Number Withheld

Rated 3.90/5 based on 10 reviews
A horror story in 500 words. Some telephone calls are unwanted. Kane definitely doesn't want these calls - but he can't seem to stop them...
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About David Blake

David Blake was born in the northwest of England in 1970 and grew up on a diet of Marvel comics, 2000 AD and television sci-fi. He has been writing for as long as he can remember and remains an avid reader. His other interests include travelling, vintage British television programmes, vintage cinema, football, eating toast and even having the occasional drink.

If David Blake has reviewed your work on Smashwords, please do not take any criticism to heart. He tries to be unbiased and constructive, and will only award 5 stars to the absolute best works, which will be rare.

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Review by: Jeff McDargh on Jan. 18, 2014 :
Nice job of setting the mood and showing his descent. It reminds me of the old spy movies. Nicely done.
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Review by: M. Strain, Jr on June 5, 2013 :
An excruciatingly limited space of 500 words. In that space, David Blake manages what I have seen in much longer stories: the creation of a dark atmosphere, a slow reveal of what's happening, a real sense of that horror that makes the genre so great.

This is my first encounter with Blake, and I can easily assure you this won't be the last.
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Review by: Rob Wilkins on May 9, 2013 :
Although on one level this flash-fiction story itches for the rest of the story to be provided, you can easily speculate and guess the rest without needing to be told. And this story certainly captures what is almost certainly the most interesting and critical part of the whole story.

All in all, it was quick to read and quite a good little piece of writing that I enjoyed.
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Review by: Red Jackson on April 24, 2013 :
Nice short story. Well executed.
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Review by: Jamie J. Buchanan on Oct. 17, 2012 :
The author has set a challenge for himself with only 500 words, but carries off an interesting story none-the-less. It would work even better if it were longer, a bit more detail into the character and the "why's and wherefore's" etc... which can't happen in only 500 words. Well written, fast paced and some good ideas.
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Review by: Annie Haq on Oct. 16, 2012 :
considering the 500 word limit (though,the word count reads 757).
clever writing. nice story.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Oct. 9, 2012 :
Not a bad attempt, though I would have liked something a bit more original.

For me it was like a modernised version of the Poe classic "The Tell-Tale Heart, with the mobile phone ringing instead of the beating of the heart in the aforementioned story.
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Review by: Michael Carter on Oct. 9, 2012 :
One technique of super-short stories can be for them to describe a fraction of a story; the story is complete, yet indicates that more has happenned before the story began, and more will continue to happen after the story is finished. The short self-contained micro-story should bring up questions and queries; who is this, what is that, what is going on here, offering a brief glimpse into a larger world.

David Blake's story does this well; I see the potential for expansion, yet it stands well on its own.

I never answer Withheld Numbers and will continue to not do so.
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Review by: Gerty So on Oct. 8, 2012 :
It was such a great read. It is a number 1 thriller in my book.
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Review by: Jon Olson on Oct. 7, 2012 :
A very good and quick read. The story was intriguing and had enough substance to satisfy the reader. For something that was a writing experiment it turned out quite good.
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