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The Legend of Butcher's Holler


Sometimes a dog is a girl's best fiend.

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Dorothy Farrell
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How could you not get anything less than a 6 for this - it is brilliantly written in both content and rhyme. Telling a story in verse is not easy and you hae told it so well with good and complicated language. What a clever line this is - 'The townies say that faithful stray adored his little lady'. Good internal rhyme and using 'stray' rather than 'dog' or 'hound' as indeed a masterful piece of writing. Very enviable read. Good Luck on what I think is another winner. Warm rgards Dean - Dorothy x


 Comment Written 29-Nov-2015


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I think you succeeded marvelously with this most horrible horror tale. The flavor is definitely "back-woodsy" and reminds one of sitting around a campfire at night listening to a storyteller. I have to admit, I was so distracted by the name "Jeb Butcher" that I could barely follow the story. I kept wondering if you intended to remind the reader of Jeb Bush, and if so, why? (Surely that was not your intent!) But once I got past the distraction, I found a most creative and fascinating bit of horror, well-constructed and readable. The internal rhyme adds to the difficulty and also to the readability. It flows so well and tells a terrible story bound to appeal to your many fans... one of them, me. I wish you well in this contest.


 Comment Written 29-Nov-2015



reply by the author on 29-Nov-2015
    No, Jeb Bush never entered my mind, Adonna, I assure you. Jeb is the name of the banjo player you heard, and a friend of mine. I used the last name because Butcher's Holler is where my Grandpa Cook was born and raised, and also home of the great Loretta Lynn, a country music legend. So you see, it was all purely a coincidence.
    I wrote this as I did as a tribute to my grandfather, who often told us his spooky stories while strumming his banjo on the porch of his modest home in Kentucky.
    I miss him dearly and hope he would be proud of this poem...and me, for that matter.
    Take care, my friend, and thanks again for reading.
    ~Dean
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Excellent story. You seem to have a very natural skill with this kind of form. These scary story poems would make such a wonderful book. I loved the banjo as well.


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reply by the author on 29-Nov-2015
    Thanks for taking the time to read, review, and offer your comments on this work, Kitty. I sincerely appreciate it as always.
    ~Dean
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Dean, I read this, but really was more impressed with your notes about how your horror writing was a natural thing for you since you had a grandfather who told you scary stories, Blessings, Patricia


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reply by the author on 29-Nov-2015
    Thanks for reading and commenting on the poem, Patricia. My Grandpa Cook was a dear, sweet soul, and I miss him dearly--everyday. He'd be very proud of this particular story, I have no doubts.
    Much obliged...
    ~Dean
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this is an excellent write, dean, you did an excellent job capturing the horror of the demons that came for the little girl because her father bargained with her soul. I enjoyed reading it. good luck in the contest.


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reply by the author on 29-Nov-2015
    Thanks for your comments, Pam.
    Much obliged...
    ~Dean
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Dean: It's Sunday am and I'm watching TBN - the valleys of hurt, pain, sorrow - victim mindset. Maybe, he should have had a Holy Spirit stirring of the Word of God. Say to the dry bones, arise and shine! Hungry hearts are full of life. Your guy destroyed lives by greed. He lost his wife and daughter. The dog fought for the girl. Was this worth the pain? Now, he's in the valley of Baca - weeping. Or does he prefer the money?

I know you have fun in the heritage of your family, Dean. Well written story and awareness of evil. I like the music. Stand strong! I'm flying into destiny! God bless! <>< flylikeaneagle


 Comment Written 29-Nov-2015


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Excellent back wood mountain feel for language and folk tale. A story well told in rhymes that send the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up straight. Of course, you have wonderful choice of pictures to illustrate your demons. It is an awesome story and good luck in the contest.


 Comment Written 29-Nov-2015



reply by the author on 29-Nov-2015
    Thanks very much for dropping in and reading my story-in-a-poem contest entry, Linda. I'm really glad you enjoyed the overall eerie ambiance and backwoods feel of this tail...e-r-r-r, heh-heh... tale, I mean.
    I appreciate your comments most kindly
    ~Dean :}


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No wonder you do the horror so well. Your granddad used to tell you the same type of tales. I love the image of him playing the banjo while telling stories :) Just the pictures alone will give me nightmares. Good luck in the contest. You will likely win as always.


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reply by the author on 29-Nov-2015
    Thanks very much for dropping in and reading my story-in-a-poem contest entry, Joy. I'm glad you enjoyed the overall eerie ambiance and backwoods feel of this tail...e-r-r-r, heh-heh... tale, I mean.
    I appreciate your comments most kindly
    ~Dean :}
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Margaret Snowdon
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Jeb Butcher trekked to write a cheque signed in his boiling blood,
to Maven Fitch, a local witch, who'd release her fiery flood.
He'd bargain with a precious gift-- the soul of his young child.
Jeb made a pact-his mind had cracked- he would not be beguiled.

another of your great stories in a poem - is there no
end to your talent, Dean --- master of mystery and evil.


Margaret


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reply by the author on 29-Nov-2015
    Thanks very much for dropping in and reading my story-in-a-poem contest entry, Margaret. I'm really glad you enjoyed the overall eerie ambiance and backwoods feel of this tail...e-r-r-r, heh-heh... tale, I mean.
    I appreciate your comments most kindly
    ~Dean :}
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You have outdone yourself on this one, DeanO. Wow! Between the great rhyming and art work...not to mention the gruesome stroy...this is A plus plus writing. Great presentation, my friend. Bravo! Bob


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reply by the author on 29-Nov-2015
    Thanks, Bob! You have made my day, my friend, and I was hoping you would enjoy this one. My Grandpa Cook was a great man--very hard working and kind. But he sure liked to tell scary, spooky stories, and you'd never know it if you were to meet him and hold a conversation with him in person.
    I miss him everyday.
    Thanks for stopping by to read and offer your glowing comments. I also appreciate the six stars, as always. We get so few to go around, it seems.
    Have a g-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-e-a-t Sunday, Bob, and week ahead.
    ~DeanO

reply by Mastery on 29-Nov-2015
    :) U 2 Bob
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