Hellbound Hearts: “However …” Short Story Review

Short Story: “However …”

Nearing the end of the collection, “However …” by Gary A. Braunbeck and Lucy A. Snyder was a great story, with an interesting concept and one that would’ve been nice to dive into and explore more. Read on for the short review…

“However …” is about a group of three people that are being held captive in the basement of some crazy folk’s home. When the crazy couple leave for the day, one of the hostages gets free and heads upstairs to get some food and also a strange black puzzle box. The group heard the couple arguing about the box and how it contained a genie, that would grant the person who opens it a wish. Naturally, shit is going to hit the fan if that puzzle box gets opened.

What a fun and different way to tell a familiar story. I really enjoyed the hostage idea and would’ve loved to delve deeper into the story of the crazy couple and their captives, as you only get bits and pieces of information. Maybe that’s a good thing though, cause the ending of the story is the icing on an already sweet cake. Once again, another story has a nice group of Cenobites and the pages with them on it are the best. I do have one complaint though and that’s on the lack of explanation as to why the lead Cenobite got “scared” when dealing with one of the captives and proclaimed, he knew they existed, but never met one before. Maybe it was just me, but I was a little confused on that part. Hey, Hellraiser fans, help a friend out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Rating: 4/5

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Travis J. Gates
Travis J. Gates
10 years ago

I don't think the Cenobite was scared. It read to me as if they'd finally encountered living humans who'd suffered more than they could ever dream of. I think it was more of an envious awe.

Michael Tatlock
10 years ago

Uh, now that makes more sense. Thanks so much for explaining it. 🙂

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