The Pram (Creature Feature collection) by Joe Hill (son of Stephen King) – and I love his writing style!
It could have been great had it not been so short (but sometimes the short stories are the ones that leave a mark). In this case, the ending was… too sudden and obvious for me. Like the author had to end it somehow, so it was just… done with a matter-of-fact scene that didn’t send shivers up my spine.
Thought it did have me second-guessing… a certain something. 😉
So what’s it about?
A happily married couple, though recently not so happy (due to the wife’s major depression from a miscarriage) move to a beautiful farm house in a small town in Maine. Just being there feels better for both of them.
…when Marianne caught Willy’s eye, her gaze bright and wicked, he felt a rush of gratitude. Sometimes when you needed a break, the world threw you a rope.
Almost like they can finally breathe again. And then the husband starts realizing that he, too, was experiencing depression, though suppressing it to support his wife.
He didn’t feel they had lost a baby; it had been stolen from them, along with their daydreams, their whole idea of the future. Alone, in the woods, with no one to judge him, he could help himself to all the resentment he liked.
And with his realization produces more of this story.
I liked the intro, I like how descriptive it was (felt like I was there). I liked the feeling I was experiencing while I was with the main character, when he was “feeling better“.
But again, I wish the ending was different.
I was expecting something less horror-obvious, and more… sinister. A sense of foreboding but with anticipation of what was to come (or a realization of ohhhhh nooooo). I guess I had written my own ending before reading how it actually ended, and was bummed it didn’t go in that direction.
Still a good short read (and I mean short!!), and I’m anxious to read more in this series. I’d give this one 3.75 stars.