Book Reviews Horror Short Story

VERMIN By Allison M. Dickson

VerminVermin by Allison M. Dickson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Scooping up a new (to me) short from Allison M. Dickson is always a treat. Even if I don’t know what it’s about when I pick it up, I do know that there will be horror, and there will most likely be some humor – my literary Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!! “You got your Horror in my Humor!”, “You got your Humor in my Horror!”
Vermin is a squirmy, and sometimes uncomfortable read! Along with my hatred of the creepy-crawly, I have just recently read a Weird News article, with pictures, about an area in Australia that suffered major rainfall – leading to most of the land flooding. People were temporarily relocated, and the pics showed houses, fields, & trees covered by a fine, white ‘layer’ of what turns out to be spider webs!!Aaarrrgggggghhh!!! ::shudders:: The flooding forced these big, ugly, poisonous spiders to relocate, too. The web that is covering EVERYRHING (everything! Even saw a covered dog!) is jam packed with these things, not just a lot of unoccupied real estate with a spider here n there. Nope. Any direction you turn – you’re walking into something and getting a face-full of spiders. So, yeah… bad timing on my part!!
I dare you to look! If you Google safer pics of just the trees, it’s almost pretty – if you don’t remember the horrifying details.
THAT, along with Allison’s descriptive writing really put me right along side of Oscar while he goes through this haunted & infested house. Ok, well – maybe not along side of… how about a step behind? Oscar is already regretting his decision to do this job. He could have switched jobs with another exterminator after hearing about the house’s history, and the extent of the infestation, but he knows decisions like that are never forgotten by the bosses. They’re never forgotten by your co-workers, either! Rumors among the troops can ruin your reputation faster than any actual screw up, so he pulls up his big-boy pants, laces his boots, and heads into a nightmare worse than anything he could have ever imagined!
Be warned – if you’re phobic, you may be sleeping with the lights on for a night. Or seven.

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Amazon’s Book Description:
The desert’s a strange place, where folks go to get lost, find God, or get hitched. And if it’s a weddin they’re after, well it don’t get much better than the Midnight Chapel.
The reverend there, Bob Nevers, is a strange feller and he’s been known to join just about anybody in holy matrimony if they so desire. Except there’s this old couple, Joe and Bea, lookin to renew their vows. For some reason, Reverend Bob don’t want any part of that, no sir. Seems them two are trouble. Big trouble.
Strange thing is, ever since that night when Joe and Bea showed up, no one’s seen Reverend Bob at all…
Grab this here little short story now and maybe you’ll find out what happened. Could be a little funny, could be a little scary, but it dang sure won’t be borin.

You already know that I’m a fan of Allison’s, and I’ll bet that you’re becoming a fan as well. She has a lot of stories out now, and there’s a little something for all tastes. If you were paying attention, then you saw when I reblogged The Good Girls post not too long ago, and linked you to the Amazon page… where you were able to download your free copy while it was on sale. If not, never fear! Most stories have a 99¢ price tag,- so you don’t have to wait for her to have a sale to pick one up and lose yourself in Allison’s world.

In THE LAST WEDDING IN THE MIDNIGHT CHAPEL, you are the person in the book that the story is being told to, and it sucks you in immediately.
While driving down the highway, your body is telling you that your trip through the desert needs a pause for the cause, and your gas gauge is telling you it’s time for a fill up, so you stop to stretch your legs and quench your thirst. Emmett, the owner of the gas station, invites you to sit a spell & enjoy some ice cold lemonade with him before you’re off to ‘wherever it is you’re headed’. How can you resist this charming old coot? You have a seat, and before you know it, Emmett has you pulled in to a very interesting story about this place in the desert. A place you may have noticed just before the town line, a dusty little chapel set just a little way off the main highway… The Midnight Chapel. It was called that because that’s when the chapel did its business, after the clock struck twelve.
Reverend Bob Nevers ran the chapel, and he was of the mindset that if you’re in love and want to be married, he’d be the one to perform the ceremony. He’d help just about anyone get hitched. Love is love, after all. Who is he to judge?
Reverend Bob had Millie Jonas as an assistant in the chapel. His beliefs were very open minded, and he had some far out ideals. Millie’s beliefs were as straight & narrow as Jesus Christ’s, but they worked well together. Emmett and Millie had gotten to be real good friends over the years, so when she came to the gas station shortly after Reverend Bob disappeared & told him she was leaving for California to stay with her sister, he was really heart broken. You can tell that it still hurts, because she wrote him a letter when she got to her sister’s, and he still carries it with him.
Emmett hands you the letter, it is Reverand Bob’s story and you should read it in her words. From someone who knows what happened night Reverend Bob disappeared – because she was there. Her words do the story justice, and you need to know the truth. You need to know the real reason that she left for California, and how she got out when she did… while she could.

*Needless to say, I’m giving the review 5/5
Because… I was locked in from the first page. Because of the story and the way it was delivered. Because the players and their quirks. Because of the way Emmett ties things up after the letter. Because the very end has a Twilight Zone kind of feel that I just LoveLoveLove!
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P, L, & N ❤

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