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Frank is on his last delivery of the day when his world is turned upside down. Have his senses finally betrayed him?
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About Walter Lazo

“Our free short stories are intended as a doorway to our more mature premium works. Their purpose is to showcase the author’s writing style and use of evocative imagery. Although these are his earlier works—he has gotten much better since—they serve as a nice introduction to his thematic concerns as well as to his belief that a story has to be believed in to be effective. Therefore, what he presents in these stories are situations and the reactions of characters within those situations.”

Walter Lazo was born in Cambridge, MA, and now lives in North Carolina. As a child he discovered his love of Weird Fiction and large, epic, heroic stories, as well as German and Greek mythology, devouring the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, the Grimm brothers, Bram Stoker, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Walter grew up reading the short stories of Richard Matheson, and later discovered the works of the great science fiction writers of the 20th century; namely, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov.

He enjoys writing horror and science fiction stories with an occasional martial arts story thrown in for good measure. He is currently obsessed with the short story form and hopes that it will make a comeback in popularity. As an adult he has tried to create his own mythos, writing about the Demon World and other creatures that torment men’s dreams.

He is a longtime fan of Stephen King and of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on May 6, 2013 :
This was a fairly good shock horror story but I have to agree with David Blake on many of the points he raises. Although some of the ideas could be fleshed out a bit more I still liked the originality of the whole piece.

I personally would have liked more background detailing Lamatsu herself (what she was and what her plans for being here might be...etc).

Still, for a short horror, this was a good read and anybody looking for this kind of genre should definitely check out more of this authors work.
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Review by: David Blake on May 2, 2013 :
This whole story felt very awkward to me, both in terms of the plot and the writing. There are some good ideas in it, the situation is interesting, the story held my attention throughout..


The characters seemed very flat. Each is introduced with a quick dump of information, including details quite superfluous to the plot (what's it really matter if Kyle is recently divorced, for example), from then on it's just dialogue and action without any attempt to revisit that character's appearance (although in the case of Sean, we're never given any information about his physical appearance at all, only his age).

The story is mostly written in the past tense, but sometimes lapses into the present tense.

We have detailed description of some things (eg the door knocker) but not virtually no description of other things (eg much of the house's interior).

The ideas in the story seem thrown in more for startling effect rather than through logic. The armless man - why does he have no arms? What is his role in the situation? What purpose does such a severely handicapped man serve Lamatsu? How did he open the door? Is he paid a salary?

How have the activities of Lamatsu gone undetected? Wouldn't using a commercial courier, who would presumably keep records of addresses they have delivered to, attract undue attention? Why kill someone who can be easily traced rather than kidnapping an anonymous hobo or hooker from the streets during night-time?

And the M C Escher-style dungeon, nice concept but again, what's it really doing there? How long has this weird house been there anyway, who built it, did they have planning permission? Hasn't anybody else been curious about it?

Leaving certain things to the reader's imagination, and allowing a limited suspension of disbelief is fine, but things still have to make sense, even within a fictional reality. The horrors in the this tale just seemed to lack all reason and, therefore, believability.

And sorry, but I thought the the ending was very weak and unsatisfying too.

But, at the end of all that, it had a proper beginning, middle and end, and was interesting throughout, so it wasn't all bad.
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Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on March 6, 2013 :
If you deliver parcels for a living, DO NOT read this story, or you may get a sudden urge to change your occupation ..... On the other hand, it may just save your sanity .....
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