The Old One

Rated 3.78/5 based on 18 reviews
A man finds himself stranded in a small Pacific Northwest town when a landslide blocks the highway.
Over the next few days he meets the locals, learns about the area's history, and discovers a terrible secret in the woods.
A horror story in the tradition of King and Lovecraft.
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Words: 18,300
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458003287
About Todd Brabander

Todd Brabander is an author, musician, and artist from Portland OR. His projects range in style from comedy, to absurdist, to horror, and usually have a Pacific Northwest flavor.
His work aims to capture a twisted and often humorous view of the normal world.
He has been in several music groups, had his writing published online, and has publicly displayed visual art.
He is a big fan of the Oxford comma.

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Review by: James Jenkins on Jan. 26, 2014 :
Well written, not sure why it is in fiction. Pretty sure it is true tale.
(review of free book)

Review by: Elizabeth Miller on July 28, 2012 :
Nice taut horror novella. Our intrepid hero, David, is out of work and stuck in the small town of Myrtle. After a run in with the town oddity, David learns there is something in the woods something big, dangerous and very old. Fun story and and a great way to spend time in the sun
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)

Review by: Voice Spider on May 31, 2012 :
A very well done short horror story, The Old One was a fun read. Built with the right amount of suspense, crazy people, and a horrific monster that you only really get the barest of glimpses of, this story handles its theme really well. The characters are well done for the most part, some of them feel a little thin, but all in all it's such a minor detail among everything else you barely notice.

Two problems I did have with this story have nothing to do with the plot, characters, or any aspect of the horror itself. (all of which were well done) My main problem with the story is the use of 'OK' rather than 'Okay' throughout the story, something that most word processors will catch. When you have a sentance going on with all lower case letters, and suddenly a fully capitalized 'OK' appears it tends to drag readers out of the story where a lower case 'okay' would have worked better.

My second problem was the author's love of short sentances. Usually used for high tension situations to denote a faster pace, when used for things such as descriptions of people and settings, it just feels like you're being bombarded by factual rocks. It really detracked from the story, especially when combined with the smattering of 'OK's hiding within the story.

Yet despite all that, this is a good read and I really enjoyed it. The way the monster was handled was wonderful and I liked the fact that you reall never see it, nor does its existance ever really get explained. It just is, which fits it perfectly. Definatly a good story to pick up.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Nurture Waratah on Feb. 15, 2012 :
This was a short, but interesting story about a drifter who finds himself stuck in a small town, discovers a horrifying local legend and stays to protect the the towns secrets. This was quite intriguing and an absorbing read. Recommended.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Scooby2 on Dec. 13, 2011 :
I won this from Library Thing and I'm so glad that I did. The Old One is a great little horror story about an isolated village and a "relic" spread around the village. Everyone knows to leave it alone but the newcomers like to taunt it. This was well written and ended perfectly. I look forward to reading more by Todd Brabander. Anyone who loves reading horror stories should check this one out, you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Katy Sozaeva on Nov. 21, 2011 :
A small town in the Pacific Northwest, just 20 miles from the sea, has been cut off from the world by mudslides. David was just passing through, trying to find a town in which to settle and start a new life when he is stranded in Myrtle. While sitting in the roadhouse that first night, he is accosted by a strange, red-headed man who claims that David is “the one” – while questioning other townsfolk, David learns about a disturbing local legend – there is a monster in the woods, and there is a bell, and if that bell is rung, the monster will awaken and destroy the world … What David learns in that small town will change his life … forever…

This was a wonderfully perverse novella, a great little horror story. I’ve love to see more of Brabander’s work – he has a truly gifted sense of the macabre and horrific. If you enjoy good horror, you will adore “The Old One.” Check it out!
(reviewed 89 days after purchase)

Review by: Stormyjmarie on Nov. 14, 2011 :
I enjoyed the book. It kept moving along. You read about a small town and their well kept secret. Does the secret remain a secret? Once the secret is revealed, if it is, does it become public or just to the few that happened upon it? The ending was a surprise to me. I did not see it coming. Good job!
(reviewed 81 days after purchase)

Review by: Cynthia Parker on Oct. 12, 2011 :
The Old One holds a town captive as well as the readers of this book by Todd Brabander. Let your imagine picture what is keeping this town and passers-by captive and continue staying in this small northwestern town. The locals know who The Old One is and why they stay away, but do the passers-by? As one man who is passing through town learns the secret of The Old One, the reader will live the horror along with the town.
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)

Review by: MrsFlicker on Oct. 01, 2011 :
I really enjoyed the idea of a character collecting stories. I love to collect stories as well and believe that everything and everyone has a story behind it. While horror is not really my genre, I did like this book and will recommend it to those who are more into the genre than I am. It was well written and was compelling enough to keep me reading--not bad for someone who doesn't like horror!
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)

Review by: Hannah Hummel on Sep. 17, 2011 :
I really was captivated by this story but the pace was slow, that is what made you want to keep reading. There was so much that I couldn't put it down because the plot was very interesting and certainly something different from what's out there.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Barbara Palmer on Sep. 17, 2011 :
A classic tale of a troubled town. There's a touch of Lovecraft in here, blended with good, old fashion campfire terror tales.

