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Brock Johnson made a deal to return home from the war—alive. It’s a contract that follows him throughout his days, a contract he can’t escape. Or can he? One night on the road, he must decide whether to keep running or surrender. . . Either choice has its price. A short story.


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Brock Johnson made a deal to return home from the war—alive. It’s a contract that follows him throughout his days, a contract he can’t escape. Or can he? One night on the road, he must decide whether to keep running or surrender. . . Either choice has its price. A short story.

30 review for Faster

  1. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Brock is collecting passengers for a ride. Location is Nowhereville, USA. Why can Brock only go forward and not going back? Why has he to collect passengers for a ride in his car? What about the crystal dangling from the mirror? What about his agreement with the devil? How old is Brock and why does he refer to WW1. Intriguing and uncanny story at a speedy pace. You definitely want to read this faster. Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mort

    What would you do to outrun the devil?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    This was a pretty cool short story! I’ve read a lot by Demmer so I know what to expect even though there are always fun surprises! If you love something different with some fun and unique horror then check this one out!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    I snagged this yesterday (Nov 13th) after seeing Demmer post that it was a freebie. Calvin Demmer is the master of short fiction and he's one of my 'drop-everything-and-read-immediately' authors. So, last night I pounced on this one and boy, what a great ride. If you've read his collection 'The Sea Was a Fair Master,' then you'll be familiar with how densely Demmer can populate a story with dread. From sentence one, I knew something was up. I loved how this was set in the past, the dialogue was fa I snagged this yesterday (Nov 13th) after seeing Demmer post that it was a freebie. Calvin Demmer is the master of short fiction and he's one of my 'drop-everything-and-read-immediately' authors. So, last night I pounced on this one and boy, what a great ride. If you've read his collection 'The Sea Was a Fair Master,' then you'll be familiar with how densely Demmer can populate a story with dread. From sentence one, I knew something was up. I loved how this was set in the past, the dialogue was fantastic and made me smile with each old-timey phrase tossed out. The back story/mythology that Demmer based this on was amazing. It is casually mentioned but due to the vividness of how he described it, it felt fully formed. Demmer never disappoints. His stuff is layered, textured and crushing - all wrapped up in a neat bite-sized package. Get on this one - you won't regret it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Demmer always gives me a nice surprise with his short stories. They’re unique, twisted, creepy and stick with you after you read them. Faster was no different. Although I have seen movies/shows with the same “idea” in mind, I’ve never seen/read this concept that Demmer uses in this story, how he achieves the way the “murderer” goes about things. It’s really fascinating! I’m trying to say things without giving anything away. So I’ll just say, DEMMER DID IT AGAIN, HE WROTE ANOTHER FIVE STAR BOOK!! Demmer always gives me a nice surprise with his short stories. They’re unique, twisted, creepy and stick with you after you read them. Faster was no different. Although I have seen movies/shows with the same “idea” in mind, I’ve never seen/read this concept that Demmer uses in this story, how he achieves the way the “murderer” goes about things. It’s really fascinating! I’m trying to say things without giving anything away. So I’ll just say, DEMMER DID IT AGAIN, HE WROTE ANOTHER FIVE STAR BOOK!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    A very short story that still packs a punch! Won’t go into a lot of detail here cause I don’t want to spoil anything but at one point in the story Mick states “loving the strange tale, no matter how far fetched.” That’s exactly how I felt about this one! How long, how far and fast will Brock go to outrun el Diablo?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Meghan (My World of Books)

    I’m forever struggling with writing reviews for short stories, because saying too much at all will give the story away! I, of course, loved this creepy short story. If you are familiar with Calvin Demmer, then you know what kind of awesome eerie horror to expect. If you aren’t familiar, well then, you’re in for a treat.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    An excellent short story Demmer is the master of short stories. Faster was a quick & satisfying read. Just the thing to enjoy between books!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly| Just Another Horror Reader

    This was a fun quick little read. Look forward to checking out more of Demmer’s work.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Farmer

    A great quick little read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Doug Brunell

