Loam

Loam

When three siblings return to their hometown for their estranged father?s funeral, burying the ghosts of the past proves to be impossible in this chilling story by the author of Mysterious Skin.Forty years ago, triplets Miriam, Louise, and Edward were swept up in a case of rural mass hysteria. Coerced into fabricating unspeakable lies about their first-grade teacher and he When three siblings return to their hometown for their estranged father?s funeral, burying the ghosts of the past pro...

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Title:Loam
Author:Scott Heim
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:B07RNZZ4JT
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:37 pages pages

Loam Reviews

  • Tania
    Jul 28, 2019
    Haunting Triplets involved in a scandal of epic proportions as children feel they've been haunted ever since. They must return home as adults to bury their father and fear what they'll find waiting for them. As ghosts of the past, and their own sordid memories, start rearing their u...
  • Lisa Lou
    Jul 13, 2019
    Not sure I fully understood the premise of this short story. ...
  • Theresa
    Jul 17, 2019
    The story was good, felt like it was ripped from the headlines of the time, which I am assuming was the 80s. The second half was more ghost story and I was really getting into that bit, but then it ended abruptly. I felt like there was more story to be told. 3.5 stars ...
  • Janelle Franco
    Jul 15, 2019
    Great This is a craftfully written short story...Mysteriously haunting. Now I want to read more by this author! Amazing how quickly developed the characters were in such short time. Good plot resolution. Must read! ...
  • TL
    Jul 05, 2019
    *Read for free with kindle Unlimited and audible for the audiobook * ---- This was scattered, like it was confused about who/what it was trying to be. Some elements were intriguing but fell by the wayside. I think this one should have been a novella or novel.. it was wasted as ...
  • Monica
    Jul 10, 2019
    I'm going with 3.5 Stars. Strange story but also interesting about false memories in children. I think... 3.5 Stars Listened to this on audible. ...
  • Pamela Scott
    Jul 09, 2019
    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I really enjoyed this story. It starts off innocently enough if sad with triplets Miriam, Louise, and Edward returning to their home town to bury their father. The story gets more and more menacing as shocking secrets from the past are gradua...
  • Shannon Chapel
    Jul 29, 2019
    I see the negative reviews and low ratings and realize you have to be of a certain age to appreciate the foundations of this story. I was born in 1968 and remember well the ?Satanic Panic? of the 1980s?all the kids and their families appearing on talk shows and news broadcasts te...
  • Renee (The B-Roll)
    Jul 05, 2019
    The second installment of this collection, Loam tells the story of a group of children in the 1980s (I think) and their connection to the Satanic Panic that flooded the nation during the time.  From the title of this novella, you would probably never get that but later in the story, ...
  • Jill
    Jul 03, 2019
    I'd call this a 3.5 star review. I'm not sure if this contains spoilers or not but I'm marking it just in case. While the short story is excellently written, it has one major flaw. It starts as a condemnation of the mass hysteria (akin to the McMartin preschool trial of the 1980s) whic...
  • Nicole
    Jul 16, 2019
    So what happened?! Started great: a creepy story involving ?Satanic Panic,? coercion, paranormal activity?but then it just ends very abruptly, without really giving much of a conclusion. The ending was a major let down, but up until the last 5 pages or so, I was enjoying the b...
  • Kim
    Aug 05, 2019
    Interesting I enjoyed this book and it left me wondering what really happened all those years ago..I wanted more. More information about the others in the story and was threatening evil the cause of the loam? ...
  • Lisa
    Jul 02, 2019
    Strange story A set of triplets return to their hometown to attend their estranged father's funeral. Haunting them are the lies they and their fellow first grade classmates told that destroyed two innocent lives many years earlier. This strange short story shows the dangers of lies ...
  • Diane
    Aug 21, 2019
    What really happened? What a thought provoking story! Adult triplets reluctantly return home to bury their father. As first graders, they were unwittingly participants in a town scandal that resulted in the death of two, or is it one, people. Are they being haunted by one of the vic...
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
    Jul 28, 2019
