Cold Stairs

Rated 4.50/5 based on 8 reviews
Winner of an Honorable Mention Virginia Tech Literary Award, this story takes place in Eastern Kentucky and is based on what might have been a true ghost story. I consider this to be my best finished piece, and I look forward to your feedback. Enjoy!
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About Mark Petersen

Mark Petersen is a graduate from Virginia Tech currently living in Blacksburg, Virginia working as an office supply salesman. He aspires to publish a novel someday, and has already begun work on it. That is, however, a long process. Currently he writes short stories to practice his writing and to gain feedback while also generating an audience. He enjoys thriller/suspense and desires to create a sense of fear in his reader while also imparting something lasting and of value. Mark has won an Honorable Mention Virginia Tech Literary Award for Fiction with his story "Cold Stairs".

Mark enjoys shooting, hiking, driving, coin collecting, reading, movies, and of course writing. He prefers to live somewhere with mountains and forests. He is also an avid typewriter collector and uses antique machines for a lot of his draft-writing.

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Review by: TexMex on March 11, 2016 :
This story kept my attention through most of it. The first paragraph hooked me with it's creepy description of working in the mines of Kentucky. The story was set up well and the characters kept me interested. After a while it felt a little like the author was just telling the story and moving the characters through the plot. Then it got creepy again and the ending was good.
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Review by: Hobbe Noxious on May 19, 2015 :
Less horror, and more like a realistic recounting of a paranormal encounter, like one would see on one of those "Ghost Hunter" shows on the Sci-Fi channel. It has a strong beginning, but a weak end. Everything is resolved and over with before you even realize it.
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Review by: Clair Roxanna on March 17, 2015 :
This was too tame for a horror story. Also, I didn't connect with the personalities of the characters.
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Review by: David Bond on April 2, 2014 :
Sharp, to the point, yet full of suspense. Smart story in a small package.
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Review by: Matt Hart on Sep. 19, 2012 : (no rating)
Very good read...I'm surprised that it didn't receive a greater prize. (Makes me want to read the other stories from the competition.) Petersen is obviously an up-and-coming writer. Glad to see his star on the rise!
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Review by: gotmud on July 11, 2011 :
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Review by: Fretta Inman on July 10, 2011 :
Nice Job. It kept me interested to the end.
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Review by: Deb Robinson on May 2, 2011 :
Hooked from the start. Good job!
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Review by: Mark Stewart on May 1, 2011 :
Congratulations on the award. Except for the typo error on page two the story was a good read.
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