Strange Strangers

Rated 4.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Gloria and Joe are on their way to see their grandson's graduation, but as usual, Joe takes a wrong turn and gets lost, even though he continues to insist he knows exactly where he is.
They take on a strange passenger after almost running him over. But things are not quite what they seem.
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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
  • Words: 4,100
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781476082011
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: Raven Silvercloud on Feb. 20, 2017 :
I thought this was a pretty good read, I enjoy the fact that you cant tell just off the bat who is what. I would have maybe gave a bit more suspense in the ways of what is he was the you know what, but the way it was done is still very good.
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Review by: Michael Carter on May 13, 2013 :
This was pretty good, I liked it; a fun and entertaining little story, akin to watching a movie that makes you scream at the stupid characters, "Don't go in the bloody cellar you idiot, there's a mad axeman hiding under the stairs!"

Mostly well-written, it could perhaps do with a tiny edit to clear up a few [mostly unimportant] typos.

I also thought that the last couple of hundred words could be happily lopped off with no loss to the story, having it end with [without giving the twist away]: "...this very INSTANT!". In my lowly opinion, this would have made a punchier and more memorable end to the tale; most of what follows is just labouring the point.

It is obvious from the cover [and the tags] that someone is a werewolf, so a good part of the surprise of the twist is lost. It then becomes a case of [because there are limited characters] Who Is The Werewolf? It is good that the story leads you to believe where the plot is going, then twists, but it is difficult with a short story to attain that surprise twist [with a novel it's a completely different kettle of haddock].

In one of my own stories the end-twist is that a guy is a zombie; the problem is that how do you get zombie-fans to read your story, without giving away or hinting at the ending, which in gimmicky-stories like mine and like Strange Strangers is the majority of the point. I was loathe to add "zombie" as a tag for my story, yet the people who might appreciate it most would not know that it had anything to do with zombies, whereas if I added zombie to the tags, then the reader would know pretty much straight-away what was going on and my surprise ending is ruined. The same sort of problem applies here to Strange Strangers, but I fully appreciate the puzzle of marketing your stories. Like a previous reviewer I did see a resemblance to Stephen King's story "Popsy", but more in the structure of the tale, not the plot.

Anyway, sorry for the long [perhaps irrelavant] review; in summary, a good story, I enjoyed reading it.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on May 1, 2013 :
A good hairy horror tale. Very well written with a flow to the writing that will keep you intrigued throughout. Reminded me a bit of the short Steven King story "Popsy", with a differnt spin on a simular tale.
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Review by: Walter Lazo on June 14, 2012 :
Funny, scary and a bit gory, a fun read.
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