    This was creepy and chilling, all the more so because it seems that I do remember something like the alleged event in the story actually occurring in a small town somewhere when I was a teenager. In a story like this, it's so very easy for authors to fall into the trap of going too cam...
  • Cassandra Paffrath
    Jul 07, 2019
    Dark family secrets ... I liked this book. Yes it was disturbing, but the angle from which the story is told was very interesting. A group of sisters arrive back home to bury their father and must face terrifying childhood memories that may or may not have happened. The writing was...
  • angie b
    Jul 10, 2019
    I understand that these are short stories but I was just overall very confused on this one. I think it had great potential and there was a lot of intrigue but ultimately the story went nowhere and I got no answers and no resolution. ...
  • Ryan Waldon
    Jul 11, 2019
    Quietly Sinister I would describe the manner in which this piece delivers its payload as 'quietly sinister?. Rather than bludgeoning the reader with the plot, it slickly slithers into your brain and festers into fruition. Good work! ...
  • Krystal Gibson
    Jul 16, 2019
    I enjoyed this story more than the rest in this collection. The idea of the mass hysteria was interesting and the false memories put into children by adults is something that truly happens. What I didn't understand was the basement thing and the photos. Did the guy go back and do those...
  • Dee Cherry
    Jul 03, 2019
    This story was heartbreaking as flashbacks told the unfortunate events that occurred when the triplets were in 1st grade. While they participated in the fiasco that caused the destruction of an innocent family, it seemed to me Miriam was the only one that now had regret. It was sad wha...
  • Doris
    Jul 30, 2019
    That's it? Didn't care for this at all. A lot of weirdness going on, like several ideas to pursue, but no real resolution, no satisfying end. This read like the first couple of chapters of a book, and then...that's it?!? ...
  • Chava
    Jul 02, 2019
    A story that seems part Stephen King-esque tale of the horrors of a small town, this quick read (easily accomplished over a lunch break) is the second entry in the Amazon short-story collection "Disorder". One of the reasons I really enjoy these Amazon collections is that we get th...
  • Sarah Pearce
    Jul 23, 2019
    I wonder what kind of deal Scott Heim made with Amazon. I hope it was lucrative. The community of writers [of which I am one...Amazon, give me a call] struggles mightily for a foot in the door of any market. And we know that sometime you have to take what you can get and hope for the b...
  • Dave
    Jul 29, 2019
    Loam is one of six novels in Amazon's Disorder Collection of long short stories or short novellas. The author paints a credible picture of three siblings and a town gone wrong. The characters are sufficiently developed for this genre and the atmosphere is delightfully eerie. Helm's ...
  • Cgcang
    Jun 29, 2019
    Either something is going on in this story and I have no clue what it is, or it's a complete waste of time. It was interesting and catchy at times but it managed to raise very few questions and in the end it seems to have made no effort to answer most of these questions. A story do...
  • Honya
    Jul 29, 2019
    Loam is one of those stories that starts out reading like some slice-of-life family-drama sort of thing?relatively innocent and safe for the most part. But as the story proceeds and the author starts unpacking the skeletons in this particular family?s closet, the horror element beg...
  • Fiona Andrew
    Jul 29, 2019
    Oh what a tangled web. Kids interviewed by policemen. Kids to scared to tell the truth. They just say what they think the adults want to hear. Just like that two life?s were ruined. The kids grow into adults with huge amounts of guilt. Something is wrong with the system. Highly re...
  • BL
    Jul 05, 2019
    This is my first book by this author Scott Heim. This story is a little out there for my taste but it is not so far that I cannot enjoy it. I was reading this as part of the Disorder Collection, and not sure I would have read it otherwise. I was surprised by the ending of this book...
  • Dori
    Jul 02, 2019
    Good story This story was written well, grammatically, as a short story. It captured my imagination . The family dynamics were interesting. The story wasn?t in my realm of taste but for anyone who has a spare hour or two and likes an almost-paranormal, disturbing mystery, I would ...
  • Jennifer Wells
    Aug 07, 2019
    This was dark and weird. Not much character development and a string of random events. I read the first book in the Amazon Disorder collection, The Best Girls, and it was dark, but still interesting and well written. Not sure if I want to continue this series. ...