web site hit counter Smolder - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

Smolder

Availability: Ready to download

Divorced and about to lose his home to foreclosure, Eric decides to take a late night walk to clear his head. Not thinking about what might be lurking in the shadows, he soon finds out that you are never truly alone in the woods.


Compare

Divorced and about to lose his home to foreclosure, Eric decides to take a late night walk to clear his head. Not thinking about what might be lurking in the shadows, he soon finds out that you are never truly alone in the woods.

30 review for Smolder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard Martin

    I’m a big fan of the ‘Creature Feature’, both in film and literature, and Michael R. Goodwin has crafted a truly unique entry into this well-trod sub-genre with his latest novella, ‘Smolder’. Eric and Monica have been saving for their dream home for years. A remote ranch-style house with no neighbours for miles around. The purchase of their new house turns out to be bittersweet when Monica leaves Eric for another man, leaving Eric alone in a home he can no longer afford. When drinking alone on his I’m a big fan of the ‘Creature Feature’, both in film and literature, and Michael R. Goodwin has crafted a truly unique entry into this well-trod sub-genre with his latest novella, ‘Smolder’. Eric and Monica have been saving for their dream home for years. A remote ranch-style house with no neighbours for miles around. The purchase of their new house turns out to be bittersweet when Monica leaves Eric for another man, leaving Eric alone in a home he can no longer afford. When drinking alone on his porch, as the bills continue to pile up and his power has been switched off, he decides to go for an ill-advised late-night walk in the woods. Unbeknownst to him, there is something waiting for him there. Something ancient, evil, and hungry. While I went in expecting a standard but undeniably entertaining man versus monster showdown, that isn’t quite what I got. Although there is an exciting and action-packed prologue that gives us a taste of what’s to come, there is a great deal of time in the first half of the book spent getting to know the three lead characters. Although there is something of the stereotypical about them (an alcoholic divorcee, abusive new boyfriend and abused former spouse) there is comfort in the familiarity and it did set expectations for the story ahead which were promptly subverted. Where ‘Smolder’ really shines is in its approach to the book’s antagonist. The creature is a unique concept, incredibly threatening whenever its presence is felt. A large portion of the books second half is made up of a cat and mouse game between Eric and the titular Smolder and Goodwin manages to wring a lot of tension out of the chase. The author doesn’t rely on tension without offering some payoff, however, and there are some genuinely disturbing scenes and unsettling imagery, almost bizarre in its inventive unpleasantness. If you are looking for gore, there isn’t much but what is present is memorable indeed. The readers ultimate opinion of the book may be swayed by how they feel about the big finale. Things begin to get much bigger, almost cosmic in scale and the final few chapters are surreal and dreamlike, a complete antithesis to the stock characterisations and familiar horror set up in the early sections, and this left turn is all the more effective for the fact that there are certain expectations set by this familiarity that is soundly disregarded for a much more unexpected and unusual ending. Smolder may leave fans looking for a straight-forward creature feature disappointed with its big concepts and bold ideas that creep in as the story unfolds but if you can go in ready for something truly different then Smolder has a lot to offer outside of the usual fare on the menu when man takes on nature. You can read more reviews of new and upcoming horror releases at https://www.myindiemuse.com/horror-li... I also promote indie horror via Twitter and Instagram - @RickReadsHorror

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Marsella

    A killer story that takes place in the fictional town of Hamilton Maine. A man down on his luck after a very nasty divorce is on the verge of being homeless, penniless, and is on the fast track to becoming an alcoholic decides to take a drunken nighttime excursion in the woods surrounding his isolated home. Not long into his hike, he comes across some disturbing things that assure him something very bizarre and potentially supernatural is taking place on his (soon to be foreclosed on) property. A killer story that takes place in the fictional town of Hamilton Maine. A man down on his luck after a very nasty divorce is on the verge of being homeless, penniless, and is on the fast track to becoming an alcoholic decides to take a drunken nighttime excursion in the woods surrounding his isolated home. Not long into his hike, he comes across some disturbing things that assure him something very bizarre and potentially supernatural is taking place on his (soon to be foreclosed on) property. Something that may be older than the forest itself. I enjoyed this fast read! Where it really shined was the believable characters and dialogue. Also there was plenty of disturbing imagery including one scene that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon involving a pregnant deer. The story had a satisfying conclusion which is always a bonus with novellas. Definitely recommend everyone check this one when it is released on April 13, 2021! Thanks so much to the author for sending me an arc for an honest review! Definitely a privilege getting to read this fantastic book early on!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brittany (bees.horror.haunts)

    I was gifted this copy of Smolder by the author and let me just say, it didn’t disappoint. This book releases on April 13. Things quickly heat up with protagonist Eric. His wife Monica is cheating on him with some, excuse my language, d-bag and he’s quickly realizing that his world is falling apart. He can’t afford the house they own by himself. So soon he’ll be divorced AND homeless. What’s a man to do right? Why, get inebriated and take a stroll into the woods at night. Nothing could possibly I was gifted this copy of Smolder by the author and let me just say, it didn’t disappoint. This book releases on April 13. Things quickly heat up with protagonist Eric. His wife Monica is cheating on him with some, excuse my language, d-bag and he’s quickly realizing that his world is falling apart. He can’t afford the house they own by himself. So soon he’ll be divorced AND homeless. What’s a man to do right? Why, get inebriated and take a stroll into the woods at night. Nothing could possibly go wrong....until he meets the 𝗦𝗺𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿. This was a fast paced book and had me hooked from the start. I loved (and hated) the characters. Trey, I’m looking at you. I also really liked the supernatural element of the Smolder. This book was also fairly gory, and I’m probably scarred for life because of the mental image of the deer. Which was also one of my favourite parts. If you think you might like this one, grab a copy and show your support for Michael! 4 ⭐️

