Unnatural

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
A Thin Man wanders into a world of trouble after the carnival that was his home goes bust. Adrift and alone, missing his sideshow friends, things get pretty freaky when he accepts a job for a doctor who isn't as nice as he seems. The oddities in his barn may bite! More

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About Lori R. Lopez

Lori R. Lopez wears many hats, literally and otherwise. An author of Speculative Fiction, Horror, Fantasy and more, she writes dark and humorous verse, short stories, novels, Young Adult and children's books, songs . . . as well as a column called "Poetic Reflections" at Fairy Fly Entertainment, the website that she shares with two talented sons. She is an artist who designs her book covers and illustrates some of her tomes, a musician, actress, filmmaker, tree-hugger and animal-lover. A vegetarian, her work often contains themes of conservation, animal rights, and the rights of children. Lori unapologetically takes pride in creatively bending and reshaping the rules of writing when it suits her style.

A horror fan since small, she roamed graveyards as a kid and conducted funerals for dead birds, squirrels, insects and spiders. She was named on an Examiner.com list of "92 HORROR AUTHORS YOU NEED TO READ RIGHT NOW" for WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH 2014, while being featured on Horror Addicts and Promote Horror.com for WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH 2015. Her books include ODDS AND ENDS: A DARK COLLECTION, CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, THE MACABRE MIND OF LORI R. LOPEZ, THE FAIRY FLY, AN ILL WIND BLOWS, OUT-OF-MIND EXPERIENCES, DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS, POETIC REFLECTIONS I and II: KEEP THE HEART OF A CHILD and THE QUEEN OF HATS. She is presently working on a number of sequels and new projects.

Stories and verse have appeared on Hellnotes and Halloween Forevermore, in THE HORROR ZINE MAGAZINE, THE SIRENS CALL E-Zine and anthologies such as JOURNALS OF HORROR: FOUND FICTION, DEAD HARVEST, TERROR TRAIN, CURSED CURIOSITIES, CELLAR DOOR III: ANIMALS (Editor's Choice Award winner), UNDEAD LEGACY, BONES II, GHOSTS: REVENGE, WE ARE DUST AND SHADOW, INDIANA HORROR REVIEW 2014, MIRAGES: TALES FROM AUTHORS OF THE MACABRE, MASTERS OF HORROR: DAMNED IF YOU DON'T, I BELIEVE IN WEREWOLVES, THIRSTY ARE THE DAMNED, and SCARE PACKAGE: 14 TALES OF TERROR. Fifteen of Lori's poems were published for an anthology titled IN DARKNESS WE PLAY.

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Review by: Lori Safranek on July 20, 2012 :
Lori Lopez has created a unique personality with Darius Exavier, an outcast who really wants to fit in, but doesn't expect much from life. So it's not greed that gets this young man in trouble, it's not lust and it's not foolishness. It's something . . . unnatural.

Darius Exavier, a Thin Man, found the carnival lifestyle much to his liking, surrounded by other misfits. And he was happy, right up until the carnival closed down. Then, with his friends spread far and wide, Darius has to strike out on his own to try to fit into a world that rejects the different.

He's used to being hungry, he is a Thin Man, after all, but Darius is down to his last bit of putting up with crap when a kindly stranger gives him a ride. She drives him straight to a place where he is offered a job, a warm bed, maybe even a friend.

But life's not always fair, as Darius is well aware, and pretty soon he discovers just how far he will go to survive.

This story left me wanting more. I think Lopez should write more about these characters, especially Darius. She has created a very real world here, and I highly recommend a visit. Unnatural is a winner!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: JENNIFER THOMAS on July 19, 2012 :
This is an amazing and fast pace short story written in true Lori R. Lopez style that will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat until the last word.
What happens when the one and only place where you feel like you belong has to disband and the only friends you have in the great wide world are lost to you forever? Well in the case of Darius Exavier you end wondering the world not knowing where your head will rest or will your next meal will come from.
This story takes you through this young mans sad and lonesome existence as he is looking for a place in this world. The path this young man takes and the things that he has the will to defeat will blow your mind.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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