Spore

Adult
Rated 4.58/5 based on 26 reviews
Everybody over the age of forty is dying of a fungal disease, the older generation will soon be no more. Not everyone thinks this is a tragedy.
Alistair's Mother is an inhuman, brutal monster. Now Mother, like the others is infected and he revells in her pain and suffering, pennance for the years of abuse at her hands. But Mother is not like the others, she isn't ready to die.

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About Ian Woodhead

Ian Woodhead is just past the age of forty. He lives in the north of England and is married to a wonderful woman. He has forgotten how many children he has. He had been writing for nearly twenty years but has only just gained the confidence to start showing his work. Ian finds it a little creepy writing about himself in the third person.

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Review by: Mark Cantrell on June 04, 2011 :
The mistake I made about Spore was to envisage it as a full-length novel when in fact it is a short story released as a standalone title, so in that respect we might consider it as a digital pamphlet.

Well, it’s all part of the cultural learning curve from established print publishing norms (an industry that, historically speaking, cut its teeth on the pamphlet and serialised forms), and an observation that has no direct bearing on this review except insofar of the ending.

No, no spoilers – if you want to know what happens, read it for yourself – but because I had perceived it as a novel it no doubt goes some way to explain why I felt it ended so abruptly. By the time I had gorged myself on its succulent two chapters it was over and I hadn’t had my fill by a long way. That doesn’t mean the ending was poor fare – it wasn’t – but that there is so much more potential to this story.

Said ending is pregnant with possibility, it leaves the reader wondering what happened next, which is often the sign of a good end. There is no sense of indifference, no sigh of relief, but a desperate cry for more! It speaks of a story that has gripped the reader right from the start, just as Spore does: it pulls you in and keeps you thoroughly entertained.

Woodhead has presented a finely-crafted horror story here, threaded with suitably dark humour that nevertheless refrains from ruining the macabre by over-stepping into comic territory. You’ll be horrified at Spore – for all the right reasons.
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Review by: linda leslie on May 17, 2011 :
creepy, just my kind of book
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Review by: Horror Fanatic on April 13, 2011 :
Another really enjoyable read by a great author.
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Review by: Tim Eagle on March 16, 2011 :
Thought the story was well planned and well written. Transition was smooth, story line was great, all and all I think this story deserves the credit it has been getting. Thanks for the free read!
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Review by: David Drazul on Jan. 10, 2011 :
Plenty of ick in this one. Good story, albeit a little on the short side.

I read this one after "Lumps." I don't know which one you wrote first but the editing in this one was far better.
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Review by: Ernest Winchester on Dec. 17, 2010 :
Eww!!
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Review by: carl Marsden on Nov. 28, 2010 :
To sum this up in one word - Wow.
This story is something of a masterpiece. Through out reading it I could see it in my head and if a picture is worth a thousand words, this story is worth a thousand pictures.
MadMarsden
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Review by: Helen J on Nov. 27, 2010 : (no rating)
I loved this short story.... just up my street.
What happens next? IS there a next?
You a great style of writing, will look forward to reading more of your work. Thanks.
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Review by: Bridget Squires on Nov. 21, 2010 :
Unique and wonderfully written! Great story! Love your work!
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Review by: Steven Beltzer on Nov. 17, 2010 :
This was a really gruesome story with a great and quirky ending. I would recommend this to any fan of the short horror story.
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Review by: jim mcleod on Nov. 01, 2010 :
Well Ian put me of curry houses in his short story in M is for Monster, looks like I'm off mushrooms as well. This is a creepy well told short story, certainly worth a read worth a read
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Review by: Pretend Writer on Oct. 22, 2010 :
This story left me a little dubious about buy mushrooms again. I will cerainly be staking away from the little black ones. Thanks for this. Suspensfule enough for me to want to know where to now. Are the mushrooms intelligent? What happened to the boys? Is this now going to take over the next generation? Why does bleach not kill them? So many unanswered questions...thanks for that sleepless night ahead.
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Review by: Robert Ropars on Oct. 21, 2010 :
Short but unsweet. Creepy and disturbing and didn't go where I thought it was going to go. A great horror short story that leaves you alternatively wanting more and hoping to never hear more about the effects of the outbreak. Great job.
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Review by: Ranjita on Oct. 19, 2010 : (no rating)
Even though short it was an interesting story to read on. With every line eagerness widens to know whats next. Also it was suspenseful and scary too. Loved to read it. Simply great work by author...
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Review by: torchwood on Oct. 12, 2010 :
Ooh! This story was just fab. So what happens now?
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Review by: Bec Lewis on Sep. 22, 2010 :
Deliciously creepy. I loved the ending. I look forward to reading more by this author.
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Review by: Franz McLaren on Sep. 21, 2010 :
An interesting book. Far too short. I like the concept and would like to see it developed farther.
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Review by: Shaun Jeffrey on Sep. 21, 2010 :
Disturbing, but in a good way :)
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Review by: Julie Achterhoff on Sep. 20, 2010 :
This was a genuinely suspenseful story. It also had a few nice scary surprises in it. That I liked. It was well-written in a creepy sort of way. I think if you like suspense and some horror in a short form you'll definitely like this.
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Review by: Tom Raimbault on Sep. 20, 2010 :
The author does an excellent job in making the reader squirm and become nauseous at the various scenes in this story. It's like a disturbing painting. It might even make you fearful of mushrooms, or develop an aversion towards them at the least.
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Review by: Stuart Neild on Sep. 19, 2010 :
Horror as it should be done. Wonderful.
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Review by: Alison Smith on Sep. 19, 2010 :
Gruesome and warped. Nice.
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Review by: Neil Coghlan on Sep. 17, 2010 :
This story grabs you and takes you down into the long grass from the first page. Cracking pace never lets up.
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Review by: Tina Lonergan on Sep. 15, 2010 :
A fun and gross story, well told!
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Review by: Willy G. Henderson on Sep. 15, 2010 :
Agreed. Well told and descriptive. Perhaps worthy of a longer story.
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Review by: David Jeffery on Sep. 15, 2010 :
A cracking, creepy read that had my skin crawling. The infection is a creation of true grossness. More please.
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