The Girl Who Hid In The Trees – Steve Stred
Reviewed by Miranda Crites
The children who live near McConnell’s Forest know better than to risk going into the woods, or at least they should. Years ago, when Jason was a little boy, he lost his older brother when he entered the forest to deflate an ages old urban legend.
Now that Jason is a teenager himself, he wants to learn what happened to his brother and what is really going on in the forest first-hand.
He persuades his group of friends to camp in the forest overnight so they can figure out this legend and try to stop everyone from being afraid of the forest.
They learn about the legend of the girl who hid in the trees more closely than they could ever have imagined. Their evening is filled with blood, guts, evil, and horror… and a grotesque parade of gore-covered marchers and a piano made of bones.
Yes, a piano made of bones that I can’t ever get out of my head. I can still hear the pinging keys echoing through the forest.
I thought this was a great, brutal short story with an unpredictable ending. Plenty of blood, guts, and tension, but also sadness.
KR: Gathered together with the main story, Steve has given you three extra tales for your enjoyment. If Miranda’s summary of each gets you itching to read more then they are available FREE by clicking the following link.
Abraham, Look to the Sky
Old man Abraham sits out at the intersection near the cornfield in his weathered clothes and leathery skin day in and day out. Thinking he’s going to get lucky later, Zack takes Hazel out to the intersection to look at the old man. Hazel is curious and gets out to ask Abraham why he sits here all the time. He tells Hazel his dying wife told him, “Abraham, look to the sky…” Zack thinks the old man is crazy and is still thinking about Hazel’s massive jugs when the sky turns black and the clouds are parted…
The Tooth Collector
Jeff is a small child playing alone in the basement, but his parents hear him talking to someone. After a few weeks pass, it happens again, and they call 9-1-1. A strange detective comes out to investigate. Soon, the entire family is in danger, not only of losing their teeth, but their lives and each other.
The Navajo Nightmare
Four lawmen set out on horseback on a mission to find The Navajo Nightmare. Was he a legend, a myth, or a man? Facing the elements and rough territory, their group begins to dwindle.
I can almost feel the sun beating down and the dust tickle my throat as the remaining lawmen are about to close in on the Navajo Nightmare.
The Girl Who Hid In The Trees
Something lurks just beyond.
Centuries ago a heinous act created a ripple that still haunts the residents to this very day.
Now the kids who reside near McConnell’s Forest live forever in fear.
Jason lost his brother when he was young. He left with his friends to ‘debunk’ the urban legend and never came back.
Now Jason and his group of friends are fed up and want to discover what is happening, what is the real cause of the terror holding their small town hostage.
But something is waiting for them. She may look sweet and innocent, but the friends are about to find out that pure evil can exist in the smallest of packages.
She’s out there. And while you may not know her name or what she looks like, the local kids will tell you if you ask, that you should fear for your life from the girl who hid in the trees.
Miranda Crites is a reader, book reviewer, photographer, writer, and lover of horror. Miranda is from the ghostly woods of rural West Virginia, where she resides with her husband and two teenagers. They enjoy spending time together hiking, camping, and off the grid where they are building a cabin in the woods.
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