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Cabin Fever

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Some secrets are worth killing for....

The cabin deep in the woods holds a secret. A secret that has the power to rip a family to pieces. When an eleven year old boy stumbles upon it, a tense cat and mouse game begins which reaches closer to home than he ever dared imagine.

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'Dark, and brutal family fun. What a fantastic short story by Michael

Kindle Edition, 25 pages
Published November 10th 2015
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Cabin Fever is a short horror narrative told through the memories of an elderly man, preparing to face his grave. He tells of how, as a child, his family moved him out to the country, where he found a terrifying little cabin in which he witnessed truly horrific crimes. With such a short story, there's nothing more I can say without spoiling the plot, but I will say that the writing was enjoyable enough and I thought the plot was fine - nothing spectacular, but worth
Thomas Strömquist
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this a fair bit more than I thought I would. It's well written and, even if the story is easily recognized, it did offer a good angle and twist or two. It is awfully short though and over before you get really into it. ...more
Gianfranco Mancini

The day when it all started to go wrong was a Friday.

Families leaving the big city to go living in the backwoods and kids disobeying their parents to go exploring are two abused cliches in horror stories, but this (too much) short, well written and brutal tale, is so creepy, disturbing and with two great unexpected twists, that you can just forgive that and enjoy it.
A few more pages of character fleshing and this was going to be a full bloody 5 stars review.
Mr Bray just gained a new fan here
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Story - 3.4 Stars
Narration - 4.5 Stars

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Recommended - if some things still surprise you.
Shadow Girl
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Written immediately after finishing: It's ten minutes until 4:am. Don't finish this book at 3:50 a.m., because your neighbors might not be as understanding as mine... then again... I wonder if they did believe me. I wouldn't ask too many questions of a girl who just woke me up with a shreek.
Maybe not THAT dramatic, but I DID cry out and scare the dog. That's not nothing!! So good! Buy this! It's short, a bedtime story. You won't be disappointed, I promise.
18 hours later: I came across a code fo
An awesome short horror story. The story was fast paced! The location of the backwoods (i thought it was going in another direction) but then *BAM* the twist! The only negative I have. My copy had "8" blank pages. So, I didn't get full story. But from what I read this packs a punch. ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, short-stories
WOW!!! Extremely compelling and thrilling story!! An old man writes about what happened in his life as a 12 yr old, something he never really spoke of at least in detail. A secret shatters his world and changes his life forever! This was so incredible to read! I could not wait to find out what happens next! The ending was great as well! I loved it and recommend it to anyone!
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Michael Bray can tell a story. This one put me right in that little boys shoes, or should that be old man's shoes? He got my heart pounding, and left me feeling broken for what this boy to man had lived through. Good tale that I would recommend. ...more
Reeda Booke
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A father moves his family from the city to the countryside and a boy's failure to heed the warning not to cross the property boundary, leads to a terrible consequence.

This was a chilling short story and I cannot say more without giving it away.

4 stars and recommended.
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
anything by this author is great. put him on your READ ALL list
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Terror wears many masks

I must say, this story got me to thinking!
I thought about children in this life who, while perhaps not in as an extreme situation, have discovered someone important in their life is not who they thought they were. The sense of betrayal must be horrendous and have lifelong consequences.
The fact that the main character was shut away for most of his life for a youthful (and justified?) crime seems harsh, but was he, in his way, also punishing himself by staying hidden away,
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Short stories can be so much fun. I really liked this one because it didn't mince words and got right to the point. I wasn't a surprise as the situation unfolded, but the ending did give me pause. Compact and enjoyable like a short story should be. ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fabulously horrific! Bloody good short read.
Finally a book by Bray that I enjoyed! I wish he wrote a longer in-depth version of this story.
Douglas Castagna
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast paced and nasty, this short packs a punch. It seems to be like a setup for a longer work but works well on its own.
Robin Lee
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Those Three Spoken Words

This short, yet full story I found to be very haunting, horrific and bloody. Seeing something so unimaginable can shatter, even your reality.

The entire story is narrated by an unknown, 83-year-old man who is extremely tired living with the after effects for all, these years. Now that his memories are more focused due to medications. He wants to quickly write down the details, tell you about a story of the loss of innocence and those three spoken words. When a 12-year-old
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Dark, and brutal family fun. What a fantastic short story by Michael Bray. Absorbing and sinister.
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Michael Bray is a bestselling author/screenwriter of more than twelve novels and numerous short stories. Influenced from an early age by the suspense horror of authors such as Stephen King, Richard Laymon, Shaun Hutson, James Herbert & Brian Lumley, along with TV shows like Tales from the Crypt & The Twilight Zone, his work touches on the psychological side of horror, teasing the reader’s nerves a ...more

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