Happy New Year and “Lumps” by Ian Woodhead
Hello ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the Casa!
Happy New Year! It’s been a busy holiday season spent with my fiancée and children, as well as some much-needed relaxation. 2014 wasn’t exactly the best of years, but now we are in a new year that offers new possibilities across the board. Two of my short stories will be coming out in the near future, and I am halfway through one novel and a quarter of the way through another. There will also be weekly blog posts here at the Casa as well as on the HorrorAddicts.net blog. 2015 will be a busy and successful year, I can just feel it.
This week, I offer you a review of a short story by Ian Woodhead named, “Lumps”. David Kerrigan is a boy with a bit of a dilemma, he sees lumps on the walls of his home. They aren’t always there, and they don’t stay in the same place all the time. In fact, the more he sees them, the more they move and the bigger they get. His parents tell him to stop making up stories for attention, but there is something in their eyes that makes him wonder otherwise.
This is a fun little horror story that offers a nice break away from the daily grind with a just a pinch of Lovecraft for spice. It conveys a good feel for the emotions and fear young David feels as he watches the lumps multiply and grow. You feel for the boy as things spiral deeper and deeper. I rate this little story a four out of five.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I must bid you adieu. There is a story just begging to be written. Until next week…
Donald “D.J.” Pitsiladis