The Anthill

Rated 4.60/5 based on 5 reviews
Harold Lutz develops a special relationship with the anthill in his backyard. The problem is, his wife Alice doesn't like ants.
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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • Words: 2,620
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781476134642
About Bryan Lee

I'm a native Californian who finally made it back from the East coast. I grew up on a steady diet of Twilight Zone and Outer Limits television episodes, and own an autographed first edition of John Stanley's Creature Features Movie Guide. I love old-fashioned monsters, think serial killer movies are boring, and am still terrified by that stupid rubber squid in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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Chris The Story Reading Ape reviewed on May 30, 2013

What does it take to make a hen-pecked husband to turn on his tormentor?
And what kind of friends will help him?
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Rion Miller reviewed on Aug. 27, 2010

Well written, though I got a bit confused about the time flow from Harold's first trip to the trash pile to the conversation with his wife about the promotion. Good job getting us to dislike Alice. The 'milquetoast' husband a bit stereotypical, though it's hard to get that much character complexity in so short a piece.
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Kelli Caselman reviewed on June 18, 2010

I noticed something different in this story. The author tells what the main character is actively doing, but never really comes out and says how he feels. Instead, the author makes the readers themselves feel the frustration and helplessness. That literary approach works very well to create a bond between the reader and the subect. It made me appreciate the perfect ending all the more.
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Tom Raimbault reviewed on April 2, 2010

The author mentions in his biography that he grew up on a steady diet of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. It certainly shows in this short story! It’s refreshing to find an author who finds serial killer movies boring and offers hope to restore the days when horror was pure art.
I really enjoyed this work, but I will mention to future readers that it has a “creeper effect”. Initially it seemed like the story portrayed too much normalcy and a slight conflict between the main character and his wife. And yet there is something happening in the background, building and building, causing fear and wonder of what’s soon to occur.
And just like every Twilight Zone and Outer Limits episode, the ending is well worth it! I give this short story a rating of 5 stars! I will definitely be reading more from this author.
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MT Murphy reviewed on March 10, 2010

An excellent read. Good tension and characterization. I was pulled into Harold's shoes from the beginning and stayed there until the satisfying end. Can't wait to read more.
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