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John Paul Allen ‘House Guest’ Review


Written by: Drake Morgan

John Paul Allen’s short story (free on Amazon) “Houseguest” is a strange and macabre love story of sorts. Our houseguest is Chastity Bream’s boyfriend, only Chastity isn’t herself anymore. Terribly injured in a car crash, Chastity lives on life support, round-the-clock nursing care, and is no longer aware of her surroundings. This “boyfriend” lives in the girl’s closet and roams her house without fear or hesitation at getting caught.

The story centers on this mysterious “boyfriend” and is a first-person narrative. The boyfriend sneaks around the house, revealing family secrets, hidden motivations, and dark emotions. Much of the narrative revolves around Chastity’s parents, Angie and Herb, and their relationship. An extremely cold and loveless marriage, it serves as a contrast to the seemingly “love” our mysterious boyfriend has for the young, injured girl. Chastity’s father is portrayed as so cold that he cannot even bear to spend time with his brain-dead daughter and prefers endless hours of work to family life. But as the story unfolds, we see a much more evil side to our boyfriend in the closet. What is this thing? What does he want? There are a number of suggestions woven into the subtext of the story, giving it a multi-layered texture. Even the sexual element of the story is complex and leaves more questions than answers.

This is a story of family dynamic gone horribly wrong. But the question remains as to why. Was the boyfriend the catalyst? Who or what was he before the story began? Who was Chastity before the accident? This is a fascinating premise and would make an excellent beginning to an intriguing novel. As a short story, it serves as great place for thought and discussion on the horrors of family and lovers.

Go get your free copy now!

Rating: 4/5

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Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

2 Comments on John Paul Allen ‘House Guest’ Review

  1. I find the premise of this short story interesting and yet disturbing that that it remains a short story instead of a full novel.Still it seems as though it might be something I would like to read.Thank you for the review .I would like to let you know I enjoy your reviews…as always…just me…Vitina..the old hippie


  2. looks like a quick read, i think i’ll be able to squeeze this one in soon


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