The Cold Spot

The Cold Spot Clay Daniels Is An Outcast Among Outcasts Cursed With A Terrible Birthmark On His Face, His Life Is An Endless Misery Of Teasing And Physical Abuse From His Classmates Things Only Get Worse When His Parents Die And He S Forced To Move In With Cruel Relatives Who Make The Torture Of School Seem Like Paradise.Then Everything Changes When He Meets A Boy Named John In The Woods Behind His House John And His Friends Don T Care What Clay Looks Like, Or That He S Not Strong Or Particularly Smart That S Because They Re Dead, And The Dead Don T Discriminate Their Acceptance Of Him Helps Clay Overcome His Initial Fear, And Soon He S Doing All The Cool Things He Always Dreamed Of Sneaking Out Of The House, Drinking Beer, Smoking Cigarettes, And Hanging Out In A Hidden Cemetery.For The First Time In His Life He Knows The Joy Of Having Friends Friends Who Treat Him As An Equal Friends Who Have His Back When Trouble Comes Along, And Even Stick Up For Him Against His Violent Cousin But John And The Others Harbor Dangerous Secrets.The Secrets Of The Cold Spot. 3.5 stars.Slightly better than He Waits although it suffers from the same problems Once again, I feel that this book was written for a younger audience, based on the prose level, simple plot structure, and characterization We do get a feel for the protagonist Clay Daniels and his motivation, but the outcast teenager who acquires a supernatural buddy ies protector has been done so much better elsewhere with Dweller by Jeff Strand being pretty much the gold standard.This novella does have a 3.5 stars.Slightly better than He Waits although it suffers from the same problems Once again, I feel that this book was written for a younger audience, based on the prose level, simple plot structure, and characterization We do get a feel for the protagonist Clay Daniels and his motivation, but the outcast teenager who acqu
One of the best things about reading a story by JG Faherty is the incredibly authentic characterization In this novella about a lonely boy forced to endure the vicious cruelty of others on a daily basis, I found myself so caught up in the characterization that I never sa
This is my first Faherty piece and overall, I found it to be simply ok Certainly, it was a competently told story, and I didn t find any major blunders in the work itself However, I can t really say that I was entirely engaged by any of characters.In particular, our protagonist, Clay Daniels, had a fairly bland yet w
T.S Eliot once wrote that Youth is cruel and has no remorse Well, this concept is brilliantly on display in JG Faherty s The Cold Spot, a compelling, addictive read that will take you back to your formative school days and having you thanking the good Lord that they re over.As if Clay Daniels s parents and his dog dying in a horrific fire just two weeks prior wasn t bad enough, he s now forced to move in with an uninterested aunt, a borderline drunk of a disciplinaran uncle, and three lous T.S Eliot once wrote that Youth is cruel and has no remorse Well, this concept is brilliantly on display in JG Faherty s The Cold Spot, a compelling, addictive read that will take you back to your formative school days and havi
The Cold Spot is the first work by J.G Faherty that I have read I am especially partial to ghost stories because they can genuinely creep me out So, I am always thrilled to come across a good one I m excited to say that The Cold Spot fits the bill and then some Clay is a young adolescent whose parents have recently died in a fire, and he is sent to live with some rather crude relatives in upstate New York far from his home in Florida Clay has the misfortune of having a large port wine The Cold Spot is the first work by J.G Faherty that I have read I am especially partial to ghost stories because they can genuinely creep me out So, I am always thrilled to come across a good one I m excited to say that The Cold Spot fits the bill and then some Clay is a young adolescent whose parents have recently died in a fire, and he is sent to live with some rather crude relatives in upstate New York far from his home in Florida Clay has the misfortune of ha
The pains of adolescence are well known by everyone The struggle to find one s self and be accepted by their peers is usually one of the most harrowing events in growing up JG Faherty s, The Cold Spot, illustrates the vulnerability of youth and the manipulation of death with unnerving detail and motivation.Faherty reintroduces one of the oldest horror stereotypes with gut wrenching honesty The youthful naivety in the search for acceptance is fully detailed in Clay s derailing Turning to some The pains of adolescence are well known by everyone The struggle to find one s self and be accepted by their peers is usually one of the most harrowing events in growing up JG Faherty s, The Cold Spot, illustrates the vulnerability of youth and the manipulation of death with unnerving detail and motivation.Faherty reintroduces one of the oldest horror stereotypes with gut wrenching honesty The youthful naivety in the search for acceptance is fully detailed in Clay s derailing Turning to something he doesn t fully understand Clay is thrown into a whirlwind of uncertainty and terror The ghosts in The Cold Spot, are convincing characters, as is Clay, in his despondent isolation The characters are the driving force behind the story, as the reader, you become invested in Clay s acceptance both individually and socially However, just because something is dead, doesn t mean it s exactly as it seems The twist at the end of the boo
Clay Daniels was born with a terrible birthmark on his face All the kids at school would make fun of him and call him names Clay s mother and father were killed in a fire Clay was force to live with an aunt and uncle that he could not stand Things changed one afternoon while walking through the woods, Clay meet a boy name John John accepted Clay for what he was and wanted to hang out with him, There was only one problem with John and his friends, they were dead Clay was so happy to have fr Clay Daniels was born with a terrible birthmark on his face All the kids at school would make fun of him and call him names Clay s mother and father were killed in a fire Clay was force to live with an aunt and uncle that he could not stand Things changed one afternoon while walking through the woods, Clay meet a boy name John John accepted Clay for what he was and wanted to hang ou
Another great piece from J.G Faherty People are going to start thinking I am him in disguise, but Faherty s short works, particularly those focusing on children, are chillingly good. A truly chilling ghost story with a blindsided twist.