The Demon's Head by Richard C. White
A good short story that will leave you wanting more!
This is the story of a man who is finally in the right place at the right time. He wasn't always lucky though and life isn't easy for him as an adult but all he has to do is survive his latest quest then maybe life would be good again and he wouldn't need to get a real job.
Richard C. White knows how to write a story! Wow, I saw what he saw, heard what he heard, and felt what he felt. I was walking in the swamp with him and I didnt even know his name. Yes, you read it correctly... I just read a short story that never mentioned the main character's name and loved it! Who knew. Mr. White captured the essence of the swamp along with the creatures that live there. And wait until you read about the creepy cursed entity waiting for him at the Temple.
Some short stories have a choppy progression between paragraphs which drives me crazy, or they start off slow and builds to a climax, then there are the ones that are nothing more then a chapter from a novel the writer is working on, but not this one. It is a very good short story. Well paced and flowing nicely... I love a well written story. There were no awkward sections at all - this is a sign of an awesome writer. I was hooked very early in my reading and before I knew it the story was over and leaving me wanting more. I didn't even notice that I was turning the pages. I would love to take another journey with this thief - I bet he has many.
Faced with the choice of going hungry or getting a real job, I had to wonder which was worse. Then, my luck changed when I heard about this old abandoned temple. Seemed like a simple job. Get in, grab some treasure, and get out of this one-horse town and back to enjoying life.
Of course, there was the small matter of the temple being in the middle of the swamp, the ferocious creatures living there, and my arch-rival trying to get to the treasure first. Oh, and did I mention the temple was cursed? Looks like my luck's running about normal here. But rivals and curses can be overcome . . . if you don't mind getting your blades a little dirty.
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