Short Story Corner: On Holiday with an S.O.B. by Ernie Howard & Agent Smith and the Naughty Elf by Will Swardstrom & Paul K. Swardstrom

Short Story Title: On Holiday with an S.O.B.: A Tales from the Canyons of the Damned short story

Author: Ernie Howard

Editor: Jessica West

Publication Date: January 6, 2017

Available on: Amazon as an eBook and as a paperback

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Two beings talk about what it’s like to go on holiday, receiving enlightenment in the process from what they’ve learned. On this next trip, one of them encounters a situation they are truly unprepared for, that of a rich man who is all alone.

What happens next is startling and disturbing eh-on holidayfor all parties involved, leading to an ending that twists your heart in tangles while also make makes you thoughtfully ponder the darker side of humanity.

I read this short story when it was originally published in Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 9, a collection filled with much more strange and ominous short stories 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 Ernie Howard include “Gramps: A Time Travel Short Story“, “Night Portals Boxed Set – Books 1 – 8“, “Melody 8 – Book One: The Day of the Song“, “Melody 8 – Book Two: The Musical Witch of the South” and “Melody 8 – Book Three: A Sound for the Deaf.”


Short Story Title: Agent Smith and the Naughty Elf: A Utility Company Story

Author: Will Swardstrom & Paul K. Swardstrom

Editor: Ellen Campbell

Publication Date: December 18, 2015

Available on: Amazon as an eBook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Agent Smith, a workaholic, is one of the last ones still working as everyone clears out for the upcoming holiday. He works for The Utility Company, a section of the government that investigates the weird and unusual. With nothing of note to go home to tonight, he decides to follow up on some paperwork he needed from Area 51. But in doing so, he discovers a cunning little alien that looks like an elf has somehow gotten into the basement of their building and is now wreaking mischievous havoc!

ws-agent smithWhat follows are hysterical hijinks, humorous happenings, Christmas song lyrics cleverly woven into the narrative and uproarious laughter as Smith and his boss Wall try one attempt after another to catch this resourceful creature with little success. The tale concludes in such an unexpected and surprising way that it made me laugh out loud at its hilariousness. I reveled in the merriment of its wonderful storytelling the whole way through this short story. A witty and well-done romp that was elfin’ delightful!

I look forward to more tales of Agent Smith and the Utility Company by the authors as this collaboration brings out the best in both of them. Thankfully, I won’t have to wait too long for that Christmas wish to come true.

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 Will Swardstrom and Paul K. Swardstrom include “Blink – Utility Company, Book 1.”

Previous Indie Athenaeum book reviews about stories by Will Swardstrom include “Chronicle Worlds: Legacy Fleet“, “Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 29, No. 28 & Omnibus 9.”

 

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