The Card

Rated 4.25/5 based on 5 reviews
When a strange tarot card appears in a friend's deck, Jason assumes it's just a prank done in poor taste. But, when terrible events befall those around him, he must face the possibility that something sinister is afoot. This 4,500 word short is a supernatural horror story in the spirit of the pulp era, but with a modern feel. More

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Words: 5,990
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301690329
About Brandon Luffman

Born in Statesboro, Georgia in 1976, Brandon Luffman was raised in rural North Carolina from the time he was old enough to walk. In the sixth grade he discovered "The Chronicles Of Narnia". Soon after that, he was on to Stephen King and Arthur C. Clarke. At the same time, he was making his first forays into writing fiction. After creating a series of short fantasy pieces for a class assignment that were received with praise, he was hooked on writing fiction for the entertainment of others. Now Brandon writes supernatural horror as well as fantasy, science fiction, and other genres. His short fiction is available online in various formats. Brandon still lives on the family farm in northwestern North Carolina with his wife and family. Taking inspiration from his homeland, he brings southern sensibilities and a modern flair to these classic genre themes. His first novel, "Frostwalker", was released in May of 2013.

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Review by: Paulette Blanding-Freeman on May 26, 2013 :
Tarot cards have always held me in awe. This short story shows exactly why they should be held in awe. The title short story actually takes something away from this because this is a full story in a smaller format! Excellent read and I look forward to more from this amazing writer.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Robert Zimmermann on Jan. 14, 2013 :
Here’s another great short from Brandon R. Luffman. I first read some of his work early last year, and couldn’t wait for more.

The Card delivered with a well-written story, like I had expected. There’s a great, slow reveal as the story moves along as to what exactly is going on. We get to see, along with Jason the main character, the fate that a mysterious tarot card brings with it. Even though there was some obvious foreshadowing that allowed me to take a guess as part of the outcome, it was still enjoyable to read up to and passed to see how it played out.

Luffman has a gift for creating a great, dark story. A story that’s short, sweet, and will stick with you. I’m looking forward to see what he does with his novel, Frostwalker, when it comes out. The short fiction is promising enough.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Becca Campbell on Jan. 13, 2013 :
The Card was a fast-paced thriller that took off from the first instant.

This short story jumps right into the mystery as three friends find an unknown card in a tarot deck, each blaming the other for the supposed prank. Justin doesn’t believe in supernatural forces, so when strange things begin to happen and more ominous cards show up at significant times, he isn’t sure what to think. Things soon get worse, and he realizes how terrifying the unknown can be.

What does the series of unexplained cards that have appeared out of nowhere mean? And what is going on with his friends? You’ll want to keep reading to find out.

This was a quick read and a chilling short story with just enough creepiness and mystery. Though it’s categorized as horror, there’s no gore and it plays out as more of a suspense. I don’t typically read gruesome books or horror, but I really enjoyed this well done short story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Becca Campbell on Jan. 13, 2013 : (no rating)
The Card was a fast-paced thriller that took off from the first instant.

This short story jumps right into the mystery as three friends find an unknown card in a tarot deck, each blaming the other for the supposed prank. Justin doesn’t believe in supernatural forces, so when strange things begin to happen and more ominous cards show up at significant times, he isn’t sure what to think. Things soon get worse, and he realizes how terrifying the unknown can be.

What does the series of unexplained cards that have appeared out of nowhere mean? And what is going on with his friends? You’ll want to keep reading to find out.

This was a quick read and a chilling short story with just enough creepiness and mystery. Though it’s categorized as horror, there’s no gore and it plays out as more of a suspense. I don’t typically read gruesome books or horror, but I really enjoyed this well done short story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth Barone on Jan. 13, 2013 :
I had a lot of fun reading this short story. The pacing was excellent, the tension kept building and kept me intrigued, and I liked how the plot was different from the norm.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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