Shypoke is yet another exquisitely unnerving tale from Dona Fox. The subtlety of the horrors, the breadcrumbs throughout the story adding layer after layer… it draws you in and hooks you before you even realise it’s happened.
If you want a short read with a serious WTF factor – this is it!
Especially the first story of ‘love’.
I never been so shocked when reading a horror story… Mr Carlyle you have earned 5⭐️ for my horror!
Check out my 5 star review of John F. Leonards ‘The Bledbrooke Works over on GingerNuts of Horror:
I have a story from the wonderfully talented John F. Leonard to read today.
The Bledbrooke Works
I’ve been looking forward to this. I always love John’s stories and I lm sure this will be no different.
Review to follow on GingerNuts of Horror.
I’ve had a decent April of reading so far with The Butchering Art and several short stories from Dona Fox.
I think it’s time for a novel now, and one I’ve had for a little while is Husker by Marc W. Johnson.
A Perfect Memory
This is yet again a wonderfully intricate story from Dona Fox. A Perfect Memory sucks you in, chews you up and spits you back out ten fold. A very clever piece of twisted psychological horror. You never quite quite know what’s real or who is who. I’m still a little unsure. A chilling tale of identity and government secrets from start to finish.
It is put together with such perfection down the last detail. The characters are woven deeply into the plot with a level of writing ability one could only hope to aspire to.
There is so much involved for such a short piece. I really am in awe of the writing of Dona Fox.
Keeping the momentum going this month, my next read, and my third from Dona Fox:
Looking forward to this if the last couple are anything to go by.
Another exquisitely creepy read from Dona Fox. I love these shorts, they are written with a depth and expertise that’s hard to find. I can only hope to write something half as good one day.
This starts pretty innocent and simple, but quickly develops into a tragic story of family and the dark secrets within. I can’t say too much as I really wouldn’t want to spoil the ending, or the build up, but my word it’s a good one.
It is another really quick read, about 20-30 minutes. Perfect for those train journeys and lunch breaks at work. It has a quick pace. great characterization and depth and is one I feel I could read over and over and still be surprised and horrified.
It’s truly quite shocking, down to the last line.
“I like mine bloody. I get whatever I want now; I’m not a child anymore”.
This is an intense short story. The psychological aspect, the dissociation of the girl from the horrific abuse she suffers at the hands of her kidnapper, is frightening. This poor girl has been abused, tortured, god knows what has happened to her. Her mode of survival is to put it on her doll, Red.
Just when you thought the story couldn’t get any more harrowing, it does. We find out that after the girl escapes her kidnapper, she is then abused further by the policeman who found her.
This is wonderfully written piece. It’s horrifying in the subject matter, yet handled with the upmost respect and delicacy.
Thank you to The Bold Mom for putting me onto Dona Fox. I hope to read more from her soon.