The Revenge of the Pumpkins – Short Story Review

It’s not often that I review short stories, but this particular one was so unusual and unexpected in its content that I thought it worthwhile to share it here. The Revenge of the Pumpkins is another story from the ranks of the Indie Author Review Exchange Fb group, namely Lacey Lane, who is also the author of a non-fiction book, details of which appear following this review. Further information about the author can be found at:

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Lacey Lane’s Amazon Author page:

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The Revenge of the Pumpkins

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By Lacey Lane

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lacey1Anyone looking for a gory Halloween story for kids, say twelve or thirteen upwards need look no further than Lacey Lane’s The Revenge of the Pumpkins; we all know what happens on Halloween, or at least we think we do, when little boys and girls dress up for trick or treating, or carve shapes and faces in to unsuspecting pumpkins, and in that respect the story here is no different, or at least to begin with – what starts off as a fun filled day for the Smith family, dressing up, and indeed, carving their pumpkins in preparation for Halloween night, quickly descends into a scene right out of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

What Lacey Lane has done with a seemingly harmless tradition, but which actually has its origins in ancient Celtic tradition when spirits and ghouls supposedly come back to haunt and cause mischief, is nothing less than sheer genius. The start of the story could easily be that of any traditional children’s story or perhaps a Roald Dahl tale, but it very soon takes a giant step into the much darker world of bloody and psychological horror – this is most definitely not a ‘young’ child’s bedtime story. Within this tiny tale of horror and revenge, and I say tiny because this really is little more than a ten minute read, the author has managed to take a traditional story format and turn it on its head; the combination of seeming innocence and normality with incredulous horror is done to perfection. Without giving anything away, all I would say is never underestimate or take for granted the power of a child’s imagination.

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Also by Lacey Lane: The Ultimate Guide to Frugal Living

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About RuddersWriting

Middle-aged man, aspiring writer, book blogger/reviewer, and author, one grown-up son and young grandson, now retired from the rail industry, actively working to develop a writing career.

Posted on May 21, 2015, in Book Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on writerchristophfischer and commented:
    I’ve read the short story and it is as good as they say. Lacey is a talent not to pass by 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on Indie Author Review Exchange and commented:

    A truly original and unexpected little gem of a horror story from Lacey Lane… Reblogged from my personal website.

    Like

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