  4. 5 out of 5

    Spencer Borup

    SMOLDER might end up being my most surprising read of 2021. Let me explain. I'd seen Goodwin's earlier book, LIBERTY KEY, advertised before, but I'd yet to read it or any of his stories when he announced his upcoming novella, SMOLDER. The fantastic cover design alone was enough for me to try to score an ARC review paperback of this book. When I finally sat down to start SMOLDER, I was hooked from the first page. I was seeing strong resemblances to Stephen King—don't misunderstand me; I don't mean a SMOLDER might end up being my most surprising read of 2021. Let me explain. I'd seen Goodwin's earlier book, LIBERTY KEY, advertised before, but I'd yet to read it or any of his stories when he announced his upcoming novella, SMOLDER. The fantastic cover design alone was enough for me to try to score an ARC review paperback of this book. When I finally sat down to start SMOLDER, I was hooked from the first page. I was seeing strong resemblances to Stephen King—don't misunderstand me; I don't mean a pastiche or poor mimic. This was a bonafide storyteller in his own right, showing his first-time reader (me) that he could stack up with the master himself, Grandpa Steve. A story that starts out with the patient description of some mundane Maine quirk like property tax and land survey and then dovetails into intimate character study? You have me hooked, Mr. Goodwin. I read SMOLDER in one sitting, which, for me, is rare, even at its shorter length. I'm a slow reader, and often I take my damn time. But with this one, I couldn't not keep turning the pages. The characters were engaging, there was some mysterious evil afoot, and I could feel that inexorable gristmill called Fate bringing everything closer and closer to some inevitable precipice. Our protagonist, Eric, is dealing with a divorce and with a foreclosed home; his ex-wife, Monica, is dealing with an abusive, possibly psychopathic, boyfriend. These human stories were the most compelling part for me, which shows the brilliance of Goodwin's writing. The psychology of the characters far outshone any supernatural threat they faced. But then the real horrors began. This is where SMOLDER began to take a turn. With a horrific scene involving a pregnant deer whose visceral imagery I will probably never forget, the real-life problems began to swap story importance with the supernatural elements. Here I was, thinking I was reading a Stephen King–esque character study, only to have the final act hit me with one of the most high-concept, almost metaphysical climaxes I've seen. I'll stray from any spoilers in this review, but suffice it to say that the final act of SMOLDER only verified what Stephen King says in his nonfiction opus DANSE MACABRE about horror being, at its very core, fantasy. I sat with this book for several days afterward before writing this review, and at the end of the day, that's why I would recommend SMOLDER to all horror readers. The book and the story and its characters will stick with you. You will need time afterward to process what you've read. The final act may have been very different from the rest of the book, but they were still connected by the through-line of Eric's emotion, which is SMOLDER's and Goodwin's greatest strength. Thank you to Michael Goodwin for an advanced copy of his book in exchange for this honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paul Preston

    Eric had one last night to spend at his house before he has to surrender it to the bank. After his wife Monica, left him for a Neanderthal with a Napoleon complex, Eric couldn’t make the payments. His house was on 140 acres of woodland and Eric wanted to roam his property. He probably shouldn’t have finished all that whiskey, or gone into the woods so close to dark. For you are never truly alone in the woods and in this cosmic horror novella, death creeps after you, consuming the living and leav Eric had one last night to spend at his house before he has to surrender it to the bank. After his wife Monica, left him for a Neanderthal with a Napoleon complex, Eric couldn’t make the payments. His house was on 140 acres of woodland and Eric wanted to roam his property. He probably shouldn’t have finished all that whiskey, or gone into the woods so close to dark. For you are never truly alone in the woods and in this cosmic horror novella, death creeps after you, consuming the living and leaving a blackened husk. “The animals knew something that the man did not. Something was going to happen in the woods tonight and they sis not want to be in the vicinity when it did.” I read this in one night. Out in the woods, lost, disgraced and soon to be homeless. That is true fear for me. Now throw in a sentient burning force and something ancient that is hungry. I wish Eric had more backstory but the story creates feelings. Disgust, anger, and irritation, because Monica and Trent are irritating. Mostly what you feel is darkness.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Gordon

    ** I was given an ARC of this novella for a fair and honest review. I am a huge fan of horror in all of it's forms, so I jumped at the chance to read Michael Goodwin's novella Smolder. When I heard that it was based on a nightmare he had I was even more intrigued. It did not disappoint, it was nightmarish. (there is a part with a deer that is now burned into my brain forever.) The story is a simple but heart-pounding premise. What if there is something with you in the woods, stalking you. Michael ** I was given an ARC of this novella for a fair and honest review. I am a huge fan of horror in all of it's forms, so I jumped at the chance to read Michael Goodwin's novella Smolder. When I heard that it was based on a nightmare he had I was even more intrigued. It did not disappoint, it was nightmarish. (there is a part with a deer that is now burned into my brain forever.) The story is a simple but heart-pounding premise. What if there is something with you in the woods, stalking you. Michael chose a popular horror trope and added surreal visuals and otherworldly terror when he created his "big bad. I did not find any of the characters very likable, but I was still rooting for them (well most of them) which to me is the sign of a well developed character. If you are a fan of old school horror, Dean Koontz, or Stephen King then you should pick this up. It is a quick and fast paced read, I suggest settling in for a few hours and finishing it in one read!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    Eric Roth has lost everything from his marriage to the deam house he worked for years to buy. With only days remaining until his house is foreclosed, Eric is trying to drink away his despair and anger. Eric decides to take a walk in the woods next to his house to clear his head. It's after dark, he has no cell phone service, and he is very drunk. He is also not alone in the wood. It's definitely not a good combination. The novella is part cosmic horror and psychological suspense/thriller with an Eric Roth has lost everything from his marriage to the deam house he worked for years to buy. With only days remaining until his house is foreclosed, Eric is trying to drink away his despair and anger. Eric decides to take a walk in the woods next to his house to clear his head. It's after dark, he has no cell phone service, and he is very drunk. He is also not alone in the wood. It's definitely not a good combination. The novella is part cosmic horror and psychological suspense/thriller with an emphasis on horror. I really like the idea of ancient Beings and the vastness of space... the unknown. The subplot of psychological trauma adds another element the story itself. It can be hard to create vivid 3 dimensional characters and set the background in a novella but the author fleshed out the characters and managed to set the scene. I really enjoyed reading the novella. I want to thank Michael R. Goodwin for allowing me to read a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stefano

