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"A proper horror story that has you reading under the duvet and then turning the light back on." amazon.co.uk review comment Emerging like fish from water, the shapes took form in the air and landed softly among the commuters. A hideous cold accompanied them. Confused passengers saw the monstrosities change shape from formless bodies into uniformed train guards. Uniformed t "A proper horror story that has you reading under the duvet and then turning the light back on." amazon.co.uk review comment Emerging like fish from water, the shapes took form in the air and landed softly among the commuters. A hideous cold accompanied them. Confused passengers saw the monstrosities change shape from formless bodies into uniformed train guards. Uniformed train guards with rubbed-out faces and slits for mouths. "…tickets… please…" ------------------------------------- After the photophobes are summoned into our dimension, what hope is there for the survivors? One man, at least, is prepared to strike back! At 6,000 words (equivalent to about 24 pages in paperback) this Greyhart Press eBook is the perfect length to enjoy on your lunch break, or to complement a drink in your favorite coffee house. Be warned, though, after reading this story you will want to keep the lights on for a long time.


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"A proper horror story that has you reading under the duvet and then turning the light back on." amazon.co.uk review comment Emerging like fish from water, the shapes took form in the air and landed softly among the commuters. A hideous cold accompanied them. Confused passengers saw the monstrosities change shape from formless bodies into uniformed train guards. Uniformed t "A proper horror story that has you reading under the duvet and then turning the light back on." amazon.co.uk review comment Emerging like fish from water, the shapes took form in the air and landed softly among the commuters. A hideous cold accompanied them. Confused passengers saw the monstrosities change shape from formless bodies into uniformed train guards. Uniformed train guards with rubbed-out faces and slits for mouths. "…tickets… please…" ------------------------------------- After the photophobes are summoned into our dimension, what hope is there for the survivors? One man, at least, is prepared to strike back! At 6,000 words (equivalent to about 24 pages in paperback) this Greyhart Press eBook is the perfect length to enjoy on your lunch break, or to complement a drink in your favorite coffee house. Be warned, though, after reading this story you will want to keep the lights on for a long time.

30 review for Fearworld (A horror short story)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Book Info: Genre: Horror short Reading Level: Adult Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book on Amazon; there were no expectations, but I am happy to provide an honest review. Synopsis: Emerging like fish from water, the shapes took form in the air and landed softly among the commuters. A hideous cold accompanied them. Confused passengers saw the monstrosities change shape from formless bodies into uniformed train guards. Uniformed train guards with rubbed-out faces and slits for mouths. "… Book Info: Genre: Horror short Reading Level: Adult Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book on Amazon; there were no expectations, but I am happy to provide an honest review. Synopsis: Emerging like fish from water, the shapes took form in the air and landed softly among the commuters. A hideous cold accompanied them. Confused passengers saw the monstrosities change shape from formless bodies into uniformed train guards. Uniformed train guards with rubbed-out faces and slits for mouths. "…tickets… please…" After the photophobes are summoned into our dimension, what hope is there for the survivors? One man, at least, is prepared to strike back! My Thoughts: What an interesting idea – a magician opens a rift into another dimension... of horror! It made me think of my great-uncle Fred, who was apparently a magician in his younger years. From what my mom told me, Fred claimed to actually be able to make people float, turn invisible, etc., and quit magic because he became convinced his powers came from Satan... I, unfortunately, only have this information 2nd hand, because he died of throat cancer while I was still quite young. I wish I knew more about him; how interesting, huh? Anyway, Fearworld is a short but intense horror story; while it is described in the text as Dantean, I found it more Lovecraftian, myself. I loved how it went back and forth between past and present, between the events that led up to, and immediately followed the infestation, and the events some time later. I would love to see this expanded into a longer novel, explore this world a bit more, but done this way it definitely whets one’s appetite for this author’s work. A must-read for fans of horror.

  2. 4 out of 5

    John

    OK, full disclosure...I got this free e-book short story directly from Grayhart Press as part of their Read...Review...Repeat promotion. With that out in the open, this horror short was well written and a perfect quick read for the Halloween season. The fact that it is currently available as a freebie on Amazon makes it a no-brainer. In the end-notes of the version that I have the author discloses that the concept was originally scripted as a novel but he took a different turn and carved out thi OK, full disclosure...I got this free e-book short story directly from Grayhart Press as part of their Read...Review...Repeat promotion. With that out in the open, this horror short was well written and a perfect quick read for the Halloween season. The fact that it is currently available as a freebie on Amazon makes it a no-brainer. In the end-notes of the version that I have the author discloses that the concept was originally scripted as a novel but he took a different turn and carved out this short story - which explains why the first half of the story is written with vivid descriptions of a world cast into darkness by an inter-dimensional rift but the conclusion sort of rushes up on the reader and leaves you feeling like there could have (or should) have been more to it. Probably should have split the difference and gone from novel to novella and given the reader a little more meat. Nevertheless, I'll definitely read some more of author Paul Melhuish's work. Fearworld

