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– Better Than Candy –

Free Short Story

Matt was terrified of the monsters his parents told him were outside their home. But he was bored. None of his friends were allowed outside; no more baseball games or riding their bikes in the neighborhood. He sneaks into the backyard to play. It should be safe, they had a tall privacy fence.

When he is bitten by something he didn’t see, Matt runs to the basement to hide. His parents were going to be so mad he’d disobeyed them. Soon, he hears sounds from upstairs that petrify him. Non-human sounds.

Better than Candy is a FREE zombie short story!

Note from author: Contains graphic violence

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Better Than Candy by Myra Nour

Better Than Candy

by Myra Nour:

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– Excerpt from Better Than Candy –

Matt hunched in the dark, shivering in fear. The dampness of the small space crept across his skin, chilling him even more. The faint odor of mold and mouse droppings tickled his senses. Twitching his nose, Matt felt the sneeze building, but then it simply vanished.

Surprised, he rubbed his nose. He’d never been able to stop a sneeze before. His hand stilled as a loud thump came from overhead. Up there. In the house.

When another shiver rippled through him, Matt clasped his arms tight around his body. For a moment he’d forgotten he was hiding under the stairs in the basement.

Slam!

He jumped, as if whatever, or whoever was above, could hear him flinch. Matt placed one hand over his heart. It felt like it was trying to jump out of his chest. Fear, that’s all it was, just like when he awoke from a bad nightmare, his heart racing like a scared rabbit. Taking a deep breath, he calmed down.

Then straining forward, Matt listened carefully. The drip of water from a pipe nearby was annoying, cutting through his concentration. From upstairs, muffled sounds filtered down into the basement. He dared to scoot closer to the opening, craning his neck out from under the stairs. Now he could hear the funny chattering noises above him.

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– Reviews for Better Than Candy –

5 Stars! From the start, I was yanked into this story – and I couldn’t stop reading. A young boy is hiding in his basement, trying to stay as quiet as he can, so the “monsters” upstairs won’t hear him. All the emotions and things he’s feeling, you are pulled right along with him. When he finally gets the courage to come out from his hiding place, things take a turn pretty fast.

This is a great short story, very mesmerizing. I had to read to the end without pause, and there is a twist to this story at the end that surprised me, and that’s not easy to do.

Honestly? I think this would be a great short story, that would be a perfect companion to a longer novel. – Uncaged Book Reviews

Okay, how do I explain this without giving any of the story away? Awesome! The wording was great, giving me a perfect visual of the story as if I were there, seeing it happen, which, I’m glad I’m not there watching this happen for real. Myra Nour really went all out in this short story, telling it from a point of view I have never read before. The emotions of the characters are there, the fear, the physical and mental pain. The story itself is fantastic! It not only kept my interest from beginning to end, but kept my interest growing along with the story line. In the mood for a great horror story? Check this one out, “Better than Candy”, by Myra Nour. Now, I want to read more! One last thing… The title of this story fits perfectly. I give this a five star, all the way! – Stephen Helmes

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I’m a little ashamed to admit it, but this is actually the first zombie story I ever read, and WOW! I really liked it. Of course, you can’t write about zombies without some blood and gore which it does have but there was so much more to it. You see the transition from a scared and confused child into something he really doesn’t understand and shows his humanity sliding away. Very well written! Could definitely be turned into a longer story easily(hint! hint!). – Amber M. Taylor

A fantastic and haunting read!

Despite it’s sweet title, “Better Than Candy,” is a fantastically creepy read that is certainly suited to mature audiences. This wonderful and stirring short story will have you glued to the page right until the very end! The unexpected ending was a welcomed surprise, a very imaginative twist.

I highly recommend “Better Than Candy” for fans of horror. – Dawn

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