“ Genre: Horror / Author: Andrew Pepper / Kindle Edition / Publication Date: 2011 / Publisher: Smashwords „
Scarecrow is a short novella that is part of a series entitled Tales From The Void and is available from the web-site Smashwords for free on Kindle. Though it is not adequately explained here, the Void is a rip in reality from which evil seeps out breathing maevolent life into formerly inanimate objects; in this case, a Scarecrow.
In a land full of goblins, trolls and other fantastical creatures, an annual Harvest festival is just preparing to take place. But this year it is an added time for celebration as Ellen declares her intention to marry her soldier sweetheart, just back from patrolling the troublesome borders. Her father has built a special maze in the corn and as frivolity and jubilation spread throughout the party guests, Ellen and her fiancee wander in only to quickly to find themselves lost and being pursued by demonic forces. Tonight, it seems, was a bad time to enter the corn.....
This is an okay story and a not bad introduction to this authors work but kind of disappoints on a number of levels. Firstly, little description or embellishment is given of the setting meaning the reader has to take a lot for granted. Secondly, if you have not read the synopsis on Smashwords, little is explained about the Void or its influence! Thirdly, the ending is a bit anti-climatic and leaves you wanting more.....and not in a good way. Speaking for myself, I just didn't feel I got enough bang for my buck (even though I never actually spent a penny) and that this story only whetted my appetite like a rather meagre hors d'oeuvre without giving me any sustenance!
I really wanted to like this but am afraid that it was only an average read and though it was okay for a freebie, it left me feeling a bit unsure whether I wanted to pick up anything else by this author.