Old Shock

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
Searching for his missing academic brother, Paul McIntosh travels to the coastal town of Crowsmere - unaware that beneath the surface seethes a village plagued with curses, insanity, horror and folklore... More
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Jonathan Antony Strickland reviewed on on July 7, 2013

Yeah, this was a good solid horror using the legend of the demon dog old shock. It builds up slowly to a shock (no pun intended) ending that was original and totally unexpected.

Mick Carter points out that he felt the story took a while to get to the point, and I too found the begining a little slow and long winded. I know that you've got to build up the character and back story a bit but for me personally I would have liked it cut down just a little bit (this is a very minor gripe though).

This though is still one of the better horror stories you'll find here on smashwords. And of course, with it being free there is really no excuse for anyone reading this review and fancying giving it a read to not do so!
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Michael Carter reviewed on on July 3, 2013

I've always been interested in stories of Black Shuck, Old Shock, Padfoot, Barghest, whatever, the phantom demon dog of lonely places. So when I saw this story I had to have a read; I'm pleased I did. It's a very good story, mostly well-written, with solid well-built characters. The story seems to be taking a while to get to the point, but this is largely character building; when the finale does come however, it's completely original and unexpected and quite brilliant. OLD SHOCK is a 4 and a half star story, but I can't give it that, so I'm making it five.

I also had a look at the authors blogspot page, which is really good, giving East Anglia a mysterious atmosphere and showcasing some really beautiful photographs.
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John Mc Caffrey reviewed on on June 21, 2013

Great short story, very well written. Loved the dialogue and the ending!
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