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In 1965, a young child went missing while he and his brother explored a disused cemetery. When his body was found floating in the river three days later, his older brother insisted the death wasn't an accident. That something dark and deadly lived in the cemetery's crypt. That it would kill again. More than fifty years later, Sara finds herself facing the gate to the aban In 1965, a young child went missing while he and his brother explored a disused cemetery. When his body was found floating in the river three days later, his older brother insisted the death wasn't an accident. That something dark and deadly lived in the cemetery's crypt. That it would kill again. More than fifty years later, Sara finds herself facing the gate to the abandoned graveyard, with the story of the dead child ringing in her ears. She's there with one specific purpose: to uncover the decades-old secrets of the crypt. Crypt is a chilling half-hour story by award-winning horror author Darcy Coates.


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In 1965, a young child went missing while he and his brother explored a disused cemetery. When his body was found floating in the river three days later, his older brother insisted the death wasn't an accident. That something dark and deadly lived in the cemetery's crypt. That it would kill again. More than fifty years later, Sara finds herself facing the gate to the aban In 1965, a young child went missing while he and his brother explored a disused cemetery. When his body was found floating in the river three days later, his older brother insisted the death wasn't an accident. That something dark and deadly lived in the cemetery's crypt. That it would kill again. More than fifty years later, Sara finds herself facing the gate to the abandoned graveyard, with the story of the dead child ringing in her ears. She's there with one specific purpose: to uncover the decades-old secrets of the crypt. Crypt is a chilling half-hour story by award-winning horror author Darcy Coates.

30 review for Crypt: a horror short story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A surprisingly VERY short story that was captivating, but left you wanting. A creepy tale but by no means will it require a change of underwear. Great read for a coffee break.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    I'm pretty new to short stories but was in the mood for a good mystery or even some horror so I gave this author a chance after seeing a recommendation here on goodreads. The story didn't go as expected, I was kind if missing the WOW- moment, but it was gripping and the author's description of the cemetary and crypt was very good so I had no problem finding myself there. Hemce, I'm going to read more from this author.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeanine

    Terrific story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Randee

    Well written, but nothing unique or original in the short story of a girl who discovers a vampire. I liked this better than ‘The Carrow Haunt.’

  5. 5 out of 5

    Becky Stephens

    There are two parts to this short. The first is a story told to Sara by her friend, Julie, who loves to entertain her visitors. The second part of the story follows Sara as she investigates - on a whim - Julie's childhood tale. Julie's tale provides backstory of the town and cemetery, as well as the mysterious deaths of Julie's childhood friend and his brother. The story is told with enough mystery that even I wanted to venture into the crypt to search for the missing - and presumed dead - boy. Th There are two parts to this short. The first is a story told to Sara by her friend, Julie, who loves to entertain her visitors. The second part of the story follows Sara as she investigates - on a whim - Julie's childhood tale. Julie's tale provides backstory of the town and cemetery, as well as the mysterious deaths of Julie's childhood friend and his brother. The story is told with enough mystery that even I wanted to venture into the crypt to search for the missing - and presumed dead - boy. Though I suspected the ending, it was still entertaining to read because of the suspense. What I loved most about this short story is the detailed description of the creature in the crypt. I visualized it very clearly and I immediately regretted wanting to check out the creepy abandoned crypt. Though, poor Sara never had the chance to regret her curiosity. Very satisfying and well written short story. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, haunting read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Chilling short story I usually don't go out of my way to read short stories unless they're in an anthology. But I'm glad I downloaded this little horrific gem. The story is told in two parts. The first part is where the town gossip tells Sara about some of the past history of their town - and cemetery. The second part is where Sara decides to do some exploring on her own of the original cemetery in the town. Great descriptions, enough to tantalize but not too much. And it had some spooky moments - Chilling short story I usually don't go out of my way to read short stories unless they're in an anthology. But I'm glad I downloaded this little horrific gem. The story is told in two parts. The first part is where the town gossip tells Sara about some of the past history of their town - and cemetery. The second part is where Sara decides to do some exploring on her own of the original cemetery in the town. Great descriptions, enough to tantalize but not too much. And it had some spooky moments - all I could want in a horror short story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robert B. Schultz

    No Sparkles It was a good, fun read. My only problem with it, was that it wasn't longer. Lol. I will definitely be reading more work from this author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dixie

    WOW. great read. short and to the point and a wonderful Darcy Coates book. Buy her books. put her on your keeper shelf

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Story time? I liked this, it was alittle short but some of the best stories are. This is what happens when an urban legend turns into more than just an urban legend.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jewell Moreno

    I really like her style of writing. This reminded me of a Buffy episode, simple and quick, but still fun. I haven't tried any of her full length novels yet, but soon.

