Opposites

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
This very short story (approx. 1200 words) was originally written for a Sleuth's Ink Mystery Writer's Group contest. Fear the dark, and mirrors, and the dangers within our own souls. Enjoy.
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Published by Goblinbrook Press
Words: 1,280
Language: English
About C. Patrick Neagle

C. Patrick Neagle was born in a small town in Northern Missouri. As an undergraduate, he studied Criminal Justice and Photography at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Later, he received an MA in English from Missouri State University in Springfield. He has written over 300 essays on a variety of subjects (travel, humor, observations, and all of the above) that are currently being collected in his "Essays in Travel and Humor" series. He also writes a variety of fiction, including contemporary, absurdist, science fiction and fantasy, and horror. He has lived in Mexico, Sardinia, Alaska, and New Orleans. Currently, he calls the Pacific Northwest home when he is not teaching college-level English classes onboard US Navy ships.

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Review by: Greta Goodwell on Oct. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
Just read this--in time for Halloween, not less. Surprising ending. Great short read.
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Review by: TK Wade on Oct. 16, 2012 :
The most intriguing thing about this story is how relaxed it made me as the reader. It gave me a false sense of security. Sure, you can tell something "wrong" is happening, but there just isn't enough to go on until "it" happens. It hits you all at once. Very clever delivery.
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Review by: Donald White on Oct. 14, 2012 :
Wow, yeah this one surprised me. At first, it focuses on mirrors, which I love. Even the character's perspective of the mirror makes sense. And then, you find out the truth, and it is even more frightening than the build-up. This story is well-paced, succinct and the plot turns on a dime...
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Review by: Liam R.W. Doyle on Oct. 14, 2012 :
Nice! The story takes a couple of different turns: At first, you're not quite sure the age of the narrator, and then the intelligence, and you have a certain expectation of how it's going to end. But then, it does a 180 on you and goes where you didn't quite expect -- in a way that works! Which, naturally, is exactly how you want it to be. Especially with such a short serving of story.

The writing a great, though I stumbled on the phrasing here and there, but no big deal. It moves at a good pace and keeps exactly the right level of tension and uncertainty from beginning to end. Any longer and it would have suffered.

A fine read!
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