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The Second Coming: A Horror Short Story

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  70 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Jack Barrow has traveled back in time to save his family from a sadistic killer. All he has to do now is convince Dr. Sims at Bellevue Heights Mental Institution that he isn't crazy.

Note: This short story is 3000 words (around 12 pages)
ebook, 12 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Smashwords Edition
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Lynn Thompson
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Griffin Hayes is fast becoming one of my favorite indie authors. I have only been able to read two of his books so far, but I do enjoy how he writes!

The Second Coming is a short story, so I can't get into too much detail. It is dark and twisted.

What would you do if you were able to come back from the future to save your family?

What would you do if you were institutionalised instead?

Jack Barrow's is stuck in that situation...
Donald Armfield
Jack Barrows is trying to convince Dr. Sims that traveling back in time to save his family is the truth. From what I get Dr. Sims goes to the house out of curiosity, but wasn't it bulldozed? A great twist I guess you can say.

Very well written a great read for your kindle well waiting for your appointment with Dr. Sims.
Wanda Hartzenberg
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A nice twisted story with an ending so open it will leave the reader wondering and leaning towards one or another persgonal prefferance. This is very well done. I am so impressed with this new find that I purchased Hive. I cant seem to find the link to this short on Amazon though, so if somebody could help with this i would really appreciate it!
Adam Light
This was an okay little short story. At first, it held promise, but it quickly ended. I love short stories, and those one was the perfect length, but I wanted just a little more. First read of Hayes, and I will seek out more of his work.
Griffin Hayes
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun story to write. It's got time travel, murder and an insane asylum. Need I say more?

Griffin Hayes
October 28, 2011
Samantha Markham
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short but interesting

I didn't read the excerpts as I got the book for the horror story, but I loved the horror story! Super creepy and couldn't figure out what was going to happen next as I read. That's the best part of horror stories and it kept me on my toes the whole time. I love it. Great story. Lost a star for the super long excerpts that had nothing to do with it, though.
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is an extremely short story (only takes up 20% of the Kindle ebook download). It was very well-written, and interesting. My problem with it was that I really didn't understand it. DID the guy go back in time only to warn the killer of what he was about to do? Or was it all just a mind trick and the good doctor was feeding him these horror fantasies all along, knowing he was going kill the family? Nothing's really explained after you realize who exactly the psycho murdering fiend is. He's ju ...more
Julianne Snow
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Just enough for a drop or two at a time, no more. And how you were tied just right so that the water would hit your forehead dead center each and every time. Of course, as Knuckles told it, the first two hundred drops never did much more than annoy the hell out of you. At about the first thousand, the skin on your forehead would start to redden. And by twenty thousand, when you head was beginning to bear more than a passing resemblance to a soggy watermelon, you were telling those sick bastard ...more
The Second Coming is an intriguing little horror short by Griffin Hayes, who has fast become one of my favourite horror authors.

Although I did enjoy it, I felt that The Second Coming was a little lacking compared to other works of Hayes' that I have read recently. It felt a little as though it ended almost as soon as I understood what was happening, and it just didn't have quite the same spark as some of his other works have.

That said, once again, Hayes manages to convey a complex idea in a suc
David Staton
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I thought this was probably one of the best short stories I've ever read. I liked the concept and characters even more than I did "Dark Passage" which is written by Griffin Hayes as well and is one of my favorite books to date.

That said its tough to really develop a character in such a short story but he managed to pull it off better than expected with so few pages. This concept is something that I think would be great developed into a novella and I for one would want to read it the day it was r
I am not sure how to review this one. I liked it yet I disliked it too.

The beginning is very interesting, with the whole patient-doctor discussion. The back-to-the-past element lends it an edge. But the end was weird for me. I felt that there too many unanswered questions such as how is this happening, why is it happening, who is this person, why is he/she doing what he/she is doing. There is the thought at the back of the mind that there is more to this and when the story ends I kind of felt em
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack Barrow has traveled back in time to save his family from a brutal death. Before he can do that, Jack must convince Dr. Sims that he isn't crazy.

After Reading "The Grip", I decided to try out one of his other titles that was free on Amazon. "The Second Coming" is filled with twist and the concept along is eerie in itself. I really like the the main character in this and found myself questioning the sanity of Mr. Barrow. A mixture of a thriller and science fiction meld well at the hands of Gr
Jeff Schmitt
Kind of a predictable twist, but still a nice little story
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
too short but very good. finished in less than a day
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Need more...

Cliffhanger. Too short of a story. Need to know what becomes of Jack.

Does Dr. Simms have other patients in his repertoire?
Interesting Short horror story. Would recommend to fellow readers.
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