We Were Good, Once

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
An eyewitness account of the last days of a dying world, told from the view of a young man... More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781311417589
About Walter Lazo

“Our free short stories are intended as a doorway to our more mature premium works. Their purpose is to showcase the author’s writing style and use of evocative imagery. Although these are his earlier works—he has gotten much better since—they serve as a nice introduction to his thematic concerns as well as to his belief that a story has to be believed in to be effective. Therefore, what he presents in these stories are situations and the reactions of characters within those situations.”

Walter Lazo was born in Cambridge, MA, and now lives in North Carolina. As a child he discovered his love of Weird Fiction and large, epic, heroic stories, as well as German and Greek mythology, devouring the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, the Grimm brothers, Bram Stoker, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Walter grew up reading the short stories of Richard Matheson, and later discovered the works of the great science fiction writers of the 20th century; namely, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov.

He enjoys writing horror and science fiction stories with an occasional martial arts story thrown in for good measure. He is currently obsessed with the short story form and hopes that it will make a comeback in popularity. As an adult he has tried to create his own mythos, writing about the Demon World and other creatures that torment men’s dreams.

He is a longtime fan of Stephen King and of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Review by: James Jenkins on Feb. 25, 2017 :
I read 39% before putting it down, the story did not develop into anything I could follow.
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Review by: Michael Carter on March 02, 2014 :
I have read this story twice to ensure it deserves its five-star rating, and pleased to report it does.

I think this is perhaps the best of Walter Lazo's stories I have yet read; a tale of looming and mysterious cosmic horror framed in a science-fiction/fantasy setting. Occasionally, Walter's endings are a bit vague or unfocussed; this one is not. The writing is very good, very clear and fluid, with great imaginative ideas. I liked all the story but particularly the idea of The Flying Sea, a concept both bonkers and genius. Well done Walter, and it's good to see you back.

I see this as a good place to just clarify what a five-star rating on Smashwords means to me; I consider any work that I have awarded five-stars of a quality that is equal to or better than stuff that is traditionally published in books or pro / semi-pro magazines. These are stories which I believe if they were sent out to magazines or editors would eventually find a home somewhere.

And 'We Were Good, Once' by Walter Lazo is one of them.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Feb. 19, 2014 :
I really liked this short story of an alien world and the strange frightening phenomenon that infects it and the worlds inhabitants.

First we are introduced to the cat-like creatures inhabiting the world and their odd customs, fashions and traditions, as one of their kind explains to us the life that he leads. Then something strange happens to the planet and the whole world starts to become topsy-turvy (can't say to much here without spoiling the plot) as our narrator finds his whole life torn apart.

This is one of those stories that has a fabulous ending that will leave you thinking. For although the author sets the horror on an alien world, it could certainly be set on a certain little blue world that we all know and love. A great little science-fiction/weird fiction story, and highly recommended.
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