Review of "Love, Everlasting," a short story by Maria Violante
Summary:When Cole Harper wakes up in a cabin, gun in hand, he moves quickly to dispose of his girlfriend's body in the woods. Too bad she has other plans.
"Love, Everlasting" was twisted, creepy, mysterious... I liked it. I feel I should clarify that this story is about a cocaine addict. Normally druggie stories are not really up my ally. More often than not I find myself losing interest as the story unfolds in a tedious manner with the protagonist trying to find more drugs. But this was definitely not the case with Violante's short story. I was actually irked when I had to pause reading it (something came up) because I wanted to find out what happens in the end.
Violante has a wonderful style of writing. She obviously "gets" how to create mood with minimalist description. Her story is face-paced but still feels like a complete experience at the same time. I was a little worried while reading that it was going to have a cliche Hollywood-esque ending. I'm happy to inform you that "Love, Everlasting" falls into no such trap. I was very much impressed by the messed up little twist at the end.
This story is well worth reading if you are a fan of horror fiction. It very much reminded me of an X-Files/campy zombie kind of movie.
Reviewed by Alain Gomez