Cleared Away by Regina Watts
NOTE: This is a novelette. 4500 words.
A very well written short story, describing a heinous act by a nazi on a Jewish girl. The depiction was suitably graphic and things moved along at a brisk pace which I enjoyed. Regina has an admirable command of language which prevented the description of the central act from getting boring. Anyone familiar with Holocaust literature or accounts of the nazi concentration/death camps will know that things were far nastier than anything that could be described in extreme horror fiction. This one is well worth a read. Great job!
Ok, this wasn't the witchy slap & tickle that I've grown to adore. This is fucking brutal! Who would have guessed the absolute darkness that is lurking behind that sweet smile. This should be covered in trigger warnings. I got sucked into the story so hard that I actually flinched as one of the blows landed, and knocked everything off my lap! I was right inside that room, and didn't realize my eyes were damp until it was over. This is a quick, but hard read, and it will stick with me for a long time. I want to comment more on the content, but I don't want to spoil anything - you should go in blind to get the full impact of it. If you already love Regina Watt's books, I highly recommend that you read this so you can grasp how she can pull you so far into anything she writes... or drag you in - kicking and screaming.
Cleared Away is such a gut punch of a short. Not much is out there that is as extreme as what happens to that poor Jewish girl. Regina took everything that could make a person cringe from disgust and wrapped it all into this one! Props to the author for being able to create something so vile in such a small amount of words, it takes real talent to make this reader feel like he died just a little bit on the inside after finishing this.
Damn. Damn. This is disturbing, to say the least. If you are one of those readers who feel they can handle anything no matter how brutal and shrug it off, I say challenge yourself with this one. For me, this story wasn't so much for entertainment, but more for the deep, visceral reaction that it brought out in me. I think the author perfectly (I can only imagine) captured the horror and brutality that victimized millions for no other reason than the religion they were born into. I'm sure this story will make many people uncomfortable, but that's the point, I think.
This was my first read of this author. I can't believe how emotionally messed up this short was. I mean she basically hit almost every trigger possible in such a short amount of paper. Loved it.