Written by: Vitina Molgaard
“Now without further adieu, let’s turn down the lights, lock the doors and settle in. A storm is brewing beneath the bloated moon and the bogeyman is lurking somewhere nearby, ready to pounce.”
-D S Ullery
Let’s take a journey into the delightful mind of Mr. Ullery as he offers us two short stories that provide plenty of entertainment. The first is flash fiction, quick and creepy describes the titular tale here.
Blake, a small time thief has meandered into the Van Doren residence, but his poor planning has left him with a major problem when he runs into the tenant. He finds himself in dire need of escaping the premises, and he attempts to do just that. Unfortunately he does not notice those damn garden gnomes until it’s far too late. Tripping over these little decorations proves to be a fateful blunder.
The First Rule of Showmanship introduces us to Frank Baker, a magician who performs while wearing the guise of a clown. Lately he is anything but happy as he’s recently made some startling discoveries about his wife Harley and his best friend Cesar. Remembering the first rule of showmanship, Frank is conscious to never let your personal life interfere with a performance. That’s kept Frank focused and working efficiently as he prepares to do the popular disappearing then reappearing cabinet trick. And for the first time ever he has asked his wife to participate in this little “illusion”, an idea which thrills her. But this stunt isn’t going to unfold in typical fashion and his finale will leave the audience stunned as it will you, the reader.
The first story here is a straight up horror story, which is very well done. I thoroughly enjoyed it and believe you will also. The second tale does not deal with the supernatural but it is definitely horrific, as we deal with the monstrous side of human nature, and the physical torment that it can potentially lead to.
My recommendation …read these! If you aren’t familiar with D.S. Ullery, now is the perfect time to explore his imagination and the twisted concepts that roam about corridors only Ullery knows. If you’re already familiar with Ullery’s work, you’re going to love this.