I never thought I would end a horror story by going "Awwwwww." But I did!! This is written in play format and personally, I love reading formats like these - you get straight to the point, lots of dialogue and no chance of any overly descriptive paragraphs to slog through. Morgan brings us an amazing short play that hits hard in less than 100 pages.
I've always been fascinated with the Dark Web - I mean, if you're morbid like I am, how could you not be? Would I ever dabble there? 99% likely NOT... but never underestimate that 1%. *wink* Greg is a vlogger who really wants to meet that million subscriber mark and will do anything to get there. What I love is that this is all true for us on platforms - as much as we say quality over quantity, let's face it, we love hitting those follower count mark if it happens - even if it's something you're not striving for. Greg definitely goes the extra mile and decides to do an unboxing of a random box from the Dark Web... and as you may guess - it's not the greatest idea.
What happens next? You'll have to read to find out.... and be careful where you dabble on the internet.
I am not fond of plays. I don’t even care very much for tv or movies. I kept an open mind for this book, but I didn’t need to take that precaution. Morgan’s writing has that magical quality I find in all of my favorite books. I am transported into the pages, no longer reading the story, but instead experiencing the story. I could vividly see and hear the characters. I was mad, sad, terrified. I was absorbed into the story, wondering what would happen next. At the conclusion, my first reaction was one of wonder. Maybe I have been missing out all these years by actively avoiding seeing plays. After a lively retelling of the story to my children over dinner, I read it again. I will probably read it again today, just so you know! 5⭐️
Beth Griffith lives in Maryland with her husband, three children and a pathetically small herd of cats. She enjoys reading smut and gardening. You can watch saucy smut reviews, read salty book reviews and keep tabs on her questionable life choices on Instagram @mrsbeverlygibbs
Greg Zipper is a paranormal vlogger on the verge of reaching a massive milestone, one million subscribers. After getting a small taste of success, Greg decides that he needs to do something drastic if he's ever going to make it to the big-time. So, he takes to the dark web in search of that special something that will help him accomplish his ultimate goal and make him an internet star. Only, what he finds is much more sinister than he ever imagined and reaching one million subscribers is the last thing on his mind. All he wants now, is to escape with his life or at least what remains of it.
There's love, loss and a sense of leeriness in this horror play and it all played out perfectly, while leaving some pieces for me to puzzle over.
If you're looking for a short unique spooky story that explores the dangers of the dark web as well as love in the time of internet popularity...this is for you!
"Fans of the Netflix series, BLACK MIRROR will appreciate the way one bad decision can spiral out of control so fast. Since this is a play and entirely supported by dialog, the pace moves at breakneck speed, but I’m not one to complain. I enjoyed the laser point focus of this cautionary tale as it catapults the reader towards the exciting conclusion."
Full review at SCREAM Magazine Nov/Dec issue