Lucas is Awesome

Madhouse by Miguel Estrada is a 58-page short story available for USD 0.00 as a purchase (not KU) from Amazon. The very short story will have a very short review. Anything more would be an automatic spoiler.

Lucas was a clever kid. At eleven-years-old, he liked to play games with his parents. Every afternoon coming home from school, he would sneak into his house in a different way to surprise his parents. They never knew where they might find him in the house. That kind of behavior inevitably led to Lucas discovering a secret about his parents. He knew from other kids the meaning of what he heard from his parents. He did not intend to live the life his friends did, one week with mom, one weekend with dad. It was time for action. Lucas would run away from home. His mom and dad would come together in an effort to find him. Only then would Lucas come home.

What’s in a Name?

The Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer by Demeza Carlton are truly scary because they are so horrible as fragments. Caitlin’s nightmares always end with an abrupt and screaming waking call to a rescuer she barely knows, Nathan. Caitlin remembers one thing clearly. Nathan, her rescuer, has promised he would never leave her side; he would always be there when she woke up, even in the several surgery rooms where doctors worked to restore her body to a semblance of what she was before her abduction and torture. Each sleep session, four or five per night, brings a few more memories about what happened to her, who tortured her, how many participated in the abduction, and how she was rescued (not escaped) from her captors.

Fathers Don’t Forget

Full Circle by Michael Ace Smith moves away from Alaska, a scene in earlier Smith novellas, to Alabama and Hawaii. Detective Ralph Houston has achieved fame and recognition as a detective specializing in ransom for kidnapping cases, especially when they involve children. He had been driven to become proficient in this specialty as a result of personal tragedy; his own daughter, Stella, had been kidnapped and killed despite ransom being paid. Ralph had delivered the money to a place designated by the kidnappers. Ralph had found his daughter’s body hanging from a tree.