale, a horror story that, content-wise, is just UP there, y'know?

He may not be Robert R. McCammon, but he's certainly up there with Stephen King in presentation and atmosphere!

I've read in at least one other review about Ryu's use of head-jumping, and I gotta agree. I can NOT agree when it comes to such a thing. Once per chapter, sure...but otherwise, this story could've been better simply by sticking to one point of view.

The second issue was the editing, something that can be dealt with easily by reading for content...but the inner editor in me kept wanting to whip out the red pen. A B-/C+ effort for such a category. Like I said earlier, if not for these two little issues, he'd get a full-blown 5/5 from me simply due to the content alone - this kinda stuff can be serious nightmare fuel for some!

Ultimately though, it's a good read. Is this tale $1.99-.99? Is it free? Snag it, snag it now and enjoy a good literary scare. :D
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Review by: Thomas Duder on Dec. 08, 2012 :
Hmmmmmmmmm. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

3/5.

WAIT, WAIT, DON'T WALK AWAY! That's not to say this isn't a good story, it's just I'm an asshole. :D Seriously, it's actually quite the intriguing tale, a horror story that, content-wise, is just UP there, y'know?

He may not be Robert R. McCammon, but he's certainly up there with Stephen King in presentation and atmosphere!

I've read in at least one other review about Ryu's use of head-jumping, and I gotta agree. I can NOT agree when it comes to such a thing. Once per chapter, sure...but otherwise, this story could've been better simply by sticking to one point of view.

The second issue was the editing, something that can be dealt with easily by reading for content...but the inner editor in me kept wanting to whip out the red pen. A B-/C+ effort for such a category. Like I said earlier, if not for these two little issues, he'd get a full-blown 5/5 from me simply due to the content alone - this kinda stuff can be serious nightmare fuel for some!

Ultimately though, it's a good read. Is this tale $1.99-.99? Is it still free? Snag it, snag it now and enjoy a good literary scare. :D
(review of free book)

Review by: Michael Twist on Dec. 05, 2012 :
Ramoutar tells a harrowing tale through two perspectives. This, I believe, can be done but is best told using the third person perspective for both, in order to facilitate smooth transitions on the part of the reader. The content of 'A True Bizarre Story,' is good, providing the essential shock value the genre demands, but punctuation needs addressing in areas of the story. All in all, an enjoyable read.
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Review by: Jenny Ramos on Dec. 03, 2012 : (no rating)
What marks a good, supernatural horror? The degree of shock in it. And this was shocking,I like the typical, boogie man beginning then the sudden fall into almost complete terror. You think oh it's going to be a little boy and the monster under his bed but then it turns into something more chilling. The abruptness when he changes narrators is okay with me, i liked that. The second page where he runs to his mothers room, and time has obviously passed since the start of the story, is the only thing I will complain about. It isn't hinted at in anyway, and it just appears, so you have to guess at it. There are details that tell it but some how it just seems too abrupt. I like the scene of the child birth, that was chilling, and the pain came through very well.
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Review by: Sherry Burns on Nov. 22, 2012 :
The book, A True Bizarre Story by Ryan Ramoutar, is told by main character, a ten year old boy. This is a bizarre and a very strange story. The ten year old witnesses his mother having to endure the painful delivery of a 5 month old stillborn; instead his mother delivers a demon-like stillborn. The demon-like still born is ordered to be buried immediately. However, no one has made sure if the demon-like stillborn is really dead. The storyline is OK, underdeveloped and confusing at times. This is a horror story in the making. Overall, I rate this read OK!
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Review by: Selena Faith on Oct. 26, 2012 :
Absolutely loved it!
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Review by: David Blake on Oct. 06, 2012 :
Contrary to some of the other reviews for this story, I found the writer's switching between different characters' viewpoints clumsy and largely unnecessary. It's okay to change viewpoints, even in short stories, but it's very distracting when it starts happening in successive paragraphs, and it's also very off-putting when one of those viewpoints is in the first person perspective.
The plot, too, seemed to go off in different directions - one moment a child is being dragged out of his bed by a leprechaun, the next his mother's giving birth to a devil child.
The actual descriptions are reasonably good, occasional typos or grammatical errors aside, and it does have some atmosphere and suspense, but I was left feeling that this could, and should, have been better.
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Review by: sonya subero on Sep. 11, 2012 :
it is a truly unique and commendable technique when a writer can switch between narration; it is a technique that all writers aspire to perfect and Ramoutar has used this technique wonderfully . . . as to the plot and overall layout of the story excellent; one can feel the emotions of the characters while visualizing their dilemma as for the development of the climax and the falling action it is a bit hurried and therefore one can not fully appreciate the ending or resolution!
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Review by: Genevaryan on Sep. 11, 2012 :
Excellent switching of narrations between the ten year old boy and the protangonist! Great job. I really enjoyed this story. Is it really 'true'? Five stars!
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Review by: Travis Ford on Sep. 11, 2012 :
It was interesting. I want to know is the story a 'true story'(non-fiction) and what happened after the demon child was burried? And how would the person not know if the demon child was burried alive or dead? And when I was reading the story. I had a very difficult time understanding who exactly was telling the story, the little ten year old boy? Because in another part of the story it, changed without any indication and someone was driving a vehicle and it read as if the ten year old boy was driving the vehicle. I still don't know who was driving the vehicle.
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