Dark Twists and Surreal Turns

(3 customer reviews)

Can you survive a battle of wits with monsters?

Pretend your life is on the line. Everything feels so out of control. But what if it wasn’t your fault? What if the monsters that plague you had a solution?

The suspense of what is real and not real is palpable as you fixate on the main character, Shern Baxter, devolve and try to make sense of why her life is crumbling.

We’ve all been there. This psychological horror thriller is full of the distractions you need right now, and shows that sometimes, there is a solution, but it might not be the answer you expected.

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There are multiple scraping sounds now. My body is still frozen, brain too overcome with fear to force movement. The scraping noises aren’t coming toward me but moving to the back of the swim locker area.

Come on, I remember the old ladies saying.

It’s not that cold.

We’ll be right here with you.

Nothing’s gonna get you.

You’re going to be fine.

My eyes focus on the locker. Quite a shoddy paint job. Keys have scratched smiley faces and words and crazy squiggle lines that zigzag all over the place. I can’t believe I left my purse in this pathetic locker. Even though the lock helped I bet it wouldn’t have taken long to break in. I could have lost my credit cards and driver’s license and favorite deck of playing cards.

Card playing has always been a fun pastime. It forces you to interact with other people and makes it so much easier to relax. How many people ask deep penetrating questions at a poker game?

Enough talk. Enough chitchat.

I can see the door out of the corner of my eye, the wormhole to reality, the safety zone. Tightening the hold on my purse, I jerk it out of the locker and run. Fear propels me down the row of lockers with superhuman speed, brain only focused on that door, that light at the end of the tunnel, that small passageway for salvation, that—

Stray shoelace drives me downwards.

Momentum slides me across the tile.

The door, that blessed opening of freedom, comes streaking and jams me into the doorframe.

Consciousness fades and monsters come out to play.

Welcome to the wonderful world of me, Shern Baxter.



3 reviews for Dark Twists and Surreal Turns

  1. Mark N.

    The way this story twisted it was amazeballs. Would highly recommend.

  2. Susan M. Whether

    Her short story collection had scary moments. This…got under my skin. It climaxed in an uncomfortable way. I can’t get the old ladies chant out of my head.

  3. Abantika

    Written in first person of voice Dark Twists and Surreal Turns amalgamates the elements of horror and suspense. The plot is refreshing and unique. I was totally blown when I read the first page itself. The author has an impeccable hold over vocabulary and the writing. The narrative is immensely engaging and vivid. The vibe seeps under your skin, excites you and consumes you whole. I definitely want to read more by her.

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