"It’s not every day you find a human hand while digging potatoes. But that's exactly what happened to Leonard Johnson on a Saturday morning not long ago." That's how this quirky little story begins.
When you're a fast-failing organic farmer in New Hampshire, with a known termagant for a wife, an event like this can be devastating to your small profits when the news gets out – especially since that ancient hand has peculiar "qualities."
This discovery sets off a chain of inexorable events that lead Leonard to rash action resulting in a terrible kind of justice. A balance must be restored and a lesson learned.
"A Helping Hand" is a paranormal short story with a touch of horror, approximately 6,200 words.
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About the Author
Michael Hearing is a freelance writer/essayist/novelist living with his wife, dogs, cats, horses, and ferrets on a few acres with a small lake in northeastern Oklahoma. There, he tries to grow vegetables, catches quite a few fish, and does his writing. Having lived a fairly desultory life, Michael decided that it’s time for some order and method. So he is finishing up and publishing some books he’s had in the works for many years. But, still, he is likely to be all over the genre map. In most cases, though, he has lived what he writes about, and his works ring true.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Decently written, in terms of spelling, grammar, basic story...but fell flat towards the end. This could have been a spell-binding version of the body-part-as-magickal-item trope, but the author seemed to run out of steam, and never adequately explained what, if anything, the hand was doing to the protagonist's life (except maybe following him around). I like that the author developed the main character as a perpetually flawed man who makes one poor decision after another, and it's done realistically. The wife, not so much. I would have liked to have seen the hand do something to her, for good or for ill. Or maybe even just have her ask him why he has it. The ending left me unsatisfied. I would have liked an explanation of sorts; for example, what the purpose of the hand was. I don't understand why the author wrote such a gruesome end that didn't seem to connect in any way to the story. Not a bad read, and I look forward to other books by this author - as long as they are free, as this book was. The author will have to improve as a storyteller before I dish out money to buy his books. I will say, however, that the author is very skilled at character development, and his book is worth a read just for that.