A Review of “Suckers: A Short Story” by Keishi Ando

Full disclosure – I was provided a copy of this book by the author however I have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own

A creepy short story

Suckers” is a creepy little short story by Japanese poet/author Keishi Ando. Weighing in at about ten pages long, don’t let the length put you off as there is a ton of action packed into the small narrative. Written primarily in first person the narrator describes his discovery of a caged animal in a residential area on his walk home from the zoo. As the narrator observes this strange creature as it interacts with the other animals and persons it encounters the narrator is drawn to his doom. Suckers is a classic case of “monkey see – monkey do” with a disastrous result.

I was very pleased with this story, having never read any of Ando’s work prior to Suckers. The writing style is very prosaic, which is to be expected for a poet/author. Even with that being said, I only found the style to add to the narrative rather than detract from it. Suckers would be a suitable creepy midnight read for Halloween or any time you need a little gross out. If you like your horror straightforward, gore filled or just plain bizarre, you will most likely enjoy “Suckers”


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