This is a well written tale that with have you shuddering as the wind blows through the trees outside.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Rigby4 on Sep. 16, 2011 :
I love stories that take place in creepy little towns whose residents have secrets! The setting of the Pacific Northwest and associated forest lends a feeling of vulnerability. This book kept my interest, including building the anticipation (or dread) of the "monster". I will watch for future books by this author.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Michelle Lancaster on Sep. 16, 2011 :
A Pacific Northwest Horror Story
By Todd Brabander
Smashwords Edition
Submitted by the author
Rating: 3

A stranger passing through town on his way to somewhere else is waylaid by mud slides blocking the roads. With nowhere to go and nothing better to do, he hangs out and collects stories at the local watering hole and all of these stories seem to contain a note of menace, of poorly concealed fear. So, of course, just as in the movies where the teenage girl walks through the unexpectedly open door of her home, when there's a storm outside and all the electricity is out and the phone line has been cut and her boyfriend has mysteriously disappeared, when obviously there is a psychotic serial killer lying in wait, the stranger decides to investigate. He recruits a few of the locals and they get a little ambitious: "...that was what they planned to do; save the world. It sounded simple enough."

This tale is spun with promise by Todd Brabander. It is clearly in the tradition of Stephen King. In my opinion, Mr. Brabander should keep at his writing, especially of the horror genre.

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P.S. He did a marvelous job with the ending, just the right tone.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: justmax on Sep. 15, 2011 :
Enjoyable story reminiscent of HP Lovecraft. Starts out slow but quickly builds up speed to a very satisfying denouement.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: dolphinchick on Sep. 07, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book! I read it in an afternoon! Had to!! It kind of had a Twlight Zone feel to it… getting stuck in a small town where everyone and everything is just a little off but no one really wants to talk about it! The way it slowly but persistently builds to the end… then it’s more intense than any TZ I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them! Todd does a great job of describing the area, the weather, the people… the monster!!! It was easy to feel for these characters and be interested in what was happening to them! The monster was awesome! So different, but I could easily picture what I thought it would look like. It’s something I could have read more about because I found myself saying “wait… where did it come from and why… what would happen if they…??”(oops... can’t give too much away!) but it lets your imagination run wild which is really interesting and fun too!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ofgr8value on Sep. 02, 2011 : (no rating)
I really was captivated by this story. The pace was slow, however that is what made you want to keep reading. So much that I couldn't put it down. The plot was very interesting and certainly something different from what's out there. With each passing page I kept wondering what was going to happen next? What would this monster do? What was it capable of? Very fascinating. The characters were well developed and I could easily visualize them in this story. I like how there wasn't a happy or resolved ending because it adds to the mysteriousness of the story. On a deeper level the plot opens the mind up to the thought "what's really out there?" Another undertone was that there are some things in life in general that just can't be reckoned with so it's best to heed the warnings, learn from the mistakes of others and leave those things alone. But that's not the nature of man. We do it anyway. The end result is that we end up with our own story to tell, just like the main character had his own story to share at the end of the book. Very good work of fiction. A page turner. If you like the works of Stephen King, you will enjoy this book!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Chris Michaels on Aug. 29, 2011 :
Creative and original, with a regional flavor this Northwest Native appreciated. The author has a writing style the reminds me of early Stephen King.
Good read...
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Todd H. on Aug. 29, 2011 :
Good story, easy reading. The descriptions were vivid; I easily knew what everything looked and felt like. Kinda reminded me of an X-Files episode.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

Review by: Sharon Blundell on Aug. 25, 2011 :
I enjoyed the book, the story caught you and kept you reading wanting to know more about the monster and not wanting anything to go wrong.

I would read more from Todd
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sharon Blundell on Aug. 25, 2011 : (no rating)
I enjoyed the book, the story caught you and kept you reading wanting to know more about the monster and not wanting anything to go wrong.

I would read more from Todd
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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