    4.5⭐️ Neat little horror story, I truly enjoyed it! Quite creepy! Don’t wander in the forest at night, there might be something evil lurking behind the trees! For fans of The Blob and Stephen King’s The Raft!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Absolutely Creepy Fantastically creepy story. I am sold on Michael R Goodwin as an author. This is the third book of his I have read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Josh Keown | Night Terror Novels

    Originally posted over at my personal blog site, Night Terror Novels “The smolder finished spreading over the man, and when the Nothing was done with him, the dry earth took the rest.” – Michael R. Goodwin, SMOLDER ☠️I received an e-ARC of this story in exchange for a fair review!☠️ I’ve followed author Michael R. Goodwin on Instagram for a little while now, and when I saw that he was seeking ARC readers for this, his latest novella, I was eager to see whether I could get involved. I’m glad that I d Originally posted over at my personal blog site, Night Terror Novels “The smolder finished spreading over the man, and when the Nothing was done with him, the dry earth took the rest.” – Michael R. Goodwin, SMOLDER ☠️I received an e-ARC of this story in exchange for a fair review!☠️ I’ve followed author Michael R. Goodwin on Instagram for a little while now, and when I saw that he was seeking ARC readers for this, his latest novella, I was eager to see whether I could get involved. I’m glad that I did so, as this was a very enjoyable, and oftentimes seriously spooky, little read. SMOLDER (2021) follows Eric, who is forced into a tough situation after his wife of over a decade, Monica, has an affair with a co-worker named Trent. The expensive break-up puts the man on the brink of financial ruin, and during one of his last evenings on their property, he drinks a tad too much, and foolishly ventures out into the nearby woods. What then follows is a hellish night in the oppressive forest, as Eric comes face to face with a mysterious, malignant presence known only as the Nothing. Without spoiling anything regarding the plot, I really appreciated how the Nothing had a subtext and meaning to it. Although it worked on the basest level of being an unsettling being with a creepy design, it is elevated by its deeper significance to the themes and ideas behind the story. I’ve probably mentioned this before, but one common theme I’ve noticed in the indie horror scene is the books often have quite small scale settings and cast of characters. SMOLDER definitely fits this bill to a T; there are three characters altogether, and the majority of the action unfolds in one place, the woods on Eric’s property. I really enjoy the intimate, and often quite claustrophobic, aspect to this trend, and it certainly works in the favor of this story. Because of this contained location and characters, it was quite important for the central trio to be interesting and engaging, and I’d say that Goodwin achieves that. Eric is a likable enough protagonist, but is also not without his flaws, which made him feel real and relatable. Monica and Trent were both very easy to dislike, especially Trent, who is the epitome of a pseudo-macho, posturing moron. But even with these two generally being contemptible sorts, the author still manages to inject some humanity into their characters, and offers believable reasons as to why they act the way they do. I don’t know who else does this, but I always, always read the author’s fore/afterwords. I think they can often offer a neat insight into the author’s inspirations or thinking when coming up with the content. In his, Goodwin describes how this story was inspired by a nightmare, and I definitely felt that there was a certain nightmarish quality to the narrative. The sequences in which we saw firsthand the gruesome effects of the so-called ‘smolder’ created by the Nothing were very inventive, and the writing effectively conveyed the horror of the process. This was my first time reading Michael’s stories, but his previous book The Liberty Key (2020), had been on my radar for a while. I really enjoyed SMOLDER, so will be checking that out sometime soon as well, and anticipating whatever the author comes up with next. I’d definitely recommend checking this one out when release day comes around. VERDICT: This is a creative little story with a neat and novel entity at the center of its narrative. The small scale cast and setting might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it worked superbly well in the context of the story. SMOLDER is an engaging read with creepy moments aplenty. It’s a ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from this reviewer, and a humongous thank you to Michael R. Goodwin for providing the ARC and giving me the chance to read and review it early. Book Information Title(s): SMOLDER Author(s): Michael R. Goodwin Publisher(s): Self-published Original Publication Date: 13th April, 2021 Page Count: 91 pages Format Read: Digital Advance Review Copy (Y/N): Y Website(s): https://www.michaelrgoodwin.com/

