Sylvia Bernstein doesn’t want to end up on a dead-end path like a former journalism colleague. She begins searching the tabloid’s archives for a story that can get her career back on track. A strange bridge, with an abnormally high rate of suicides, seems like the perfect place to start. She journeys to the little town, eager to investigate, but encounters a tale far more sinister than she ever expected…
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Horror After Dark Review
THE TOWN THAT FEARED DUSK is a story from author Calvin Demmer. Previously, I had only read a collection of his flash fiction, but that had impressed me so much that his name is now easily recognizable to me. As much as I enjoyed his extremely short tales, I was eager to see what he could do with a lengthier work.
I was not disappointed.
Sylvia is a reporter who stumbles upon a disturbing bit of information–a small town with an extraordinarily large rate of suicides.
The story takes off from there.
Demmer has once again impressed me with his ability to write a complex storyline in such a short format. The depth of the town’s history and its “main attraction” was riveting every minute of the journey.
The characters also felt fleshed out sufficiently for the readers to be able to generate honest opinions of them. Once you came to this town, you felt like a part of it, yourself. When dusk came, the sensible thing to do would be to stay indoors at all costs.
However, human nature doesn’t always go along with the reasonable answer.
“How far could the known reality stretch before the fabric tore . . . ?”
As soon as our main character enters the town, you could sense her light–yet determined–demeanor change into one of vague uncertainty. You’ll find your emotions responding to the charged atmosphere as Sylvia’s do.
Sure, you’re curious, but are you certain this is a journey you’re prepared to take?
Even in a tale of this length, Demmer manages to make the story feel complete, including some interesting twists that I, personally, didn’t even guess at. This one will keep you thinking long after you’ve finished reading it.
In my opinion, the only thing it could have used was a few additional pages to make it more enjoyable.
About The Author
About Calvin Demmer
Calvin Demmer is a dark fiction author. His debut collection, The Sea Was a Fair Master, was released in June 2018. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe. You can find him online at calvindemmer.com.