So this is the first review I’m doing on my blog. It was a total shock to me because Draven ASKED me to do it, meaning he liked my opinions enough to want me to evaluate his work. Coolness.
Nothingness is a creepy short story that starts out mundane enough. Jennifer and her husband John are cleaning out the mansion of John’s deceased father for possible auction items. She comes across an old story in a shoebox about a girl named Imagination and becomes totally captivated, telling John she’s dying and needs help.
John is used to his wife acting out and saying strange things because she’s never been the same after suffering a serious trauma. Not long after, Jennifer vanishes and strange things begin to happen in the mansion. The shadows throughout seem to be alive and I have yet to read a story where a shadow comes to life and is all hugs and kisses.
Draven is a thinker and if you’ve ever read his blog or twitter updates, (I suggest doing both) you’d know that he frequently asks questions to spark discussion. Nothingness is like one of those questions because it leaves a lot of room for interpretation. He doesn’t give you all the answers, but enough so YOU can decide what is happening and why. If you’re the type of reader that enjoys food for thought with your read, Nothingness is just the thing.
Draven’s writing drew me into his world and made me forget about my own, which is exactly what I like a story to do.
And just to tell you the caliber of story your getting, of the eight being published in SMN Horror Mag, Nothingness is story of the month. It will be available to read on the website through the end of January and then will only be in print.
Thanks to Draven for asking me to do this, it was fun. So much that I’ll be doing more of these. See you all next time.
Draven Ames is an ex-paratrooper with an interest in philosophical horror stories. He believes an author should make us think, but never do the thinking for us. He’s recently finished his first novel, Bullets ‘Til Midnight and has three short stories published in other horror magazines. Draven is very approachable, so go visit him on his blog, facebook and twitter.
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