Bennet - The Alderdice Tales

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
A short story (3,818 words) that follows the tragic and horrifying events that center around Bennet Alderdice and his courting bride to be, Nettie Vandenberg, on a secluded Louisiana Estate. This is part one of the 'The Alderdice Tales'. The first in a continuing saga of short horror tales.

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About Colonel D. R. Acula

Colonel D. R. Acula is the pen name of Author Eric Jude. He finds both torment and joy in the dark, and in the dismal tales that he pens. He considers his writings a glimpse into the collective soul of humanity and all its emotional and psychological throes that create us or destroy us. Having been a doom metal musician and fan for many years, he applies the same principles and dark embraces of doom metal to his literary crafts. When he writes he listens solely to just two (Doom Metal) bands 'My Dying Bride' and 'Forest of Shadows'. He loves a good short story, however he is in the process of completing his debut novel.

When he isn't writing and listening to Doom Metal, he can found looking through a camera lens. While his writings are generally on the darker spectrum of things, his photography focuses on the brilliant and wonderful world of life and colors that surround us. He works professionally and for sake of hobby with his camera.

He also spends a great deal of time writing for his website - It is also the webpage you can visit to learn more about him and his photography, writings and ventures.

He is married to his partner in art, Kylie Jude. Who works side by side with him on many of his projects. Kylie and Eric live in the rural mountains of Eastern Kentucky.

In January 2015, the highest civilian honor awarded by the great Commonwealth of Kentucky was bestowed upon him by Governor Steve Beshear, as he was inducted in the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

Also in Series: The Alderdice Tales


Review by: Lacey Ann on Oct. 20, 2014 :
Lucky for me, I stumbled upon this book (Smashwords) and author and decided to give it a try - it isn't quite like anything else I've read. Short, it provided me with a much needed break in between more-involved novels. Mostly well-written, though a few small changes could be suggested. The descriptive narrative is perfect - painting a clear picture while introducing the reader to the characters and times. This book took a different turn early in and then another unexpected twist came about prior to the ending - which left me wanting more. I'm off to check out Book 2 of The Alderice Tales.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: karisha72 on May 26, 2014 :
I loved this short story and the suspense in it. It started out to me as a wonderful love story. He was working so hard to earn the hand of the love of his wife. He worked for her to he could prove to him that he was worthy to marry his niece. I could not stop reading it once I got started. I couldn't believe taht her uncle had gotten killed and just knew a bear had done it. I definitely couldn't believe how it really happened or how Bennet met his fate. It's a muct read and well worth .99 cents. Great story Eric!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Angel Robinson on May 25, 2014 :
This short story has a little bit of everything for the horror/suspense fan. Nettie is an enthralling character that makes you want to explore the deeper recesses of her mind to find what may be lurking. The story leads you by the hand down one path, while hiding an axe behind it's back just waiting to catch you unaware.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: lisa on May 23, 2014 :
Once I began reading this I couldn't stop. It drew me into the world of Nettie Vanderburg almost instantly. I could almost feel the cool damp air as it pulled me in. Just as the story was starting to feel familiar and I thought I knew what was going to happen next there was a wonderfully inventive plot twist took it in a totally different and unexpected direction. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys horror or mystery stories or anyone looking for a great quick read! Loved it!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Kylie Jude on May 21, 2014 :
I had the pleasure of being the first to read this frightening tale, and I enjoyed it a lot. "Very Poe-ish" - The first words out of my mouth after reading it the first time. It does remind me a lot of Poe's stories, with its haunting imagery and dark themes, but it's also unique. I had lots of fun editing the story, which was a pleasant collaboration between two dark minds. This is a short story, but it covers a lot. I'm excited to read and edit the next two shorts in the series. If you like scary stories, prepare to be enthralled.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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