The Cockroach King

The Cockroach King by Andrew Cull

THE COCKROACH KING is a new novella written by Andrew Cull, the award-winning author of REMAINS and BONES. All profits from sales of THE COCKROACH KING will be donated to UNICEF.

“We’d been in the house two weeks when Tommy pulled the first bones from the garden.”

When Cassie Baker buys the house on Cedar Street, it’s partly because it reminds her of the house she grew up in in the ‘80s. It reminds her of happier times, when her Mom was still alive, before the cancer had taken her. It seems like the perfect place to raise her baby boy, Sam.

That is, until a friend unearths the remains of a dog, buried in a shallow grave in the backyard.

After the bones come the cockroaches…

The IndieMuse Review

Entomophobia—the fear of pancrustacean hexapod invertebrates, the largest group within the arthropod phylum…or insects, if you will.

Katsaridaphobia—the fear of blattodea, or cockroaches, if you must.

I may suck as a teacher but Copy and Paste can hide it well, right?

Andrew Cull is a name I’ve had my eye on for a while and this is the first story I’ve read by him.

Cassie Baker’s mother died and, with the sale of her house, she was able to (barely) afford a house on Cedar Street. As a single mother of a baby boy, Sam, she braves anything and everything for her son. With the help of Tommy, a friend, who will clean up and remodel the garden, things are off to a promising start.

This story begins with a stunning line:

“We’d been in the house two weeks when Tommy pulled the first bones from the garden.”

If that doesn’t get your attention, nothing will.

The bones seem to belong to a dog, and later, more dogs. And with missing posters for dogs all over the neighborhood, things become eerie.

And then the cockroaches come.

This author impressed me and, for most of the story, it was either 3.5 STARS from me—I picked up a small continuity mistake, but in the greater scheme of things it didn’t matter all that much.

However, the way this author ended this one was superb, and for that I will gladly say 4 STARS.

Oh yes, if you wonder about the phobias I mentioned, I have to give a fair warning that people who suffer from either will most probably…

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You’ve been warned!

MORT STONE

Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency.

Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm.

While he is almost confidant that his IQ is in the top 50%, his wife regularly reminds him of all the stupid things he does. He will neither admit nor deny the accusations of sarcasm, but he can act like he cares. Most of the time.

As an avid reader of horror and thrillers, and somewhat of a movie buff in those genres, he still blames his insomnia on Global Warming. Because he can.

He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.

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