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If You Go Into The Woods

If You Go Into The Woods [Kindle Edition]

David Gaughran
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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If You Go Into The Woods is a collection of two unsettling short stories.

The title story is set in Caslav, a small town 60 miles east of Prague, Czech Republic. Jiri Beranek is drawn to a nearby forest, captivated by birds hidden high in the trees. Each time he enters, his desire to see the mysterious creatures is checked by his fear of the dark. When he finally forces himself to go farther, he finds a new reason to be afraid. This story was first published by The Delinquent (UK) then selected by Short Story America for inclusion in their anthology of their best stories of 2010.

The bonus story - The Reset Button - is set in Stockholm, Sweden in the depths of winter. Linus Eriksson, a divorced bachelor living alone in his small one-bedroom apartment, is a man with a memory problem: instead of not being able to remember anyone, nobody can remember him. This story is brand new, exclusively available in this e-book.

These two creepy tales have a combined length of 4,000 words, or around 16 book pages.


"There are definite shades of HP Lovecraft in both stories... punchy, entertaining reads with a bit of mental gymnastics thrown in, you can’t go wrong with this one." -- Jenny Mounfield, The Compulsive Reader, author of The Ice-cream Man

"Two very well-constructed and thought-provoking tales from an author I know I will be keeping my eyes on. 4.5 stars." --Heather L. Faville, Doubleshot Reviews

“This is the most professional design – both inside and out – that I have seen since I started reviewing at Sift. The writing in this story is top-notch. The writer has a strong, clean voice. He’s able to sustain an air of mystery and suspense without it feeling cheap.” -- Sarah Nicolas, SIFT Book Reviews

"I heartily recommend this masterful piece of work to any and all that thoroughly enjoy the art of the word, and especially to those that have a special place in their hearts for short stories, as I believe this to be a fabulous exponent of the genre." LE Olteano, Butterfly Books

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 164 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Arriba Arriba Books (30 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YTI01Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #369,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

David Gaughran is an Irish writer, living in Prague, who spends most of his time travelling the world, collecting stories.

He runs the publishing blog Let's Get Digital and the South American history site South Americana, and his work has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, and the Irish Times.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, engaging, and beautifully written 12 Aug 2012
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David Gaughran's If You Go Into The Woods is a brilliant book of creepy tales, are rich enough to warrant repeat readings, yet short enough to keep the reader filled with questions.

The title story does an exceptional job of creating a sense of 'uncanny', due to its fairytale-like qualities. The ending is perhaps the strongest aspect of the short, forcing the audience to go back and read the story again.

Whilst If You Go Into The Woods is probably better in terms of reflection, The Reset Button is a joy to read, and certainly leaves plenty of room for thought and interpretation. I have seen some reviewers complain about the 'shortness' of the stories, but personally, I believe that the length of each are spot on.

A stellar collection of haunting, thought-provoking short stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting journey beyond words 29 Dec 2012
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Both stories wake your imagination up and let it wander even after you finish reading them. "If You Go Into The Woods" takes you to the ladder, higher and higher to surprise you by the unexpected discovery while "Reset Button" drags you to the mirror in which you can see the fears of your own life. I am curious what the next stories will be like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little gems 30 July 2012
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Both stories work well, the second, The Reset Button, reading like something out of a modern-day version of Joyce's Dubliners. The title tale genuinely gave me the creeps - the repetition of the word _chirp_ builds an almost film-quality sense of menace, and the punchline is especially shocking because it's so bizarre and immediately opens up a whole realm of possibilities.

Highly recommended, and I'll certainly be reading more by David Gaughran.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 14 May 2011
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I found these two stories very intriguing and was drawn into the worlds that the stories were set in (especially the woods)
Even though I knew they were short stories they were too short for me.
But then again, isn't that the sign of a good story when you don't want it to end?

I look forward to a longer story by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 29 July 2014
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I’m a huge fan of short stories. I love seeing how an author can craft an entire story in such a small amount of time. Not all authors succeed. Both stories in this collection were quite good and show Gaughran’s strength not just as a storyteller but as a writer. Out of the two, I enjoyed ‘If You Go Into the Woods’ a tad bit more. It felt more complete to me. ‘The Reset Button’ is a good story but at the end I wondered if I missed something. I still enjoyed it and I’ve been thinking about it since last night. Overall two clever additions for short story lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two great chilling mini stories 2 Sep 2014
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The first story in this book was good, it was as simple slightly chilling book that I feel could probably be a longer book (if the author wanted )
I loved the second story
The reset button!! wow was little, was short, but it packed a punch.. worth a read if you like a little scare before bed ;)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 9 Oct 2013
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The two short stories are well written and a good read.

This is a very short title, there are two short stories which are not bad at all but the bulk of the title is made up of advertisements for other books he has written and a sample chapter from a novel by the author. I think for the amount of advertising that is in the book the reader is entitled to expect at the very least two more short stories
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange and haunting tales 30 Mar 2012
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I loved the opening of the first story and found its simplistic, rather naive narrative quite charming. The author managed to convey a growing sense of menace as the child dared to venture further and further into the forest, wrestling with his fears and doubts in pursuit of the elusive and melodious bird. However, I was left stunned by the sudden and abrupt ending - how I wished there had been more! Similarly with the second tale - well-written, thought-provoking but I felt as though I had been cheated by the unexpected, and again abrupt, ending!
I must add that it was a great relief to read a book that was not full of typos or grammatical errors!
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