31 Shots of Shock: #6 – ‘Monster’ by Kelly Link

31 Shots of Shock *Title: Monster by Kelly Link
Date Read: 06 October 2009
Available Online?: NO – read from Kelly Link’s published collection, Pretty Monsters (Canongate Books)
Briefly: A summer camp in North Carolina and rumours are rife about the existence of a wandering monster out in the wilds. With only three days left until camp is finished for good, one group (Bungalow 6 – which includes the somewhat repressed James Lorbick), leave the relative comfort and safety of the camp compound to set out for a night of wild camping. Are they crazy? You bet! 🙂
Afterthoughts: Hooray a real chiller at last (sort of), but not in the conventional sense (no surprise there then given the story was penned by ‘out of the box’ writer Kelly Link). This one I really enjoyed. Link takes the formulaic ‘ kids get stalked by monster while camping’ scenario and adds a Link-flavoured twist to create a completely different kind of story.
Notable Quote: “I know it’s raining,” Terence said. “But there are only three more days of camp left and if we want our overnight badges, this is our last chance. Besides it could stop raining. And not that you should care, but everyone in Bungalow 4 will say that you got scared and that’s why you didn’t want to go. And I don’t want everyone to think that Bungalow 6 is afraid of some stupid Bungalow 4 story about some stupid monster.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

*Story read as part of my 31 Shots of Shock reading challenge.

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  1. Yes, I liked this one too. It was a campfire story about … a campfire. I like the idea of a monster with a notebook where he jots things down. 😉

  2. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    Shhhh Kristen! You’re giving away spoilers 🙂 *whispers* But yeah I thought that was superbly original too.