Review: “The Bleeding Trees,” a Short Story by Diana Bocco

by Jason Varrone

Rating: 4 STARS

Genre: Horror

Type of Story: Short Story

Summary: Climbing into the neighbor’s treehouse seemed like a good idea for a dream date. Then the infected came. As desperation mounts and the dead start piling up around them, Ella and Gabriel are going to have to make a choice. One that will change their lives forever.

Review: Diana Bocco’s “The Bleeding Trees” is a short story that makes for great escapism. It tells the tale of Ella and Gabriel, two teens who steal away to a treehouse to be alone with each another. Unfortunately the zombie apocalypse traps them where they sit, and the world falls apart around them.

This story was a lot of fun. The premise is outstanding: two teens are trapped in a treehouse as scores of zombies claw and scratch at the bottom of the tree, waiting to feast. How do they escape? What goes through their minds? These questions and more are answered by Diana Bocco.

The story is told in the first person. Ella, the main character, is nicely characterized throughout, as is her companion, Gabriel. I felt I got to know both of them while reading “The Bleeding Trees.” The initial premise was set up and introduced beautifully. That premise held my attention throughout the story and achieved a nice sense of flow and progression. Some background information was thrown in, but this did not interrupt flow and was brief and necessary. Diana’s use of dialogue was also top notch, and at no time did I question how a saying or phrase was expressed.

I saw the ending coming about halfway through, but regardless of that, the description of it was still a slight shock. This isn’t a story that you will carry in your head for days and is not life-changing in any way. Rather, it is a well told story about characters who seem real trapped in a situation that is quite haunting when you think about it. Pick up a copy of this short story. It makes for great escapist fun!

Available at: Amazon

Author Site: Website

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