#BookReview #Horror -- Laura by E.H. James

E.H. James
Publisher: CHBB Publishing
Publication Date: December 1, 2016
Number of Pages: 9 pages
Genre: Horror
For more information: Amazon

George had seen some strange things over his lifetime, travelling those roads. But if he thought he’d seen it all, he was mistaken. For if he believed finding Laura on a deserted roadside, in the middle of the night, was strange...what was to follow would challenge the very boundaries of everything he’d ever known.

Book Trailer for Laura

We meet George, a soon-to-be-retired salesman, as he's traveling a dark, dreary road. He spots something flash before his eyes - a teenage girl. Against his better judgment, he decides to help her. Soon, he learns about the mystery behind this rose-scented girl he thought he saw near a bridge.

James crafts vivid scenes. Partnered with tight, round characters, James skillfully exploits, with surgical precision,  each corner of the short story structure.  Leveraging flashback techniques and symbolism, James weaves a complete story and packs it neatly into a missive leaving the reader wanting more.

What I liked about this story is how the author uses imagery to build the world in which the characters live. The clear and concise writing was exemplary.

When I think back on this short story, I realize that sometimes we see things one way. This perception remains intact until something comes along and provides clarity.  Thinking back on George’s experience, it is quite easy to assume that what we think we see is real. However, most of what we see is indeed from another realm. When the time is right, clarity and supposition will arrive, bringing peace (or in George’s case even more questions) as we seek to understand that which we saw.

About E. H. James
E. H. James has always been fascinated by the unexplained. Wanting to delve deeper into the unknown, James has read and researched in the areas of parapsychology and metaphysics, for the past 40 years. Taking those first hand experiences, involving the unexplained, James has woven the real and imaginary together into stories of the strange and bizarre. James' stories range from the paranormal and horror, to fantasy and science fiction, from short stories and novellas, to 100K+ novels.


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