The Comfort of the Shriek

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
When President Lincoln is shot dead, an apocalyptic cult worshiping in the swamps of Louisiana fears the end of days is near. When they find the apocalypse's angel buried in mud, they know it. One of them, though, has decided the angel is not theirs to fawn over, it's his.
And he'll do anything at all to keep it...

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About Scott Crowder

I live just outside Raleigh, North Carolina. I've only been professionally published once, in last fall's edition of Flashquake online magazine, but I hope it's the start of something long term. I'm happily married, and I'm the father to two beautiful little girls, ages five and two, who will never be allowed to date boys, drive cars that are transporting boys, nor ride in cars to places where boys are present, or wear non-Amish-spinster-approved clothing in front of boys. I love horror movies, rhythmic noise, peanut butter, and the Munsters, not necessarily in that order. Please feel free to contact me if you want; I'd love to hear what you thought of the book. My e-mail address is zombieapocalypse at Thanks for reading.

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Review by: Kelli Jae Baeli on April 1, 2013 :
As all discerning readers know, many people are publishing themselves these days, and some should spend more time on learning the craft before they do--not so with this author. I am looking forward to reading some of his full-length work after reading this, as he has a firm grip on the art of storytelling, even amid difficult subject matter. His skill is spot-on in this story, and it's refreshing to find a talented writer like Scott Crowder; akin to finding that ten dollar bill in a pair of pants you haven't worn in a while. I would love to see this story expanded to novel length, as it has some very intriguing possibilities. Keep up the good work, Mr. Crowder!
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Review by: imma sommers on Nov. 12, 2012 :
Great read!
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Review by: David J. Agostine on June 5, 2012 :
This story was daring and bold in its content; Racism and religious fervor can be tricky business so as not to offend the reader, but rather add depth and meaning to the story- this author nailed it perfectly. A right mixture of action, attitude and background made "The Comfort of the Shriek" a great read. The time period was seamlessly incorporated into the plot and gave it an added dimension not found in a lot of short stories. Mr. Crowder shows a brilliant knack for storytelling. I did have to read the ending over once, because I forgot the one guy's name with the boy and got confused. But all in all- I loved it.
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Review by: Ria Bridges on April 30, 2011 :
Wow. Just... wow! I was truly impressed by this story, the way it blended madness with possibility, the reality and despair of the situation that the reader finds themselves stumbling through.

The main character, Ryan, is a member of an apocalyptic cult that finds a statue in the swamp, which the priest of the cult declares to be an angel of God sent to bring the end times. Ryan hears the angel whisper in his mind, telling him to love her and to obey her. The cult, as is common, goes through an elaborate poison-drinking ritual to reach Heaven before God rains down his wrath on the world, and only Ryan plans on surviving, to finish off anybody who had second thoughts, because this is what the angel wanted.

You spend the story thinking that Ryan's insane, but every once in a while you get little hints that make you start to wonder if perhaps there's a method to his madness, if there really is something sinister about that statue. The ending reveals the truth, clearly and without room for doubt, but without going into an overly-long explanation of everything that happened.

Stylistically, I can't find fault with this story at all. The language chosen was good, the pacing smooth and even. Even the formatting, which can be hit-or-miss with what you download from Smashwords, was dead-on. This is a story by someone with talent and dedication, and with a single exception, all of his stories on Smashwords are free, so I highly recommend you go and take a look at what he's written. This is someone who can clearly go far, and I want to be there when it happens!
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