Re-Pete is Chris’ second work of dark fiction – a pulse spiking tale authored for independent imprint Near to the Knuckle. Pete suffers from severe obsessive compulsive disorder. His mother loathes his repetitive habits. The panic. The mess after. Her boyfriend intends to whip him into a man. The doctor says the OCD could change. A new habit will likely replace the current one, he says. Could it get any worse? When you meet Pete, innocence, abuse, and affliction will pull at your heart strings… repeatedly. Then everything changes.
Re-Pete is one of the most surprising short stories I’ve read in quite a bit. I feel bad for Pete, even his mom to a degree for a bit. My feelings towards his mother change later in the story, but it’s an interesting ride along the way.
I’d like to know more about Pete and his back story, but that is just how I normally am. I always want to know more about characters than I’m told probably just because I wasn’t told to begin with.
Re-Pete is a very violent story. I repeat Re-Pete is very violent (see what I did there? I’m hilarious). It’s probably one of the most violent stories I’ve read lately and I’m not sure if I feel that way because of how quickly the violence occurs due to the length of the story, or the actual amount of violence. It may seem like more because there is less filler around it to kind of level it out. Kind of like a dash of hot sauce in your chili can make it a tiny bit spicy, but if you put that same dash on a spoonful, it’s all there at once.
Overall, I really did love Re-Pete. I thought it was creative, well written, and totally got me at the end. If you don’t mind graphic violence in your stories and are up for a super short and jolting story, check out Re-Pete.
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