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Book Review: Slaughter in Barnaby Close

None of the residents of Barnaby Close are particularly unhappy. It’s in a nice area and the families are well off and caring. So why have they started killing each other?

In honour of Halloween, I have decided to review a book. A short story in fact that blends in rather well with the theme. Indeed it is in the genre of horror. The author, Michael Cargill approached me a while back, requesting me to review his recently published short fiction, titled: Slaughter in Barnaby Close. The short story is available to download for free at Smashwords.

I rarely read short stories. This is usually due to the fact that they are either too short or the plot seems somewhat rushed. However, I actually enjoyed reading this story. My only problem was that I was left wanting more, much more. Perhaps this is my general reason for not reading short stories. Then again, when does a short story turn into a novel? Needless to say, the plotline was rather good.

The story starts with the author introducing the readers to many characters and your everyday normal families. The first couple of pages are essentially important when it comes to writing novels and short stories. Thus the reader will then decide on either to continue reading or simply move on. As a result, the story easily captured me from the beginning. Why, you may ask? The first couple of pages was basically covered in blood and gore. It  has been a long time since I have read anything as graphic as this tale. I’m a very squeamish person, so the film playing inside my mind was indeed compelling enough. Nonetheless, it made me wanting to continue with the rest of the story.

Consequently, I enjoyed it. The ending was rather abrupt and open; but I guess that is what you get with short fiction. In addition, there were many questions that was left unanswered. Perhaps the author wouldn’t mind writing a second part or expanding the story and turning it into a novel. In spite of that, It would definitely make a good short film.

I would undoubtedly recommend the ‘Slaughter in Barnaby Close‘. A good short story to read just before you go to sleep. It is definitely more graphic than scary. Thus, it is not for the faint-hearted, especially if you dislike blood, without a doubt, there was a lot of it.

Lastly, to Michael Cargill,  thank you for letting me read and review your work of fiction. I hope one day to see your work on the bookshelves.



  1. Hmmm, hope I don’t look desperate for being the first person to post a comment…!

    No need to thank me Kirsty, you have done me a huge favour by posting this review. Glad you enjoyed it and I hope other people do as well.

    There are more stories on the way…

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