“Just enough for a drop or two at a time, no more. And how you were tied just right so that the water would hit your forehead dead center each and every time. Of course, as Knuckles told it, the first two hundred drops never did much more than annoy the hell out of you. At about the first thousand, the skin on your forehead would start to redden. And by twenty thousand, when you head was beginning to bear more than a passing resemblance to a soggy watermelon, you were telling those sick bastards anything they wanted to hear.”
The Second Coming: A Horror Short Story by Griffin Hayes is a story with an interesting premise. To explain what I mean, here is the synopsis from Amazon –
Jack Barrow has traveled back in time to save his family from a sadistic killer. All he has to do is convince Dr. Sims at Bellevue Heights Mental Institution that he isn’t crazy.
As you’re reading, you get the sense that something is not quite what it seems as first blush. As Hayes draws you in, you find yourself wondering what it would be like to be accused of a crime you know you didn’t commit. As you read, your perception changes once met with the proof that what you believe isn’t as simple as you have perceived it.
The interplay between Jack Burrows and Dr. Simms is at time tense and others oddly soothing. As the story unfolds around you, the feeling that you are a witness behind the glass is undeniable. Hayes writes with such reality that you cannot ignore the emotion he builds with his words. Even though The Second Coming: A Horror Short Story is only considered a short, it excited me to read what else Griffin Hayes has to offer.
4.5 stars out of 5!