  11. 4 out of 5

    Miguel Goncalves

    It took me a while to get this one written, but here it is. Just want to make it clear that it had nothing to do with the book, just my time management. To begin, let’s exercise our imagination. Imagine a house, isolated from the city just enough that you can still see its glow on the horizon. Imagine living there, alone, after life had thrown you a series of curveballs. Imagine the woods that mark the limit of your property. And now imagine the horror that inhabits those very same woods. “It was ever It took me a while to get this one written, but here it is. Just want to make it clear that it had nothing to do with the book, just my time management. To begin, let’s exercise our imagination. Imagine a house, isolated from the city just enough that you can still see its glow on the horizon. Imagine living there, alone, after life had thrown you a series of curveballs. Imagine the woods that mark the limit of your property. And now imagine the horror that inhabits those very same woods. “It was everywhere, and in these woods, it was everything and it was Nothing.” Michael R. Goodwin's book is a stunning story about a man, Eric, that has lost everything and about how he somehow discovers himself on what turns out to be a frightful night in the woods. Yes, there is a monster in those woods, but is the monster the most dangerous part of this story? Or is it just what burns away all the lies and reveals the truth of who we are? Well, at least before it burns your skin off and utterly devours you… As we follow Eric while he runs away from the monster, we are introduced to Monica and Trent, his estranged ex-wife and not-so-recent lover, who find themselves in the same woods due to some less-than-happy circumstances. “There was a flash of motion that caught his eye. It was like a storm cloud, black and roiling through the trees. He saw something in the cloud that he didn’t understand, beyond the fact that it absolutely terrified him.” This is a really great book, well written and with a compelling story, but I have to be honest and say that if you don’t like slow starts the first part of the book may be a little hard to get by. However, the second part makes up for that so don’t give up on it. You will be rewarded for your patience. I’ll end by saying that there were two moments that for me were amazing, both in terms of writing and story-wise. I won’t tell you which ones so I don’t spoil anything. But if you want to know just hit me up. Oh, and make sure to keep an eye out for Michael and his work. I know I will.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Grace Reynolds

    My Advance Reader Copy review for Michael R. Goodwin’s upcoming novella,”Smolder.” From the beginning I was already seduced by the packaging for the book. To me it was an indicator that Goodwin cares deeply about immersing his readers into the world he creates for his characters and I soon found myself a fly on the wall in Hamilton, ME. I even searched whether the Hamilton Land Survey Company was real (So far I have not seen any evidence to suggest that it is.) Goodwin introduces us to his protago My Advance Reader Copy review for Michael R. Goodwin’s upcoming novella,”Smolder.” From the beginning I was already seduced by the packaging for the book. To me it was an indicator that Goodwin cares deeply about immersing his readers into the world he creates for his characters and I soon found myself a fly on the wall in Hamilton, ME. I even searched whether the Hamilton Land Survey Company was real (So far I have not seen any evidence to suggest that it is.) Goodwin introduces us to his protagonist, Eric Roth, a man on the brink of ruin after a failed marriage and a two year struggle to make ends meet. When he is finally forced to foreclose on his dream home he takes a drunken walk through the woods, on a whim, to clear his head and get away from his problems, even if only for a moment. The consequences of his impulsivity, however, leaves him in a more dire situation than the financial woes of his material life. I often found myself thinking that in addition to being a Horror novella “Smolder” is also a psychological thriller, as Goodwin takes the reader through the mental anguish of three very different characters. I like to think that Eric was drawn into those woods by something stronger than a desire to forget the world for a moment and that part of him wanted to find the chaos within. He knew that he wasn’t going to truly be alone in those woods. I like to guess the endings of mysteries and thrillers, and while I did make some correct assumptions Goodwin did provide some interesting supernatural twists. Overall I was satisfied with the fate of our protagonist and was left wondering whether the villain really was the evil essence in those woods, or whether it was the rage festering inside the character’s heart all along. I enjoyed the read and thank Michael Goodwin for trusting me to provide an honest review for this novella.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carla Eliot

    I was given an ARC of ‘Smolder’ by the author, Michael R. Goodwin, in exchange for an honest review. Overall, I enjoyed this novella. I’d not previously read anything by Goodwin so it was nice to be introduced to his writing style. I liked the characters, particularly the protagonist, Eric. I felt a kind of empathy for the three main characters in the story, although I’m not sure I was supposed to feel any empathy for two of the characters, I still did. I thought this was a good thing. It shows I was given an ARC of ‘Smolder’ by the author, Michael R. Goodwin, in exchange for an honest review. Overall, I enjoyed this novella. I’d not previously read anything by Goodwin so it was nice to be introduced to his writing style. I liked the characters, particularly the protagonist, Eric. I felt a kind of empathy for the three main characters in the story, although I’m not sure I was supposed to feel any empathy for two of the characters, I still did. I thought this was a good thing. It shows Goodwin is not biased towards his characters and it made them more believable, as real people are not black and white, and there’s usually a justifiable reason behind their actions - at least in their eyes, anyway. I don’t think this story is generally the sort of thing that I’d tend to read, however, I could appreciate the concept, and I think it would definitely be something that a lot of readers would enjoy. I really liked the ending of this story. This to me could be expanded upon even further and although it was the end, it felt like potentially the start of something new. There were bits in the middle of the story that I felt were repetitive and certain words were overused, but the last 25% of the novella really raised the whole story back up for me. It took me by surprise, I kind of felt like I was being flung all over the place (in a good way), and I realised that there was something deeper going on beneath the apparent story. There are a few lines that I really liked. I’ve tried to use one that doesn’t give anything away for anyone who is yet to read this novella. ‘Its origin was deep within his brain, near the stem. It was a narrow but deep well into the part of his soul that was hidden from everyone. The epicenter where all of the darkness that was inside of him started. The darkness was anger.’ - Michael R. Goodwin, Smolder.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pan | Book Reviews and Recommendations

