Short Story Review: “The Floor” by Jeff Provine

3 of 5 stars.

Buying a house often carries an element of risk, and faith–especially when said house has a history. Many a movie has been made about homes, and other locations [hospitals, schools, asylums etc.], that have a dark history. This is the stuff of urban legend and horror.

This brief vignette paints one such picture, but with resolution and without tension. A longer version surely would have dealt with implications and ramifications to delve into a horror-scape.

Two guys, the unnamed narrator and his buddy Chad, flip houses for fun or trade. However, after one such purchase, neighbors seem to shun the pair or the presence of the house in general. Inside, they encounter a nightmare–a putrescent smell accompanies appropriately questionable stains across all carpets. Also disturbing are the claw marks on all walls down by the floor and stretching up a meter or so.

Removing the living room carpet and padding deepens the mystery and scraps the plans to merely put in new flooring and a couple coats of paint. The floor showcases scenes of a mural of a murderous, sadistic orgy with humans, animals, and other creatures not easily falling into either category. It’s arranged in an occult-like demon-summoning circle with a mere blue “X” crisscrossing the scene as the lone ward against such depravity.

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