Short Horror Story Review – Gary Ilkworth – The Watchers

Preston, England
October 30, 2015 9:24am CST
2015 Mammoth-Robinsons Press – Spoiler alerts A bishop in 1771 who may be the philosopher Spinoza, starts to question why the shepherds are so important to the Christian nativity story. He understands the roles of the Magi kings (the Three Wise Men), but he fails to see why ordinary shepherds would have been involved in witnessing the miracle birth. His reflections make him increasingly paranoid about shepherds in his own time. He wonders what they really watch, and creates a conspiracy theory notion spanning centuries, seeing shepherds as the spearhead of some sinister secret society. In the end, he leads a group of monks out to join an order of shepherds to learn their secrets. He is never seen again. There is a lot of set up and questioning but nothing comes of it. The implication of conspiracy could be pointed at any profession, or activity, from snow plough drivers to Mylot writers. (oops I said too much). Arthur Chappell
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@Jessicalynnt (47932)
• Centralia, Missouri
30 Oct 15
oh maybe the shepherds are the Iluminutty (yes spelled that way intentionally) in disguise!
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• Preston, England
30 Oct 15
that is very much what the author is implying but he could just as easily say chartered accountants are the illuminutty, fourmasons, secret order of very odd-fellows, priory of ion, or any other secret society who may or may not be out there
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• Centralia, Missouri
31 Oct 15
@arthurchappell The Order of the Grand Cheese-its
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• Preston, England
31 Oct 15
@Jessicalynnt Rosie-Cruise-Ians
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@LadyDuck (126888)
• Switzerland
30 Oct 15
It could have been interesting, but if nothing comes of it I see not reason to read the story.
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• Preston, England
30 Oct 15
pretty much my thoughts, but I had to get to the end before realizing as much
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