A Pair of Creepy Shorts

Rated 4.50/5 based on 10 reviews
A Pair of Creepy Shorts is two dark tales by southern writer, Cal Noble. Includes: "Review" and "Uncollected Temptation"


These aren't intended to be knock-your-socks-down and scare-your-breeches-off scary. They are just two very short, dark tales.

Comments appreciated.
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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • Words: 2,450
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781311214294
About Cal Noble

I'm Cal Noble and I'm a horror-holic. I love scary things. I read a lot of horror and I write mostly horror.

Fans of horror know that term can mean a lot of different things. In general, I do not write splatterpunk. I loved the gorefests of the Eighties like the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the Thirteenth movies, but I don't write like that.

I typically write supernatural suspense and supernatural thrillers. I like the traditional antagonists: ghosts, demons, Satan, witches, etc.

In general, I prefer to write about realistic characters who find themselves in very screwed-up situations.

I studied creative writing at the University of Alabama.

Currently, my wife and I live in north Alabama with two wicked cats and a demon dog.

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Review by: Lee Ashford on March 13, 2013 :
"A Pair of Creepy Shorts" by Cal Noble is rather aptly named. The two tales included, are "Review", about a young woman contemplating suicide; and "Uncollected Temptation", about a man down on his luck who unknowingly makes a deal with the devil, but is looking for a way to get out of his end of the bargain.

Of the two, I think the first story is the creepier. The second one is almost humorous by comparison. But both make for a quick read, and are entertaining. I recommend this as one of those "short" reads to have on hand for when you're stuck waiting in line somewhere, or waiting for the nurse to call your name at your doctor's office.
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Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on March 6, 2013 :
Liked both stories, even though the second one was a bit obvious.

Will be looking out for more from this author.
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Review by: Jeff The Killer on May 24, 2012 :
Very good book. I like "Review" a lot.

Check me out at smashwords.com/books/view/16874
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Review by: gotmud on July 11, 2011 :
i thought this was a very good book. will tell all my friends about this author. nice writing
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Review by: gotmud on July 11, 2011 :
i thought this was a very good book. will tell all my friends about this author. nice writing
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Review by: John Paul Allen on April 23, 2011 :
Nicely done. Hope to read more of his work.
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Review by: D. M. Raver on March 15, 2011 :
Really loved both stories. "Review" had a very Edgar Allan Poe feel to it. "Uncollected Temptation" reminded me of "How Much Land Does One Man Need?" by Tolstoy. I imagine there are many people who would be willing to trade their life for a chance at wealth and anticipated hapiness.
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Review by: Ravis Harnell on March 11, 2011 :
Very solidly written in the vein of the classic Southern Gothic. When you're dealing with tried-and-true tropes, you'd better do it well, and Noble does. It's nice to read creepy plots delivered in a juxtaposing warm, familiar voice that approaches the colloquial but never alienates those who may just be visiting the region.
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Review by: Matthew Sawyer on March 11, 2011 :
"Uncollected Temptation" is a gripping and rewarding tale - definitely a recommended read. "Review" delivers strong writing, but it's nightmarish headiness can be unappealing. Skip straight to "Uncollected Temptation" for immediate gratification.
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Review by: Tim Eagle on March 3, 2011 :
The short story Review was original. It flowed from start to finish and with the short amount of words to complete it I believe that Mr. Noble accomplished his goal in surprising the reader at the end. Great writing, excellent polishing and good flow is what counts in a short story and Cal Noble pulls it off on all avenues. I'm anxious to get to the rest of the short stories but ran out of time, I will definitely be back.
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