Title: The Remnant (Black Band Shorts)
Author: Channing Whitaker
In this suspense-filled, neo-monster, horror novelette, a writer named Gene Winfield discovers an ominous, handwritten book among the belongings of his late, adventurer aunt. As Gene reads, he becomes captivated with the volume’s account of a savage, unearthly creature.
In spite of the book’s warning, with his writing career failing, Gene can’t resist the inspiration. Near the roaring fire in his aunt’s otherwise cold, empty manor, Gene begins a story of his own, but will he unleash more than his imagination…
The Remnant is the first in an anthology series of stand-alone short works of spec-fiction called Black Band Shorts.
Short but intense!
People always do things they’re warned not to do. That’s how bestselling author Gene ends up in his predicament. After the death of his Aunt Hazel, he finds the charred remains of a book with particular instructions to not read. Out of desperation, he does and writes a story based on what he’s read. As soon as the copies are distributed, he realizes the mistake he’s made.
Though this was a very short read, it was also satisfying. There was the right amount of mystery and suspense plus the ending was a bit of a twist that reminded me of an ‘80’s horror movie. Even though I didn’t particularly like Gene’s character, I found him to be relatable.
If you’re a fan of horror/supernatural suspense, this is the book for you!