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From the writer of Ghost Hunter, Little Women with Big Guns, and Krakenstein vs. Koalatron comes an unforgettable excursion into the depths of the unknown. Loaded end to end with chills, this terrifying narrative is loosely based on accounts of encounters with the legendary Pukwudgie, a cryptozoological "myth" originating in Massachusetts' mysterious Bridgewater Triangle.

Transplanting the action to his familiar Midwestern environs, writer Kevin Candela takes the listener on a hair-raising excursion into a shadowy world that exists in plain sight right beside our own, sending the tale's narrator deep into a frozen marsh in mid-January in search of the diminutive yet incredibly frightening entity. When he finally discovers the truth, both he - and the listener - will never be the same again.

©2016, 2018 Kevin Candela (P)2018 Kevin Candela

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A puck-what-ie? Wedgie? I'm already freaking out

Kevin Candela has just suddenly appeared on Audible, and has been cranking out some fantastic tales. I really liked his Ether Bunny, and so I just had to see what else he had dreamed up. Havng heard of the Pukwudgie from Spooky Southcoast, and some paranormal books I just could not pass this up.

I want to say that Candela really knows how to write a short tale. I'm putting him up there with some other favorites of mine such as Roma Grey and Essel Pratt. I love them both for being able to tell a great story in a short period of time. Not all brilliant things need 100 plus pages to get to a point. Candela is one of those writers who can convey all the elements of a horror story without excessive plot points. He brings in the creep factor, and develops characters better than most authors do in three hundred pages. This story hits a lot of points that I enjoy including crytozoology, horror, fantasy, and little people. The story really drives its point home without mercy, and you will love it for it. He really crafts a tale out of a relatively unknown cryptid, and has fun dragging you into the swamp.

Bennett brings this tale to murky life, really selling the creepiness, and making you clench your teeth from anticipation. I really enjoy his work. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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wtf did you expect dude?!

** I received this audiobook in exchange for a honest review**

the sound quality of this audiobook was great. I had no issues with it. Gary Bennett read it and he did fantastic. I bumped my rating up 1 star just for him. He has a very lovely voice.

The story, however, was no so great. Kevin moves into this house to capture a cryptozoological creature then tortures it and gets pissed when it fights back. ugh. what the hell did you expect would happen dude?! In the description the author says it's a Pukwudgie but they never call it that in the book, only Imp which had me picturing it as the imps in world of warcraft lol!
With all this being said, I would still give the author another try.

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Rate based on content or writing??

I rate this book overall on writing, if I rate it based on the story I’d give it 2 stars ...here’s my reason...
This is the story of a person devoid of empathy. Aside from the drunken idea it would be cool to catch a myth, I saw not point to why he insisted on capturing the imp.
“I shook the cage a couple of times and watched it slide around on the sheet metal floor. I shook it a little harder, and watched Impy flop around like a corpse. My nerve was coming back and .... I shook cage even harder, hard enough to bang Impy off the cage bars a few times... just to keep it unconscious, you know.” And all this after he ruined one of its eyes! At this point I was hoping for a miraculous escape and a deep well deserved bite to the man in retaliation from the poor Imp. When it did retaliate the guy got angry at it and got more aggressive.
I must say, this behaviour towards another living thing repulses me, it’s like the kid with a magnifying glass chasing ants. I had a hard time reading about this man’s actions and finishing the book. However, I wondered where the story was headed and I’d agreed to review it, so I trugged on. There is a conclusion to the story and I think the result had to do with the guy’s lack of empathy.

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author. I would not say this was a poorly written book so I would be willing to listen to another by this author.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator and I would listen to another. There were few characters in this short story so not many distinct voices were needed, but he did well bringing this story to life.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review

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  • Al
  • British Columbia
  • 04-14-18

Entertaniing Short Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Imp to be better than the print version?

I can\t make a comparison, but the narrator certainly portrays the protagonists changing state of mind effectively.

What other book might you compare Imp to and why?

Drawing a blank.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the protagonist returns home and his friend Mark has discovered the imp in his basement.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time, definitely. Roughly two hours long.

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Do you dare step into the swamp?

This is a dark story that dives right into the swampy world of myth and cryptozoology, and that's a world that fascinates me. Gary Bennett really did a great job with the narration of this rather wild tale... he made me believe it was the truth he was relating to me!
If you like Dark Fantasy with a touch of Horror, and you dare to step into the swamp, then this short story is exactly what you need!

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Tragic Horror Story with An Unlikable Protagonist

A man witnesses a cryptozoological myth. So of course, he decides he has to capture it. If we were watching this as a horror movie, we would be yelling at the screen for the fool to not go down that long dark hallway. The imp in the story is definitely a monster, but there are times when you will dislike the protagonist more. He has no empathy and he has no problem with torture either. In the past, I have enjoyed some stories where the protagonist was an unlikable character, but for this one, I'm kind of on the fence. I did enjoy the monster's backstory as well as the twist in the overall story. Also, narrator Gary Bennett does a good job with the material. With all that being said, I have to recommend "Imp." I just don't enthusiastically recommend it.

Finally, this free review copy audiobook was given to me at my request and I have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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OMG! This was hysterical!

A man decides to catch a mythical winged creature in a swamp. Yeah...that should go well...and of course, it doesn't. As you can imagine, everything that can go wrong does go wrong for this poor sap. I honestly couldn't stop giggling as I listened to this, which was bad because I was at work. Truly, truly hysterical!

I read this a couple years back in a collection of shorts by the author and I loved it then, but it doesn't hold a candle to the audio version. It was a million times better. The narrator just brought it to life, the guy was epic. It was one of those stories you forget you're listening to it, it just seems like you're in it or watching it on television.

This now ranks as one of short stories ever. I just loved it.

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Imp

This is a good story.A bit of gore and stuff,but good.A man hears 'we want you' coming from the woods.He checks it out and finds more thn he bargained for.Gary Bennett was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Dark and suspenseful horror

This is a darkly entertaining tale of a man obsessed with finding and catching a creature he refers to as the Imp. Turns out there is more to "Impy" than meets the eye. It's a story full of suspense, mystery, some violence, dark humor, and finding out that some things and creatures are better left unknown.

The narration really suited the story and its darkly humorous underpining.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • TU
  • 04-30-18

short but good

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was an original and entertaining book. The concept is far more complex and interesting than I ever would have thought after reading the synopsis. The story has humor, adventure and depth. The narration is well done, as well. All in all, a fantastic listening experience.

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  • J Smith
  • 04-11-18

A great short story!

I was really impressed with both the story and the narration. Great way to pass a couple of hours and am looking forward to hearing more from the author and narrator!