We Stand at the Gate

Rated 4.63/5 based on 8 reviews
Beyond a mythical kingdom's southermost borders sits the supernatural wasteland known as the Blight. Two soldiers, members of a garrison charged with protecting the kingdom's borders against the horrors of the Blight, are on sentry duty one dark night when one regales the other with a very strange tale. His tale hints at what lurks at the very heart of the Blight. More
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About James Pratt

James Pratt likes to create realistically flawed but basically decent characters and have them cross paths with serial killer angels, redneck vampires, slithering horrors from other dimensions, and the end of the world. He also likes to write stories that demonstrate how the ever-present darkness threatening to wash over the world like a wave of endless night can be held back with a little courage and a big shotgun (assuming one hasn't already used both barrels, of course). Some take place in the distant past, others in the far future, and still others somewhere between eight minutes ago and twelve minutes from now. Whether sci-fi, adventure, or straight-out horror, the running theme is that the universe is very, very big and we are very, very small.

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James Jenkins reviewed on on March 28, 2014

Two believable characters, in an interesting situation.
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norainwonderland reviewed on on Dec. 3, 2013

Great and interesting story. Really enjoyable.
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MoratGurgeh reviewed on on Sep. 6, 2013

Wonderful story! Well told, with great characters and believable conversation.

Highly recommended.
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Jonathan Antony Strickland reviewed on on Nov. 17, 2012

Exellent story of two guardsmen as they chit-chat while guarding a gateway to horrors unimaginable. Throughout this story we learn of the blight from one of the guardsmen (a well educated sort who according to the other man, must be insane to be here)as he tells his tale to the other.

Highly reccomended to all fantasy/horror readers.
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Michael Carter reviewed on on Nov. 11, 2012

A very enjoyably fantasy story, drenched in Lovecraftian ideas.

Two soldiers discuss what is in The Blight, a rift-like zone where nightmares dwell.

This is very evokative of Lovecraft and his themes, and very well written, with a dash of humour and a 'Wierd Tales' vibe. Generally very good and reccomended, especially to Lovecraft fans. I will read more of this exciting new author.
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Bob Craton reviewed on on May 28, 2012

This feels like the beginning of a novel that could be quite good. I'm not a real fan of the 'Lovecraft genre' but this is well written and very effective.
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Artie Margrave reviewed on on March 28, 2012

The very first one I've read from this author. Good book too.
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jedmonds1517 reviewed on on March 26, 2012

Really great story. I have read quite a few of James Pratt's stories and all of his stories are easy to read. They have a good flow with a build up of suspense that can be downright creepy at times which I like.
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