A quiet, hardworking man who goes about his daily routine with joy.
He works as a telemarketer, trying his best to sell poorly made, over-priced products to the unsuspecting people on the other end of the phone.
Brad doesn’t mind though, it’s a means to an end.
Life’s about to change for Brad. Now that Father has anointed him the Chosen one, the one to open the gates and allow them to flock into the Black Heavens.
But is Brad ready to perform on the big day?
“’Ritual’ is a fast and thrilling dive into the depraved mind of a man and his dogma. It draws you into the horrors of a mysterious cult, and doesn’t let go until the very last page. I loved this story.” -Sonora Taylor, author of “Without Condition” and “Little Paranoias: Stories”
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Horror After Dark Review
RITUAL by author Steve Stred, is a fast-paced novella that takes you into some deeply uncomfortable situations, without warning. We have a common worker, Brad, who strictly adheres to his routine day-to-day. He’s someone you wouldn’t think twice about in passing. He goes to work, reads his bible, visits the “Father” of his church, and goes to bed at a regular time, and doesn’t like disruptions to his schedule.
Sounds mundane enough, doesn’t it?
However, throughout these little excerpts of Brad’s routine, we see the darker, more uncomfortable things that are not your “ordinary” life patterns. Stred describes events in the same, matter of fact tone he uses throughout the novella: whether it’s when Brad is selling overpriced television sets at work, or the nature of the visits with Father.
Brad, while seen as a nondescript, everyday man, has been chosen for a role that the average person would never think of. And Stred delivers all the gory details of this for his readers to digest. This isn’t your average horror novella. This is a unique style that delivers its chills throughout, increasing the tension even when you don’t think it can get any higher.
Steve Stred is an author I definitely look forward to reading more from!
About The Author
About Steve Stred
Steve Stred writes dark, bleak horror fiction.
Steve is the author of the novels Invisible & The Stranger, the novellas Ritual, The Girl Who Hid in the Trees, Wagon Buddy, YURI and Jane: the 816 Chronicles and two collections of short stories; Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery and Left Hand Path: 13 More Tales of Black Magick, and the dark poetry collection Dim the Sun.
On September 1st, 2019 his second collection of dark poetry and drabbles called The Night Crawls In will arrive. This release was specifically created to help fund the 1st Annual LOHF Writers Grant.
Steve is also a voracious reader, reviewing everything he reads and submitting the majority of his reviews to be featured on Kendall Reviews.
Steve Stred is based in Edmonton, AB, Canada and lives with his wife, his son and their dog OJ.