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Author: Albert Berg
Published: 2010
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,762 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 8,859
Added to site: 2010.09.15 29011
License: by-nc-nd

In the dark heart of space, a derelict freighter drifts empty and lifeless. And in the shadows...something waits.

Show Excerpt

g. There was nothing strange about it. It was a standard bulkhead door, of a type he had seen many times before. The only problem was, it hadn't been here before.

" We must have missed it," Henderson said. "That's all it could be."

"Yes," Warrick said, but inside he knew there was no way they had missed the door the first time, not a chance in the world. But the thing that unnerved him most was that he knew Henderson knew it too.

"Yeah. Of course," Jones said sarcastically.

"Let's just get it open," Warrick said.

" Are you sure we want to?" Jones asked. "All kidding aside captain, there's no way we missed this door earlier. It's not that dark in here."

"You want to go back?"

Jones shook his head. "Not saying that. It's just...weird."

Warrick thought that weird was possibly the mildest way the sudden appearance of the door could be described. "What about you Henderson. You think we should turn back?"

Henderson shook his head. "I'll admit something

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.8 from 12 reviews: ****
JoJo Biggins

A great little story - until the end. Spend your time elsewhere.

Also, if spelling errors drive you crazy, this one will get you for sure.

Sardo Weems

An interesting, fairly tense "exploring an empty ship" story with a few unexplained red herrings (scratches on the cargo hull, the black room). Don't expect social comment or too much backstory and it'll serve as a nice little adventure story.


Decent story, some formatting errors. Enjoyed it, will check out other works by this author.


Good scifi thriller with a twilight zone feel, really enjoyed this short story.


Great short story. Grips you from start to finish.


This was the first "eBook" I have downloaded on my new Kindle (Merry Christmas!) and I have to say I enjoyed the story. I didn't follow it 100% and the spelling errors and a couple of incorrect names took me out of the story-but for the most part it was very enjoyable and I did not see the ending coming.


Not bad. I was really wondering where it was going. Lots of spelling errors.


Surprisingly creepy space story. I was a little disappointed with a lack of a "reveal" at the end and a few spelling errors ("loosing" instead of "losing" and "funy" instead of "funny"). Still, it was okay as one of those stories that asks its readers not to question too much, to just go along with the ride.


I enjoyed this, my first book from this site. The story held my attention from the first page and the mystery surrounding this lost ship draws the reader in....!


Simple yet gripping short story about empty space derelict with noone aboard. Classic ghost ship story set in future. Nothing really surprising in terms of horror but still a very good read. A must for horror and sf fan.


Excellent short story, the suspense builds to a horrific ending.


Good contemporary SF horror story. Three astronauts discover a derelict space freighter. As they enter it to look for survivors, they find a mystery. This short story held my attention until the end. Suspenseful and creepy.



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