“When a strange tarot card appears in a friend’s deck, Jason assumes it’s just a prank done in poor taste. But, when terrible events befall those around him, he must face the possibility that something sinister is afoot.
Death is closing in, along with a suspicious detective who believes that Jason may be the killer he’s stalking. With his life turned upside down, Jason finds that there are worse things to be hunted by than the authorities.
This 4,500 word short is a supernatural horror story in the spirit of the pulp era, but with a modern feel.” (Description from Goodreads)
Here’s another great short from Brandon R. Luffman. I first read some of his work early last year, and couldn’t wait for more.
The Card delivered with a well-written story, like I had expected. There’s a great, slow reveal as the story moves along as to what exactly is going on. We get to see, along with Jason the main character, the fate that a mysterious tarot card brings with it. Even though there was some obvious foreshadowing that allowed me to take a guess as part of the outcome, it was still enjoyable to read up to and passed to see how it played out.
Luffman has a gift for creating a great, dark story. A story that’s short, sweet, and will stick with you. I’m looking forward to see what he does with his novel, Frostwalker, when it comes out. The short fiction is promising enough.
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Born in Statesboro, Georgia in 1976, Brandon Luffman was raised in rural North Carolina from the time he was old enough to walk. In the sixth grade he discovered The Chronicles Of Narnia. Soon after that, he was on to Stephen King and Arthur C. Clarke. At the same time, he was making his first forays into writing fiction. After creating a series of short fantasy pieces for a class assignment that were received with praise, he was hooked on writing fiction for the entertainment of others. Now Brandon writes supernatural horror as well as fantasy, science fiction, and other genres. His short fiction is available online in various formats. Brandon still lives on the family farm in northwestern North Carolina with his wife and family. Taking inspiration from his homeland, he brings southern sensibilities and a modern flair to these classic genre themes. His upcoming survival horror novel, Frostwalker, is expected to be released in 2013.
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