The Woman Shrouded in Flies by Nicholas Gray
This was a twisty, windy tale and I flipping loved it! Just when you start to feel for a character, they do something terrible and you hope for their death. 5/5 swarming flies
Gray can write. He can set up a great story and characters in very few pages. This was disturbing. It's sad and gloomy. Gray will be an instant buy from me.
"He tried to think of a time when they were all happy together, but he couldn't remember such a time." Mostly told from the perspective of Troy, a 12/13 year old boy struggling with having to listen to his parents constantly argue. Struggling to fit in and questioning his own identity. While on a camping trip he runs into the woods to escape from his reality, but what he finds there shakes his world. This is only the beginning, the touching, relatable part of the story. Then....the extreme hits like a ham dammer! Nick has a really strong plot throughout this extreme little novelette. It's gruesome, disturbing, stomach churning, and takes us on a path of uneasiness. The descriptiveness of what Troy encounters in the woods and what happens to him was so revolting, it left me with a foulness in the back of my throat. There is more that occurs that is vile and detestable, but those will have to be left unsaid as to not reveal too much of the story. Fair warning that this is extreme horror and there is definitely content that may be triggering. It's very brutal and hits hard and fast! It's a Crackerjack! (less)
What evil lurks in the wood that surround Young Troy. His parents take him on a long needed vacation, but can not stop fighting. Troy wonders off an finds a lady covered in flys and maggots. What happened to her is revealed and someone has to pay. What could have been a wonderful family vacation turns into a nightmare.