The Siege of Peter Marak

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
What is your greatest fear? What if someone else's life depended upon you facing that fear?

A recluse who fears germs must make that choice when a coughing woman begs him to open his door because a dangerous man is on the loose. Does he face his fear of germs, or does he stay safe and leave the woman to fend for herself? More

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About Stoney M. Setzer

Stoney M. Setzer lives in a small town about an hour south of Atlanta, GA, with his beautiful wife and three wonderful children. As a fiction writer, he strives to create suspenseful stories with spiritual (Christian) themes. Some of Stoney's stories have been described as "the Twilight Zone with a Christian worldview." His works have been featured in such publications as Residential Aliens, Fear and Trembling, Crossed Genres, and Christian Sci-Fi Journal, as well as a number of anthologies. Recently, he has also published an anthology of his own work entitled Zero Hour, which is available on and at Smashwords. He is employed as a middle school special education teacher. When he isn't working or writing, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, visiting amusement parks, and watching the Atlanta Braves. He also maintains a blog at

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Review by: H.G. Estok on Nov. 17, 2013 :
A very fun yet frightening tale of germaphobic paranoia gone awry -- with a special guest appearance by Lou Ferrigno! (You'll have to read it to find out how the Hulk fits in.) I particularly enjoyed the bonus content at the end; Setzer gives the reader a detailed peek behind the curtain at the genesis of this interesting tale and how his own life experiences came to shape the story arc.
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Review by: R. D. Earle on July 17, 2012 :
Stoney M. Setzer's unique niche is writing stories reminiscent of classic "Twilight Zone" episodes, marked with a Christian worldview. He uses pulp-style thrillers with traces of sci-fi fantasy or horror elements to communicate an underlying message. Often his main characters are ordinary people who find themselves faced with extraordinary problems.

In "The Siege of Peter Marak," the title charcter is a widower who develops a mortal fear of germs. He responds by becoming a hermit, hoping to avoid germs by avoiding people. When a sick woman knocks on his door, claiming to be in danger, he has to choose between his fear and his conscience. Not only is this story suspenseful and gripping, but it also forces us to consider what we would do if we had to choose between someone else's safety and our own. It also has a section at the end in which Setzer gives his readers insight into how he got the idea for this story, sort of like the commentary feature on a DVD. Highly recommended.
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Review by: ResAliens Press on May 31, 2012 :
I had the privilege of publishing this story at Fear and Trembling - but that should say something, right? I enjoyed "The Siege of Peter Marak" when I first read it and now that it's available here, I'm glad it originally appeared in F&T. "Siege" is the right word! A man in fear of his life from those nasty microbes called germs, Peter Marak must face his attackers - and the mad scientist behind them - if he's ever going to break free of the phobia that has kept him a prisoner for oh so many years. Does he succumb or overcome? Read it and find out!
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