Short Story Review – WOOLIE by Hamelin Bird

I may be a LITTLE bit bias with this review because I designed the cover BUT this was honestly an enjoyable read.

It’s about a wild night following a teenage boy who is up to no good. There is a bunch of drug use, partying and fighting. I was a “good kid” throughout high school so I like reading stories about youngsters getting into trouble. The story is easy to read and an entertaining experience.

I recommend it to people who enjoy coming of age stories and the wildness of a teen boy’s life.

There isn’t exactly horror in this but there are some trigger warnings, message if you would like to know them.



“I hit the gas and took the turns, thinking about where would be a nice place to stab somebody if I really had to, someplace that would hurt like gangbusters but that wouldn’t kill. Only I’d never learned that far in school, where to stab somebody I mean, and figured just so I avoided the neck and didn’t go too hard things would be all right.”


A starry night glistening across the water. A weekend opening in a spread of angel’s wings, calling the feral hearts to dance. The cold touch of beer brings the night alive, and everything goes black.

Follow our humble narrator on a reckless journey of teenage bacchanalia, decadence, and dope, from the banks of the bluffs to the place where blood is spilled, where the nights turn homeward to madness and death is always near. In the end, it’s just another weekend on the edge.

Life in the fast lane. Dance on fire. Don’t lose your head.

“A few weeks earlier we’d drank too much Crown and sat up all night with a couple friends, talking about all the plans we’d made in the past three months to kill ourselves. She’d planned on doing it with a pair of lethal T-cuts to her wrists, while I’d planned on driving down to the bluffs and blowing my head in with a shotty filched from my girlfriend’s dad. Only then on the Big Day I’d heard “Tonight, Tonight” by The Smashing Pumpkins on the radio and got so excited about doing myself in that I got happy and backed out. So had Crystal, but I think her decision had something to do with getting her period.”

22 pages, ebook



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