- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 216 KB
- Print Length: 49 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ghastly Tales Publishing (18 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D6QFZNC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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On a Hill Kindle Edition
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This work was somewhere between a short story and a novelette and, while some people have said it smacks of a pastiche, surely every modern ghost story that's written in the tone of a Gothic horror should be met with the same accusation (Hill included). There is nothing wrong with taking a formula that works and spinning it into a new story. Arguably, many modern horrors lack what the Gothic horrors had in abundance - atmospheric descriptions, a growing sense of dread, gradual revelations ... all of which are lacking in some of the guts and gore horrors on offer today.
To my mind, this is a classic ghost story - one that builds gradually and is intriguing enough to hold the reader's attention. It is incredibly well written - although it could do with a little polishing in places; ironing out of repetitive words or phrases and clearing out all typos. However, apart from that, there is real potential there and a genuine talent.
I am, therefore, genuinely intrigued by some of the vitriolic responses to the higher-star ratings. I don't consider myself 'dim witted' or someone who ought to be consigned to reading the Beano, yet I enjoyed this story. It's a quick little read and has much to commend it.
With that said, let's review the work:
The story is written with a prose that is very reminiscent of Lovecraft and M.R. James. It is constructed to work on the reader's passion for a certain psychology that resides on the edges of a nightmare. And it builds up to a shuddering conclusion where isolation can prove to be a horrifying experience no matter where it is.
I won't spoil this excellent story by going too in-depth with its synopsis, but it tells the tale of a professional man who finds himself in a forsaken village. A village that is bound and tormented by superstition and religiously-borne fear. The plot is simply based on one man's tortured soul and another's will to listen and find credence in a tale that seems so riddled in terror, it defies belief.
A man then ventures out towards a menacing hill, unwilling to give into a dark curiosity. He is driven to find truth. Maybe it is an act of bravado or perhaps done out of one that simply wants to 'get to the bottom of things.' But one thing is for certain, no one ever goes to the hill and returns untainted by whatever evil lurks there.
A nice effort and I never once felt short-changed in any way. Nice wordplay - nicely constructed. And when a writer can evoke such a livid scene, then he or she is doing it right.
This author has potential and I look forward to any further works that this man may write. Well done, Michael.
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For me it had no substance and was, what could have been, a good idea without flesh on the bones, hastily written down.Read more