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Surviving the Fog

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Author: Stan Morris
Published: 2009
Language: English
Wordcount: 103,284 / 285 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 90.5
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 2,511
Added to site: 2009.04.10 23905
License: ©

A group of teenagers go to summer camp. A week later, all contact with the outside world is lost. The Camp Administrator and three of the four counselors leave to find out what is wrong. They never return. Mike one of the youngest campers leads the efforts of the rest of the campers to feed themselves, to survive the elements, and to survive attacks by outsiders.

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the radio phone again, only to find that they had neglected to turn it off. The battery was dead.

Disgusted, he laid it back on the desk. Turning around, he saw the bed. He took a step and stood by the bed for a minute. It looked comfortable. Slowly, almost cautiously, he lay down on top of the covers. He could see out the window on the front of the cabin. The stars were bright, and he watched them for a time.

After a while, he got up and removed his shoes, socks, pants and flannel shirt. Wearing only his t-shirt and briefs, he got back in the bed under the covers. He felt like he was doing something that he shouldn't, but in a strange way he felt like he was at least doing something other than just waiting fearfully. He quickly fell asleep.

The next morning, Mike awoke late. He put on his clothes, and he went outside. He locked the door, but as he was about to place the key under the mat he hesitated. Instead, he put the key in his pocket.

He went to the dining hall looking for J

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.7 from 6 reviews: ****
Dai Alanye

I've noticed over many years that longer tales are better received than even excellent short stories. This must be the explanation for why many reviewers freely strew stars on this tale.

It's juvenile, illogical, has a weak premise and the hero is (I guess) the author as super-kid. Leaves a very great deal to be desired.

Ross Campbell

Great book, would definately read more from this author. I liked how the surrounding world is revealed slowly and you share in the struggles and discoveries of the stranded kids.


I like the way the story revolved on the lives of the campers and their day to day life. It reminded me of Stephen King's It. I wish there was a bit more on what was happening outside of the camp and more to Mike and Lily's love story at the end. But I agree that this story is a diamond. It kept me gripped and I just couldn't "put it down". I admire how Mike's forward thinking and decision making seems so in character and the way he still sometimes do kid's stuff. It is so realistic. I really loved the book and took time to search and find a review I can share my experience with.


While I will agree that this book could use a bit of polishing and that some of the plot lines (a summer camp based around birth control????) are a bit off the wall, overall I'd say it's a good story. I view it as a sort of diamond in the rough. It simply needs to be cut and formed in order to reach it's potential. I think with the help of a brutally honest editor doing that cutting and forming, this book would have a lot of potential. I'd give the author full marks for effort but I think this needs some work. Having said that, I did enjoy it.


I loved this book. its like lord of the flies meets steven king. i couldn't stop reading it.
Great job stan


Have you seen that movie The Fog? Yes, so has the kid that wrote this. A bunch of kids who end every sentence with "dude" find themselves alone at some kind of camp with a dangerous fog surrounding them.

Aside from the fact that the plot is lifted directly from a well known movie this book is awful. I'm guessing the author is about 17 so I'm trying not to be too harsh but honestly, think about the stories you wrote when you were 17 - would you publish them? Even for free? The writing is just terrible with the focus jumping around in a distracting way.

If that wasn't enough there are 'sexual situations' which will make your toes curl so badly you'll have to be fitted for special shoes. The only people likely to wring any enjoyment from this one are young teens but the book is aimed at adults.



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