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One Foot in the Grave-A Holiday Short Short Story [Kindle Edition]

J. Steven York
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the National Best-Selling Author, a Christmas tale - if Edgar Allen Poe wrote Christmas stories. Love, loss, haunting, and - just maybe - redemption on Christmas Eve!


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 125 KB
  • Print Length: 5 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tsunami Ridge Publishing (20 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4WTSE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,586,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful little tale about a foot and the past 16 Jan. 2014
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
"One Foot in the Grave" is a wonderful little (5 pages) tale about loss.

Stories that have the sense of the macabre about them hold a special place in my heart. Death and coming to terms with unresolved issues adds to the flavor of the story. Steven J. York spins all of this into a delightful tale about a man, his foot and once-upon-a-time beloved Betty.

Ever since his loss Christmas has become a special experience for our narrator and we get to follow that experience 50 years down the road. I believe I have become a fan of Mr. York.
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4.0 out of 5 stars phantom 18 Sept. 2011
By S. Richards TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
A very short short story, around 53 kindle locations and maybe a five-minute read, but very much loaded with a lovely dark atmosphere. An eerie thumping sound is heard as something makes its way through a quiet and lonely house, and a man, haunted by a tragic accident and all that it took from him, is at first horrified but then strangely touched by this unlikely Christmas spirit. This story is unnerving, odd, and brilliant in what it accomplishes in such a short amount of time and space; this is flash fiction done right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars phantom 16 Sept. 2011
By S. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very short short story, around 53 kindle locations and maybe a five-minute read, but very much loaded with a lovely dark atmosphere. An eerie thumping sound is heard as something makes its way through a quiet and lonely house, and a man, haunted by a tragic accident and all that it took from him, is at first horrified but then strangely touched by this unlikely Christmas spirit. This story is unnerving, odd, and brilliant in what it accomplishes in such a short amount of time and space; this is flash fiction done right.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful surprise 29 Sept. 2011
By Summer Foovay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
At first I thought - well, gee, the first few paragraphs telegraph the whole story. I'm glad I hung in there though. The writing is nicely atmospheric and touching. It is an odd little tale of self forgiveness that left me with a smile. I am inclined to follow the author and spend the money to purchase a novel now that I've had a taste.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Phantom Limb Haunts its Owner 4 Dec. 2012
By James N Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a five minute or so long short story revolving around a guy who stepped on an unexploded shell from the past. The blast damaged his leg and killed his partner and sending him into deep depression. He therefore blames his now useless foot for causing the misery that is his current life by stepping on the explosive, and all that he has lost. Well meaning friends and family have put up a Christmas tree which only torments him more as doing this sort of this was a highlight of his relationship and a reminder of what his foot has taken away from him. Amputees often talk of a phantom limb where they can feel their leg itching and the like, however his leg seems to be walking around and tormenting him further.

It was an okay read, at times it contradicted itself, he is dragging the bad foot along at the start of the story, later he tells us he asked doctors to have the foot amputated but that this didn't happen, but then the next sentence he is referring to a plastic foot. Maybe York had written the tale both ways and just forgot to delete that part. It only takes you five minutes to read so you might as well give it a go if it's a free download, I don't know that it is worth paying money for though.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Five minute diversion. 21 Sept. 2011
By Dragon Lady Ness-a, in-transit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This quirky little gothic tale is a five minute story of loss and forgiveness. A man is haunted by his amputated foot at Christmas. It's kind of fun in a weird way, so if you are looking for something to fill a couple of minutes, give it a try.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful little story about a foot and the past 16 Jan. 2014
By humanitysdarkerside - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One Foot in the Grave is a wonderful little (5 pages) tale about loss.

Stories that have the sense of the macabre about them hold a special place in my heart. Death and coming to terms with unresolved issues adds to the flavour of the story. Steven J. York spins all of this into a delightful tale about a man, his foot and once-upon-a-time beloved Betty.

Ever since his loss Christmas has become a special experience for our narrator and we get to follow that experience 50 years down the road. I believe I have become a fan of Mr. York.
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