Once upon a time, on a cold and dreary winter’s night . . .
For many, the frightful remembrances of an awful event suffered during their youth fade with time. For others, however, the dreadful scene swells with passing years, driving sanity from its path.
Decades after a night of terror, an old man, his mind teetering on the ragged edge of madness by his childhood recollections, determines to face his fears by wakening the world to the monstrous visions that haunt his dreams.
Now, he sits down to pen a strange narrative describing an event his family suffered while living in an isolated cabin during a blizzard - on a night of soul-wrenching horror.
This quick read is a short story in the Weird Tales tradition.
|Publisher:||Chris L. Adams|
|File size:||157 KB|
About the Author
Chris hails from Dayton, Ohio circa Spring, 1969. At about age six his family moved to Virginia. After only 2 years the countryside beckoned and his family moved to a horse farm in rural West Virginia where his parents yet reside. The farm afforded plenty of opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. As an adolescent he played Tarzan in the trees, and Huck Finn on the Bluestone River which surrounds his folks’ 80+ acre farm. In the wilds of the farm and surrounds he scaled cliffs, learned to shoot and ride horses and played ‘war’ with his friends where they utilized an arsenal of BB guns to heat up each others derrieres to howls of laughter and cries of pain and wrath. Growing up without the benefit of cable and satellite he developed a love of reading early on. After devouring many of the classics of both ancient and modern literature he settled into his favorite niche of pulp authors upon discovering authors as H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Edmond Hamilton, Clark Ashton Smith, A. Merritt and of course Edgar Rice Burroughs. An avid hobbyist, he is a guitarist, having been in an out of many bands since the late 80s. Besides reading, writing and dabbling in guitar he also enjoys collecting historic militaria of mostly the WW2 era. Chris has been employed with ABB Inc. since 1992. Currently he is a Senior Systems Engineer in IS. Chris resides in Southern West Virginia with his wife and two children. PS: to contact Chris directly, please email to: TheDoubleShadow@Yahoo.com, and he'll be in touch.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This short story is flat out creepy. In it Adams consciously adopts the style of the pulp writers of the 1930s and 1940s and is so successful that you wouldn’t be surprised to learn this was a lost work of H.P. Lovecraft. The tension builds slowly as the other-worldly threat first makes itself known and then begins its haunting attacks on a family living far from civilization in wooded, snow-covered mountain lands. Since the story is told from a first person perspective years after the event, you know the narrator is going to survive, but it doesn’t feel that way as the danger mounts and the body count expands. This one will linger with you and give you second thoughts about looking out the window to watch the snow.
Great short story, fast paced. This book is about 25pgs. Overall a 4.5. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 was bc what we're the creatures? How did he learn to track them?