The Beach Scene

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Author: Albert Berg
Published: 2010
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,111 / 11 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 90
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 11,817
Added to site: 2010.10.29
mnybks.net#: 29390
License: by-nc-nd

When a man receives a seemingly innocuous painting from a colleague that has recently committed suicide, he finds himself slowly being dragged down by an inexorable force into the awful depths of insanity.

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April 1, 2006

Walter died today. Found out this morning over breakfast. Suicide. Walter. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it. Suicide. Walter wasn't suicidal. I know that, know it for a fact.

But he is dead. Why? I am not foolish enough to suspect "foul play" as they say in the mystery stories. No one cares enough about a community college art teacher to murder him. But suicide?

Something is wrong here. Very wrong.

- - -

April 2, 2006

I didn't realize until this morning that yesterday was April Fools day. Some kind of sick joke? But that's not like Walter either. He was a little crazy, but not that kind of crazy. Still I keep half expecting to pick up my voice and hear his voice yell, "Gotcha!" But it is no joke. I know he is dead.

- - -

(Later)

Got a package today. From Walter. Scary considering what I wrote about expecting him to call. I can't express the chill I got when I saw his name on the label. A message fr

Reviews

Average Rating of 3.9 from 11 reviews: ****
2015.07.27
Lisa Carr
***..

Well, yes, I did see the ending coming from almost the first time the painting was mentioned. I must be too blasť, stuff like this doesn't thrill me or give me nightmares.
If you like boogie-boogie stories, you might like this, other reviewers have. When you've finished it, please download The Picture of Dorian Gray.

2012.07.05
Kathy
*....

Disappointing. Like Violet Collins, I had thought that this book would live up to the other reviews as being "delightfully creepy", "brilliantly haunting", or just plain "stunning." It may be just me, but though I liked how this story was written and structured, I found it to be painfully predictable with a humorously cheesy ending.

2012.05.27
VectorRecoil
****.

Enough normalcy to be delightfully creepy.

2011.10.13
i!
*****

yeah ,me too. I've deleted it too after i finished reading it.heheh

Brilliantly haunting,quite possibly the scariest short story i've read so far.

2011.10.13
Violet Collins
**...

After reading the reviews, I was expecting something way scarier and thrilling than what I actually got. Sorry, but the people who wrote this must have been super sensitive. The end did have a good twist.

2011.09.30
LAS
*****

Totally creepy and stays with you for a long time.

2011.01.23
567rEy765
*****

so believable that i actually deleted this after reading.. somehow i get the urge to download it again.
best book ever!

2011.01.03
Bully Dawg
*****

Very nice story and ending! Shades of Stephen King!

2010.12.08
Michelle
****.

Very eerie. What's even more eerie that while reading this, I could have sworn I read this before, but I never have. Creepy deja vu.

2010.11.30
L
****.

Great short story! Couldn't stop reading it.

2010.10.30
Rikku
*****

Stunning. In every possible sense of the word.


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