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Spider from the Well

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A man and his wife go on holiday in the New Forest, where they find old ruins and among it, a tattered diary. Intrigued, they begin to read, and are drawn into the tale of a bereaving man from the 19th Century, who has visions of a green sun and creatures clambering from the well outside his house. Slowly, as madness takes him, these cosmic visions intensify and he finds ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published June 28th 2014 by Books to Go Now (first published June 8th 2014)
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Emma Holtrust
Oct 05, 2014 Emma Holtrust rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
I’ve been on a high of romantic young adult books, the mind-blowing ending of the Divergent series (seriously, what happened in that last book?), and moving to London so I can buy stacks and stacks of books.

So to read a horror story was a major leap and now I'm wondering if it was a good idea.

I was approached by the author of Spider from the Well, Tim Reed, to see if I was interested in reviewing his story and I want to say first off: I’m not a horror expert. I don’t have a canon of books to co
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Dana
Jul 04, 2014 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly intriguing story that kept me compelled even after it's end. Brilliant work from the author who succeeded with creating the magical flow of the tale, building up to the confusion whether the main character was losing his grip on reality or was everything that he saw actually real.

I particularly enjoyed how meticulously the known history of the world was involved, including legends of gods, the creation of our planet, and much more. And while reading about them, it all in a way made perf
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Kate
Jan 16, 2015 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An interesting little tale with an eery atmosphere. The ending intrigued me more than anything with the twist at the end. For me the story had such potential, but seemed to lack the horror and suspense that the blurb offered. The story follows a couple who find a diary while on holiday. The diary describes the tale of a Victorian man, who starts to see creatures from another world in his garden that he believes kidnaps and kills his daughter. Is he going crazy and hallucinating or, is what he is ...more
Vanessa
Jul 29, 2016 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great novella if you're looking for a vivid suspense horror. I was quickly engrossed and could not read fast enough. I found myself invested in the characters immediately, especially the diary owner. Of course, because of the vivid imagery I would not recommend reading this right before bed (like I did). However, the fact the the story sticks with you for days after is just another testament to the author captivating story-telling. If you're looking for a perfectly eerie short story, ...more
Jon
Nov 03, 2014 Jon rated it really liked it
Cosmic horror done (mostly) right.

This is an interesting little tale that draws heavily from the likes of Blackwood and Lovecraft for inspiration, without ever resorting to using those well-worn "Lovecraft-isms" that too many weird fiction authors seem to think are mandatory.

Spider from the Well is competently written and strikes just enough discordant notes to pull off its fairly ambitious premise given its short length. This is helped considerably by some pretty creepy imagery.

Better than most
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Laura
May 26, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
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Wow! I found this to be a great read! The author, Tim Reed, did an astounding job of pulling me into the story, page by page, word by word. It really was extremely hard for me to put down! I kept wondering what was going to happen next with the finders of the diary and also the diary contents. The imagery and elements of this story are absolutely fantastic! Very intense and I just loved it!

I won this book on Goodreads, as a first reads giveaway, thank you.
Kev Brown
Jul 26, 2014 Kev Brown rated it it was amazing
An amazing novella and recommended to any fan of the horror genre. The author’s use of building up creeping tension is fantastic. It’s a true page-turner and one that will stay with you once the story has ended. After reading Spider in The Well, I’m now a massive fan of the author and can’t wait to read more of his work.
Mollie Fredrickson
Apr 05, 2015 Mollie Fredrickson rated it it was amazing
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I have not reviewed a lot, so I'll keep it short. This is a wonderful novella. A little different to what I usually look for and it was a great choice. I found myself enjoying the eery atmosphere within the diary entries. All I can say is I'd recommend this, it's short and sweet. Chilling ending and superb writing!
Tracey the Lizard Queen
Weird and wonderful, one of those stories that stays with you long after you have read it. From the diarist's desperate cling to sanity, to the strange visions and even stranger happenings. I thoroughly enjoyed this decent into madness.
Sarah
Aug 30, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
The best horror story I have read in a long time. Gave me chills reading it.
Paul Wilson
Sep 06, 2014 Paul Wilson rated it did not like it
I got tired of the psychedelic horror dream sequences and could not finish it. Would of been more interesting if there was a link to our time and the couple who found the diary. I cant believe that on finding the diary one of them read the whole thing to the other non stop. Surely that would of taken hours?
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Tim Reed whittles the week away by frowning over reports as a technical editor, but once the moon rises, he transforms into a werebeast of writer proportions. He has gobbled classic and contemporary novels for many years and uses them as inspiration for his own writing, mainly in the horror, fantasy and sci-fi realms. He has been published several times in the short story and novella field, in the ...more
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“There was a single window that tapered into a funnel, with eerie moonlight passing through it, reflecting directly off the globe like a mirror. For a moment, as I rose I saw something glimmering within. Dumbly, with feverish whispers assailing me, I realized it was the center of one of the distant galaxies, flaring after some unknown cataclysm. Its radiance was such that it burst from its prison. It met the moonlight halfway. It created kaleidoscopic colours on the walls. Then, in answer, the reliefs transformed from majestic art into something approaching divine, alive, plays from Egyptian memory, given the spark of life from space. I saw animal-headed gods move. They stepped from the walls to take their place around the altar. All stared at the globe. Each raised their arms in silent supplication. And such was their toxic ecstasy that I wished to join them, to forget my dreadful experiences and revel in something truly wondrous.” 1 likes
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