You Know How the Story Goes
From the acclaimed Dutch horror author of HEX comes Thomas Olde Heuvelt's chilling short story "You K ...more
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You know how the story goes. One night, you pick up a hitchhiker on a country road. A young lady. It’s always a lady. This lady, she’s paler than the moonlight and doesn’t talk a lot. You see, there’s something about her that stops you from making your move, even though you’re single and she’s pretty. Instead you ask if she’s all right.
“No,” she says. “I’m sorry, but I’m not all right at all. Something very bad is going to happen. Something terrible.”
You ask her what and she says she’s cold. So ...more
You know how the story goes. One night, you pick up a hitchhiker on a country road. A young lady. It’s always a lady. This lady, she’s paler than the moonlight and doesn’t talk a lot. You see, there’s something about her that stops you from making your move, even though you’re s ...more
Is it kinda cheating?
Debatable. (But I feel like those 1000 page books should count extra)
Am I going to do it anyway?
You bet your sweet ass I am.
You know the story about the driver who picks up a hitchhiker and suddenly the hitchhiker is gone. Completely vanished. Disappeared into thin air. It's a popular urban legend, but would you would do if you were the hitchhiker and the driver next to you disappears? One of my favorite parts of YouTube is the paranormal storytime section. Occasionally, I'll come across someone reading a Reddit story about some odd, inexpiable occurrence that...more
"Do not hitch a ride after midnight.
Stay away from tunnels.
And beware of the Tall Lady."
You know how the story goes; hitchhiker gets a ride at night, hitchhiker is lucky to live 'til morning. If they do, then surely they are forever safe for having survived such a crucible.
Because, you know how the story goes, ghosts can only haunt where they died.
But one highway is just like another.
This story goes... traveling.
A fine way to while away a lunchbreak. 4 stars.
Available free here: https://www.tor.com/2018/02/21/you-kn...
Ow, ow, ow! Just calm down for a second here, dude! Now that was quite a story to read. Not forgetting to mention that it gave me the feel of total chill inside me...
1. "I can’t say jack about picking up hitchhikers, as I’m not a driver like the person in the story. I don’t even have my license. But wherever you are, do not try and get a ride after midnight."...
2. “I do not like driving alone at night,” said my driver. The silence she dropped was too long. So long that I felt obliged to fill it ...more
I must admit I was a wee bit excited about a T.O.Heuvelt short story, I loved Hex with its very creepy witch standing in the corner with her eyes stitched shut (I'm still checking the corners of my room each night...), and while I don't like stories written in the second person, he seemed to handle that pretty well, then switched to first person narration which kept me more in the moment.
The problem I had with it was the constant referrals to Reddit. ...more
Conheci este autor holandês com The Day the World Turned Upside Down, antes de saber que tinha ganho o prémio Hugo, constituindo o primeiro conto traduzido a vencer na categoaria. Este autor publicou, também, um dos livros de ficção especulativa mais falados de 2013, Hex (e bastante recomendado por João Barreiros) e venceu vários prémios holandeses de literatura.
Em You Know How The Story Goes o autor pega num cliché de horror e desenvolve- competentemente, ...more
I can’t say jack about picking up hitchhikers, as I’m not a driver like the person in the story. I don’t even have my license. But wherever you are, do not try and get a ride after midnight.
Stay away from tunnels.
And beware of the Tall Lady.
Most of the comments on this one talked about how hair-raisingly creepy it was, but it didn't come anywhere close to that level of spookiness for me. Maybe because I don't visualize things when I read . . . but I do get creeped out by plenty of stuff regardle ...more
i love a good ghost story (or stories, in this case) but i which there had been more of an explanation of Tall Lady. also the baby thing confused me (view spoiler)[i figured it belonged to Tall Lady but they found baby remains in the first car accident. so one could assume that the baby died then and she (lonely, in the dark) took the baby's soul with her, but no one knew who the parents were and it seems extremely unlikely that a young male college student was hitchhiking after midnigh ...more
Chilling ghost story, urban legend feels, and goosebump-laden content. Thomas did a good job describing moment-to-moment experience so you'll feel it as you read it.
I love the illustration on this very much.
A very satisfying bedtime story for me.
A pretty scary story at Tor.com that pushes all the right (or wrong, depends on what effect you are trying to achieve, I suppose - I am trying to distract myself from thinking about work, by scaring myself shitless, for example). Read at night in a cold room for a full effect.
In 2016, Ol ...more