Book Reviews

THE RED HOUSE by David J. Thacker

THE RED HOUSE by David J. Thacker
Published by Pendragon Press on 1.1.2010
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror
Pages: 37
Format: eBook
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Deep in the woods stands the mysterious Red House. It is a source of fascination to a group of local boys who find that the mystery deepens when they encounter a strange boy nearby.
"Captures the ambient fear of growing up, reminding me of Tim Lebbon and Graham Joyce, and at times evokes the spirit of Machen" - Stephen Volk

A young group of boys spending the bulk of their summer vacation in the woods meet a new boy named Lawrence. He’s dirty and bloody and generally beat up and he’s also quiet about his life. One day one of the boys follows Lawrence home. What does he find there? You’ll have to read this to find out!

THE RED HOUSE is a quiet little tale of dark fiction which I can’t say too much about without spoilers. It was creepy and atmospheric and perhaps an indictment of industrialism and what it has done to small towns?

Overall, I liked it and it was a pleasant way to spend my lunch hour.


*I received an e-copy of this short story in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

About David J. Thacker

David J Thacker was born in 1964 and has worked in the theatre for most of his life. He is the author of a play for Young People (‘S.O. T. – Save Our Theatre’), performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2001, and has penned the Libretto for a modern Oratorio in 2000 (no mean feat when you can’t read music). He also co-wrote and directed the 2014 Retro Hugo Awards Ceremony for the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, LonCon3, and directed the 2014 Hugo Awards Ceremony at the same event. His first long-form piece of published work was ‘The Red House’. It was long-listed for a British Fantasy Award in 2010.

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