Short Story Corner: The Evil in Devil’s Creek by Paul B. Kohler & Lost Dog: A Short Story of Evil by Bob Williams

Short Story Title: The Evil in Devil’s Creek

Author: Paul B. Kohler

Publication Date: March 1, 2018

Available on: Amazon as an eBook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 4.75 out of 5 Stars


Owen and his girlfriend Sheri are driving on a long road trip through a desolate landscape. But suddenly, they hit a dog! Trying to find help for it, they find a seemingly abandoned town. But the longer they stay there, the more they realize something strange is going on. Sheri’s behavior becomes unstable and they find the town has some ties to the region’s history. So, why are their lives put in such serious danger and will they even survive the forces arrayed against them?!

I’ve read this author’s work before and while this is his first foray into the horror genre, I found that the hallmarks of his writing are still apparent here. He slowly builds the suspense, has quirky yet very real characters that seem like someone you might know and an ability to make the reader feel deep emotion. In this case, he was successful in making me experience fear for these characters and the peril they find themselves in.

evilEach situation Owen and Sheri find themselves in gets eerier as the story unfolds as the danger factor ratchets up and the puzzle pieces start to fit together. By the time I reached the end, I was completely terrified by its conclusion.

The only criticism I have here is the ending itself. It reached a fantastic crescendo and held such tremendous power with its final revelation. My anxiety at what would happen was at an all-time high. But it ended so soon after reaching that point that the power didn’t feel like it reached its full potential. It abruptly turned off the electricity by flicking a light switch and as a result, it felt a little disappointing that I could not revel in the moment longer.

For someone who hasn’t written horror before, the author created a story using his strengths and moved past his comfort zone well. This tale held me in rapt suspense with its unique situations and interesting characters, making me want to keep reading. I would be interested if the author did more of this kind of genre work.

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Short Story Title: Lost Dog: A Short Story of Evil

Author: Bob Williams

Publication Date: May 8, 2018

Available on: Amazon as an eBook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Brent is a vacuum cleaner salesman who really wishes he had a dog. Pondering why other dogs he had in the past didn’t work out, he goes about his day trying to make some vacuum sales. When he spots a dog in the neighborhood that he really likes, he decides he wants it and brings it home with him. What will happen when he does?

The author creates a dark ambiance in this tale, taking the love of an animal companion and twisting it in such a way that it perverts it into something much more sinister. Brent‘s point of view is so caustic, I wondered what lost dognastier motivations lurked inside his head as I saw how he justifies his actions inside of his own mind. It’s those actions that churned my stomach the most and made me pity the dog and his unfortunate circumstances as the story unfolded.

The story enveloped me in its evil malevolence, instilling dread in me with each page I read. But I had to know what was going to happen next, searching for hope in a dark cave while trying to find a spark of light. The ending is masterful and really surprised me, adding an exclamation point to the entire story with its explanation.

Once you’ve read the story completely through to the end, do yourself a favor and read it again from the beginning. With that additional context, the story takes on a deeper layer of disgust and depravity, providing more enrichment and insight into the tale that you didn’t have before.

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