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The Black Seeds

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Young Kristoff Kane is pretty much raising himself after the brutal slaying of his mother and his absentee father's subsequent decent into alcoholism. But Kristoff isn't entirely alone. He has his best friend Willie and when they discover a hidden envelope of small black seeds, they also unleash a nightmare creature which may or may not be on Kristoff's side.

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Kindle Edition, 21 pages
Published April 25th 2012 by Bloo Skize Books
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Dec 27, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
Mar 26, 2014 Grampy rated it really liked it
“The Black Seeds” by Gina Ranalli is a creepy-scary good story. After finding his mother a year ago, dead in the driveway, her insides stretched all the way to the house, 12 year old Kristoff was plagued by nightmares. His father had taken to heavy drinking in grief over his wife’s demise. Often Kris was alone in the house until the wee hours of the morning. His friend Willie spent a lot of time with him, enjoying the lack of parental supervision.

One day, while looking for a can of nails, Kris
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Jul 17, 2014 Melanie Catchpole rated it liked it
A nice little story. Well not nice - kid loses his mother, then father and potentially his best friend all because he grew some seeds.
I found the fact that he dried some of the plant and smoked it a little far fetched. Is that what kids do now? Smoke random plants to see if anything happens? Anyway, it was still a good story, I would have liked it to have been a bit longer.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this short story, which has a perfect balance of weirdness and gore. It is perfectly paced, has engaging characters, builds the layers of strangeness and horror with skill and leads to a powerful ending. A masterclass in the art.
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Gina Ranalli is the author of several novels, including Mothman Emerged, Rumors of My Death, Praise the Dead, House of Fallen Trees, Suicide Girls in the Afterlife, Chemical Gardens, Wall of Kiss, and Mother Puncher. Her collection, 13 Thorns (with Gus Fink) won the Wonderland Book Award for Best Story Collection of 2007. Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications including Bits of ...more
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