Monday, October 24, 2011

Reader's Diary #769- Tim Waggoner: When God Opens a Door

Remember the old horror movie victims who seemed to make all the wrong decisions? Checking out that noise in the basement? That never ends well. If you've ever wondered what goes on in the heads of these people or if you've shaken your head at the implausibility of it all, then Tim Waggoner's "When God Opens a Door" is for you.

Through Darrell, Waggoner finally takes us inside the mind of such a person. It's still more horror than psychological thriller but it's almost an equal balance. I didn't come away sympathizing with Darrell, but I think I understood him. Most importantly, I was creeped out. A great story for Halloween. Thanks to Carol at Carol's Notebook for introducing me to this story.

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Julie @ Read Handed said...

I read a Halloween-approrpiate story today, too! "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe. Classic suspense!

SuziQoregon said...

Oooh - this one sounds good and quite seasonal. Will have to find it.

I took a look at a couple of stories from one of my favorite mystery suspense authors today.

“As Breathing” and “Gravity and Need” by Marcus Sakey

Margot said...

Scary stories are definitely not my genre, not even for a chance to see inside this guy's head. Sorry John and Carol. For me, Halloween is all about those cute little trick or treaters.

I did read a short story by Raymond Carver that I liked. I'm sorry but it's not the least bit scary.
Kindling by Raymond Carver.

Anonymous said...

I don't read much horror and that's the only story by Waggoner I've read. You're right it is perfect for Halloween.