My Lover, My Garden

Rated 4.25/5 based on 4 reviews
Crazy, vivid short story of battling the demons lurking in the garden.

Conscious Eggplants...Razor sharp onion stalks...Killer carrots...Envious tomatoes...Jealous angry brotherly love stronger than the sick love of a demonic garden? Two brothers are about to find out how strong love can be.

You have never seen a garden like this. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • Words: 10,720
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781458070425
About Erik Gustafson

I spent 20 years serving in the United States Air Force, and have had the fortune to live all over the world, including Iceland, Germany, and in a tent for a year in Saudi Arabia.

Always an artist at heart, I produced many paintings during my adventures. After my service, I settled down with my family (wife, two great daughters, 2 cats and a little white fluff dog) in small town Iowa, where I love to volunteer at the antique carousel. Now, I help people with intellectual disabilities to reach their potential and teach psychology classes at a local college.

I switched from a paint brush to a pen and am now a horror writer, by night.

I am working on my forth novel. I have been published in The Horror Zine, Horrified Press, Sirens Call Publications, Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Crypto and Co., Death Throes Webzine, and several other horror anthologies.

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Review by: David Cleinman on Jan. 24, 2012 :
My Lover, My Garden by Erik Gustafson

Review by David A. Cleinman

When this short story began, and I understood it to be about a garden going crazy, I thought it would be tongue in cheek, dark humor, and maybe a bit silly. I can now happily admit I was wrong on all three counts.

In this dark short, the author weaves a tale of unadulterated horror that is eerie at the getgo, and gets darker and scarier as time goes on. And, to my happy surprise, it never lets up. It drags you in from the first words and keeps you engaged until the end, where there is room for a new beginning should the author choose to write a sequel.

Horror shorts generally have one flaw. They often do not give much time for character development. The clever use of only two characters for much of the story eliminates this problem, and the references to the other characters are brief and well placed. The vast majority of this story is spooky action, narrow escapes from deadly forces, and a real film noir quality that keeps that eerie feeling going throughout.

Perhaps a bit on the simple side, without much depth or deep thought, this story is still a thriller in every way. In fact, the simplicity of the story is really what adds to its impact. It’s much less scary when characters sit down to coffee and read the newspaper. We don’t have any of that here.

My Lover, My Garden is a great story and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror and suspense. I happily give it Four stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Grace Guerra on Nov. 2, 2011 :
This is a short story that will grip the reader until the very end. Find out what happens when Frank's love for his garden goes a little beyond the bend. This book gives a new meaning to the phrase "green thumb". Larry, Frank's brother, has to run and fight for his life as his brother's garden comes to life with an arsenal of vegetables and a thirst for blood. It's only purpose is to kill him for interfering with the love affair between Frank and his vegetable garden.

If you are easily offended by the supernatural, this book is not for you. For those with an imagination and a flavor for horror, this is a must read.
(reviewed 74 days after purchase)
Review by: Bruce Blanchard on Oct. 9, 2011 : (no rating)
My Lover, My Garden is one of those odd stories almost stemming from Poe's House of Usher which brings in a person from the outside into the horrifying inside. The twist of the vine here in Erik Gustafson's vision is a garden that promises to protect its survival. One brother is the tragedy and the other is the traumatized survivor.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Review by: Christine Sutton on Sep. 27, 2011 :
Great story! I would have liked there to be more of it! Great original idea! Really built up a sense of foreboding. Very enjoyable!
The only thing I would like to have seen is a little bit more story on Frank, and why he became obsessed. Was he still Frank? Was he ever Frank?
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jackie Williams on Sep. 27, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this story. It's a great twist on a gardening tale. A well thought out story, just beware what's in your fruit and veg. A visual story...beware if you are a vegan.
Well worth a read!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
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