Saturday, January 8, 2011
Digital short Saturday Wayne C. Rogers The Encounter
I have to admit I really enjoy it when my friends on the different social networks make book recommendations to me. This one, The Encounter by Wayne C. Rodgers was definitely an interesting find. The recommendation came from a friend on Goodreads and the referral stated, ”This guy can write, check it out.” I took him at his word, cranked up the Kindle and did just that, little did I know what I was in store for. This, my friends is one unusual digital short story by an author that seems to be quite the character himself. If you don’t believe me, check out his bio from Amazon:
“Wayne C. Rogers is a Las Vegas casino employee who has been writing professionally (with the intent to sell) for twenty-five years. His first horror short story, The Hitchhiker, was published in Cavalier magazine in 1986. He then decided to move to L.A. to be a movie writer, but stopped off in Las Vegas to see some old friends and ended up staying.
It's only been within the past year that Mr. Rogers (no, not the famous TV host of programs for children) made the decision to work towards being a full-time writer of horror and suspense and psychological fiction. He has written several novellas (three of which are posted on Amazon's Kindle), dozens of short stories (some of which are also on Amazon), an erotic/horror novel--The House of Blood--for the crowd that lives on the wild kinky side, and two completed screenplays based on his stories The Encounter and The Tunnels. He is currently at work on a third screenplay, Shanghai Ed and the Valley of Gold. As the third script is being written, he also plans to write a short hardcore P.I. novel called, Dolan. This will be in the tradition of Andrew Vachss and Tom Piccirilli. Last, but not least, the horror writers who have influenced Mr. Rogers the most are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robert R. McCammon, Dan Simmons, Ray Garton, Edward Lee, John Skipp & Craig Spector, Gerald Houarner, and the late Richard Laymon.
Being somewhat of a couch potato at his old age of sixty, Mr. Rogers enjoys the pastime of writing, reading (he has over a hundred novels on his bookshelves waiting to be read and reviewed), good movies from any time period, and good television programs such as House, Medium, The Defenders, Justified, Dexter, Blue Blood, and Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead. He also enjoys reruns of Boston Legal and the closing arguments of Alan Shore. Finally, Mr. Rogers is rather unusual in that he doesn't own a car, a house, a cellphone, or rent an apartment. In fact, he doesn't own much of anything, except for a computer and lots of books. He rents a small room from an old friend that's filled with only a bed, a desk and computer, a dresser bureau, and a bookcase crammed with hardcovers and paperbacks. One day that might change, but for now everything is within easy reach. God bless downsizing! “
Okay, do you believe me now? The guy is different, or at least his biography is. The story itself is unique and blends the different elements he describes: Horror, suspense, & psychological. It is a nice mix and the story has plenty of twists, turns and gore. I didn’t really know what I was in for. This was a leap of faith, but for the cost of $.99, no harm no foul. I enjoyed it; I clicked right through it at a pretty good clip and enjoyed the read. Since I am new at this Kindle thing, I don’t know if saying I clicked through it is acceptable, but until someone corrects me I am going with it.
Oh yeah, the synopsis of the story, I almost forgot, here it is:
“Ex-U.S. Army tunnel rat, Ben Freeman, encountered something so evil and vicious during his last mission in Vietnam, that he has had nightmares of it for over forty years. Now, the entity is back and is determined to kill everyone Freeman loves and everything he holds dear in his life. The tunnel rat, however, won't be able to fight this creature alone. He'll need the help of his closest friend, former Special Forces Captain, Mike Malloy, the person who saved his life in Nam and has a personal stake in all of this. Together, along with the assistance of Las Vegas Homicide Detective, Lt. Henry Peterson, they will hunt this vile creature down, only to discover that they may have encountered something totally unstoppable.”
I don’t want to give away any of the story, but suffice it to say, it is not your normal action/suspense tail. If you get a groove on the horror, gore, paranormal genre, you have a winner here. It is a nice fast paced digital short story. Give the”not that Mr. Rogers” a try, the cost of the download won’t break the bank , but it may cause you to lose some sleep, or have some reoccurring images in your mind. Hey my friends, keep the book recommendations coming & the comments on the posts;; I love it. If you are not a friend of Giovanni Gelati on Goodreads, please do so immediately, I want to hear from you.
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