What happens when the ordinary clashes with the extraordinary? Or when fear and wonder intersect with the eeriness of the inexplicable?
In The Resurrection Man: A stranger’s visit to a small town turns the lives of its residents upside down as dark days from the past are revisited and suddenly dead no longer really means dead…In Nameless, Faceless: After nightmares begin plaguing Eric Meecham, ruining his relationships and leaving him questioning his sanity, he turns to a beautiful psychiatrist to lead him to the truth behind the dreams, but is he ready to face it? In The Driver: The rocky marriage of Howard and Mora Mitchell has been hanging by a thread for years. Now, after a night of bad decisions it is barreling full speed towards a tragic ending.
In The Welcomers: Mia Shaw and David Payne embark upon what was to be an uneventful road trip, until they stop in an obscure town inhabited only by the elderly and an ancient evil that doesn’t want them to leave…In Love thy Neighbor, Or in the Very Least, Pretend: Conman Royal Gaines finds these are words to live by when he discovers the dark secret owned by his latest mark…In One Step Forwards, Two Steps Back: Down on his luck Jake McCabe grapples with the revelation that the choices he’s made to better his own future, seem to have doomed the future of all mankind.
Short Days, Long Nights shares six tales that take you on a journey through the dark and unknown where nothing is certain except uncertainty.
Plot: This is an enjoyable collection of stories. Each one of them feels original and features a strong plot line.
Prose: Scuefield writes well; the dialogue rings true, and matches with the eerie quality of the stories.
Originality: While the stories have a Twilight Zone or Dean Koontz feel to them, they stand well on their own and feel fresh.
Character Development: Scuefield excels at character development. In each story, the main character is solidly developed.
Date Submitted: June 21, 2018