Over the last few months, friend and fellow writer Draven Ames has made an impressive entrance into the online writing community. Through his philosophical blogs, successful short stories, and appreciation of fine literature, Draven has landed a name for himself as an up-and-coming author of horror not to be taken lightly. SNM Horror Magazine recently awarded Draven’s short story Nothingness the first place title in their January Story of the Month contest.
Before proceeding, please know this is the first review I am posting on my blog and by no means have any idea what I’m doing. In fact, I’ll just go ahead and admit that such a task is by no means a strength. However, I was honored when Draven presented me with this request, and since he was kind enough to pretend my opinion actually mattered, I’m putting my best foot forward and trying to do his story justice.
From the first sentence, Draven’s words establish the eerie tone carried throughout the narrative. Readers are introduced to John and Jennifer, a mysterious married couple cleaning out the mansion of John’s deceased father. When Jennifer discovers a disturbing story secured inside an old shoebox, Draven sucks readers into the dark, suspenseful plot he has flawlessly created.
The story spirals rapidly as each new segment presents twists and turns the reader doesn’t expect. Baked inside the layers, one will discover a series of philosophical prompts left open for interpretation. Aside from being a gifted storyteller, Draven has a knack for laying the foundation for meaningful discussion. His recurrent use of symbolism allows readers to take a captivating tale and relate it to controversial elements in contemporary society. Whether we all walk away with the same message, Draven has embedded the framework for a meaningful analysis that prompts higher order thinking while viewing issues from multiple perspectives.