The Water Tower: Short Story

The Water Tower Short Story A young girl takes a journey to see what is really hidden within the belly of an ancient water tower From Shoebox Train Wreck this short story is one in a collection of sixteen genre bending tales se

  • Title: The Water Tower: Short Story
  • Author: John Mantooth
  • ISBN: 9781927469453
  • Page: 369
  • Format: ebook
  • A young girl takes a journey to see what is really hidden within the belly of an ancient water tower From Shoebox Train Wreck, this short story is one in a collection of sixteen genre bending tales set against a backdrop of sudden violence and profound regret, and populated by characters whose circumstances and longings drive them to the point of no return and sometA young girl takes a journey to see what is really hidden within the belly of an ancient water tower From Shoebox Train Wreck, this short story is one in a collection of sixteen genre bending tales set against a backdrop of sudden violence and profound regret, and populated by characters whose circumstances and longings drive them to the point of no return and sometimes even further.ChiZine Publications CZP curates the best of the bizarre, bringing you the most excitingly weird, subtle, dark, and disturbing literary fiction Look for titles in the ChiZine short stories collection to build your digital library.

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      A dark and mysterious southern gothic story with hints of Tom Franklin s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and Stephen King s novella The Body, John Mantooth s voice is masculine and powerful, flavoring the pages with the Alabama wilderness, the turmoil of family and how all of these elements work to shape and nurture teenage boys into men Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana and DonnybrookPowerful, dark, and heartfelt The Year of the Storm is a wonderful coming of age novel by a very talented new writer An astounding debut John Rector, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Already Gone, The Grove, and The Cold Kiss Mantooth s masterful foreshadowing creates a need to know A tough and violent book, but also one with prose that aches with loss Booklist Danny, the 29 year old main narrator of Mantooth s gripping first novel with supernatural overtones, has a painful story to tell his therapist When he was 14, his mother and little sister, Anna, disappeared from their rural Alabama home during a violent storm After nine months of exhaustive searching, there was still no trace of the two All signs pointed to his mother, who is disturbed and unhappy, voluntarily leaving home with Anna But was there a connection with the chilling case of two local girls missing since the early 1960s Enter second narrator Walter Pike, a reclusive and erratic Vietnam vet, who was also 14 at the time Danny s mother and sister vanished Walter told Danny some unsettling stories, which Danny ultimately put to the test Did Danny find a parallel universe Were Danny and Walter both delusional This eerie novel can be as mesmerizing as a campfire tale, despite some awkward transitions between past and present Publishers Weekly Mantooth s stories glitter with the brilliant, jagged menace of a fistful of busted glass Shoebox Train Wreck emits blacklight, illuminating the grim intersection of small, fragile human lives and the encroaching wilderness of the universe Laird Barron, author of Occultation and The Imago Sequence and Other Stories The stories in John Mantooth s powerful debut collection turn a blazing spotlight on those living at and beyond society s margins In sinuous, elegant prose, Mantooth maps the journeys that have led his characters to dead ends and disappointments Mantooth spares his characters nothing, including sufficient self awareness to understand their roles in their personal catastrophes These characters grieve their griefs on universal bones, and when they stumble onto hope, it is a small, tough thing that promises no miracles, only the possibility that life tomorrow will be a little better than it was today This is impressive, assured work, not to be missed John Langan, author of Technicolor and Other Revelations John Mantooth s short stories crackle with intelligence and violence He writes about desperate and simple lives gone not so simple, and those lives beat with a savvy and familiar broken heart His down and out characters are ugly and beautiful, and most importantly, compelling John is the real deal, and I think I hate him for it Paul Tremblay, author of The Little Sleep John Mantooth writes with enviable grace, vigor, ease These stories pulsate with the inevitable pain of familial love, and loss, and the horrors of the human condition while remaining peopled with unforgettable characters who move through their lives toward moments of personal realization and doom that can only come from the Southern experience Mantooth has here collected a group of stories that exceeds the sum of its parts You won t regret picking up this collection and will think on these amazing and heartfelt stories long after you ve closed the covers Absolutely brilliant John Hornor Jacobs, author of Southern Gods, This Dark Earth,and The Twelve Fingered Boy Outstanding John Mantooth is an exciting new voice in dark fiction Douglas Clegg

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    1. Stand By Me and Super 8 and both great coming-of-age films in which a group of teens set off to find or do one rather macabre thing and end up learning harder, unexpected truths. This tale manages that same scope of daring and learning without feeling like a copycat of either of these flicks.Big-hearted, but simple, Jeremy enthusiastically talks 13 y.o. Heather into a journey through the woods and abandoned ramshackle houses to a distant abandoned ghost settlement where his older brother and fri [...]


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