on Sep. 27, 2013 :
I liked both these stories. They seem to capture that primordial childhood fear of what lurks in the dark while translating it to an adult level. This story is a bit more lighthearted than the first, being narrated as it is by a child. This child challenges the monster to a board game. I love the abruptness of the trick ending, very clever. It would almost cause this story to transcend into the realm of black humor if not for the sense of hopeless terror it invokes. I look forward to reading more of Xavier's horror. Again, my only suggestion is to add the Smashwords agreement to the front so you can these fabulous stories out to a broader audience. Your public awaites!
(review of free book)