    Michael R. Goodwin was awesome enough to send me a copy of his latest novel 'Smolder' for review. Eric Roth is at the end of a failed marriage. Pending the foreclosure of his large property, he gets drunk and decides to take a walk alone in the woods, neighboring his house, to clear his head. But he is not alone in the woods. For it is everywhere, as old as the earth Eric walks upon. It is everything and it is 'Nothing'. 'The Nothing' resides in the woods and pools on the ground, spreading out li Michael R. Goodwin was awesome enough to send me a copy of his latest novel 'Smolder' for review. Eric Roth is at the end of a failed marriage. Pending the foreclosure of his large property, he gets drunk and decides to take a walk alone in the woods, neighboring his house, to clear his head. But he is not alone in the woods. For it is everywhere, as old as the earth Eric walks upon. It is everything and it is 'Nothing'. 'The Nothing' resides in the woods and pools on the ground, spreading out like a fog, shapeless and nearly invisible. Can things get any worse for Eric? Divorced, evicted, lost in the woods, being chased by a slow-moving burning fog. Will he survive this horrific night? Or will this nightmare intensify even more? Well written, fast paced and horrific to the core, this novella will take you on a wild ride. The plot twists and turns, with the dynamics between the masterfully crafted characters changing in such a powerful way that adds up to a chilling story. There is an underlying drama throughout the whole story and coupled with the intense and horrifying situation the characters are in, creates a fantastic read for any horror fan. Especially if you enjoy a good old 80's horror movie vibe to your read. One of the best horror novellas I have read recently and an author I will definitely keep my eye on for future releases. 'Smolder' is out on April the 13th. Make sure to add it on your bookshelf, e-reader the soonest. Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5... Get it at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08T9RLSHJ

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mona Kabbani

    “The smolder finished spreading over the man, and when the Nothing was done with him, the dry earth took the rest.” Eric’s life is not going well. His wife left him for a douchebag, he’s falling behind on mortgage payments for a house that was meant for two, and the booze just aren’t working the way he needs them to. When the stress gets to be too much, Eric takes a walk through the woods. It’s night time and the cool air might ease his worries. Only, there’s more than just cool air in the breeze “The smolder finished spreading over the man, and when the Nothing was done with him, the dry earth took the rest.” Eric’s life is not going well. His wife left him for a douchebag, he’s falling behind on mortgage payments for a house that was meant for two, and the booze just aren’t working the way he needs them to. When the stress gets to be too much, Eric takes a walk through the woods. It’s night time and the cool air might ease his worries. Only, there’s more than just cool air in the breeze. There’s something else. An ash. A burn. A smolder. Will Eric make it out of this night alive? Or will the Nothing consume him? This review is a little different from others because I’m the editor for this terrifying little novella so my opinion is naturally biased. But Michael kindly sent me an ARC in an exchange for a review so I thought it would be fun to give my thoughts as an editor. After the first chapter, you instantly know what Michael’s about. He’s not here to play or dance around a particularly graphic scene. He’s here to introduce you to impactful characters and make you afraid of loving them because he’s relentless with his scenes and who knows what their fates will be. His imagery is clean and clear so that you feel you’re right there in the woods with Eric fearing for your life. The dialogue is natural and because of that, the characters feel alive, opening the floor for you to love them and then hate them and then love them again. And overall, Michael’s grasp of story structure is solid. If you’re looking for a quick nightmare ride through the woods with the antagonist being something only possible to fabricate from Hell, this one’s for you. Release is on April 13th and preorders are available now! Go check this dark tale out!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Gloom

    🎃Gloom Review🎃 “Eric was not alone in the woods.” What a horrible, and grim, little joy this book was! @michaelrgoodwin weaves a haunting tale that drips with the themes of addiction, unfaithfulness, abuse, revenge, and, ultimately... death.💀 One of the things I miss most about growing up in Alabama, is the amount of time I got to spend in the woods. This story, while it spends most of its time there, is a nightmare that I hope to never have to experience.😱 There is an overwhelming feeling of dread, 🎃Gloom Review🎃 “Eric was not alone in the woods.” What a horrible, and grim, little joy this book was! @michaelrgoodwin weaves a haunting tale that drips with the themes of addiction, unfaithfulness, abuse, revenge, and, ultimately... death.💀 One of the things I miss most about growing up in Alabama, is the amount of time I got to spend in the woods. This story, while it spends most of its time there, is a nightmare that I hope to never have to experience.😱 There is an overwhelming feeling of dread, and hopelessness, throughout just about every page of “Smolder,” but Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary” is my all-time favorite novel, so is it really any wonder I enjoyed Goodwin’s story?🤔 The author has a way with words, and he used them to enchant me to keep picking this book up, even when I had other things I needed to be getting done. I blew through this novella quickly, but a number of the scenes have stuck with me ever since.👌🏼 The novella officially releases next Tuesday (April 13th), and if you buy it direct from Goodwin’s website, your paperback will be autographed by the author.🖊 The story is grounded in reality, but the supernatural elements grow with each passing chapter. I was left with more questions than answers, which has me wondering if there aren’t more stories coming from this universe. I hope so.🎃 “Smolder” gets an easy recommend, from me.👍🏼 ⭐️4.25/5⭐️

