I don't know how I came to know about Gemma, I believe she submitted her collection, CRUEL WORKS OF NATURE to me for a review and I was very attracted to the grisly cover so I said, "YES PLEASE" and I also asked if she would send her book to our Night Worms crew of reviewers as well. She obliged.
That collection is AMAZING. I am forever singing its praises. Gemma Amor is so insanely talented. Not only d ...more
One day before school, a thirteen year old Laura’s new boyfriend Bobby gets into a van with a mysterious stranger. Then he is never seen or heard from again...
She is left frightened and bereft by this, and then on her fourteenth birthday she starts receiving hand-written, hand-delivered letters to her home from a stranger.
The story jumps between a younger Laura an ...more
This book is about lost lives, or more specifically: stolen lives and the price of not letting go.
I had seen other glowing reviews for this and had pretty high hopes, which were ultimately met, but what I wasn't expecting was something this layered. On its surface its a scary story in and of itself but underneath there's the sick desperation, the paranoia, the dashed hope, by the end of the story, which is only around a hundred or so pages, I was reeling. This ...more
Love her writing. And the story - from the moment thirteen year old Laura watches her friend, Bobby, step into the blue van with its faceless mystery. To a day yet thirty years later, still living with survivors guilt and the continuing letters meant to haunt, as if life was a game for play. From that first letter, ”Dear Laura,...” A letter with a clue. One per year.
Tit for tat, dear Laura. A piece of Bobby for a piece of you.
Bobby is gone and even after 30 years, Laura wonders what became of him....why he got into the van....and who the BIG man was behind the wheel.
The annual coded letters began on her 14th birthday. He always wants something....nasty, personal and hurtful things. She must bring them to each mystery destination....mindful that he is always watching.
"If a woman falls in a forest and no one is around to hear....does she make a sound?"
A dark and haunting little 100...more
Does anyone cry when reading horror? I sure did with this one! Made my heart bleed!8/16/20
Update:8/17/20 I'm still feeling the heart punch!
This is a story that's going to stick with me for a very long time.
It is very dark and unsettling, delving into the darkness and evilness of humanity.
Two young lives and families forever affected by one man's heinous crime and control.
Two young lives lost, never to be regained.
Is there r ...more
Well, luckily, I did not experience any of that with this novella. Even though this story is a short read it’s very powerful. I could really feel the emotions portrayed in this book. The grief. The rage. And the disgust. I felt it!!!
If more novellas are like this one: packed with a punch, short and to the point, then I w ...more
I hope this review finds you well. God, I don't even know how old you'd be now. I have just finished reading what happened to you inside those pages - Your friend Gemma Amor did such a wonderful job telling your story - and I was blown away. I knew instantly that I had to write you a letter, although I pray this one is better received than the many you received for all those years ( I'll use a stamp so you know its safe and no yellow envelopes, I promise!) so, here it goes. This is m ...more
Well, first of all... I have read a few things from Gemma Amor and the way she writes about loss and grieving is unlike anyone else. She can take those emotions and build any story around them I think. In this story, Laura loses her friend Bobby when they are young to a man i a van in the woods. And she never forgot it. Sh ...more
The premise itself is terrifying. Laura loses her best friend and boyfriend, Bobby, one day. He is kidnapped, never to be seen again. She was thirteen at the time, saw it happ ...more
Gemma Amor has crafted a helluva potent novella with Dear Laura, one that is reliant on the all too real horror of a missing child and the perverted stalking of another. Am ...more
I'm so glad I finally got around to reading this novella. I've followed Gemma on Twitter for a long time and have meant to check out her work for such a long time because I've heard nothing but good things. They were right!
The last time Laura saw her friend, he was getting into a strange van. She's been haunted by his disappearance, but her world is rocked when she starts receiving disturbing letters from the man who claims to have taken him. He sends her a strange letter on her birthday ...more
I also have so many unanswered questions. Why did he play with her for so long? Why did her friend willingly ...more
"Because once a secret has grown old, and burrowed itself like a tick under the skin, it is harder to dig out than she could fathom."
Dear Laura is the second book I've read by Gemma Amor, and her stories are always intriguing. Dear Laura has a fairly grim plotline, and it focuses on themes like guilt, grief, sadness, loneliness, and mental health. This is not a light read.
I was interested in seeing how everything would turn out, but I feel like a lot of the book was just waiting ...more
It was heart wrenching. Being 13 is hard enough. But watching your friend get kidnapped and then get targeted by the creep that did it? This poor girl.
I LOVED THE ENDING. I actually read the last ...more
This Bram Stoker Award nominee is well-written, perfectly-paced and keeps you guessing until the last couple of pages. The story doesn’t glorify the horrific crime or the perpetrator. Instead, it portrays the reality of ...more
Rather suddenly, Gemma Amor - author of 2018's Cruel Works of Nature - has released a short novella circling our addiction to answers. On a personal level, this alone speaks to me deeply, as I am also the kind of person to obsess on the "why" of things. As such, Dear Laura immediately had me hooked, sitting upright or twisting in place (squirming for release, if you will), as I eagerly followed the story along. It's suspenseful, disturbing, and absolutely rea ...more
I write for the wildly popular NoSleep Podcast and various other horror fiction audio dramas. I'm also writing, producing and acting in two shows, 'Calling Darkness', and 'Whisper Ridge', out in 2019. My first anthology of short stories, 'Cruel Works of Nature', was released in 2018, and my next book is the no ...more