Genre – Fiction
Subgenre – Horror/Short Story
Pages – 32
Publication Information – Independently Published – January 12, 2019
Format – Digital
Reviewed by William C. Bitner, Jr.
Rating – 📙📙📙📙📙
I must admit that R.J. McCabe is a new name to this reader. He contacted me a few weeks ago asking if I’d be interested in reading A Rare Breed, and I of course, always interested in adding new names to my list of authors I’ve read, said yes. I had no idea what to expect. This short story is so very aptly titled, as this was indeed a rare breed. Beware, this one will sneak up on you and surprise and scare the hell out of ya. It always amazes me what an author can accomplish in a very few amount of words and pages. That is the true art of the accomplished and successful short story. He spends a good part of the book preparing us for and building up to a climax. I love being caught off guard and this one did that and much more. You may have some idea where it’s going, but not until the very end are you really sure what’s going on. A great little read. I am so looking forward to opening the pages of more of his work in the very near future.
From the back cover: A Rare Breed: A person or thing with characteristics that are uncommon among their kind; a rarity.
And for mild mannered Ted, an evening walk on the local common, with his mischievous Cocker Spaniel Baxter, leads to a chance encounter with a very rare breed indeed.
About the author: R.J. McCabe was born in Birmingham, England. He lists Stephen King, Shaun Hutson, J. K. Rowling, Nick Cutter, Geroge R R Martin, Peter James, and Luke Scull as some of his influences.
Other books by R.J. McCabe: Blackwater: Book 1, Little Man Syndrome, Predators, and No Future Plans