The Red Door

The Red Door, #1

Ms. James has another winner on her hands with this short horror story. In this one we’re told the story of how it is Max Jensen’s first day in a new school district because his family moved. If the stress isn’t enough for him in having to adjust to a new school, now add a fellow classmate and bully, Jimmy Davidson, is really trying to ruffle Max’s feathers. Beside tripping him and giving him a hard time, he tells him to meet him behind the gym after school. Not wanting trouble, Max meets up with him. I felt bad for Max because everyone can relate to the jitters you have the first day of school. Now magnify them by starting a brand new school where you don’t know anyone and it’s a recipe for a few stressful days, weeks, if not months for Max. When he decided to meet Jimmy behind the gym, I gave him a lot of credit because he seriously thought he was going to get roughed up. When Ms. James had Jimmy tell Max that he needed an initiation and it was going to be at the Starke house, I worried about Max’s safety.

You see, it was known throughout the neighborhood and community that Edward Starke murdered thirteen kids and buried them in his basement. Supposedly there’s the children’s blood all over the basement door and walls. Max had to go into the basement on the exact anniversary of Edward’s death, September 9th at midnight and chip off some blood from the basement door to show he wasn’t chicken. My heart was slamming in my chest when I read what needed to be done to get these bullies off his back. I had such a bad feeling about what was going to happen to him, but you have to read the story yourself to find out. I loved this story and I can honestly say I’m Ms. James’ number one fan now! I highly recommend this story and I eagerly can’t wait to sink my teeth into the sequel. Well done!

Max Jensen, a sixteen year old, has to adjust to a brand new move into a different school district. On his first day of school while trying to grab a seat in his first class, he meets Jimmy Davidson, one of the class bullies. Jimmy begins tormenting Max and it doesn’t end there. Jimmy tells Max that he wants him to meet him and his friends after school, behind the gym. Reluctantly, Max goes to accept his fate. When they all meet up, Jimmy tells him he won’t leave him alone unless he proves himself to the boys. His task is to enter the Starke house at midnight on September 9th and chip a piece of red “paint” off from the basement door. This is the very door that is rumored to be coated with blood from thirteen children’s murders. Does Max accept the challenge? Does he make it out of the house safe and sound if he does go? Is the story of the Starke house fact or fiction?

Book Blurb for The Red Door

Max is your typical 16-year-old trying to navigate his way through yet another high school, in 1962. Unable to avoid the bullies that love to torment everyone in their sight, Max plays along. But when they demand he go into the abandoned Starke house at midnight, on the anniversary of the serial killer's execution, Max is not overly anxious to comply. For it is said Starke reappears at the scene of the crime, back to where he buried all those boys in his basement. Given the task of returning with a chip of blood from the basement door, Max heads into the house, determined to make fools out of every one of them. For only a fool would believe in such nonsense...right?

Warning: This work contains a few disturbing scenes. Parental Guidance Suggested.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2013 5.00