Wednesday, March 14, 2012

If You Go Into The Woods / David Gaughran

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Short Story

Approximate word count: 6-7,000 words

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Although he had been writing for a long time, with work on his recently published novel, A Storm Hits Valparaiso, taking several years, David Gaughran’s claim to fame is his non-fiction book Let’s Get Digital, a guide for self-publishing authors. When Gaughran began investigating self-publishing, he started his blog, now also called Let’s Get Digital, and it quickly became one of the most popular blogs among Indie authors and wannabes, with the book following. He is also a regular contributor to several websites, including the Huffington Post, on the subject of self-publishing. In addition to his novel (historical fiction set in South America), Gaughran has another short story, Transfection, available for your favorite e-reader. Originally from Ireland and currently living in Sweden, Gaughran has traveled and lived all over the world.


Two short stories:

If You Go Into The Woods is the story of a boy, intrigued by the sound of birds in the nearby woods, but scared of the darkness he finds.

The Reset Button is the story of a lonely man who is too forgettable.


Although much different from each other, the two stories in this collection are well crafted and not like anything you’ve read before.

If You Go Into The Woods might seem like a familiar theme (the woods can be scary for some) but that is the only part you’ve seen before. A strange, but fun premise keeps you guessing with a clever ending.

The Reset Button takes a feeling many of us sometimes get and makes it a reality. This is one of those stories that is a good read and, if you allow it, can get you thinking about the importance of friendship and other relationships.


Uses UK spelling conventions.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four stars


Joansz said...

Very interesting. I love short stories--I will definitely check out this book.

David Gaughran said...

Hey Al - I missed this review earlier in the week (organizing that sale!). Thank you!