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Things in the Mirror

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From the time she was little, Rissa knew that mirrors were dangerous. It wasn’t until she was much older that she understood just how dangerous.
After she gets married, she thinks that she might finally be able to share the burden of this knowledge. But her husband just laughs it off and calls her childish. Tired of being teased about her fears, she decides to confront them
Kindle Edition, 20 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Tiger Dynasty Publishing
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Kristin L.
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
D.J. Shaw's short story, Things in the Mirror, is urban horror at its best. The author draws you in with the characters and descriptions, and leaves you gasping at the end. Written expertly in a first-person narrative, the reader goes along every terror-filled step with Rissa. Mirrors become portals to a dark and evil world, where unspeakable demons lurk in the night. Rissa's husband, Terry, learns that her fears are not due to an overactive imagination, but to otherworldly monsters that wait im ...more
April Hollingworth
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review Courtesy Of April Hollingworth

After reading this I don’t fancy looking in a mirror anytime soon.
Wonderfully wicked this short novella is perfect for a dark winter’s night during a storm. DJ Shaw has wrote a tale that wraps your fears around you and releases them in a brilliant bone chilling tale of how what you fear can be so much worse than what you think.

Opening Scene:

The lights suddenly went out, causing me to jump. There were no warning flickers, no big bang, no thunder or flashes o
Joyce Wetherbee
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can only sit amazed at how Shaw put so much into so few pages. Shaw nails this one on the head and hard. Rissa hears sounds coming from mirrors. When she starts seeing things in the mirror other than her reflection, the fear ramps up. Her husband doesn't believe her, at least not until he gets home and has to rescue his wife.

Now, I have a rather fertile and active imagination. I read, things get stuck in my head (either consciously or not) and pop back to the front of my mind later, usually at
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 18+
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Danael McGuire (Tiger Dynasty Publishing)
Do you believe in dark entities or that a mirror is actually a portal to another darker more evil world?

This author is extremely good at writing a book that tends to go to the dark side that most people either believe or ignore what is either superstitious or true to the trained or untrained eye. I was enchanted and extremely addicted to this story from beginning to end, and I also could relate to this story, because I believe in another alternate world full of evil. This short story brought bac
Jocelyn Sanchez
So let me start off by saying that I love the horror genre. This book was definitely scary, to me, anyway. It reminded me of when I was eight and my friends and I played Bloody Mary in our school’s bathroom. Like the main character in this story, I didn’t want to play but my friends taunted me until I joined them. Did I mention I still have fears of mirrors?

This story is about a woman named Rissa who ever since she was a child, has known that mirrors were evil. When she was a child, she had a v
Debbie Saraceni
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic little short story of things we all have a tendency to fear even tho we believe they are just our imagination. Rissa was convinced something was going on and Terry didn't believe her at first. The author took the reader on a fantastic journey of suspense and evil doings. When things were finally coming to a head...Sasha was called in to help get rid of the demons. Rissa and Terry stayed away from the house until it was cleansed. I usually don't read this type of story and wa ...more
Becky Stephens
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, short_story
Did your friends ever convince you to light some candles and stand in front of a bathroom mirror and chant Bloody Mary's name? That seems to be what triggered DJ Shaw's short story.

Although I like the concept, I think this story would have been better suited as a novella. I understand the need to tell the story - and back story - quickly, but I felt rushed. I wish the author would have lingered on the childhood events that lead up to the present. I think that would have added to the suspense.

Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Um ok. This book is a dark horror. It was super good and interesting. Then whamo out of nowhere two things happened, one was very American psycho, the other is that it just ended. I tell you, if the goal was to end on a high note, can’t get any higher than that. It was akin to a slap in the face and disappearing. I think the story line could have supported a full length book. I think it was just too short, and the ending too abrupt. But I did have an overwhelming urge to keep every light on and ...more
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Overall this short story was good. I liked the basis of the plot. I think some of the dialog could be adjusted to sound a little more read but I completely understand that it was a short story and not meant to have lengthy descriptions and dialog. I really liked when Rissa was being pulled into the mirror. It was fast paced and in the moment. I think that was the best scene of the book. The ending confused me. Without giving away any spoilers, I think a little hint at what happened that caused t ...more
Toni Michelle-Editor
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a gift from the author in exchange for an honest review.
D.J. Shaw is really good at telling “ghost stories”. While the book is only 13 pages long, it is a great read. It’s lie one of those “campfire” stories.
The story is pretty detailed up until the end. While I enjoyed it, I felt like if the last few pages had been more descriptive like the rest of the book, it could have been a bit better. Don’t get me wrong ‘cause I loved it!
I would definitely recommend this book to a
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Part of the Unseelie Sidhe, I have seen my fair share of dark. I use this in my writing. Please join me on my adventures :-)
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1977, DJ Shaw was 17 before she was able to see most of the United States. When she was 17, she decided to join the fair, traveling with them to Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Once t
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