The Town That Feared Dusk (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 17)
Honestly, I don't know how he does it.
The ability to elicit such an ominous atmosphere with so few words; it's a true talent.
This short-story follows intrepid reporter, Sylvia Bernstein, as she travels to a small town to investigate their abnormally high suicide rate.
Oddly enough, all the alleged suicides seem to take place at dusk on a certain mysterious bridge in town.
Sylvia decides to visit the bridge herself, scope it out a bit. Once there, she has a shocking supernatural ...more
"The guilt ate away at her core like maggots feasting on the freshly dead."
How could you not want to know why?
*I bought this short story with my hard earned cash because Steve Stred said it was good. He was right.*
** Here's a link to his review if you're interested: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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"The Town That Feared Dusk" by Calvin Demmer is about an accursed bridge and the strangeness surrounding it.
Oh happy day! A great story that's also completely different, and with a twisty twist! All in a quite short tale!
THE TOWN THAT FEARED DUSK is a story from author Calvin Demmer. Previously, I had only read a collection of his flash fiction, but that had impressed me so much that his name is now easily recognizable to me. As much as I enjoyed his extremely short tales, I was eager to see what he could do with a lengthier work.
I was not disappointed.
Sylvia is a reporter who stumbles upon a disturbing bit of information--a small town with an extraordinarily large rate of suicides.
The story takes off ...more
A suicide bridge would make a great story, don't you think? Well, Sylvia Bernstein certainly thought so when she noticed a comment on one of the tabloid's old dusty tips/rumor page....a page her recently dead colleague had noted, "must investigate further."
She thought so after arriving at the seemingly sparse, unapproachable town's people....she thought so even more so after a frightening encounter at the old creepy bridge (I would have packed my bags and split) but she...more
Sylvia, a budding reporter eager to find an especially intriguing story, drives to a small town where an ominous bridge exists. Rumor has it that many people have jumped to their deaths from the bridge. Upon arrival at the town, Sylvia finds the residents reticent to discuss ...more
What is with the bridge with the unusually high suicide rates? A reporter with big dreams of her own bylines is determined to dig deep and uncover the rest of the story, but she had no idea where it would lead her or the truths she would uncover…how far will Sylvia go to get the ...more
4.5, rounding up to 5 stars, but only 4.5 because I wanted more! I could read a full length novel of this story and be on the edge of my seat with the way Calvin Demmer writes! I hardly noticed how quickly I read it until I was done and had to sit a few minutes to process, because what the heck!! And I mean that in a good way! You don't need a summary or "about" for this, as it's a short story and anything I add could just give it all away, so I'm just going to gush on the writing. Short ...more
This is a very short read, and I think that's what impresses me the most. Calvin Demmer is able to world build and put an awful lot of character development into a very short novel. I love that I was immediately drawn into the story and connected ...more
Deep down she knew what she had seen was real, but the tale was taking an even stranger turn than what she'd expected. How far could the known reality stretch before the fabric tore and someone was flung out into space, or madness?
The Town That Feared Dusk is one of those short stories that manages to pack such a punch in so few pages, I was beyond impressed by its impact. Calvin Demmer is a pro at flash fiction, and I've loved everything I've read by him so far, so I knew Dusk would be good ...more
THE TOWN THAT FEARED DUSK is no exception to his 'great writer' status, and I'm happy that it stood up so well to the collection that I already loved - I wasn't at all disappointed! I had no idea ...more
This is one of those stories that’s really easy to get carried away in, as the reader follows Sylvia to the bridge and beyond, as she discovers there’s more than meets the eye to the suicides reported there. The empt ...more
I’m going to sound like a broken record here, but last year I snagged The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer and promptly buried it in my TBR. Then at some point I started it and had to read it in two sittings. It was so astoundingly good. I could have read it in one sitting but I wanted each story to have room to breathe and marinate.
Demmer will end up being remembered long after all of us have passed away, as one of the best short story wri ...more
This short story is an incredibly dark tale of a town seemingly haunted by the spirits of suicide victims who have all jumped from the same bridge. It is quickly determined that there is far more to it than that, and that the bridge itself is sinister, drawing people in and causing their deaths.
But there is a further twist at the end. One that I never would have guessed. It is deliciously dark, and beautifully written into the story.
Though short, this story is very well written. It ...more
A couple of years ago I read and really enjoyed his excellent collection THE SEA WAS A FAIR MASTER, so I had no hesitation when he asked me to read his contribution to A Short Sharp Shocks! Book collection, THE TOWN THAT FEARED DUSK. The book actually contains 3 flash stories from Demmer, and all of them are set in the same universe.
Sylvia Bernstein is looking to jump start her journalistic career with a story ...more
Scouring a recently deceased colleague’s files, she finds an intriguing story about a “Suicide Bridge.” Who wouldn’t drop everything and chase a lead like that? In the best horror, readers spend time yelling “NO, don’t do it!” to the s ...more
The story is a gripping one from the off, plunging us straight into the news room of the central character, journalist Sylvia Bernstein and a disturbing mystery, left unsolved by her deceased predecessor. When she decides t ...more
Suicide Bridge…36 cases. Why had she never heard of it before?
I can guess. There’s something going on and everyone in town wants to keep it a secret.
Suitably creepy for an easy reading short story.
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By Calvin Demmer
Genre - Fiction
Subgenre - Horror/Supernatural/Short Story
Pages - 32
Publication - Demain Publishing; 1 edition - April 19, 2019
Format - Digital
Reviewed by William C. Bitner, Jr. (https://booksinmylibraryblog.wordpres...)
Rating - 📙📙📙📙📙
It seems it’s always those little packages that have the most bang, and The Town That Feared Dusk by Calvin Demmer was filled with some mighty explosions. For some reason whilst reading this sho ...more