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jody Blanchette

    Deep in the forest in Hamilton, Maine, something has been devouring people. It creeps over their victim, oozing into their pores and orifices. As it melts their insides it is burning the rest of the flesh, leaving a smoldering puddle of goo. Eric didn't know about the dark force that lives in the woods when he bought his house. He had no clue that people have gone missing in his woods, and why the shadows from the tree line look a little darker then they should. Eric went into the woods complet Deep in the forest in Hamilton, Maine, something has been devouring people. It creeps over their victim, oozing into their pores and orifices. As it melts their insides it is burning the rest of the flesh, leaving a smoldering puddle of goo. Eric didn't know about the dark force that lives in the woods when he bought his house. He had no clue that people have gone missing in his woods, and why the shadows from the tree line look a little darker then they should. Eric went into the woods completley unprepared for the horrors that awaited him. Holy Mother of God! I may never step foot in the woods again! Now I will question every shadow, crunching of leaves or path of bugs. So, thank you for that..lol This book was horrifying and gruesomly descriptive. You can't unsee the destruction that the smolder causes. I could almost smell the flesh burning off the victims, the writing is that good. There is actually more to the book then whats lurking in the woods. The story follows Eric, who his recovering from a bad divorce. We also get to meet his ex-wife, Monica, and her abusive boyfriend, Trent. There is alot of anger and alcohol fueled violence that all eventually leads them into the woods. Once in the woods, its all over. lol This is a great novella. It was a very fast read that will suck you in from the first chapter. If you have a soft heart and weak stomach I don't recommend it,lol. But if you love horror then this is for you!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Stewart

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Smoulder by Michael Goodwin Smoulder walks the tightrope of being both grounded and fantastical. The former coming in the form of Eric, divorced from his wife after discovering her affair to a younger, douche of a man, he is losing his dream home in the country side complete with a great deal of land on account of not being able to make the payments alone. He aims to spend his last few nights on his property in style by getting drunk and wandering out into the woods. This is where the fantastical Smoulder by Michael Goodwin Smoulder walks the tightrope of being both grounded and fantastical. The former coming in the form of Eric, divorced from his wife after discovering her affair to a younger, douche of a man, he is losing his dream home in the country side complete with a great deal of land on account of not being able to make the payments alone. He aims to spend his last few nights on his property in style by getting drunk and wandering out into the woods. This is where the fantastical creeps into the story in the form of its villain. While I am a fan of supernatural horror what really captured me with this story is how the character Eric is depicted in wake of his divorce and the knowledge that he is going to lose his dream home. The author writes him with a great deal of respectability were the reader feels empathy for his situation, but never pity. He is a character who does not seem to fall into the petty hatreds that could so easily develop from a person who discovers their partner has lied to them. My only criticism of this novella is that it could be longer, the reason being there are many sequences were the reader is told things about the characters and the extra length I feel would have provided the opportunity to be shown them. Regardless I was hooked throughout. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christina B.

    💀Spoiler Free Novella Review💀 • “It was just a walk in the woods to clear his head and make some breathing room.” • Eric Roth just wanted a brief escape from reality; just a few minutes where he doesn’t have to think about his cheating ex-wife or the dream house he’s getting ready to lose. He got way more than he bargained for in the woods on his property. • Smolder is a blend of supernatural horror and psychological thriller that works surprisingly well for being just over a hundred pages. With only 💀Spoiler Free Novella Review💀 • “It was just a walk in the woods to clear his head and make some breathing room.” • Eric Roth just wanted a brief escape from reality; just a few minutes where he doesn’t have to think about his cheating ex-wife or the dream house he’s getting ready to lose. He got way more than he bargained for in the woods on his property. • Smolder is a blend of supernatural horror and psychological thriller that works surprisingly well for being just over a hundred pages. With only three characters and the majority of the action taking place in a single setting, it’s the perfect set up for a horror novella. • I didn’t love any of the characters, but I didn’t need to...this isn’t a story that needs a hero. The horror elements were original, well plotted out for a short story, and made for some good scary moments. That deer scene😱 • I didn’t love every direction the story went along the way, but I enjoyed the overall journey and you won’t find me hiking in the woods anytime soon😬 I’d recommend this one to anyone who likes a quick horror read. Smolder comes out on 4/13/21, and you can preorder your copy now! • Thanks to @michaelrgoodwin for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marcus

    I was graciously given an advance copy of Michael Goodwin’s book SMOLDER in exchange for an honest review. It starts out simply enough: a newly divorced, soon to be homeless man goes for a drunken stumble through woods that would continue to be his past the next sunrise were it not for his cheating, douchebag-loving ex-wife’s sudden poor taste in men and happens upon a cancerous black aberration of nature that reminded me of Hexxus from Fern Gully on steroids. And as you can imagine, things go d I was graciously given an advance copy of Michael Goodwin’s book SMOLDER in exchange for an honest review. It starts out simply enough: a newly divorced, soon to be homeless man goes for a drunken stumble through woods that would continue to be his past the next sunrise were it not for his cheating, douchebag-loving ex-wife’s sudden poor taste in men and happens upon a cancerous black aberration of nature that reminded me of Hexxus from Fern Gully on steroids. And as you can imagine, things go downhill from there. ⁠ ⁠ I think out of everything in its pages what I liked and responded to most was the characters. Harsh as my words were about the ex-wife, Monica, she, much like the man she left her husband for, has many layers. As does the protagonist, Eric, all of which reveal themselves nicely throughout the course of the story and very much carry events from start to finish. They were real, raw, and wholly believable. ⁠ ⁠ In the acknowledgments, the author states that this story was inspired by a nightmare but only part of the story came from the dream itself. I’m not 100% sure I want to know which part that is…but it was totally the bit with the deer, right? Because if that 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯'𝘵 come from an unguarded subconscious, you have issues, sir. Thanks for sharing them with us!⁠

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alex Gray (gray__pages)

