Short Story Corner: We Are Mist by Ernie Howard & Re:evolution & the Radiant Machine by A.K. Meek

Short Story Title: We Are Mist – A Night Portals Short Story, Season 2

Author: Ernie Howard

Publication Date: May 20, 2020

Available on: Amazon as an eBook and as a paperback

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Macy’s grandmother is dying, and she hasn’t seen her since her beloved grandfather died fifteen years ago. Experiencing trepidation, she finally goes inside and meets her grandmother’s nurse, Trudy. Remembering how she spent summer vacation there years ago as a child, she discovers something odd. What does Macy remember from her past and how does it impact her present?

At first, the author draws you in with all the eh-we are mistnostalgia, sweetness, and camaraderie with Pops, Macy’s grandfather, who means the world to her. Tickling all five of my senses and with a few skillful words, the author draws a complete picture in your mind as Macy experiences that vivid summer all over again before things went wrong.

Then, he masterfully builds the tension and the dread with a little clue here and there that makes you see that picture differently, making me question what these clues meant. Drawing together both threads, he then melds them together into an electrifying finale. I could feel the darkness of that finale seep into my pores and horrifically invade my senses. And I certainly didn’t expect it to end the way it did!

eh-ding dongThis story is the second “episode” in season two of the author’s Night Portals series. Like the “Twilight Zone” or “Black Mirror” television shows, each one is united by its dark theme only and can be read separately without having read any of the others from season one.

But after reading one, it’s like a bag of potato chips; you can’t eat just one, you must consume more. I feel this way each time I read a short story from this author.

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 “Ding Dong Ditch – A Night Portals Short Story“, “The Pool – Omnibus Edition“, “Bus Stop: A Short Story“, “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: Re:evolution and the Radiant Machine

Author: A.K. Meek

Publication Date: July 20, 2017

Available on: Amazon as an ebook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Doctor Gleason is the selected candidate to transfer his consciousness from his decaying body into a specially modified robot. Bernard is a former Dynamo employee who feels the need for vengeance on his former employer by trying to damage Gleason’s programming.

Equal parts haunting, startling, and disturbing at the events that transpire, I was riveted to this tale as it unspooled right through to its grisly and unpredictable ending. The authors experience in capturing the essence of robots and their impact on humanity continues here.

akm-revolutionIt features a sly subversiveness that lies under the surface of this tale and combines it with a thoughtful exploration of what happens when you place a human soul inside of an artificial construct.

I originally read this short story when it was published in In Your Closet and In Your Head: A Monster Anthology, an anthology filled with other scary and dark 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 written by A.K. Meek include “In Your Closet and In Your Head – A Monster Anthology,” “Authority“, “25 Bombs Fell: Season 1“, “Town on Fire – 25 Bombs Fell: Season 2“, “Red Rabbit Presents #1: Science Fiction for the People!” and “Automatic – Anthology of Robots“.

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