The Dog Lady

Rated 3.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Everyone knows that a dog is man's (and woman's) best friend, but brothers Jake and Hank find out the hard way that they can also be their worst enemies. More
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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • Words: 4,320
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781476160474
About Melody Hewson

I am an author, a teller of stories both long and short, real & imagined. So for the sake of my own amusement, here’s a bit of information about me, written in the form of a short story. Whatever information you can gleam from these words is what you are worthy of knowing about it's creator.

Hazel eyes stared up at a cloudless sky before falling to take in the house below it. To some, it would be judged by its flaws ; it's fading paint and scuffed floors. But to her it was perfect. It was hers. And it was home. To one side, a wild forest whispered sweet nothings in the breeze, which was answered by some distant bird's call. "Life is good." She said softly to no one. "And today is a good day."
The sudden squawking of wild fowl pulled her attention to the shaggy black and white dog that rarely strayed far from her side.
"God damn it, Jackalope! Quit chasing those turkeys!"

"I looked heavenward for angels, while beautiful demons showed me the way." - Shannon Nacyl

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Review by: Selena Faith on Oct. 27, 2012 :
Loved it!
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Review by: David Blake on Oct. 21, 2012 :
If this really is the author's first attempt at a horror story, then it's a pretty good one. The book-ending scenes work well, the plot is simple but powerful and there's a good steady build-up of implied horror before the climax.
However, I thought a lot of the background information about the Dog Lady herself was just sort of dumped into the text early on, I think the story would have been more powerful if it had been told entirely from Hank's viewpoint - that is, we discover the Dog Lady firstly through the few details Jake tells him, then by what he sees, smells etc when they break into her home, and then finally from his experience of actually meeting her.
There were one or two typos, frequent use of "it's" when it should have been "its", and an annoying use of an ampersand instead of the word "and". But overall - a very promising start to what I hope is a long flirtation with writing.
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Review by: Dylan Robinson on March 11, 2012 :
I would love to give it a five, but it is a horror story, and it just isn't that scary. But, it was very well written, and it was very creepy to say the least. Now, I'm off to see if I can't meet this dog lady.
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Review by: Arabella Nelson on Feb. 25, 2012 :
Very nice! Definitely had a chilling effect.
I think the author could easily write successful horror stories, and this one could have kept going and been a lovely tale of terror.
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