I am a fan of novellas – not the prequel, cliffhanger types, good, well written shorter stories. They are difficult to create.
I found a good one recently.
Lurker by Gary Fry
Dark Fuse Press
release date: November 2013
Meg and Harry have retreated to a remote cottage on the northeast coast of England to recuperate from the mental and physical stress of losing their baby. While exploring the ancient coastal landscape, Meg chances upon eighteenth-century quarry mines reclaimed by nature. But birds and butterflies aren’t all she finds.
When a young woman goes missing, Meg must try to make sense of her many bizarre experiences: muddy handprints on the walls, savage dreams, and a visit from a stranger who may not be what she seems.
And something else is lurking nearby, something that adapts and feeds on grief. And Meg may not be able to stop it…
Fear and Paranoia… Creeping In
Meg and Harry have moved to a quiet coastal town. It is lonely, cold, and sad… just like their marriage. Meg has quit her job and spends long days by herself.
Thank you NetGalley and Dark Fuse Press for this title.
What I liked most about this novella was the steady build of fear, paranoia, and panic. The atmosphere surrounds meg and closes in on her. So creepy and well done.
At times it was a little slow, but the details were all a part of the story. Is it truly happening? Is it Meg’s imagination? What the heck is outside her window!?
A great short piece. I will definitely look for more by this author. His writing gave me the creeps!
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I plan to read more from Dark Fuse Press. (Sadly since this post, Dark Fuse has gone out of business.)