Tom Meets the Devil

Rated 4.25/5 based on 4 reviews
A short story influenced by classic American folk-horror tales, in which a small boy Tom meets the devil in the woods. This was an experimental and fun piece for me to write, and I hope you enjoy it.
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About Mark Petersen

Mark Petersen is a graduate from Virginia Tech currently living in Blacksburg, Virginia working as an office supply salesman. He aspires to publish a novel someday, and has already begun work on it. That is, however, a long process. Currently he writes short stories to practice his writing and to gain feedback while also generating an audience. He enjoys thriller/suspense and desires to create a sense of fear in his reader while also imparting something lasting and of value. Mark has won an Honorable Mention Virginia Tech Literary Award for Fiction with his story "Cold Stairs".

Mark enjoys shooting, hiking, driving, coin collecting, reading, movies, and of course writing. He prefers to live somewhere with mountains and forests. He is also an avid typewriter collector and uses antique machines for a lot of his draft-writing.

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Review by: Mike White on March 26, 2016 :
This story has a certain classic and folkloric feel to it. The audience has information that the protagonist does not have, given how young the character is. We hope the character is going to catch on when we catch on, which adds to the suspense.
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Review by: Hobbe Noxious on May 19, 2015 :
Oh my, an honest-to-goodness fable. They certainly don't make these like they used to. The man at the crossroads with the fiddle, the wolf in the woods, the fairy that offers you a fortune for a small favour. The boogieman. The stanger. An excellent rendition, with just enough detail and flavour to make it feel new.
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Review by: Booksworm on Jan. 27, 2012 :
Well written story however, poor Tom ; I wished it would end differently for him.
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Review by: Ian Woodhead on Sep. 25, 2010 :
Very enjoyable Mark, thanks for uploading the story. Tom really should have avoided those woods.
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