Death Watch - A Horror Short Story

Death Watch - A Horror Short Story

by Lisa Shea

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Verne's Momma had one rule which could never be broken. He could not reveal to any outsider what went on within their house. Verne knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that to violate that rule was to bring unholy tortures down onto his head.

And so not a word passed his lips. Not during the twenty-five years he lived in the dank basement, curled up on the thin mattress.

Not during the ten long years of his prison sentence.

Until he made the mistake ...

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Death Watch is a psychological horror suspense short story. My horror stories explore the frailty of the human psyche - how tenuous our grasp on reality can be. The delve into how alone each of us really is, as we navigate the short, brief flicker of life we are granted. My stories focus on the psychological aspects of fear and do not contain overt gore. They are suitable for teens and up.

This short story is part of my series: Lisa's Dark Gripping Short Tales. You can read the short stories one at a time if you wish - each is available as a standalone ebook. If you prefer, you can get the first nine short stories compiled together in ebook or paperback format. The title of that compilation is, naturally enough, Lisa's Dark Gripping Short Tales. I am currently working on the second set of nine stories. I'd love to hear feedback on them as I work on them.

I support battered women's shelters.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154675076
Publisher: Lisa Shea
Publication date: 10/02/2017
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 41,859
File size: 190 KB

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Death Watch - A Horror Short Story 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story starts off at a good pace with Verne in prison. He's been on death row and is now moved to the tiny cell where he'll stay until he is executed. I have the sense that Verne isn't mentally intelligent but he's a big man, strong as an ox. It seems when his father left him and his mother for another woman, Verne is placed in the basement out of his mother's way. Other than feeding him and cooking him a special dinner on birthdays, he's forgotten about. He is getting ready to die for throwing his mom and niece down the basement stairs. The story never shares exactly what happened but the reader gets the sense there was more to the murders and perhaps Verne didn't mean to kill his mother or niece. It's never revealed however Verne has been warned about not telling anything that goes on in the house. At one point he starts to tell the warden, "but I." He stops himself and then worries about the punishment his mother may hand down for those two words. It has a good but horrific description of being executed by lethal injection. At last, his father shows up and Verne has the small hope he can return to his basement. Then his aunt who called him a monster at the trial comes in to hold his father's hand and he sees satisfaction in her eyes because he's dying. It ends abruptly when the last injection silences the thoughts in Verne's head. It is a quick read but a powerful story is told. I definitely recommend it to someone who wants to kill a short time of boredom and still be impressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't pay attention. Just confusing. I could write a better story and I am 13 freaking years old. I mean come on. Just plain long abd boring. Don't even get me started on the boringness. I thought it would get better but it didn't. If I could rate 0 stars, I would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is 13 pgs. It's okay but leaves a lot unanswered. ***spoiler you know the guy was abused. Why ? Because his dad had an affair with his Aunt ? Why was the niece there ? Was it an accident or did he kill them on purpose? You aren't even sure if it was him that killed them? A lot of questions unanswered .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish it wasn't such a short story and it told more of who did what. Kind of leaves you a bit confused.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading it. Short, sweet, and to the point.