I have problems with stories that centre mainly on horror or mix that with other themes such as erotica. While they might not actually come together in the story itself, I find that any heat that develops for me in the erotica gets washed away by the horror. Sometimes I have to set aside the possibility of erotica for the strength of the horror that is the rest of the story.
That in itself is not a bad thing and in general it can work out very well for those that can do so. But I find it very hard to manage to keep things in perspective sometimes when the horror is a little too much so for my own personal taste.
- Title: After Her Death
- Author: Laran Mithras
- Publishing Date: February 4, 2013
- Length: 17 Pages
- ASIN: B00BBL1Q50
- This work at Amazon.com
The work tells about:
Dorothy sells a widower a reputedly haunted home. She yearns to be loved and cared for but is trapped in a loveless marriage. She looks to the lonely man and strives to make a connection with him before he withdraws into his equally lonely Victorian.
Randy loses his wife to a drunk driver and sets off to fulfill their retirement dream of seclusion in some dying town away from the crowd. He knows the overgrown Victorian no one wants to buy is the house for him. But he loses himself inside the house and realizes he cannot cope with the loss of his wife.
He knows both he and Dorothy could use the comfort and support each other could provide, but it is too soon after his loss, and the Victorian has other ideas. As his nightmares worsen, the house makes a move to consume him before Dorothy can intervene.
The story does tend towards the horror side of things at least for me with the occasional bit of erotica appearing. There is a Succubus of a sort in this work, but again she tends towards the horror aspects rather than the erotic ones overall. That is not to say there are not some good erotic moments in this work, not by any means. It is simply that for me at least they are overwhelmed by the horror of the story.
There are many many things that just make this work hard to read for me, one of the main ones is Randy himself in that the darkness settles over him and in doing so it envelopes everyone else around him. There is a huge sense of loss, of not being able to continue on. It makes all of the moments between himself and Dorothy poorer and strained.
In that comes a feeling that there is no hope, no glimmer of anything like it. I find that hard to take and as such the work just didn’t connect with me that I could enjoy it. The writing is very good, the characters as well… But a story of loss and that mixed with horror just is a little too much for my liking.
I’m giving this work two out of five pitchforks.
I just could not find my way into the story as much as I wanted to do so. That likely has everything to do with my not really enjoying horror all that much. As such, for me I didn’t enjoy it all that much. For others that enjoy some horror with their suspense, this probably would be liked more I would expect…