The Growling

Adult
Rated 4.64/5 based on 14 reviews
Cory Anderson is an angry young man. Losing his girl friend to a deadbeat like Malcolm hasn’t helped. And beating his ex’s new beau to a bloody pulp has made matters even worse. Thrown out of the apartment and facing the long lonely trip to the ground floor Cory must come to terms with some harsh realities.

And the thing in the stairway …
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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • Words: 3,370
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781452388519
About David Jeffery

Dave Jeffery is 46 and lives with his family in rural Worcestershire. He was born in The Black Country and spent most of his youth dreaming of writing and drawing comic strips for DC Thompson, creators of The Beano and The Dandy.

Dave completed his first novel, Badlands, at the age of ten and admits that it was 'pretty awful'. He still has it hidden somewhere in his loft. At school he used to write and illustrate comics for his school friends, selling them for a few pennies. At 15 years of age, he was invited to Dundee to see DC Thompson’s offices after sending his portfolio to them. Nothing may have come of the visit but the dream of getting work published continued.

He is perhaps best known for his Beatrice Beecham series originally with Chipmunka Publications, London. This adventurous, super-sleuth teenager is currently on her second adventure with a third, Beatrice Beecham’s Cryptic Crypt, due out in 2011. The eBook Housefull of Horrors is released through Smashwords on October 31st and contains all seven Beatrice Beecham chapbooks.

Writing as David Jeffery, this author also publishes adult and young adult horror and supernatural fiction. His zombie novel Necroloplis Rising will be released on September 11th through Smashwords. The prelude chapbook Splatoon is available now by following the book cover link on the home page. His Beatrice Beecham Presents: Campside Chillers collection will also be available early next year. In the interim Dave's short stories can be found in the Creature Feature anthology and his story Masquerade has been accepted for inclusion in the forthcoming WATCH anthology from Imprint Phoenix Publications.

When he is not writing novels Dave works as a mental health practitioner. He has published an academic book with John Wiley & Sons and articles in his field of mental health whilst presenting on the international stage. He is in the process of editing another book for Speechamrk Publishing Ltd, for release in 2011.

He is also author of Finding Jericho, a novel for young adults released through Chipmunka Publications, London exploring the relationship between a 15 year old boy and an uncle who has been diagnosed with manic depression. This book has been endorsed by the mental health charity MIND.

Dave enjoys music, playing guitar and was once in a band called The Lion Farm who took their name from the council estate where he was dragged up.



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Reviews

Carla Kovach reviewed on on Sep. 17, 2018

It packs a punch for such a short story! Everything you'd expect from a horror - tension, gore and a scary creature.
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Patrik Stastny reviewed on on Nov. 19, 2016

It takes a beast, to bring down another beast...
Incredible short, that will make your mind coming back to it for a long time.
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vivascarlett reviewed on on Aug. 16, 2015

Starts off with a punch and just builds up speed; pure excitement!
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Lillith Dunn reviewed on on March 22, 2015

A good read. The bullies out there had better watch their butts.
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chucklesthescot reviewed on on March 22, 2014

Cory is angry when his girlfriend dumps him for a total loser and he goes to her flat to teach this guy a lesson. But as he flees the flat, something inhuman is growling below him on the staircase...

This is a short creepy horror where you know what is going to happen and what the twist is, but you enjoy watching it unfold anyway. Cory is a violent thug so when he gets a taste of fear, you have no sympathy for him and hope that he will get what is coming to him. He has two choices-go back up the stairs to beg his ex for help or fight his fears to use the lift to get past this beast.

The author does a good job of expressing all the emotions that come from Cory during his 'adventures' that night-his explosive anger, his violence and his utter terror. The tension is gradually built up as the beast closes in on him and I thought that this was a great wee horror tale. I'd be interested to see what else the author has written and maybe give that a go. 3.5 out of 5!
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Cory Anderson reviewed on on July 5, 2011

I purchased this short story mainly because it features me! Well, the lead character has the same name as me, anyway. After reading the story, I found that I really enjoyed it. It gave me the feeling of reading a "Tales from the Crypt" episode.
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Bec Lewis reviewed on on Dec. 8, 2010

Well-written and gripping. Excellent!
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Jamie J. reviewed on on Sep. 21, 2010

I love this story. full of everything i love
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Neil Coghlan reviewed on on Sep. 16, 2010

This cracked along at a great pace and you'll be picking the teeth and fur out of your hair by the end of it. Packs a punch. You'll never watch an Andrex ad in the same way again!
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Willy G. Henderson reviewed on on Sep. 16, 2010

Good story with a galloping pace!
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Danielle Leigh reviewed on on Sep. 16, 2010

I am not a big fan of the genre. I think the whole vampire and werewolves thing has run it's course. However, big point for the pace of the writing. A good story, well executed.
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Paul E. Lewis reviewed on on Sep. 16, 2010

An engrossing and sharp read. Well done!
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Tina Lonergan reviewed on on Sep. 16, 2010

Tense and brilliant Dave. Jam packed with personality too!
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William Meikle reviewed on on Sep. 16, 2010

A very fine tale of blood, anger and retribution. It has teeth.
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