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The Survivor is currently a bestseller on KOBO:

#139 in Fiction & Literature > Fiction > Horror
#567 in Mystery & Suspense > Thrillers
#178 in Sci Fi & Fantasy > Horror


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Good, but dark
by AvidReader
(extract only)​

"Survivor" is a short story that was originally included in IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by the same author. It was subsequently edited out of the book, because it was so dark. A full explanation for the deletion, and later publication, is included at the end of this book.

It takes 20-30 minutes to read because it is dense, very detailed, and horrifying.

A man, his wife, and their pilot are flying over Alaska towards Anchorage in a charter plane. Soon, the pilot becomes disoriented and veers off-course. Eventually, the plane runs out of gas and crashes in the expansive Alaskan wilderness.

The man calmly assesses his situation, and his odds for survival. It is not good. His wife and the pilot are dead. There is no food or water aboard the plane. There is only a basic first aid kit, a tool kit, and the dead pilot's full lighter. The emergency systems and locator beacon are broken. However, there are lots of dead branches and snow to melt nearby.

He decides to stay with the plane until a rescue team can find him. The above storyline happens in just the first few pages. The rest of the story is about the man coping with, and trying to survive, these bad circumstances alone.

The main character is very relatable. He is an ordinary city person who is lost, alone, and out of his element. He must do horrifying things in order to survive. Meanwhile, his mind and spirit deteriorate. It causes the reader contemplate their own mortality.

This book is graphic in its description of his actions and mental condition. It is not recommended for children or adults with weak stomachs, or at bedtime.

I both enjoyed this book and was disturbed by it. It was well written, and described the-horror-of-it-all in a realistic way. The lone character was believable and relatable. The pacing was just right. The only thing missing was the spooky and suspenseful music playing as it is read. All in all, it was a good fast paced and horrifying novella.

 

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The free short stories are a promotion for my other books. See CoolMain Press or try these books I've written or edited, and of course recommend. Click on the covers to read samples of the books or get the short stories free.



$2.99 for the e-book​


$9.99 for the paperback.​


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A shiver-making psychological short story
by Andre Jute


Once upon a time, in manuscript, IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth started out very differently. Over the years, en route to the simple, straightforward novel it is now, huge chunks ended up in the trash as counterproductive or unnecessary to the main trunk of the story. But I saved a piece because it has what it takes to be a shiver-making psychological short story.


Get it FREE! The Survivor
Now, a quarter-century later, I've remembered to publish it. It was cut because it gave the rest of IDITAROD the wrong tone. So y'all must not view The Survivor as part of IDITAROD but rather as a parallel short story, completely selfstanding, whose connection with IDITAROD as you know and love it is extremely tenuous, six or eight versions away from the novel as published.
 

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BRAGBOARD

The Survivor is currently a bestseller on KOBO:

#139 in Fiction & Literature > Fiction > Horror
#567 in Mystery & Suspense > Thrillers
#178 in Sci Fi & Fantasy > Horror


FREE


Get the Kindle edition FREE! The Survivor

REVIEW

****
Good, but dark
by AvidReader
(extract only)​

"Survivor" is a short story that was originally included in IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by the same author. It was subsequently edited out of the book, because it was so dark. A full explanation for the deletion, and later publication, is included at the end of this book.

It takes 20-30 minutes to read because it is dense, very detailed, and horrifying.

A man, his wife, and their pilot are flying over Alaska towards Anchorage in a charter plane. Soon, the pilot becomes disoriented and veers off-course. Eventually, the plane runs out of gas and crashes in the expansive Alaskan wilderness.

The man calmly assesses his situation, and his odds for survival. It is not good. His wife and the pilot are dead. There is no food or water aboard the plane. There is only a basic first aid kit, a tool kit, and the dead pilot's full lighter. The emergency systems and locator beacon are broken. However, there are lots of dead branches and snow to melt nearby.

He decides to stay with the plane until a rescue team can find him. The above storyline happens in just the first few pages. The rest of the story is about the man coping with, and trying to survive, these bad circumstances alone.

The main character is very relatable. He is an ordinary city person who is lost, alone, and out of his element. He must do horrifying things in order to survive. Meanwhile, his mind and spirit deteriorate. It causes the reader contemplate their own mortality.

This book is graphic in its description of his actions and mental condition. It is not recommended for children or adults with weak stomachs, or at bedtime.

I both enjoyed this book and was disturbed by it. It was well written, and described the-horror-of-it-all in a realistic way. The lone character was believable and relatable. The pacing was just right. The only thing missing was the spooky and suspenseful music playing as it is read. All in all, it was a good fast paced and horrifying novella.

 
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