The Visitor

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A strange visitor arrives rather unexpectedly at Mr Burly’s residence.

Who could this visitor be, and what is his real purpose?

Although Burly was anticipating a visit of some kind, the appearance of the visitor does nothing to assuage his apprehensions and doubts. Something about the visitor always seems to be lacking, or missing – something concerning his identity or authority. More
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Published by Ex-L-Ence Publishing
Words: 3,480
Language: English
ISBN: 9781909133297
About Nigel Hems

I am an author and lecturer at MMU.
My works of fiction include 'Events', 'The Letter', and 'The Figures.' I am also co-editor of 'The Continuum Companion to Kant'.

'Atherfield's Final Formula' is now available. as well as two short stories, 'The Room' and 'The Resident' (which will be published together). I will also be publishing a new short story, 'The Visitor', here at Smashwords in 2013. I am at present working on a short novel length work of fiction called 'The Place', which will be available later in the year. The story revolves around the main character, Klein, who pases through a perplexing sequence of events, whilst coming into contact with various friends and foes, often without being able to distinguish between these categories. At one particular stage, Klein comes into contact with a quasi-monastic order of enigmatic hedge-cutters, who are working in a maze, and following the dictates of a manual of half-articulated rules (as well as a semblance of intuition); Klein has to decide whether to join the hedge-cutters, or risk venturing further into the daunting regions of the maze.

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Review by: feriha aydin on Nov. 17, 2013 :
Another excellent novel by Nigel Hems; His unique style of writing clearly stamps a mark on his style of work. 'The Visitor' is another one of Hems’ books that draws you into the story, keeps you in suspense, maintains your anxiety then leaves you wondering about what it was all about?
Without giving away the plot this book will leave all of us relating to an incident or a time in our life where you have wondered when that door will knock.....
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Review by: Sammy Liston on Oct. 23, 2013 :
Nigel Hems' short story, 'The Visitor' describes a scene in which the main character, Mr Burly is waiting for a visit of some kind to take place, although from whom and for what purpose is never made entirely clear. The story is punchy, precise, and smooth flowing from start to end, and leaves the reader not only engaged, but in some sense living through the sense of apprehensions of Burly, both before, during, and significantly, after the visit has taken place. There is a degree of menace surrounding the pending visit, and this is intertwined with a smattering of absurdity that overtakes events once the visitor arrives. The story seems to work on many different levels, with the notion of the visitor only having a provisional, less than perfect status, signifying something more deeply metaphysical regarding questions of human society and human functions. Hems seems to be putting forward the visitor as a kind of stool pigeon, to prise apart within the structure of the narrative. It seems to me, also that the author may be parodying the austere world of professionalisms, the precise, almost mechanical processes that dominate all of our lives, and at the same time is passed off as being ‘progress’ or ‘improvement’ in a broad sense; but Hems manages to see the severe pitfalls of this assessment of things, and the first person form of narrative is used to great effect here. All in all this is a very good story. A style and form of writing that I have not come across before.
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