*An eShort Review
One Way Ticket, by William Cook, offers up a synopsis at the beginning of the book:
Fast Train to Hell...
From the belly of the swamp issues forth a visit in the middle of the night from a force as dark and unimaginable as hell itself. Poor pig-farmer Abel Laroux, must battle the demons of his past as well as the nightmarish reality of the persent, as he confronts a dvilish visitor who has come to collect on an outstanding debt, inherited by Abel from his forefathers...
The summary left me with the promise of a good story; I was suckered into the read and, for a short story, it wasn't half bad. The blurb is perfect. The author lured me in with great detail, allowing me to see what I believe he saw while writing. The story is eerie but too darned short!
The idea of having a family cursed for years and years is tough. You have to keep the facts straight and that's what happened. When you make a deal with the devil, you have to keep it, or be visited, revisited and so on. A story like this has to have history, and had this been a bit longer, it would have been perfect. The premise was there, carried out, but way to fast, although the pace was nice. It's hard to say this was good or bad, because it was good, just bad that it ended the way it did. I'm torn!!! Right when I thought it was going to get real good- it ended. As a matter of fact, the book is 62-pages long, but the actual story was maybe 31 pages! Then it started in with about four other story exerpts from the author's other work. Not Cool.
All in all, One Way Ticket was mystifying and well written. I'm on to the next read now.
*The Gift is next.
One Way Ticket
King Billy Publications
December 20, 2014
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