  11. 4 out of 5

    J.B.

    Very cool. Yet another wonderfully creepy short story by Darcy Coates. She's quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This one starts out normally enough, but it quickly escalates into something the reader knows is...not quite right. Darcy is really good at building suspense, and, thankfully, she delivers explanations, rather than always leaving the reader with an ambiguous ending. Whether you have or haven't read anything by Darcy before, I recommend giving this one (and some of her other wo Very cool. Yet another wonderfully creepy short story by Darcy Coates. She's quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This one starts out normally enough, but it quickly escalates into something the reader knows is...not quite right. Darcy is really good at building suspense, and, thankfully, she delivers explanations, rather than always leaving the reader with an ambiguous ending. Whether you have or haven't read anything by Darcy before, I recommend giving this one (and some of her other works) a shot.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christine Woinich

    This was given to me for an honest review. I love scary stories, and this was a quick fix. It is a short story about the possibilities of vampires in a small town and how a relatively new resident in town decides to go looking. A long-time resident tells her the story of a child that goes missing and later turns up dead, and how later, his older brother due to guilt when to confront the said vampire. He has been missing for quite some time so now she has a free afternoon and decides to check it This was given to me for an honest review. I love scary stories, and this was a quick fix. It is a short story about the possibilities of vampires in a small town and how a relatively new resident in town decides to go looking. A long-time resident tells her the story of a child that goes missing and later turns up dead, and how later, his older brother due to guilt when to confront the said vampire. He has been missing for quite some time so now she has a free afternoon and decides to check it out. I loved the ending.

  13. 4 out of 5

    sandy

    A awesome ghost story Wow this book was so scarry,i loved reading about the town mystery and the cemetery,I so wish it would of been a longer book .what happened to the brothers .the events took place 50 years before when the little brother mysteriously disappeared.no one ever knew the full story except his older brother.then the older brother disappears.what is the tragic secret of the crypt..

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Landry

    3 1/2 stars It wasn't the worst I've ever read, by any means, but it wasn't the absolute best either. One thing I really love about Darcy Coates stories is she's very descriptive, which makes the reader feel like they are in that moment. It's only a short story, I don't feel it would be a waste of time. Find a dark room and sit quietly and just read!!! Enjoy!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara L. Rose

    Creepy with a twist I enjoyed this short horror story more than I thought I would. The narrator does such a good job of describing her search I could actually "see" the setting in my mind. Great quick read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heather G

    Amazing horror story! This is my first time reading this particular author. I have enjoyed it immensely and look forward to reading much more from this writer. For anyone who likes horror stories, this is an author to try.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I enjoyed this short book which was a very creepy and atmospheric read. I love it when horror stories start with normal everyday things happening to everyday people and slowly progress into the creepy and scary elements. I've read other books from this author and I will continue to read more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Grathwol

    EXCELLENT! I really liked this short story. The plot has quite a build-up, and the characters are well written. I love Ms Coates novels, but her short stories are great for a quick scare.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cristy Bramhall

    Surprisingly Intriguing It started off a bit slow but ultimately delved into the darkness of a mystery of what lies within the Crypt. I have been fascinated by Horror and Vampires since I was a child. The ending or beginning of your imaginations ... leave you with wonderment.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joselyn Moreno Burke

    a little longer that the others, this one is pretty interesting too, a tragedy and a mystery, a vampire created by the imagination of a child after his brother's death or maybe it's something more real more sinister happening on this little town. a cool ending and an intriguing mystery.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Scott Dinsmore

    the story was well written and moved at a decent pace. It held me all the way to the conclusion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tanya W

    I love a good scare & this book delivered! I love a good scare & this book delivered!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Meh. Story goes nowhere.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ayanami Faerudo

    Simple but chilling.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan Fenlon

    Really scary! Of course Darcy Coates does it again!! I have enjoyed every story written by this author, definitely a favorite. Great story one of her best!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Smith

    Despite the fact that this was short, it was a fantastic read!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cheekylala_kindle

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carol Bosselman

  30. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Wong

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