Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Blue Heron - by Gene O'Neill - Novella on the preliminary ballot for the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards

4 of 5 Stars

Originally an extremely limited (only 13 copies made) signed hardcover from Dark Regions Press.  After it was placed on the preliminary ballot for the 2012 Bram Stoker Nominations for Long Fiction, Gene O'Neill made it available as an e-book from his facebook page.  This is why I love following authors, you never know when they're going to get the urge to share something for free.

From the synopsis of the story found on the Dark Regions Press website..."In 1962 a USMC Force Recon team, after destroying a V.C. ammo dump, on the Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam border, has a surreal encounter with a Blue Heron. A bird not normally found in SE Asia. Many years later members of that six-man team begin to die in odd circumstances, but deemed accidents. But are they accidents? A 2-inch piece of origami in the shape of a Blue Heron is found inconspicuously at the scene of each death scene."

The story is fast paced and somewhat suspenseful.  The origami Blue Heron is a nice touch, but I did find the story to be somewhat predictable, however, no less enjoyable for that fact, and it's being considered for a Bram Stoker award this year.  If you can find it, I think you'll enoy it.  Maybe friend the author on Facebook and then e-mail mail him and ask if he'll send you the e-book.  It doesn't hurt to ask.

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