Never Chase Space Potatoes with Teenage Girls by Mack Moyer

Never Chase Space Potatoes with Teenage Girls by Mack Moyer
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Horror, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (13 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Mike takes his dying mother to a desolate island resort, eagerly awaiting his inheritance once the old gal kicks the bucket, then finds himself in the company of a beautiful teenage girl. Naturally, Mike and his new friend are visited by what could only be described as the cutest space potato of all time.

Not everyone makes it out alive.


Few people expect an alien invasion while they’re on vacation. Even fewer are prepared for what Mike is about to experience.

The dialogue was a lot of fun. This was the kind of tale that required a great deal of speaking, so I was happy to see that the characters weren’t shy about saying what was on their minds. When they weren’t talking, I knew there was a reason for it and made sure to pay close attention to whatever it was that was going on in that scene instead. Writing it this way was a smart decision given how important the conversations were to imagining what was happening.

There were pacing issues. The narrator spent so much time describing why Mike and his mom decided to visit the resort that the ending didn’t have the time it needed to be fully developed. This technique would have worked well for novella, but it wasn’t as effective for something as short as this. There simply wasn’t enough space to show how the conflict between the main character and the space potato was escalating.

With that being said, I really enjoyed the zaniness of this story. Mr. Moyer has a tongue-in-cheek writing style that worked well with both the humor and the horror elements of the storyline. I laughed and cringed at the same time, and that’s something I like to see in books that explore the lighthearted sides of the things that frighten people.

Never Chase Space Potatoes with Teenage Girls is a good choice for anyone who is in the mood for something campy.

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