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Vermin [Kindle Edition]

Allison M. Dickson
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Book Description


Someone has purchased the infamous Martindale mansion, long abandoned following an unspeakable murder. And it has a pest problem. A very big pest problem.

Originally published on Reflection's, Vermin is a classic horror story designed to get under your skin. Read it with the lights on. And a can of Raid.

This story now appears with eight others Allison's collection, WICKED BREW: 9 TALES OF MISDEEDS AND REGRET, available here on Amazon!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 702 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (22 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WOXR8W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #711,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars smiles and shudders 22 July 2013
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A haunted house story with every bug & creepy crawly imaginable! if this doesnt make you shudder just thinking about it.... then you are in for a treat with the almost gleeful picture that AMD paints for you!
Some great back stories to the characters, including glimpses of why the house has a supposed haunted history, a fantastic way of telling the tale.
The continuous onslaught of vermin is amazing, its like a never ending gag fest; just not of the laughing kind :(
The ending was enough to actually make me squirm in my seat.

I am beginning to see a trend with AMDs brilliantly skilled writing, its a sure fire horror read but with a great element of humour too.
Smiles and shudders - a great combination!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy right from page one! 25 April 2013
By Nev
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Loved this short story. Combines horror with bugs and does it very very well. I will definitely be looking out for more from this lady!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Vermin 4 Jan. 2013
By sjmsy
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Was a free download, very short story. Just getting into it when it ended. Glad I didn't pay for it.
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By D. Blankenship - Published on
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I love these free short story down-loads for my Kindle. It has given me access to works I never in the world would have had the time or inclination to read. Now I grant you that from time to time I get burned and find that I have totally wasted my time; in not money, but for the most part I have been happy. With this little short story of horror I feel like I hit the mother load! Wow!

Very briefly: Two pest exterminators arrive at an old abandoned house that someone wants to restore. The home has been abandoned for over twenty years. It is a true mess! The old dilapidated home is said, according to local legend, haunted...something bad; very bad is present! In the past, horrible things have happened...truly horrible! Gross! The two gear-up, ready the weapons of war used against vermin, and after a discussion, enter the house. Oh my goodness! Ewwww!

I won't tell you more of the story. I will tell you of the writing.

This little story will take you about fifteen or ten minutes to read. Allison M. Dickson, the author, is truly skilled at her craft. It has been quite sometime now that I have read descriptive writing of this quality. Her words flow and you are instantly drawn into time, place, and mood...this writer is good! There are a couple of things to note here.

First, Ms. Dickson has used a couple of very catchy and actually fun techniques. With her descriptive syntax she has flitted from a modern mode and then harkens back to the days of hardcore pulp fiction; you know, they type you would read in those true crime detective anthologies that you could buy at the drug store for thirty-five cents. When describing an old banister, the author uses brief descriptions such as "wobbled like a rotten tooth in old gums." I love this sort of thing. Her descriptions of sights, sounds and even smells draw you completely in right from the first paragraph.

Secondly, the author knows her pest extermination! She knows what she is talking about! I have restored, lived in and gone through enough old houses to know exactly what she is talking about. I am also one of those strange people who are rather fond of creepy critters and know a bit about them...again, she is spot on. The only slight flaw I found in her knowledge and research is that she mixed the description of a black widow spider up with that of a brown big deal there though as the description was given through the eyes of one of her characters and at the time he was certainly in no shape to tell a moose from a mouse, much less distinguish spider species. Ooops...better stop...don't want to give anything away!

Thirdly, it is a fact that in a truly good short story what is not said is just as important as what is said. The author has mastered this technique perfectly.

Forth, some of the language the two bug expert's use is a bit rough, i.e. there is just a bit of foul language used. This fits the story perfectly though. No gratuitous cussing is found, no, no! I am old, mellow and semi-civilized now and about the harshest bit of profanity that comes from my mouth now days is terms such as "gosh darn," and "oh, golly." I can tell you though, if I were as unfortunate as to find myself in the situation these two guys found themselves in, my language would make theirs sound like a bunch of Cub Scouts around the fire in a church camp. Goodness!

This is a good read folks. The price is right and all you have to loose if you don't like it (something I cannot imagine), is a few minutes of your time...give it a shot. I am not a big fan of this genre but I can assure you that I will be reading this author again.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AHHHHHHHHHH Get it off, get it OFF! 18 Oct. 2011
By DeAnna Knippling - Published on
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This was a straightforward but spectacularly EWWW horror short story. A couple of exterminators have to clean up a house that's rumored to be haunted and discover more than they bargained for: it's either going to be a retread or it's going to be a classic, depending on the way it's pulled off, right? It's a classic. YUCK. I hate bugs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Freakin' hell. Ew. Gawd. I need a bath. 16 Aug. 2014
By 'chelle - Published on
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I was climbing up the back of my reading chair trying to get away, and making so much noise of distress that my husband hollered from the next room to check on me. The conversation went like this:

Concerned Husband "What's wrong? Do you need help?"

Me from halfway up the back of my chair, slightly wailing "No. I'm reading a book."

Concerned Husband "Why don't you stop?"

Me, definitely wailing "Because it's good!"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Halloween! 23 Oct. 2012
By CC Thomas - Published on
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This short horror story is the perfect read during this time of year (fall)--cool temperatures that make you snuggle by a fire, evenings where it is dark much too soon and haunted houses popping up on every corner. Have you really noticed the abandoned house a few doors down? Maybe you should!

Someone from out of town has purchased the Martindale mansion. It's been vacant for years and weird stories surround its past. To get the home ready for its new owners, a pest management company is hired to do removal and fumigation. That's when the horror starts!

Just what would happen to a house left vacant for years and bugs have been left to take over? Your imagination won't take you as far as this story goes.

While this was a short tale, it was just the perfect length for this creepy read. This story makes you actually feel as if things are crawling all over you and will leave you itching and twitching. It's hard to do horror, a really good horror. It's hard to compete with all the ideas that have been done a million times plus I think it's hard to just legitimately scare people anymore. Most people want blood and gore instead of the good old-fashioned creeps. This story is the good, old-fashioned creepy kind of story!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allison has done it again! 24 Dec. 2011
By Dragon Lady Ness-a - Published on
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I am becoming quite a fan of Ms. Dickson. Her stories are delightful mind candy that transport you to a different scenario, one which is one or two degrees "off" from this world. Thank goodness. A world with a slight edge which starts as a sense of unease at the base of the spine and slowly tingles its way up. Beautifully written work, as well.

The story opens with two exterminators entering an abandoned home that was the site of a grisly murder some twenty years ago. It has sat abandoned all this time, but someone has purchased it in the interest of restoring it and needs the edifice cleared of all unwanted "guests".

This tale is a delightful blend of classic and modern horror. At times I was thinking about some of H. P. Lovecraft's work, but the characterization of the exterminators was excellent and very contemporary. The author also knows when to add detail and when to let imagination fill-in the blanks. Too many modern horror authors put all the gore on the page in full, oozing glory. But like the shower scene in "Psycho", it is what you don't see fully which is truly horrible. If you do not like creepy-crawlies, beware!
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