Review: “Words with Fiends” by Matt Schiariti

17193763Review by Lisa Metlak

This short story is best read at night . . . with the lights out . . . so it can scare the hell out of you.

Morgan’s secret is not that he’s addicted to Words with Friends.  Morgan’s secret is slowly driving him mad.  He had an accident.  He hit a “deer” – that is his official story.  What is haunting him is the “dear” he hit.  And it’s haunting him through Words with Friends.  Someone knows, and Morgan thinks he has figured out who it is.  When he takes drastic measures to keep his secret, he finds out that some games are best left unplayed.

This short story reminded me of the books of scary short stories I used to read long ago.  You don’t need to have a thousand-page Stephen King novel to scare the wits out of you.  I figured out what Morgan had done very early in the story, but it was the slow, methodical journey to crazy that had me curled up in a protective position on the couch reading.  Mr. Schiariti painted a vivid picture of a man driven mad by guilt, and I loved every word of it.

I’m pretty good at determining the plot and ending early in a book, but this one really kept me guessing until the end.  I hope the author is planning on writing more short stories like this.

 

Title:  Words With Fiends:  A Short Story

Author:  Matt Schiariti

Genre:  Horror

Publication:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Price:  $0.99 (ebook, all formats)

Author’s Website:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6873499.Matt_Schiariti

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