You Are Just A Guest

Rated 5.00/5 based on 7 reviews
A young married couple move into their first house but it soon becomes apparent that something isn't right. Told through their social media accounts, this short story reveals what happens to unwanted guests.
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About James T Kelly

My father lulled me to sleep with physics lectures. My mother took me to libraries to give other people a chance to tell me to be quiet. When I came of age I left the big city lights and moved out east to seek my future amongst words.

I write genre stories. That means my lies are a little more fantastical, and sometimes feature unicorns and monsters.

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Reviews of You Are Just A Guest by James T Kelly

Lee mulubwa reviewed on Jan. 6, 2018

An interesting read.
(review of free book)
Lorraine Allison reviewed on Dec. 11, 2016

Interesting read. I am not a fan of opening endings though.
(review of free book)
Caroline Wood reviewed on March 1, 2016

Really enjoyable short story. The format works well (blog posts and Twitter posts) and I liked the contrast between the husband and wife's comments.
Tense, fast-paced and chilling - all good ingredients for a horror story.
Many thanks
(review of free book)
M. Latimer-Ridley reviewed on Oct. 25, 2012

A great short story!!
A snippet in the life of a married couple setting up in their new home, it's uniquely told from the point of view of the woman's blog and her husbands twitter feed.
This is a tale that will give you a chill and force you to leave the bedside light on-just in case. The story calls to that deep-seated primal fear of the darkness that all humans have, no matter how many artificial ways we have to banish it!
Definitely one to check out, especially for this Halloween!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
John W Wells reviewed on Oct. 18, 2012

An excellent example of how less is more in writing. Uniquely told through the characters' blog and Twitter posts, this scary little tale manages to pack a novel's worth of chilling images into a modest number of pages.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Kelly Crawley reviewed on Oct. 18, 2012

I just downloaded this story, and although I planned to read it later, I couldn't put it down.

"You Are Just a Guest" documents the first (and, perhaps, last?) few days of a couple's life in their new home. It's written as a series of blog/twitter posts. I was uncertain, at first, about the format. I have never been a big fan of the serial letters style of story-writing, and I was afraid some of the atmosphere would be lost in the style. I needn't have worried. Mr. Kelly did an excellent job of capturing the tension and expressing it through the main characters' reports.

Near the end, it seemed as though it slipped, briefly, out of the social media format into real life, and that distracted a little. Not much, but I did think, "Wait, is she still writing this? But she's she carrying the computer? Using a phone?" I think it was necessary to get the story across, and it certainly didn't detract from the overall experience.

All in all, I am glad I read this at work, in my sparse, brightly-lit office, rather than at home, on the couch, in the dark. I would recommend this story to others, and plan to!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Cathy Van Onselen reviewed on Oct. 4, 2012

I love reading horror stories/thrillers. This story kept me captivated from the start to the finish. I love an open ending that makes one wonder what really happened. Great job, well done!
(review of free book)
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