WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT!
this explanation/intro will be posted before each day’s short story. scroll down to get to the story-review.
this is the FOURTH year of me doing a short story advent calendar as my december project. for those of you new to me or this endeavor, here’s the skinny: every day in december, i will be reading a short story that is 1) available free somewhere on internet, and 2) listed on goodreads as its own discrete entity. there will be links provided for those of you who like to read (or listen to) short stories for free, and also for those of you who have wildly overestimated how many books you can read in a year and are freaking out about not meeting your 2019 reading-challenge goals. i have been gathering links all year when tasty little tales have popped into my feed, but i will also accept additional suggestions, as long as they meet my aforementioned 1), 2) standards.
if you scroll to the end of the reviews linked here, you will find links to all the previous years’ stories, which means NINETY-THREE FREEBIES FOR YOU!
reviews of these will vary in length/quality depending on my available time/brain power.
so, let’s begin
i like emily carroll’s artwork very much, even though i don’t always know what’s going on in the storytelling part of it, nor am i confident that she always knows what’s going on. and that’s not meant as a dig; it’s just something that goes along with horror of the scratchy-ambiguity type—the sense that it’s just barely in the creator’s control, while some unseen spoooooky force is whispering in their ear and pulling at the threads. the less you understand, the more unsettling it is.
with both Through the Woods and When I Arrived at the Castle, i had a few lingering questions. this short story is a bit more straightforward, although there is some not-unpleasant blurring around the edges. if Over the Garden Wall was a house, this story would be one of its darker unused hallways, child-gated and drafty. it’s that perfect blend of beautiful and grotesque that makes for a lingering and truly haunting tale.
WE ARE ALREADY INSIDE
read it for yourself here: