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Beneath the Willow

Beneath the Willow [Kindle Edition]

Gemma Farrow , Carly Tait , Richard K. Green
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

#1 on Goodreads' List Best Short Books.
#2 on Goodreads' List Indie Novellas, Novelettes, and Short Stories.

Thomas loves Keziah. He'll do anything for her . . . at least he believes that. But all it takes is one shattering moment to change a belief; a few nights is more than enough to kill it. The world Thomas knows changes when he gets a phone call. It's Keziah. She's hurt. She's scared. She needs him. He gets Keziah home, but the horror has just begun. From that moment a darkling world embraces him. Keziah believes she has been bitten by a vampire. Thomas doesn't believe it. At first. But when one belief dies, it's because a new one is forming. As he fights to discount her story, Thomas tries to nurse her back to health, but it isn't working. He can no longer ignore the truth. She isn't solely Keziah anymore. Heartbroken, maddened, and hollow, Thomas has to make a difficult choice. Accept what his girlfriend has become or turn against her. Both choices demand a high price, but which is Thomas willing to pay?

~A DARK TALE ABOUT THE THINGS YOU DO FOR LOVE - Alicia Renee Kline, author of Intoxicated.
~TRUE HORROR - Hawk, Amazon customer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 792 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D09DJQU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gemma Farrow began writing psychological horror at the age of nineteen. She has had a number of short stories published over the years in great horror magazines and E-zines, including Supernatural Tales, Twisted Tongue, Twisted Dreams, Micro-horror and Whispers of Wickedness. She has always been fascinated by the mind and the many nightmares it can harbour. She loves Adult Horror and all its creatures: vampires, werewolves, spirits and maniacs. She believes that realism is required to make true horror. The reader always needs a point of reference. In dark supernatural horror realism is needed all the more to help the reader suspend disbelief. Gemma Farrow offers a fresh new voice to the horror genre. Her debut book, Beneath the Willow, is a refreshing addition to adult vampire books and best short horror.

She is currently working on a full length novel.

She is a fan of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ramsay Campbell and Graham Masterton. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT DARK TALE 13 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a short story. Also I think the cover is perfect for the book.

Thomas’ girlfriend of 3 years Keziah is bitten by a vampire. Unable to believe the reality of the situation, ne nevertheless makes a promise. One he isn’t sure he can keep.

This is a dark tale of promises made and promises not kept. I love the fact that Gemma tells the story from the partner’s point of view. How do you deal with the changing of your loved one into a monster? When you see the physical manifestations coming on a daily basis? How do you keep from going insane?

As a reader, you can really feel his inner turmoil of whether to believe what she is asking him to do or wondering if she has already changed, but she doesn’t realize it yet. His logical and emotional sides battle between themselves. And then there are the dreams. Real or not?

And from Keziah’s point of view, I like the incorporation of a mental midwife to help her with her changeover. What she becomes at the end is quite frightening, but not heartless. Maybe.

Plus, extra kudos to Gemma; no proofreading errors.

I highly recommend this story and give it my 5 feather rating. Great Job!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 31 May 2013
By sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
This book had me gripped from the first page. I thought the writing was brilliant and the story was original. I hope the author writes another book as I love the characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant story Gemma Farrow x 11 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When reading your book I couldn't put it down, wonderful read with a little twist at the end characters were original and familiar, can't wait to buy your next book : )
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5.0 out of 5 stars None 24 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Could not put it down! Slightly confusing in time but an awesome read nonetheless. Really keeps the reader wanting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick scary read 17 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This quick read by Emma Farrow has all the elements that a short story of this genre must have: A good opening that gets you hooked, strong characters, a plot that keeps you guessing and a dark and unexpected ending.

What I particular like is the story's composition, a mixture of now and flashback, as it makes the reader slowly but surely uncover the different elements of this dark tale, which get darker with every page.

In summary, a quick, dark, scary read well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don’t cross a vampire 17 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this short story and read it in one session, not because it was short, but because I simply had to keep turning the pages. The story was concise, fast and more than a little bit creepy.

Gemma created a realistic sequence of events, from the initial bite to the birth of the new vampire that had me on the edge of my seat. My heart went out to Thomas, who fought with his conscience and inner demons and who in the end, did what I think most of us would do in that situation, but did he get the end he deserved? Perhaps not, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

The only thing wrong with this short story is that it left me wanting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Macabre, true Stephen King style 14 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Beneath the Willow is a great paranormal story. I was just a tiny bit disappointed that it ended so soon, just as I was getting into what Keziah will turn out to be. I sincerely hope that Keziah’s story is in the making. It is a well written, scary tale and Gemma Farrow gives clues in bits and pieces, that make you read faster to find out the exact sequence of events and how it all came about. The final twist was macabre and genius. I enjoyed the book and am hoping for a sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dark short story 12 Jun 2014
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Liked the way the book was written, and kept me riveted right until the end. Found myself wondering how things were going to work out. Well, actually thinking how I wanted things to work out. Had a lot of sympathy for the main character. This was my first book by this author, but I can say that I am a fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written
I don't normally read the horror genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed this story because of the author's beautiful prose and her skill at weaving her tale. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Regina M. Joseph
4.0 out of 5 stars Atypical vampire tale
Beneath the willow is a stylishly written and intensely portrayed horror novelette that keeps the reader captivated. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Hearty04
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy short story
A very interesting take on the vampire transformation. I enjoyed the story, but I wanted there to be more about the past between the two characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heather
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire fiction that makes its mark!
Thomas and Keziah are devoted to one another, they have been together for several years, and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her, but that is as she is now, not as she will... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Vampire Tale with Great Gothic Atmosphere
The first few paragraphs of Beneath the Willow were a little too poetically sentence structured for my tastes, perhaps to set an atmosphere through tone and description. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jparent
4.0 out of 5 stars Death, doubts and decisions
I was irresistably reminded of Hamlet reading this short story. Thomas, the central character, is indecisive. And, just as for the Prince of Denmark, that carries consequences. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dragon63
4.0 out of 5 stars A deft combination of short and scary
“Beneath the Willow” is a creepy short story about a young man who loses his girlfriend to a vampire attack … or does he? Read more
Published 4 months ago by David E. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars The heart’s the trouble indeed
Gemma Farrow’s ‘Beneath the Willow’ is a short, but eerily effective piece that draws to mind classic works from the likes of Poe and Blackwood, with its dark sombre settings and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jim Goforth
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