    I must admit to being a bit surprised by this ... and not only because I thought it was erotica for some reason. It's not. It's a creepy horror story that is effective for the most part. To tell too much of the plot would be to ruin the story's impact. Let's just say that Brock must almost literally drive faster than Hell to avoid a debt. By the end of the story you'll understand that and be left with more than a few questions, but that's also part of the story's appeal. If there is any complain t I must admit to being a bit surprised by this ... and not only because I thought it was erotica for some reason. It's not. It's a creepy horror story that is effective for the most part. To tell too much of the plot would be to ruin the story's impact. Let's just say that Brock must almost literally drive faster than Hell to avoid a debt. By the end of the story you'll understand that and be left with more than a few questions, but that's also part of the story's appeal. If there is any complain to be had it is that story reads a bit awkwardly in spots, which takes readers out of the moment. Those come close to the end, though, and by then most people will find they are invested enough in the story to overlook that in order to get to the conclusion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Unique story, but unnecessarily wordy This short story is a unique take on making a deal with the devil, or selling your soul. In this tale, as long as you stay alive, the devil can't have you. The main character has found a way to do just that, as unethical as it may be. The downside to this story is that the author uses far too many flamboyent words, when a simpler explanation would have done just as well and would have read easier. Some of the word choices were just a bit awkward. The story its Unique story, but unnecessarily wordy This short story is a unique take on making a deal with the devil, or selling your soul. In this tale, as long as you stay alive, the devil can't have you. The main character has found a way to do just that, as unethical as it may be. The downside to this story is that the author uses far too many flamboyent words, when a simpler explanation would have done just as well and would have read easier. Some of the word choices were just a bit awkward. The story itself had a decent pace, though if it were just a bit longer, the story could have had a bit more substance and not felt quite as rushed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lizz Axnick

    Did I read the same thing everyone else here did? I thought the writing was awfully flowery, given the dark nature of the story. I also thought it ended really abruptly. This seemed more like an excerpt from a book than an actual short story. Especially since I was able to finish it in 15 minutes (literally, I was using a timer on my lunch break). Maybe if I was more familiar with the author but I thought this sucked.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Interesting Interesting idea for a short. Well written. Quick read. But familiar. I think I'll give this author another shot with a longer piece of work. Interesting Interesting idea for a short. Well written. Quick read. But familiar. I think I'll give this author another shot with a longer piece of work.

  15. 4 out of 5

    rose

    Great read Great story just wish there was a lot more. I want to know what happens next!! Great character and the writing sucks you in right away.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Tanner

    I’ve never hitchhiked, I’ve never been in the position to have to do it, so have no experience of catching a lift off a stranger. But I’ve read enough books and seen enough films to know it never ends well. This short tale follows the story of the driver, Brock Johnson (what a name!). You know he’s running from someone, or something, though the details are a little hazy to begin with. When he picks up a pretty young waitress who just wants to get to work at her diner, Brock knows deep down she is I’ve never hitchhiked, I’ve never been in the position to have to do it, so have no experience of catching a lift off a stranger. But I’ve read enough books and seen enough films to know it never ends well. This short tale follows the story of the driver, Brock Johnson (what a name!). You know he’s running from someone, or something, though the details are a little hazy to begin with. When he picks up a pretty young waitress who just wants to get to work at her diner, Brock knows deep down she is to become his next victim. But this isn’t your usual kill-em/dump-em scenario. Because as Brock tears along the road at breakneck speed, getting faster by the second, a strange force enters the vehicle. His new passenger succumbs to this miasma of death and is soon, well, dead. Brock travels to the diner she was talking about and makes the acquaintance of a guy in there. Before long this dude is in Brock’s car and all prepped for the journey to Victimsville. Brock explains his whole situation, one involving a very old existence, ancient pacts, and sacrifice. Deals made with supernatural entities don’t often end well for any party. Some day Brock’s luck will run out, will it be today? Calvin Demmer is superb at writing short fiction. He manages to cram so much tension into so few words. This story is no exception. The title is perfect here, as the story flashes by like someone driving like they stole it. I can’t say much more without giving things away but fans of very short fiction should really be involving themselves in this one. Then check out his superb collection of flash fiction, The Sea Was a Fair Master. You’ve been encouraged, or more like warned!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Becca

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brian Rodgers

  19. 4 out of 5

    Becks

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ana-Maria

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beth

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ella

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alec

  25. 4 out of 5

    Washington

  26. 5 out of 5

    Grim

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anet M

  28. 4 out of 5

    Happy Horror

  29. 4 out of 5

    M.R. Tapia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Shelley

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