    Many thanks to the author for providing me with a ARC to review! This was a fun little novella! It had a campy, horror movie feel to it and I enjoyed it as a nice change of pace to the heavy, more emotional books I’ve been reading lately. We follow Eric, who is newly divorced from his cheating wife and about to lose his house because he can’t afford to keep it. Eric decided to take a late night walk through the woods and, as you can imagine, this turns out to be a huge mistake. Along with the hor Many thanks to the author for providing me with a ARC to review! This was a fun little novella! It had a campy, horror movie feel to it and I enjoyed it as a nice change of pace to the heavy, more emotional books I’ve been reading lately. We follow Eric, who is newly divorced from his cheating wife and about to lose his house because he can’t afford to keep it. Eric decided to take a late night walk through the woods and, as you can imagine, this turns out to be a huge mistake. Along with the horror of the woods also comes a bit of real life horror. We get some chapters from the perspective of Eric’s ex wife, who made the grave mistake of moving in with a violent alcoholic. Trigger warnings for domestic violence and abuse. I also appreciated that there was decent character development in such a short book. We got a chance to know the main character, Eric, and a sense of dread for what he’s been going through in his life. It was a good mix of character development and horror scenes. Overall, this was a quick read (I flew through it just about and hour and a half) and it was a fun ride for any fans of the horror genre.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Stickney

    Thank you to the author, Michael R. Goodwin, for gifting me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Let me start this review by saying that I love this cover, because it is what initially drew me in! In this novella, we follow Eric who has fallen on hard times. He found out his wife was cheating on him and gets divorced and is forced to pay her alimony. Not only that, the bank is taking his dream home, that he can no longer afford. He spends his last dollar on booze and then decides to Thank you to the author, Michael R. Goodwin, for gifting me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Let me start this review by saying that I love this cover, because it is what initially drew me in! In this novella, we follow Eric who has fallen on hard times. He found out his wife was cheating on him and gets divorced and is forced to pay her alimony. Not only that, the bank is taking his dream home, that he can no longer afford. He spends his last dollar on booze and then decides to take a drunken walk in the woods. This is a mistake, because Eric is not alone in the woods! This was a faced paced novella, that drew my in from the start. As you are reading you can't help but feel a sense of dread. And even though this takes place in a forest, you can feel the claustrophobic setting getting smaller. There are also some definitely unsettling gorey scenes that will stick with me for quite some time. This gets a 4/5 stars! I highly recommend that you preorder this one! It comes out April 13th.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Haley Newlin

    "He would come to understand that suppressed anger was the most dangerous kind." I was honored to receive an ARC of Michael R. Goodwin's new novella, SMOLDER. I was thankful for the length and well-matched pacing after reading Stephen Chbosky's Imaginary Friend. But after I got into this one, I quickly appreciated so much more than the pacing. SMOLDER is a searing and sharp tale that digs its claws into the depths of anger, specifically its fragility and whether we will suffocate it or be consum "He would come to understand that suppressed anger was the most dangerous kind." I was honored to receive an ARC of Michael R. Goodwin's new novella, SMOLDER. I was thankful for the length and well-matched pacing after reading Stephen Chbosky's Imaginary Friend. But after I got into this one, I quickly appreciated so much more than the pacing. SMOLDER is a searing and sharp tale that digs its claws into the depths of anger, specifically its fragility and whether we will suffocate it or be consumed by it. Readers immediately meet the manifestation that lurks in the woods called "Nothing" - an evil, hungry entity that finds the perfect prey in the recently divorced and downtrodden man, Eric. This book screams suspense with increasingly exposed vulnerability points in each of the characters, not just Eric, that make readers wonder - shit, who is this thing going for. I recommend SMOLDER to fans of Stephen King's The Outsider or anyone craving some good ole cosmic horror. One of my favorite reads of 2021!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jayson Ducharme

    An enjoyable little novella that honestly reminds me of a Tales from the Crypt episode or a Creepshow segment—in tone and style. It features grotesque and scandalous characters thrown in circumstances involving a strange, abstract mutation in the forest that consumes, mutates, and eventually evaporates living things into non existence. Specifically I think this book reminded me most of the “Raft” segment from Creepshow 2. It’s not a deep book but it never sets out to be anything more than a tigh An enjoyable little novella that honestly reminds me of a Tales from the Crypt episode or a Creepshow segment—in tone and style. It features grotesque and scandalous characters thrown in circumstances involving a strange, abstract mutation in the forest that consumes, mutates, and eventually evaporates living things into non existence. Specifically I think this book reminded me most of the “Raft” segment from Creepshow 2. It’s not a deep book but it never sets out to be anything more than a tightly written little thriller. The only real criticisms I have are that the characters are a little too thin, but that only helps enhance the b-movie style of the book in my opinion. I also felt that much of the information regarding the town of Hamilton should have been more interwoven into the narrative rather than opening with it. Other than that I have little complaints on an enjoyable little horror book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather Miller -- Quaint and Curious Volumes

    There's a really terrible old "B" horror movie called The Creeping Terror, and creeping terror is exactly what this book is about, literally and figuratively. (Also, this book is much better than that movie!) . Picture it: a man sits, drinking and brooding, a man at the end of his rope with nothing left to lose, and that man decides to take a walk in the woods behind his house. . Bad idea. . There's something evil, sinister, sentient, growing, lurking, creeping through those woods toward the man's hou There's a really terrible old "B" horror movie called The Creeping Terror, and creeping terror is exactly what this book is about, literally and figuratively. (Also, this book is much better than that movie!) . Picture it: a man sits, drinking and brooding, a man at the end of his rope with nothing left to lose, and that man decides to take a walk in the woods behind his house. . Bad idea. . There's something evil, sinister, sentient, growing, lurking, creeping through those woods toward the man's house. And it will not let anything stand in it's way. It will have what it came for, it will devour all in its path, and it will feed upon the thing it desires most. . Beautifully creepy, wonderfully grotesque, and short enough to read in one sitting (which I promise you will want to do), this book is as different from Goodwin's first offering, 'The Liberty Key' , as it can possibly be, but absolutely as good if not better. . Get it, y'all. It's out TODAY. Tonight you can smolder, too.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Gonzalez-Collazo IG - Shereadswithcoffee

