Genre: Horror Short Story
Publisher: Frightful Horrors
Publication Date: 15th June 2017
REVIEWED BY NEV
A copy of Fountain of Drowned Memories was sent to Confessions of a Reviewer by the author, Erik Hofstatter, in exchange for an honest review. This is said review. This book is published by Frightful Horrors.
Erik Hofstatter. Yes, my favourite name in the world of indie horror writing is back with a short story this time. The request to review this one came totally out of the blue. I wasn’t even aware he had something new out. This is an interesting one as well. Published by Frightful Horrors, this is a short story in chap book format. Reading up on Frightful Horrors, this is what they do. Old fashioned chap books. Brilliant stuff. I love them when I can get my hands on them.
My history with Mr Hofstatter has been mixed in terms of reviews. When he gets it right, I absolutely love it. When he gets it somewhere in the middle, I don’t love it so much. I was hoping that this one was the former.
This is what I thought of Fountain of Drowned Memories.
Lorcan is confused. He seems to be locked in a room and the fountain in the corner seems to be there to heal him. But what if it isn’t? What if it is the fountain that is draining his memories? What if it is out to destroy him.
If only he could remember.
When you read a short story, it can be difficult to formulate a review. Often there just isn’t enough in the story to warrant a lot of words in a review. Thankfully, Fountain of Drowned Memories is not one of those where I struggle to get words down in a review.
In terms of characters, there is Lorcan. A lady called Caitlin comes to visit him sometimes but he thinks she is in cahoots with the fountain so it is mainly about him.
It soon becomes clear to you what the story is about. I won’t tell you any more here to spoil things for you because you really need to follow the story as it unfolds to get the true effect of it and to feel the fear and emotion as it progresses.
This is a very sad tale, and one that is full of emotion from start to finish. The torment that Lorcan goes through in his fragile mind is unbelievable. This, in turn, makes the torment that you, the reader goes through, to be just as unbelievable and even more unbearable. He is scared beyond belief because he has no clue what is happening to him and can’t figure it out. The fear in his head is so real that you can’t help but feel the fear for him in your own head as well.
This story deals with an issue that is, unfortunately, becoming more and more common in all of our lives. We will all have to deal with this in one shape or form in our lives and Mr Hofstatter deals with the issue in an extremely sensitive manner. It doesn’t make it any less scary. It doesn’t make it sound any easier to deal with. In many respects, he makes it sound so real that it makes it even scarier.
This is one of my greatest fears. Being of sound body but the mind slowing down to the point where you are trapped inside your own head, unable to escape and having no idea of how you even got to the place you now inhabit.
This is truly scary stuff for me but it can only be this scary when it is told in the way that Erik Hofstatter does.
Wonderful, wonderful writing that is jam packed with emotion, with one of the largest feelings of fear that I have experienced in a short story, in a long, long time.
Bravo, sir. Bravo.
☆☆☆☆☆ scared the hell out of me!
Fountain of Drowned Memories is not only a fantastic short story but it is also free to download at Noisetrade.
Just click the link below and enjoy.
Lorcan Carmody is scared. He can’t understand where he is or why he’s here. There are strange people around him… and a monster lurking in his room. Is the monster in his head? Or is it real?
In this short story, Erik Hofstatter explores the fear of losing one’s identity.
CONFESSIONS REVIEWS ERIK HOFSTATTER
Erik Hofstatter’s debut collection ‘Moribund Tales‘ peaked at #2 on Amazon bestseller chart in horror anthologies. Several of these tales have been recorded for a podcast (Wicked Library, Tales To Terrify & Manor House Show) and printed in various magazines and anthologies around the world such as The Literary Hatchet (PearTree Press) Morpheus Tales and Sanitarium Magazine. His novella ‘The Pariahs‘ is available from Creativia Publishing.
He dwells in a beauteous and serenading Garden of England where he can be frequently encountered consuming reckless amounts of mead and tyrannizing local peasantry.
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