Short Story Review: “The Well” by Tim Jeffreys

3 of 5 stars.

Claustrophobia [fear of tight spaces] and nyctophobia [fear of the dark] are both common and widespread. Add a dose of chiroptophobia [fear of bats], and this scenario makes for nightmares. This vignette barely has a tale or story, it’s a mere scene or scenario, but enough to provide a snapshot of fear.

“He” has fallen down a well, and waits for his girlfriend to find help. Shuffling noises and dripping sounds spur him to light a match he has on him. In the brief flare of light, he sees that he’s surrounded. The walls of the well are lined with sleeping winged things.

The girlfriend returns with help. As they loudly call down to the guy, the creatures awaken . . .

This tale appears in Whispers from the Abyss edited by Kat Rocha. I received this new anthology directly from 01 Publishing through
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