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Black Willow: A Disturbing Novelette [Kindle Edition]

Evan Bollinger
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Dark horror meets psychological suspense



Something strange stalks the skeletal woods of Willow Park. Beneath the warped, graying skies, it goes, unseen by most... and known most by few...

It has been 12 years since they last saw it. 12 years... and now it wants them back. Jack Green, an overworked corporate puppet, wants nothing more than to forget. But school teacher Brianna Mulner is curious. She wonders why they've been gifted--chosen. And for the awkward Chris 'Kermie' Karmen, the primal scream from the dark woods cannot be ignored.

Over a decade has passed. But now that past is calling...


Black Willow is a horrific short story catered to fans of the macabre and monstrous. Due to the graphic psychological and physical nature of the novelette, reader discretion is advised.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 715 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dark Niche Publishing (29 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BEM4X1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #619,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Kath
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Wow I picked this up because it was free but so glad I did. What an amazing story that had me gripped at the first line. Evan has a new fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner 30 Aug 2013
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This was my introduction to horror stories and I'll be honest, I didn't think I'd like it.

I was wrong!

This is a short story but it is packed with tension. Will they solve the mystery or will they be disappointed and go back to their mundane lives. I couldn't wait to find out as the tension increased with each page.

As others have said, my only criticism is that I wanted this to go on longer. I will definitely be on the lookout for a sequel to this riveting story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting tale full of suspense and mystery 14 Aug 2013
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Black Willow is a dark and unnerving short story that begins with a flash forward to future events. This grabs your attention from the get-go, leaving you eager to discover what led to the characters landing themselves in such a dire situation. As the reader is brought back to the present you are introduced to the main characters, Jack, Chris (Kermie) and Brianna. As you find out more about their lives it becomes apparent that they all have something in a common, which is a terrifying experience they all shared twelve years ago. These changes in point of view keep the narrative fresh, allowing you to experience the tension that is building from each characters perspective. The plot of this story is a slow burner, and the author drip feeds you hints and clues as to what happened all those years ago. This causes intrigue to grow and grow until you are desperate to find out. Jack, Kermie and Brianna are likeable characters who seem just like everybody else, just harboring a disturbing secret. This makes them easy to relate to, meaning the reader can readily empathize, and the terror they experience becomes the reader's terror as events unfurl. This talented author uses vivid descriptions and short punchy sentences to make this story very dramatic as it takes the reader on an eerie journey to another world. When Black Willow reaches its conclusion you are finally invited to witness the evil that has haunted the characters for over a decade. As you read the final words you find yourself wanting to know more. What really happened to the three of them? And what is the dark creature that lurks in Willow Park? Maybe the author will let us in on the secret in a further publication, or maybe some things are best left a mystery.
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Three school kids head into the woods discovering "some-thing" chilling; a dark connection between this world and the next. Twelve years later, we witness them re-enter Willow Park and the darkness once again unfolds. In fact, this short story has a tense feel throughout, darkness pervades every page/screen, with some refreshingly nice and well-defined characters. The tough guy who hates his job, the nice and curvaceous teacher and the weird wiry nerd. Bollinger also weaves some nice lines within the darkness:

"She knew that this went as far back as her childhood; she hadn't known at the time what it was. You tried to understand, you tried to find ways to explain the impossible; ways to rationalize anything in your favor. If you could feign normalcy, nobody would ever know, would they?"

The monster of Willow Park is calling... and with faint Echoes of Stephen King's, 'IT', fans of horror should answer the call!
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Impressive Short Story 29 Aug 2013
By Dennis Waller - Published on Amazon.com
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What impressed me the most about this short story is how the author is able to build suspense with every page, continuingly building till the crescendo which is like falling off a cliff. A different type of writing style that packs a ton of visuals into just a few pages. I like it and would like to see this storyline expanded.

My favorite line from the book in describing Jack, the poor overworked trapped guy that just wants out, "A sleep-deprived zombie running on caffeine fumes." This line is great and demonstrates the writing style rather well.

An interesting and entertaining read that I can recommend. I hope to see more from Evan Bollinger. Great Stuff!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Journey To Find Oneself 29 Aug 2013
By BookWorm Reviews 4 You - Published on Amazon.com
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Black Willow is ultimately a test of how we lose ourselves and spend the rest of our life regaining an identity. 3 kids reunited as adults come to grips with one of the most scary things that they have ever seen. They have realized that adulthood wasn't all it was cracked up to be and now set out to make sense of what became of their meaningless lives.

Well written with some critical thinking that needs to "read between the lines" in order to grasp the bigger picture.

thought provoking short story
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 24 Nov 2013
By Alexis - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm amazed with "Back Willow". Who thought you could combine so many experiences within 25 pages? I certainly didn't think it was possible, but this book proves me wrong. It hooks the reader right from the beginning, keeping him interested all the way. I couldn't put it down until I finished it! Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and intriguing writing 5 Sep 2013
By Eve Lampenfeld - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd definitely like to see more from this author! Black Willow is shocking in all the right ways, and one gets a sense of each character as a separate entity, which is hard to find in your average short horror story. It's a nice length and great for an invigorating short read. I agree with the "It should be a movie..." review!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walking Into A Death Trap 5 Jan 2014
By Thomas Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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My top three quotes from this book: 1. "We're walking into a death trap...willingly." 2. "Everything will be fine if we just let them be." 3. "I want to know what I am."

The plot of this book is "Monster". There is a monster that must be dealt with. And NO, it is not a black widow, and it definitely has nothing to do with a willow. This is the kind of story Franz Kafka would write. It makes sense to create monsters with powers and abilities that defy our human senses to comprehend the monster, or better said, the monstrosity. The book can therefore best be understood by letting go of one's sense of reality, and entering ino the new world created by Author Evan Bollinger.

If we do not defy our reality, then to read this book is like walking inot a death trap...willingly. Metaphorically speaking, you won't like what happens to you (you don't understand the book). Alternatively, you can walk away from this book, "just let it be." Do that, and everything will be fine. Option three is to read this book. Read this book, and you will know "who you are."

The book is well-written. It makes use of the pictures we create in our minds as we read, and also of our prior experience and knowledge of monster stories. It is impossible to read this story in the same way as another reader. Your reading experience and enjoyment will be your very own, shared with no other reader(s), although each of us read the same book. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Thomas Jerome Baker
Author of Boudicca: Warrior Queen
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