    Yeah, so I’m not walking into the woods again! Thank you Michael Goodwin for my new phobia! But also, thankful to him for my gifted ARC copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review. This novella is set to be released on April 13th. This novella was a fast-paced supernatural and psychological thriller, meshed together to create this terrifying tale. We meet Eric, whose marriage just failed on the tails of purchasing their home together and not being able to afford mortgage payments will Yeah, so I’m not walking into the woods again! Thank you Michael Goodwin for my new phobia! But also, thankful to him for my gifted ARC copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review. This novella is set to be released on April 13th. This novella was a fast-paced supernatural and psychological thriller, meshed together to create this terrifying tale. We meet Eric, whose marriage just failed on the tails of purchasing their home together and not being able to afford mortgage payments will find himself homeless. In his morose state of mind, he takes a walk into the woods on his property and all HELL breaks loose. There is so much happening, such unsettling and disturbing occurrences and finally, the end was whoa! For those who are interested in a quick, horror-read, this is the book for you!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Delmy

    Smolder by Michael Goodwin was surprising. I guess I wasn't sure what to expect from the title, I never even read the synopsis, I went in not knowing anything I was about to get into. And it was so good, y'all!! I was in a bad reading funk, I couldn't find a book that could pull me out of it. This short story did the fucking trick. Now I debated saying anything about what it's about but it's such a short story, I don't want to give away the hook. I really really liked it. I have so many many ques Smolder by Michael Goodwin was surprising. I guess I wasn't sure what to expect from the title, I never even read the synopsis, I went in not knowing anything I was about to get into. And it was so good, y'all!! I was in a bad reading funk, I couldn't find a book that could pull me out of it. This short story did the fucking trick. Now I debated saying anything about what it's about but it's such a short story, I don't want to give away the hook. I really really liked it. I have so many many questions...that's actually a good thing coming from me. That means it actually held my attention. So yes go and get this book, read it as soon as possible!! (I haven't had any sleep in the last 2days so forgive me if this doesn't make much sense! 😂)

  28. 5 out of 5

    E. Reyes

    On April 13, 2021, get ready for Smolder by Michael R. Goodwin. Here's the synopsis: Divorced and about to lose his home to foreclosure, Eric decides to take a late night walk to clear his head. Not thinking about what might be lurking in the shadows, he soon finds out that you are never truly alone in the woods. I couldn't put this one down! From the opening pages until the very end. I really enjoy Goodwin's writing and pacing. I knew it was a good story because I thought about it at work. I had On April 13, 2021, get ready for Smolder by Michael R. Goodwin. Here's the synopsis: Divorced and about to lose his home to foreclosure, Eric decides to take a late night walk to clear his head. Not thinking about what might be lurking in the shadows, he soon finds out that you are never truly alone in the woods. I couldn't put this one down! From the opening pages until the very end. I really enjoy Goodwin's writing and pacing. I knew it was a good story because I thought about it at work. I had to read it asap. The characters feel so real, and the supernatural aspect of the story is very new and fresh and delivered something to me about anger and forgiveness. This gets 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃 out of 5. I highly recommend it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Manda B-Shaw

    "You are never truly alone in the woods" I read this book fast because it was so so good. I honestly will never look at a deer the same again. This psychological thriller has you bond with the main character and also has alot gore with some supernatural elements.  Eric is going through a rough break up when he finds his wife has been cheating on him slowly he is going into foreclosure on his dream home. When Eric is feeling his lowest after a few drinks he decides to take a walk in the woods behi "You are never truly alone in the woods" I read this book fast because it was so so good. I honestly will never look at a deer the same again. This psychological thriller has you bond with the main character and also has alot gore with some supernatural elements.  Eric is going through a rough break up when he finds his wife has been cheating on him slowly he is going into foreclosure on his dream home. When Eric is feeling his lowest after a few drinks he decides to take a walk in the woods behind his soon to be ex house. There is something that is indescribable. It feeds off of anger and evil. Will Eric make it out of the woods? Grab yourself a copy to find out if the "nothing" take him as another victim.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a little bit spoiler-y.. This was a fun read that you’ll enjoy if you have a treacherous cheating bitch in your past that you want to imagine being...well...nothing nice, that’s for sure. Prepare for a very down-to-earth story that evolves into an abstract dream...death...scape. What I really would have loved from this story is a dive into the main character’s past. How is he this fount of darkness? Where did the darkness come from? It didn’t feel like his current troubles could have bee This is a little bit spoiler-y.. This was a fun read that you’ll enjoy if you have a treacherous cheating bitch in your past that you want to imagine being...well...nothing nice, that’s for sure. Prepare for a very down-to-earth story that evolves into an abstract dream...death...scape. What I really would have loved from this story is a dive into the main character’s past. How is he this fount of darkness? Where did the darkness come from? It didn’t feel like his current troubles could have been the only reason for his devolution into this person with so much anger...he just really didn’t seem very angry. He seemed more hurt...There should have been more evidence of a build up of sorrow leading up to some peak of anger. It was a guilty pleasure revenge-y read.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.