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Words With Fiends by Matt Schiariti

Words With FiendsWords With Fiends by Matt Schiariti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: When Morgan receives an anonymous invite to play his favorite mobile word game, he readily accepts. He quickly finds himself wishing he hadn’t. As the rules of the game bend and twist, so does his mind. The search to discover the mystery opponent’s identity soon becomes his whole world, but some questions are best left unanswered.
**At the time of this post, Words With Fiends is on sale, available for #FREE download on Amazon. Click a link & grab this SS! – (about 27 pages / appx 10,000 words)

I think we all have ONE game, one guilty pleasure – linked with our social networking so we have hundreds of possible partners at a moment’s notice. I had my Words With Friends phase, and a shorter affair with Hanging With Friends, (‘MY Game’ was Scramble). That pang of excitement every time you hear a new notification beep, or vibration.
What if that pang of excitement turned into a heart-stopping panic? Your opponent knows your dirty little secret and is getting more aggressive with each new word!
Morgan is as addicted to his Words With Friends app as Alex Baldwin! When he accepts a game invitation from ‘SeaShell’, he soon realizes that this is no ordinary game, it’s something much more sinister.
That girl he was with the other night, they we’re out in the middle of nowhere – nobody could have seen what happened, right? ‘SeaShell’ is becoming increasingly more hostile and accusatory with each new post, and Morgan realizes that SOMEONE KNOWS WHAT HE DID.
This is where we ride along with Morgan on his rapid decent to madness.

The author, Matt Schiariti, took the feel of an old Twilight Zone episode and blended it with today’s technology – and he couldn’t have done it better. It could have easily veered off track – right into Cheeseville, to become an entirely different kind of story. (Not saying that’s bad, cheesey can be fun!) But, he kept it classy – a classic feel with a modern spin, and I can picture this as the first in a series of similarly themed stories – if he wanted to explore that route.

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Hurry, grab it, read it, and discuss it!! All comments are welcome!


#FunFact: Matt Schiariti contributed to The Carnival 13, benefiting
, with some of our other favorites – Dan Dillard, Rebecca Besser, and Armand Rosamilia.
F³ – Freaks, Fantasy and Fear!

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THE HOUR OF THE TIME By Vincent Hobbes

A short story by Vincent Hobbes
Charlie is a guy who likes to be on time. No. Charlie likes to be early. To parties, the cinema, the airport…everywhere. He is very obsessive and worried about it. So, today – on the most important day of his life – the day he really wants to be early on…he’s running late!

This story felt like I was watching an old episode of The Twilight Zone. It brought a warm, nostalgic feeling to me, because I enjoyed those very much. If you liked those, you’ll appreciate this. It’s set in a future time, places feel ‘instituional’ and people are more of a number than a name. Not to say that the story is cold. You get to feel just how Charlie ‘is’ – (sign of a good author!) – kind of a nerdy little guy, someone you could work next to for a year, yet forget him completely.

Like with ‘To Read Or Not To Read’ , I had a feeling where the story might be going. That is not a bad thing, because the journey there was well worth it.

A quick read, like I said with the other one… perfect on a cold, dreary day like today. Also available for free download right now on Amazon. I don’t know when the sale ends – but it’s priced at 99¢, less than a cup of coffee! Easy to pick up either way. I’m off to read the last one I downloaded, and the one Vincent told me to save for last.