{epub} The Last Testament of Thomas Griffith (A Short Story from The Spirals of Danu Book 1) Author Martin Adil-Smith – Moncler2018.co

Both creepy and entertaining, this is one of the finest shorts that I have read this year.Thomas Griffith swears that he did not kill his fellow lighthouse keeper, who had designs on his wife, but as his mind starts to unravel, can we really believe him.Reminiscent of Poe s Tale Tale Heart, this is a lovely gothic quick fix. Lighthouse of Nightmares.This short story reminds me a little of Clive Barker s work no escape from a thing that seems to have escaped death, and brings with it promises of pleasure and pain.The knuckles across the window pane is truly an eerie touch, and I found myself a little unsettled after, having to check that there was nothing at my window.A chilling tale wonderfully told. An enthralling tale of isolation, grief, madness and possibly guilt too.This is a gothic tale in the finest tradition of Poe, and leaves the reader with a shiver at the end.If you want to be picky this is perhaps a little short even for a short story, but the author notes at the end about the historical event this based on than makes up for it. The Last Testament of Thomas Griffith by Martin Adil Smith is a brilliant little story set within the confines of a lighthouse From the very first line, My Darling Wife I did not do it, I was intrigued There is only one thing a proclamation like that can mean in a story like this The character might have done it It s a bold promise to the reader that all may not be as it seems, and Adil Smith did not disappoint.Written in the first person as a letter to Griffith s loving wife, this short story is the accounting of the final days of two lighthouse keepers, Griffith and his co worker, Howell They are cut off from civilization by virtue of their location and a hellish storm that bears down on them Soon, Howell, also Griffith s love rival, meets an untimely death and from there things spiral downhill.Although the plot is not wholly original if I have any complaints, that would be it , the story is well written enough to keep me interested Adil Smith is a master at atmosphere, painting a picture so dark and vivid it is hard to look away One of my favorite visuals is that of a smiling corpse, detailed enough to create a striking image, but not overwritten.In many ways the style of The Last Testament of Thomas Griffith reminds me of HP Lovecraft s writing It is also reminiscent of Clark Ashton Smith s earlier works It harkens back to a period when authors didn t rush, building horror one brick at a time from a sense of suspense and dark atmosphere There are no cheap jump scares in this short story nor are there untold amounts of gore trying to shock the reader into believing there s a semblance of plot Adil Smith arrives at horror with a disturbing sense of foreboding and just enough detail to weave tendrils through the reader s mind of sinister things lying just below the surface.A common problem with short stories is that they often seem like a snippet from a scene There is no end, so to speak, and they feel cut off, as though should be there But this story does not suffer from that problem Although I could see it being expanded into a novel, it s sufficiently self contained and does not feel lacking.Overall, The Last Testament of Thomas Griffith is a creepy, fun, and quick read that I m confident most readers will enjoy, therefore I m giving it four stars If this story is any indication of the rest of Adil Smith s writing, his other works should be fantastic and he has a fan in me.I wrote and published this review originally for DreadCentral.com Chilling tale of madness, revenge, and the spectre of the occult on a stormy night.The authors notes at the end add an unnerving edge to the historical account Part who dunnit, part exploration of grief and madness, and part occult nightmare.A very gothic short story supposedly based on true life events. The Lighthouse At The End of The WorldA shivering story of confinement and madness I loved the character details and the author notes about the historical account are fascinating. There Are Things Under The Stars That No One Should Know So Speaks Thomas Griffith, The Sole Surviving Keeper Of The Smalls Lighthouse Beset By The Worst Storm In A Century, He Bears Witness To The Untimely Death Of His Colleague And Love Rival, Howell, Only To Suffer Greater Horrors Than Anyone Should Endure For Something In Howell Has Survived Something Arcane And Eldritch Now Calls To Griffith Across The Chasm Of Life, Promising Such Gifts And Treasure If Only He Will Let It In Holding On To The Last Shreds Of His Sanity, Griffith Must Choose Between A Power That He Fears Will Consume Him, And The Love Of His Ever Faithful Wife