Their dreams are an escape. That wasn't possible with Julian stalking the aisles, his ever-grey pallor, his wasted figure serving as a reality check. That's what was scary.
When there were no dreams anymore.’
Peter Smith is a supervisor in the home delivery department of a supermarket. Julian Kensi is just another new employee to Peter, just someone else to train up as a picker, but there’s something really odd about him - he gets on wit ...more
This was an eerie, quick, and easy read. Julian sure was creepy. I was curious to see what was going to happen. A haunting story I read in one sitting.
This is a short story told by Peter who works for a home delivery department of a retail company. The subject of this bizarre story is the reclusive and strange Julian, one of the new employees of the department. Being overlooked and ignored, soon his existence is forgotten by the other employees.
Through Peter’s eyes and his story we learn about Julian’s gradual transformation and find ourselves questioning our own choices in life and whether we have made the right ones.
Insular is a haunting ...more
This book (short story) happily falls into the latter category as well as being cleverly written. I also like the fact that there is almost a supernatural feel to part of the story.
It centres on a bunch of warehouse pickers who are joined by a new member of staff that appears to be a world class picker. It also looks at the way that people cope with the boring repetitive job, how peo ...more
Jamie Stewart is a new author for me and I predict that Jamie will be writing many more books and will be very successful.
The first thing that I noticed in reading this story is that Jamie used words and descriptions in his sentences that were unique and made me laugh out loud.
Without commenting on plot ...more
This short story proves that you don’t need length to have great and unique content! It might be a short story but it sure packed one hell of a punch. I was completely intrigued from the start, I couldn’t wait to see where the author would bring us. This creepy and quite unsettling tale was an absolute pleasure to read and ...more
Hmmmmm.......well, I've always known working in retail could make you feel like you're losing your mind; always competing to be the best, but Julian....he is one weird dude!
INSULAR takes the reader on a bizarre trip into the mind of an unsettling, strange character as he begins a new stressful job....but who is Julian really?
Short read with substance and a spirited edge.
Look forward to what Jamie Stewart dreams up next!
Unfortunately and unlucky for you, your mother didn't give you the blessing of calling you Earl, and you probably hate your job like the majority of the population. Although you probably do work with a creep, chances are his name isn't Julian.
On the other hand, today is your lucky day! Jamie Stewart has given you a tale with all of ...more
Fascinating read! I loved how Insular kept me interested in Julian throughout the story. It really left me wanting more. Great story quick read recommend for everyone.
Sometimes it is nice to just read a short piece and experi ...more
This short story drew me in from the beginning. The underlying concept felt clever, original and ultimately believable in true Stephen King / Twilight Zone fashion. The cavernou ...more
By Jamie Stewart
Genre - Fiction
Category - Horror/Short Story
Pages - 33
Publication Date - January 26, 2019
Format - Digital
Reviewed by William C. Bitner (https://booksinmylibraryblog.wordpres...)
Rating - 📙📙📙📙📙
If you are looking for a quick, bizarre and a little bit out there kind of short story you will not be disappointed with Insular by Jamie Stewart. A quite unique and witty character driven short story, this will have you shaking you head and left wondering what the hell did I just read ...more
And yet, when it happens, you still will be surprised. And the ending... oh, the ending leaves us with more questions than real answers.
An excellent, very atmospheric short story. If you love horror, you'll love this one.
The problem with this short story was that it was too short ! I wanted to read more about Julian and Peter !
Even though it's only 35 pages I didn't see the end coming and I loved it completely. Actually this gave me some kind of Stranger Things vibe, which I found awesome, considering I love creepy mysterious stuff ! It is also a good way to see life and depression through the eyes of someone else and I thought that was beautiful.
Without giving too much away I'll list my grievanc ...more
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His favourite authors include Stephen King, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Joe Hill, J.K Rowling, Shirl ...more