Review of “Footprints” by Crissy Moss

FootprintsFull disclosure: Crissy Moss and I are in the same writers’ group online, so while I will try to remain objective, I thought you should know that.

I’ve read quite a few of Crissy Moss’s stories now and it’s safe to say that I’m a fan. What I’ve always seen in them is a fascinating core story, well written, but hampered by spelling and grammar mistakes. Well, those mistakes are no more. This short story has obviously been edited, because it shows.

Without the mistakes dragging you out of the story, Crissy’s writing really shines. This particular story reminded me a lot of Ray Bradbury’s short stories, with an intense feeling to the words. I read this late at night and was filled with a creeping sense of dread as I read it.

Footprints tells the story of a man who visits the family cabin in the woods after his father dies, along with his dog. As night draws in, the man begins to feel like he’s not alone in the isolated woods.

The story ratchets up the tension nicely as the story progresses. I was sucked in and held there in that cabin. I was a little disappointed by the ending. I won’t spoil anything, but Crissy does explain why she chose that ending in the author’s note. I understood the explanation, but was still a little disappointed. I was only slightly disappointed, though. Not enough to lose a star for it.

I’ve always known that Crissy’s work had the potential to soar when the editing was done correctly. This short story proves it. I’d highly recommend picking up a copy.


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