Coffee For Your Body, Flames For Your Soul by Michael Merriam
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (12 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe
It came to the diner looking for a soul to devour.
At a late-night diner, the manager finds himself faced with a nightmare from his past: The Nalusachita, a mythical-creature of his Choctaw ancestors.
Determined to protect his customers from the shape-changing soul-stealer but unsure how, the manager sets out to clear the restaurant at closing time.
What neither manager or monster counted on was the eccentric patrons of the diner, and how they would react to the mythical creature…
Soul-Stealer, table for one…
Working night shift at a restaurant could be exciting if someone caused trouble, but it was mostly boring. Tonight it was full of regulars and getting close to time to close. Then the Soul-Stealer came in and sat down…
Mr. Merriam writes a short story with a bite to it. He combines fantasy and myth and sets the danger level at high. It didn’t take me very long to read this because I was glued to the pages. I’m sure you won’t stop until you’ve reached the end of the story either.
The Nalusachita is a mythical creature from the main character’s Choctaw ancestors’ time. He’s already had one run in with it ten years ago. It’s in a different form, but he recognizes it. Recognizing the monster is one thing. How can he keep his customers safe and get them out of the restaurant?
The author does an excellent job of describing the odd characters that frequent the restaurant late at night. They seem strange and a bit off the wall, but they don’t bother anyone. With just a few words and a change of nuance the familiar begin to look different. They are more than they seemed… That hooked me. This isn’t going to be a tale where the main character is the hero, there’s more to the story than that. So I kept reading…
One man always has a chat with his friend, even though he’s invisible. One lady likes origami and makes sand cranes. The seen and the unseen work together to fight the supernatural creature there to end someone’s life. It’s a twisted tangled tale that’s a bit creepy, plenty busy, interesting and entertaining.
Why not buy a copy of this novella and sit down for a good scare? How the story ends is even more interesting and I’ll be watching for more from this author. I like his writing style.