The Stranger in The Rain by Chris Snider
You may or may not know, along with being an avid reader as well as an indie author. I got a few indie short stories and novellas out there. And because of that, I’m a member of few writing communities. And one day I saw a fellow indie author promoting his anthology Accents of Horror and I thought I would give it a try. So here is my review of the first story in the collection called The Stranger in The Rain by Chris Snider
So what is it about? It follows Danny. A man who is haunted by nightmares of faceless men. Terrifying dreams that make him afraid to even sleep. One rainy night, while traveling, he picks up a hitchhiker. He’s a nice Irish fellow who chats with Danny, and over time, they seem to be fast fiends. But on this night, those dreams become terrifying visions, bleeding into his waking life. His new friend tries to help Danny as he tries to make sense of what is happening.
So let’s start with the bad first. The writing style I found very basic. The detail I found lacking. The characters were a bland. Then lastly, it wasn’t scary. When the faceless demons showed up, there was no tension at all. They were described in a way that was somehow not impactful at all. There should have been a sense of urgency and fear and it just wasn't there.
Now the good? And despite my complaints, there is some good here. The core story is actually very good. It has a good twist and a surprisingly heart to it. It’s one of those tales told so well, it really stuck with me, and I think it will stick with other readers as well.
Overall, this is a good read. It has a bunch of faults, but they can be overlooked because the story is very good. So even though it’s not perfect, it’s a very good read that I recommend.
Overall Rating: A Flawed but Very Good Tale
4 Smoothies out of Five.