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Blue Lights, Bitter Roots: a short horror story

Written by: Dona Fox
Narrated by: Sarah L. Colton
Length: 39 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Millions of threads so thin as to be invisible, so vaporous as to be ductile, drift through the classroom, emitting a chill and leaving a sense of unease. Hidden deep in their cloaks, the Blue Lights analyze the odors that cling to the individual cells of every child, from the top of each little head to the bottom of their ticklish feet and every dark secret place in between, from their gathering brains to their blood-soaked spleens. One girl feels dizzy; one boy throws up.

In 1918 Montana, the Spanish Flu, severe drought, and a myriad of strange phenomena plague the land. Fires rise in the night and burn down houses where entire families are trapped to die. Can one young mother protect her children from the fevers and the terrors while she unravels the mystery of the strange Blue Lights?

©2018 Dona Fox (P)2018 Dona Fox

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  • CLOregon
  • 2018-12-24

Haunting and Heartbreaking

The main character suffers many trials, sometime from unexpected sources (no spoilers). But as hard as her life is, it's about to get worse. Something terrible preys upon the town and soon upon this woman and her family.

Extremely well written, almost more poetry than fiction, the description makes the dark places more frighting and the hurtful moments more painful. It's intensity, while not graphic, leaves your nerves raw. You don't just read the story, you feel it. The imagery is very well crafted.

The narrator's voice really sold the story. Soft and sad, you feel this woman is real. She created the mood perfectly.

Highly recommend this story.

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  • Azura S
  • 2018-11-21

An Eerie Little Number

This wasn't quite as well narrated as the other Dona Fox short that I listened to recently but it's well done. The narrator shows she's au fait with the material and engages with it nicely. The story itself walks the veil between life and unlife and I enjoyed it very much. I'll be keeping an eye out for Dona's work in the future, it's genuinely creepy. Note: I solicited and received a review copy of this story. This review, however, remains my own opinion and was neither asked for nor incentivized by the author or narrator.

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  • Murphy
  • 2018-10-22

Who is the psychopath?

Another eerie short from Dona Fox. I start out reading her stories knowing there will be a twist I don’t see coming and determined to discover it. Well, I still never do. This short horror story is no different.
Who is the psychopath, mom,dad or the gal with no name?
Have fun figuring it out.
Ms. Fox is the new breed of horror writers. Looking forward to reading and listening to more of her work.

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  • Geoff
  • 2018-09-22

Unique horror story, very good.

Lovely prose writing and vivid imagery, as usual from this author. Pretty trippy too; I wasn't able to fully grasp the whole thing, but I suspect it was supposed to turn into a kind of fever-dream. Excellent listen in any case!

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 2018-09-18

Good Story

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. This is a good story but you have to really listen close.

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  • norman
  • 2018-09-16

Fantasy or Reality

Set during the influenza epidemic of WW1, this horror story walks a fine line between gritty reality and nightmarish fantasy.You are left wondering what is real and what is fantasy . And which is worst?

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  • Maly C
  • 2018-09-16

Interesting

very interesting short story that kept me guessing until the very end. Amazing that the author was able to put so much in such a short story. The narrator did a great job. The blue lights became very creepy with the narrator reading it.

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  • Neesie315
  • 2019-08-10

Haunting

Dona Fox is one of my go-to authors when I want a short, creepy read. This short story does not disappoint!

In the summer of 1918, a young mother is dealing with her husband being gone due to the War, her young son turning into a monster, pregnancy, drought, and the threat of a deadly Influenza outbreak. Ms. Fox has captured the fear, horror, despair and feelings of this time in this story. Her writing is often poetic and you can definitely feel all of the emotions. The author leaves it up the reader's imagination to decide what was real and what was a figment of a character's imagination or mental health. This is a story that will stay with me for a long, long time as I try to come to terms with all of the implications.

The narrator, Sarah Colton, does a good job and has just the right quality to add to the despair of the story. I was given the chance to listen to the audiobook version by the author and chose to review it.

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 2018-11-13

I was a little lost with this story.

I received a free audiobook copy of this book for an honest review.

This is the second story I've listened to by this author, and I'm noticing a trend. I'm all for weird, but I was left kind of confused with this story, specifically with the ending. Overall, this was a sad story; I felt bad for the main character. Everyone is dying and getting sick around her, and she's simply struggling to keep her family alive. I'll be on the lookout for the next story this author releases.

The narrator did a good job; she has a nice narrating/speaking voice. I'd definitely listen to more of her narrations.

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  • Anna Hazelrigg
  • 2018-10-19

Good Story!

This story is well written and the narrator done a great job telling the story. It definitely has a different story line.

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