Short Story Corner: Night of the Hunter by Stefan Bolz & Unconditional: A Tale of the Zombie Apocalypse by Chris Pourteau

Short Story Title: Night of the Hunter

Author: Stefan Bolz

Publication Date: October 9, 2017

Available OnAmazon as an eBook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


In 1914, a psychiatrist searches for the truth about his disturbed patient Ellie, whom he’s intrigued by and fond of. As he investigates the facts about what led her to be in the asylum, we learn more about Ellie’s story of a visit to an isolated hunting lodge with her fiancée. But what will he discover?

It’s a spellbinding and enthralling story of one sb-nightwoman’s descent into madness while feeling emotionally trapped in a house of horrors, encasing me in her increasingly deep despair as it happens. This is a dark and bleak tale that mesmerized me with its storytelling prowess and psychological twists and turns.

I originally read this story when it was published in “The Shapeshifter Chronicles (Future Chronicles Book 13)“, an anthology filled with many more compelling tales about shapeshifters just like this one.

If you found this review to be helpful to you, please click here to go to the review on Amazon. Then navigate to the bottom of this review and click on the “helpful” button.

Previous Indie Athenaeum book reviews about stories by Stefan Bolz include “Six String” and “The White Dragon: Omnibus Edition“.


Short Story Title: Unconditional: A Tale of the Zombie Apocalypse

Author: Chris Pourteau

Publication Date: January 16, 2015

Available on: Amazon as an eBook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


This is a touching tale of a boy and his dog in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, but it’s not quite what you might think. You see, this tale is told strictly from the point of view of the dog, what we learn about his family and how the dog views each of them. He identifies most closely with the boy for his innocence, love, and affection they have for one another.

As we get more emotionally invested in the story, the family home is invaded by zombies and we feel as terrified and as helpless as the dog does when his family flees without him. We then observe how sheer determination to find his boy becomes his primary objective as the dog follows its primal instincts.

cp-unconditionalAs a dog lover myself, I completely enjoyed this story and appreciated the strong emotional bond between a human and his dog being illustrated here. The intuitiveness of the dog’s feelings, his loyalty to the boy and how the dog interprets his lonely new world was well realized and immersed me into the dog’s life and his point of view.

The ending hit all the right buttons for me and was appropriate and unexpected. By the time I read the final line of the story, it became very clear to me how much I was invested in the outcome and its emotional payoff, as it gave me goosebumps. Just thinking about this story, days later, I found it still resonates strongly for me. It is a well-told, powerful tale that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

If you found this review to be helpful to you, please click here to go to the review on Amazon. Then navigate to the bottom of this review and click on the “helpful” button.

Previous Indie Athenaeum book reviews about stories by Chris Pourteau include “Serpent’s Fury“, “Masada’s Gate“, “Valhalla Station”, “It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane!: A Superhero Anthology“,  and “Bridge Across the Stars – A Sci-Fi Bridge Original Anthology.”

 

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