StoryHackery: Island Rescue

Spencer E. Hart hits the fourth issue of StoryHack with a nice little adventure that delivers exactly what it offers.

I have been following Spencer’s work for a while, in both this and the pages of Cirsova Magazine, and with this story of a kidnapping gone wrong, it’s safe to say he has hit his stride.  A few of his earlier works included a few clunky passages, or skipped vital descriptors of important story elements such as setting, environment, or dress.  That might be on me, my internal editor tends to overanalyze word order and usage even when I read for pleasure.  This one flows from first sentence to last without ever triggering my hyperactive and purely mental red pen.

This is a light story, just a quick break for young love, kids in trouble, and how they surprise and fight their way out of a trap.  Perhaps it is the fine editing skills of Bryce Beattie, or maybe Spencer has grown into the pulpy writer he always has in him.  Either way, he is an author to watch for.

About Jon Mollison

Jon Mollison was weaned at the literary knee of Tolkein, Howard, Moore, and Burroughs. He spent decades wandering in the wilderness of modern genre fiction, wondering when the magic and wonder went out of the world of dragons and space ships. In his darkest hour, he encountered a wise man who handed him the open secrets to crafting works that emulate the stories of the great authors who built the genre. They are easily summarized in but two words: Regress Harder. Now one of the twelve champions of the Pulp Revolution, his self-published works represent a more direct lineage to the tales of action, mystery, romance, virtue, and pure unalloyed adventure than the bland imitations churned out by New York City publishing houses in recent decades.
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