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The Crabian Heart: A Synopsis

Irena and her thirteen-year-old son Aleš are refugees living in a lonely seaside town of Dover, England. Aleš has never seen an ocean, let alone one that glows purple when he’s nearby. On a local beach, he befriends the ostensible Mother of Crabs, an amputee with rigid demeanour and unequivocal warnings. Soon, purple crustaceans crawl behind h
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Kindle Edition, 100 pages
Published November 12th 2017 by Parallel Universe Publications (first published November 8th 2017)
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Stephanie (That's What She Read)
3 Stars

The Crabian Heart is a novella about a refugee boy and his mom who await their fate at a strange seaside town in England with purple water and a strange girl. It reads like part fairy-tale/urban legend, part story about first loves. Personally, I have a hard time connecting with stories that are written from children's perspective, but I enjoyed the writing and the weird, dream-like elements in the story.
David
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
The world is cold, hard and crushing, but it's nothing compared to love. These are hard facts to learn, especially at 13. This was a great read with great characters... My full review is here ---> https://wp.me/p5t5Tf-1ml
Mindi
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I went into this story knowing nothing about it and was pleasantly surprised to find a an otherworldly and eerie tale about first love. Ales and his mother Irena are immigrants who have just arrived in Dover. Ales is lonely and feels out of place, but from the moment they arrive in England he is drawn to the sea. When he first sees it he shocked to see that the ocean is purple, not blue. On the shore he meets a girl named E
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Lydian Faust
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this odd novella about a boy seeking asylum with his family in Great Britain and his crush on a VERY unusual girl. Hofstatter is a master of descriptive prose. The characters, plot, and setting are by turns realistic and uncanny. Symbolism is ever-present (the colors of the changing sea, the hardness, the hearts, etc.), but it doesn't feel overwrought and works to add to the mystery and suspense of the story. Tonally and thematically, THE CRABIAN HEART is similar to one of my ...more
Veronica Nero
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
'The Crabian Heart' is a charming and original urban folktale. A story of displacement and loneliness, of the cruelty of first love and the games of deception the heart can play.
The story features a motley crew of outsiders - Ales and his mother Irena are newly arrived immigrants to Britain, vulnerable and anxious, their future undetermined. The hotel manager is a friendly but slightly threatening gypsy woman with dubious crafty intentions, and Enola, the cast-off girl Ales meets on the beach a
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Charlie' (MyBooksAreCorrupted)
This book follows a mother and son who arrive in Dover as refugees from Czech Republic. The short story follows Irena and Aleš as they petition for asylum.

Whilst Irena is dealing with government people, Aleš meets a girl who becomes his first love, Ebola, an amputee with a hidden past.

Even with everyone pulling him in different directions, Aleš knows what and who he wants.

The question then becomes: What would you do for love?

Also featured at the end of Crabian Heart is another short story, Fount
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Angela Crawford
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Crabian Heart is a creepy little tale of a boy finding his first love only to discover that she’s not quite who or what she seems to be. Aleš is a thirteen year old boy who comes to Dover with his mother. You can feel Aleš loneliness as he struggles to find his place in this strange new town. Then he meets Enola, a young girl who steals his heart. He is surrounded by characters that are slightly odd and menacing, purple crabs that swarm and follow him, giving this tale an aura of danger and ...more
Tina Marie
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Touching

Wow. I love Erik Hofstatter's work. It is amazing and always throws me for a loop. A roller coaster of emotions. Full of hope, love, sadness and heartbreak. What would you do for love? For eternal love? A++
Chris
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hauntingly beautiful

As per usual, the author has mesmerized me again. My only complaint is I am left wishing there was more! Well done, Erik
Gavin Jefferson
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Lots of heart, and very original. can't recommend it enough!
The Grim Reader
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Crabian Heart is yet another great read from Erik Hofstatter, continuing his fine form from after last years excellent novella, Rare Breeds. Hofstatter tugs at the heart-strings in a quite unusual way with this tale of love that features an organic couple of characters in mother, Irena and son, Ales-both refugees living an unstable life, drifting helplessly from one place to the next. The seaside setting of Dover is an excellent choice for this tale of young Ales’ encounter with a strange gi ...more
Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Erik Hofstatter keeps creating great stories! He writes about relevant social issues, which enhances his terrifying tales. The cover is pretty cool, too.

Irena (mother) and Aleš (son) are two Syrian refugees living in Dover, England. Aleš has never seen an ocean before, especially not one that glows purple when he's close. Aleš is a lonely 13-year-old boy who meets Enola, a strange young girl who purloins his heart. This is a tale of first love.

The Crabian Heart grabs you by the pincers and doe
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Erik Hofstatter is a dark fiction writer, born in the wild lands of the Czech Republic. He roamed Europe before subsequently settling on English shores, studying creative writing at the London School of Journalism. He now dwells in Kent, where he can be encountered consuming copious amounts of mead and tyrannizing local peasantry. His work appeared in various magazines and podcasts around the worl ...more