Short Story Corner: Bus Stop by Ernie Howard & Drought by J.E. Mac

Short Story Title: Bus Stop: A Short Story

Author: Ernie Howard

Editor: Jessica West

Publication Date: December 9, 2019

Available on: Amazon as an eBook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Winter is a teenager looking for revenge after his girlfriend got sexually assaulted by the school bully. Thinking only about his rage, he comes up with a plan to acquire a gun! Will he follow through and succeed?

This story delves into the teenage mind and how eh-bus stopit thinks, demonstrating a depth of humanity and the darkness that lurks underneath it. The true horror of the story is what happens next and how it’s ingeniously resolved with an unexpected twist.

I originally read this short story when it was published in “Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 26“, a collection filled with frightening 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 “On Holiday with an S.O.B“, “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: Drought – An Alternate History Short Story

Author: J.E. Mac

Publication Date: April 29, 2016

Available on: Amazon as an eBook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


​Harl and his seventeen-year-old daughter Lindz embark on a trek from their desert commune to Los Angeles to discuss some business with Pettray. You see, water is a highly prized commodity in short supply and L.A. needs more of it. Since Harl’s commune holds the secret, Pettray wants to know what it is so he can sell it. But when other dark forces come into play, Harl and Lindz are caught between a rock and a hard place as they try to survive!

je mac - droughtThe author creates a foreboding atmosphere as well as a special relationship between a father and daughter that turns into a deadly situation. Then, it transforms unexpectedly into an exciting page-turner with high stakes for the whole Los Angeles area!

I read this short story when it was originally published in Alt.History 102, an anthology filled with much more excellent short stories about alternative history 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 J.E. Mac include “Chronicle Worlds: Legacy Fleet” and “Beyond the Stars – Unimagined Realms: a space opera anthology.”

 

 

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