Book Review: A Short Story with an Excellent Vintage

MH2The Corpse Of Madeline Hill By Edward Medina

I love plays on words and people who play with them as well, which is why I always jump at the opportunity to read something by Edward Medina. So when he said he was coming out with a story for Valentine’s Day, I was ready and waiting for the Corpse of Madeline Hill to be released and late last night it was.

So here we are back reviewing new releases on Friday’s.

And what a lovely place it is.  A quaint grave yard at the end of a quiet lane. Elites buried next to no bodies with as Medina writes “No walls nor fence or gate encircles it. Whatever unrest exists here is free to come and go at its pleasure.”  And on the top of hill buried here is the tale of Madeline Hill. A tale that every ghost lover must read. It is the tale behind a mystery. One forgotten over the years not due to the weight of time, but because the story was really too horrible to retell. It was easier to try and bury it then deal with the consequences of looking the other way.

But, Madeline Hill is not a woman to be ignored.  It doesn’t matter that she’s dead. She will be heard and her revenge felt long after her death.

Edward’s classical storytelling style with its lyrical style is at  play through out the tale, although there are a few tiny bumps. This story continues his recent trend towards dark and sexy storytelling.  I love the references to wine making as well as the historical ones to the Civil War and classical themes; honor and loyalty versus self-interest and greed.

I encourage you to read this story,  because it is honestly one of the best short stories that I have read in a long time and reading it will encourage him to write more like it.  I for one would like to see a novel written with the same skill, passion and artistry that this story was written with, because honestly this story like his last short story release left me begging for more.

His decision to release it on Valentine’s Day makes it the perfect gift. You can pick up this wicked little Valentine for only $0.99 on Amazon.

Where are your shoes?

It was a harmless question.

I didn’t have any shoes on.

But really isn’t a big deal.  I am an adult. My shoes were in my hands.

And they were broken.

I told her and she smiled and went on, walking on concrete all the way to my car. She walked on a head as she made a few more attempts at polite conversation. Then she was gone.

Maybe she didn’t expect a teacher to be leaving school without any shoes. Maybe she thought she was being helpful. Maybe she was just curious.

Still her tone has stayed with me. It was judgmental and curious at the same time.

Maybe she will end up as a character in my next short story.

His Devil … the Devil within

Review of His Devil

By Erick Lynd

This short story delighted me and disappointed me. I wanted more.  A fast paced story that will tug at your heart strings as a young boy deals with the abandonment of his family by his father.  It is easy to step into the boy’s shoes as he works to make sense of the strangeness surrounding him.  A bad dad leaves and comes back a more frightening monster.

I feel like the readers have missed this gem and it’s quick and dirty nature.  Yes, it could have been longer, but what the author gave us was well crafted and original. A taste of his style so we would crave more and check out his other works. Next time, a larger morsel from author might tempt more would-be readers to take a bigger bite and try one of the main courses he has to offer.

The petite short story is available on Amazon for free.  Check it out, give the author feedback he can work with and see where things go from there. Supporting indie authors doesn’t mean just buying their e-books; reviews help drive sales and provide them with fuel to make their next creation.