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah-Jayne Briggs

    (I received this book as part of Greyhart Press' 'read...review...repeat' offer). (This review may contain spoilers). I was left quite confused by the end of this story. I did like the idea, even though an apocalyptic-style scenario has been done many times before. The demons were suitably scary, though there wasn't enough information about them and their origins. The story switched constantly between third and first person, which was quite confusing and disjointed. I'm not sure who any of the char (I received this book as part of Greyhart Press' 'read...review...repeat' offer). (This review may contain spoilers). I was left quite confused by the end of this story. I did like the idea, even though an apocalyptic-style scenario has been done many times before. The demons were suitably scary, though there wasn't enough information about them and their origins. The story switched constantly between third and first person, which was quite confusing and disjointed. I'm not sure who any of the characters really were - everything moved far too quickly and it then ended really abruptly. Since I didn't know enough about the characters, I wasn't really affected by the ending. I think this story could have been made a bit longer. The idea was really good, but the ending left something to be desired.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Colton

    Paul Melhuish's story of (view spoiler)[a magician performing the impossible and summoning dark monsters into our world (hide spoiler)] starts out simply enough. As the magician makes his way through a metal door, he brings us along with him and face to face with a demonic god. The magician, main character, and other sub characters are well-developed for a short story, and are interesting in their drives. The plot itself grows well after (view spoiler)[the demons have been released (hide spoiler Paul Melhuish's story of (view spoiler)[a magician performing the impossible and summoning dark monsters into our world (hide spoiler)] starts out simply enough. As the magician makes his way through a metal door, he brings us along with him and face to face with a demonic god. The magician, main character, and other sub characters are well-developed for a short story, and are interesting in their drives. The plot itself grows well after (view spoiler)[the demons have been released (hide spoiler)] . The descriptions of the demons in particular are excellent and horrible, worth reading a second time if you sanity can handle it. The story itself could do with some minor editorial work. There are simple things like left out words, misuse of its/it's and, more tellingly, repetition of some distinct words and phrases. Overall it is an exciting and descriptive short work, and the price couldn't better.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    I found 'Fearworld' for free on amazon and I was pleasantly surprised by it. The story is brief but very intense and it has so much potential as a full novel. It tells the story of a show staged by a magician who opens a new dimension which causes death and destruction in this world. As survivors cluster together facing the night as more death is caused, candlelight is their only safety and the day time is the only time they can roam but that can all change when the night becomes permanent. As m I found 'Fearworld' for free on amazon and I was pleasantly surprised by it. The story is brief but very intense and it has so much potential as a full novel. It tells the story of a show staged by a magician who opens a new dimension which causes death and destruction in this world. As survivors cluster together facing the night as more death is caused, candlelight is their only safety and the day time is the only time they can roam but that can all change when the night becomes permanent. As mentioned, the story is very intense, interesting and I would love to see this story as a novel. Rating: 4/5

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jose

    Another freebie short story. The concept behind this story made me thing of Alan Wake, but there was not a lot of character development. Just action, the how-it-all-began and the ending. Still, the story is well explained and the ending cliffhanger makes perfect sense. The horror is light but graphic, so if you a vivid imagination you're in for a treat! Its a fun read! Recommended! "...tickets...please..." oh oh oh! Great line before the screams start... Another freebie short story. The concept behind this story made me thing of Alan Wake, but there was not a lot of character development. Just action, the how-it-all-began and the ending. Still, the story is well explained and the ending cliffhanger makes perfect sense. The horror is light but graphic, so if you a vivid imagination you're in for a treat! Its a fun read! Recommended! "...tickets...please..." oh oh oh! Great line before the screams start...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mathew Shelby

    This book was a quick read on my lunchbreak today, having gotten this book as a freebie through Amazon.com. I like the approach the author took in describing the before and after effects of the demons and the main characters decision to stake a stand against them. The gory details were specific enough to make me visualize I was there. I would definitely read other books written by this author.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Very well written short story I found for free on www.amazon.co.uk. Interesting concept and some genuinely creepy moments. With a bit more detail and description this would make an excellent full length horror novel. Very well written short story I found for free on www.amazon.co.uk. Interesting concept and some genuinely creepy moments. With a bit more detail and description this would make an excellent full length horror novel.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    A short story I picked up on my Kindle for free from Amazon. It's about what happens after a so-called Science Experiment to open a portal to a parallel universe goes badly, releasing a horde of Demons. Good horror story. A short story I picked up on my Kindle for free from Amazon. It's about what happens after a so-called Science Experiment to open a portal to a parallel universe goes badly, releasing a horde of Demons. Good horror story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Colette Guerin

    Can I give it less than 1 star?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Not terrible, but not great. Definitely worth the price of being free.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    this was a hard book to read it didnt grip me at all

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Wells

    Not very pleased just didn't seem like my cup of tea Not very pleased just didn't seem like my cup of tea

  14. 4 out of 5

    mark bruce

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tony

  16. 5 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kim Tanner

  20. 4 out of 5

    ★Carri

  21. 5 out of 5

    Randy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angela Flynn

  23. 5 out of 5

    Clarissa Allison

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark P Grimes

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dominika Dašková

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

  27. 4 out of 5

    Fiona (Titch) Hunt

  28. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Catterall

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christopher page

  30. 5 out of 5

    Desley (Cat fosterer)

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