For a long time now, I’ve thought that novellas are the perfect medium for horror or dark fiction stories. THE NOTHING THAT IS is a prime example of why.
Cade McCall is an assistant manager at a catering company. A company where the managers are embezzling the place dry and they’re jerks to boot. When Cade retrieves a static-filled message about a catering job, one which will be pre-paid in cash, he decides he’s going to take care of it himself, on the side. When Mr. Dinosaur, (weird, I know, but you’ll see), gives him the instructions for the dinner, Cade himself thinks it weird, but hey, CASH! Upon arriving and serving the meal, this tale takes an entirely different tack: from the mundane to the profane in about two minutes flat! Will Cade survive the strange dinner with Mr. Dinosaur? You’ll have to read this to find out!
There are other things going on in this novella, (exploding cemeteries, for one), but I’m not going to say anything more about the plot. Instead, I want to say the writing here is definitely more than what I was expecting for a debut novella. Vivid descriptions in short, succinct prose made everything so easy to picture in my mind.
Over my many years of voracious reading, I’ve learned that this type of writing is my favorite. I’ve read the wordiness of the gothic Anne Radcliffe and the cosmic H.P. Lovecraft and almost everything in between. While I can and do still enjoy those types of tales, I prefer prose that’s lean and mean, descriptive but not long winded. THIS is one of those tales. I enjoyed the hell out of it!
*Thanks to the author and to Erin Sweet-Al-Mehairi for the e-copy of this novella in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!