“We were both 10. But he was dead. And I sat drawing him.” Em Walker is just like any other 10-year-old girl growing up in the small, outback town of Hope. That is, except for the fact that her Dad runs one of the town's two funeral parlours, and the dead have just started speaking to her... When Hope is rocked by a terrible crime, Em, stubborn, scared of spiders, and with“We were both 10. But he was dead. And I sat drawing him.” Em Walker is just like any other 10-year-old girl growing up in the small, outback town of Hope. That is, except for the fact that her Dad runs one of the town's two funeral parlours, and the dead have just started speaking to her... When Hope is rocked by a terrible crime, Em, stubborn, scared of spiders, and with a temper that's likely to get her into trouble, will find herself thrust into the middle of a dangerous hunt for the truth. “Being scared’s good,” Grandpa Walker had told me once. “Stops us from doing stupid things.” It hadn’t stopped me. Hope and Walker is a new short ghost story by Andrew Cull, the award-winning writer and director of The Possession of David O’Reilly. Also by Andrew Cull: The Trade and Did You Forget About Me?...
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Hope and Walker Reviews
Review copyHope and Walker, by Andrew Cull, is a charming story with a touch of horror. The opening line, We were both 10. But he was dead. And I sat drawing him, immediately drew me in, so important to a short story.Em Walker's parents ran one of the two funeral homes in the small town of Hope.Mum and Dad never argued much. Although they did have a huge row one time when I was seven. I'd been playing hide and seek with Dad when he'd gotten a call from a customer. He'd been on the phone so long that he'd forgotten all about the game. Two hours later Mum found me asleep in a casket, where I'd hidden, while she was giving a tour of the showroom. It hadn't helped matters when I'd woken up with a start, sat bolt upright in the coffin and screamed. Mum and Dad lost that sale to Bob Ryan and it was quite a while before I showed my face downstairs again.When ten-year-old Billy Jenkins came to Walker and Son Funeral Directors it was an extraordinarily sad day. His murder a mystery. As was her habit by now, Em sat drawing his likeness in her sketchbook, talking to Billy as she drew. What happens next was nothing short of remarkable. To learn more. Pick up this exceptional short story.Highly recommended.Hope and Walker is published by Vermillion Press and is available for the Kindle through Amazon.com. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read it at no additional charge. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE using the Kindle Owners Lending Library.From the author's bio - Andre Cull is a writer and director of The Dark and The Possession Of David O'Reilly (UK title: The Torment). His first novel, Remains, is due for release later this year.
Unnerving Magazine ReviewHope and Walker is my second visit to the work of Andrew Cull. It’s another short (possibly a novelette) that packs pretty good wallop, so in that, Andrew Cull proves himself reliable.The tale: A girl lives in a small town with her parents. Her parents run one of two funeral homes in said town. Right from the onset, the voice of the story comes across with great clarity and that continues consistently throughout. The presentation of the scenery as well as the ancillary characters builds into an image of anywhere-in-the-world-community-existence. This one set in Australia that sounds a lot like backwaters in North America.The girl begins drawing the dead that come to the family parlour and eventually, a dead boy pipes up and inadvertently pushes her towards a mystery. From there, the story picks up its pace and sprints to the conclusion.There’s very little to dislike about this one. It’s quick and suspenseful, with some well-fashioned scenery, and good sum of thrills. As for something to read in a short window, you can do a hell of a lot worse than Hope and Walker by Andrew Cull. Great stuff.
WonderfulThis was a really cool story. I won't say it has a happy ending, just that the ending was right and fair. It isn't a long story but it is well written and enjoyable.
A unique, creepy Australian tale. Well worth checking out.
One of the best things about running Kendall Reviews is discovering new genres and authors. I'd seen the name. Andrew Cull, banded around by fellow bloggers for a while. I had already made the decision to read his work, so it was somewhat uncanny that a day or so later I received a message from Andrew asking if I'd like to read his latest novella. I'm not sure what sort of powers were at work here but how could I possibly refuse?No messing about from me here, Hope And Walker is a fantastic novella with a delightful protagonist in 10-year-old Em. Em's parent run a funeral parlour and takes comfort from talking to the recently deceased as they lie in their caskets. As she chats she draws their portraits to offer to the surviving relatives. The wonderful twist to this tale is that the dead have started to talk back to her.'We were both 10. But he was dead. And I sat drawing him.'Billy Jenkins is 10 years old, and the victim of a terrible crime. It's whilst Em sits drawing him late at night that he speaks to her, and so begins a wonderfully written, suspenseful tale set in Australia's Northern Territory.Written in a gorgeous clean punchy style, Hope And Walker is an absolute delight! Em is a character that I'd like to hear a lot more about in the future. Andrew Cull has to be congratulated for creating a reading experience that completely captivated me, more was said in Hope And Walker's 34 pages than some books I've read that are 100 times as long.I'm delighted to have discovered Andrew Cull.And to the mysterious power that led to me holding the book in my hand?I thank you!