Quiet: A Short Story

Rated 4.00/5 based on 4 reviews
A young, quiet couple who keep to themselves are thrilled to find a new apartment which matches their temperaments. But when they start to get complaints from the neighbors about noise and when their things begin to move around when they're away, they begin to wonder who's been in their home. But how did the intruder get in with the door still locked?

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About Shane Eide

Shane Eide is a part-time hermit, part-time flaneur, which means that he is either spending time on literary pursuits or taking walks and thinking about literary pursuits​. He lives in a little room walled with books and sleeps near a big desk, on which he doesn't write since all the quiet is too distracting. He usually goes someplace noisy in order to write as much about fiction as he writes fiction.

He's been writing fiction since he was about 11, in which time he's written several novels that he never intends to publish and which no one will ever see, and several others that he wants to publish that he's read out loud to his gold fish. He's been writing what he supposes would be called non-fiction ever since he wrote "Shane was here," in easily erasable pencil on a desk in junior high.

You can read his essays and occasional fiction at his blog, www.emergenthermit.com

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John Victor reviewed on Oct. 4, 2015

An interesting one. The suspense was there
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David Blake reviewed on Aug. 3, 2015

This story is a bit of a slow-burner, starting off with the mundane and almost subliminally cranking up the mystery and general feeling of unease about the whole situation. It's deliciously quirky, and Eide crafts the two main protagonists very well through their dialogue and reactions to events. The ambiguous ending and allegorical nature of the piece will doubtless leave some readers frustrated, but it's an original, thought-provoking piece of prose that is quietly unsettling and lingers on the mind.
Eide has strived to give it a rich and vivid flavour. A few occasions early on I thought it was a little over-described in places, and there were a couple of sentences which rambled on interminably (one ran to well over a hundred words), so I ought to dock a point - but given the overall quality of the piece, that would possibly be a little unjust. So, top marks from me.
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quellv1 reviewed on July 25, 2015

good story but it just kind of ends on a cliff hanger.
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Hobbe Noxious reviewed on July 21, 2015

A nice feeling of mounting dread, and general "wrongness" to the whole thing. Lovely. I feel like the ending was a bit abrupt, however. It felt like missed potential.
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