Short Story: CLOSING IN by John W. Dennehy

Dennehy Is A Masterful Storyteller

4 out of 5 stars

Closing in tells the story of someone on the brink of losing their mind. Or maybe he lost it already? It’s a short read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I’m a sucker for a short story, especially from someone as talented as Dennehy. He can craft a story in a few pages that a lot of people can’t do in 300. This one was no different. I was given the heebie-jeebies reading this late one night and I loved every minute of it.

Living somewhere that it snows a lot, I could imagine some of the scenery and imagery that he wrote about and being scared of the dark on some nights made this book a fun one to read. I found myself looking all around after finishing.

The story also has a really different and slightly unexpected subplot that is touched on when the main character passes out. I won’t go into too much detail, but it could easily have sparked a full-length book.

Book Description:

Short Story: CLOSING IN by John W. Dennehy five-stars
Closing in by John W. Dennehy
Published by Self Published on October 28th 2017
Genres: Horror
Pages: 28
Format: Kindle

A down and out middle-aged man with a haunted past retreats to a remote family lake house. Separated from his family, Chase struggles with bouts of drinking, and a snow storm leaves him isolated and alone. He is forced to cope with happenings in the cottage, pondering whether the occurrences are real or imagined. Will he overcome the past, or become another tragic victim?

This is a Novelette length work of approximately 22-35 pages.

About the Author:

John W. Dennehy is a writer of Horror & Suspense. He has three books under contract with a publisher that will be out soon.

His stories have appeared in SNAFU: Wolves at the Door (Cohesion Press), Winter Shivers, SQ Mag, Disturbed Digest, Sanitarium Magazine, Voluted Dreams Magazine, Beyond Science Fiction, Calliope, The J.J. Outre’ Review, Typehouse Literary Magazine, The Literary Hatchet, The Haunted Traveler Vols. I and 2, Bones III, Dark Monsters, The Stray Branch, Dual Coast Magazine, Shotgun Honey, and MicroHorror.

John grew up in a small cottage on a lake in New Hampshire, which he attributes to his creativity. After graduating from Pinkerton Academy, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines, serving with MALS-26 Patriots. Then he earned a degree in English/Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. He lives in New England.

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