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Smokey Mountain Rain Steven R. Zellers

Smokey Mountain Rain

Steven R. Zellers

Published December 15th 2007
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Kindle Edition
6 pages
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Before I was a writer I was a trucker. This story is definately inspired by the Ronnie Milsap song Smokey Mountain Rain and many long lonely nights on the open road. But as you might expect it has a darkside that fits nicely into the DarktalesMoreBefore I was a writer I was a trucker. This story is definately inspired by the Ronnie Milsap song Smokey Mountain Rain and many long lonely nights on the open road. But as you might expect it has a darkside that fits nicely into the Darktales series.This story Smokey Mountain Rain is relatively short compared to some of the other stories in Darktales but it is also one of the best in my opinion. All in all this is just an old trucker tale that will haunt your memories for years to come.The following is a review of DarkTales: A Collection of Sick Twisted Scary Stories and DarkTales: Volume Two by Ron Wynn of the Nashville City Paper.Nashville author Steven R. Zellers originally penned the first volume of DarkTales almost 11 years ago, but he’s now updated it and penned a second collection.As the title suggests, these are stories that can shock, stun, frighten or delight, and sometimes manage all those things within their tightly constructed frameworks. Zellers knows how to manipulate details, but also he varies his approach. Sometimes things accelerate right from the opening paragraph, and the remaining narrative simply sustains what’s already been generated. Other times he’ll slowly build the tension, working to a strong conclusion and injecting surprise elements that nicely wrap the story.There are 18 entries in the initial volume and 12 more in the sequel. While readers’ choices and preferences will differ depending on their perspectives and interests, some recommendations from DarkTales include “Tinman,” “Smokey Mountain Rain,” “Freak,” “Grandma’s Secret” and most interestingly “Writer’s Block.” Anyone who’s ever had a problem composing a letter or finishing an assignment will find it quite intriguing. His opening story “My Wife” and final entry “Jewels” are also outstanding.Prime pieces in DarkTales: Volume Two include “Ice Queen,” “Northern Lights,” “Seven Dates from MySpace” and “Till Death,” as well as “Halloween” and “Trust.”Some horror/suspense writers, most notably the late Rod Serling, used the genre as a social message tool. There are some stories with underlying or implied themes, but overall Zellers is mainly interested in spinning a compelling yarn rather than examining a particular social ill.The DarkTales volumes offer fine examples of both striking horror pieces and excellent short story writing. Ron Wynn Nashville City Paper