Out After Dark

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
A cat and mouse game played by those who stalk the night. Who is the hunter and who is prey? This 2,100 word short explores the classic vampire and hunter story from a different angle.
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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • Words: 3,600
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781466181458
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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Reviews of Out After Dark by Brandon Luffman

L. Neal reviewed on Jan. 25, 2013

I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I started reading, I didn't expect that ending. It took me by surprised. I would definitely read more from this author.
(review of free book)
John Carter reviewed on Aug. 9, 2012

Few stories make my jaw drop but this one did. I am not much for vampire stories because I think a lot of them are overdone but this grabbed my attention from the beginning and didn't let go until the ride was over. I loved the chase between these two characters and the end result was more than satisfying.

I look forward to more work by Mr. Luffman.
(review of free book)
Noree Cosper reviewed on March 4, 2012

"A cat and mouse game played by those who stalk the night. Who is hunter and who is prey?"
I took this quote from the blurb because it best describes the premise of the book. We follow Eric as he has a night on the town, only to realize that he is being followed.

The Good:
Premise: This really is a twist on the vampire/hunter thing. What I like is that I was guessing until the end on if Eric was the vampire of the hunter being stalked by a vampire. I'm not saying which.
Pacing: Really great pacing on this story. Kept me going to the very end.
Setting: I loved the dark and and gritty setting. The whole feeling was one of danger and tension. It reminds us why we don;t travel down dark alleys at night. Even now I get a few shivers up my spine.

The Bad:
It ended so soon. I wanted to read on. I hope Brandon does write a longer piece continuing the stories of these characters.
(review of free book)
J. Scott Sharp reviewed on Feb. 20, 2012

The hunt is on! I have found a horror writer that I can get into. Being a short story writer myself, I loved the flow of this story and the fact that Mr. Luffman was very clever in the layering of plot. It is a moody piece, but the mood contributed to this story's "unputdownable" style. I am thoroughly looking forward to "Frostwalker" by this author, after having read this short. Of course others are entitled to their opinions, but I did not have any trouble with grammar on this story. It was a well put together story and one that I would recommend! Thanks for a great read Brandon!
(review of free book)
Immortal Ink Publishing, LLC reviewed on Jan. 28, 2012

I don't often read short stories, but I decided to give this one a chance. Immediately I was impressed by how atmospheric the read is. Even in the setting there is a sense of menace. The suspense builds and from the onset the writer told you just enough to know what what happening but left out enough to make you curious about the specifics of the situation. And then, as more of those ideas were revealed, it only increased my interest and curiosity more. To write a story this well crafted requires an amazing amount of skill and talent. I look forward to reading this author's longer works (novel-length). Oh, and I have to add--this was clearly well-edited! I didn't get bumped out of the story by errors (or by anything else for that matter!) I love that this had a more classic horror-style vampire flair to it. We need to bring more of that back to fiction.
(review of free book)
Graham Murray reviewed on Dec. 28, 2011
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A good little story. Well written if you like purple prose. However, it is let down severely by lack of proper punctuation, which I found very distracting. A good proof-reader would help you immensely. The correct usage of the humble comma and the semi-colon is paramount in good writing. Otherwise, better than many stories I have read here. Look forward to more.
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