The Siege of Peter Marak

The Siege of Peter Marak

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by Stoney M. Setzer
     
 

What is your greatest fear? What if someone else's life depended upon you facing that fear?

After losing his wife to pneumonia, Peter Marak becomes extremely mysophobic (fear of germs and contamination) and sequesters himself in his home to avoid germs as much as possible. One night, a coughing woman knocks on his door, begging him to open it because a

Overview

What is your greatest fear? What if someone else's life depended upon you facing that fear?

After losing his wife to pneumonia, Peter Marak becomes extremely mysophobic (fear of germs and contamination) and sequesters himself in his home to avoid germs as much as possible. One night, a coughing woman knocks on his door, begging him to open it because a dangerous man is on the loose. Peter is forced to make a terrible choice: Does he face his fear of germs by opening the door, or does he stay safe and leave the woman to fend for herself?

Originally published in "Fear and Trembling" (issue 43, Nov. 2011), this story is reminiscent of a classic "Twilight Zone" episode. It focuses on a man who finds himself in a situation any of us would dread: forced to choose between his conviction and his phobia, with the stakes higher than he could ever imagine.

"The Siege of Peter Marak" also appears in "Zero Hour 2: More Stories of Spiritual Suspense." However, this ebook edition also includes a bonus "Backstory" section that reveals "behind-the-scenes" information into the creation of this story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940033085613
Publisher:
Stoney M. Setzer
Publication date:
03/03/2012
Series:
Zero Hour
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
68 KB

Meet the Author

Stoney M. Setzer lives in a small town about an hour south of Atlanta, GA, with his beautiful wife and three wonderful children. As a fiction writer, he strives to create suspenseful stories with spiritual (Christian) themes. Some of Stoney's stories have been described as "the Twilight Zone with a Christian worldview." His works have been featured in such publications as Residential Aliens, Fear and Trembling, Crossed Genres, and Christian Sci-Fi Journal, as well as a number of anthologies. Recently, he has also published an anthology of his own work entitled Zero Hour, which is available on www.amazon.com and at Smashwords. He is employed as a middle school special education teacher. When he isn't working or writing, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, visiting amusement parks, and watching the Atlanta Braves. He also maintains a blog at http://zerohourbystoneymsetzer.blogspot.com/

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