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Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer by Ryan Suvaal - Book Review

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Seventeen gruesome killings across the United States, within a span of six months and there is one clear connection among victims. They were all writers.
While media is decorating the murders with sensationalist stories, and law enforcement is playing catch-up, the homicidal maniac remains elusive and secretive.
Things get very interesting, when one day she decides to appear on an internet talk show for an honest fireside chat.

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My Review
Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer is an amusing short story about a woman who reads a lot. After discovering so many authors with errors and typos in their books, she decides to take matters into her own hands and start punishing them for wasting her time (and money). But she doesn't just kill authors randomly or all willy-nilly; she has a method to which authors she singles out. 

Grazine (the name she goes by) is just a normal woman. A woman who loves to read. But what she doesn't love is typos. Grammatical errors tick her off, and so, the Grammar Nazi Serial Killer is born. 

This story is a really short read. I finished it in about 20 minutes or so. It's a fun, almost campy and ridiculous story that I think a lot of people can relate to (minus the actual killing, of course). Grammatical errors, typos, wrong words used... it happens a lot in the world of self-publishing. I, myself, have read quite a few books that have needed a serious overhaul because of the mistakes scattered throughout. But unlike Grazine, I did not research the author so I could track them down and kill them. Because I'm not a crazy person. I am, however, a proofreader, and I find that to be more satisfying than murder.

The story opens with an author being murdered, and then it jumps to the Fireside Chat portion, which is an internet talk show hidden in the bowels of the dark web. Many a criminal has appeared on the show, and now it's time for Grazine to make her debut. Throughout the chat, Grazine discusses other authors she's killed (and why), and then she decides to reveal her next victim right before the talk show ends. I won't spoil it, but I found it amusing.

I do wish, though, that this story had been longer. More fleshed out, perhaps. I think it's a great idea for a horror novel, and there was so much potential to really delve into Grazine's psyche. More backstory for her, more details about the authors she singled out, and even more scenes like the beginning (the kill scene) would have made this book so much more awesome. I'm a sucker for horror, and I honestly wanted more from this one.

I also felt the dialogue during the chat was a bit stilted and not as "normal" as it could have been. It's not bad, but it seemed more forced and less natural. Maybe that's just me, though.

Overall, if you like over-the-top, ridiculous (in a good way) short horror stories, give Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer a whirl. You may just enjoy it (and relate to it as well)!

I'm giving this one 3.5 stars.

Author Bio
Ryan Suvaal is an American writer, passionate about writing page-turner psychological thrillers. His favorite hangout is a coffee shop where he guzzles in tonnes of caffeine and weaves characters pumped up with deadly intentions and worlds full of thrill, suspense, and gore.
"Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer" is one of the first in a series of Psychological thrillers which he has penned down during past few months, which will now be sequentially released on Amazon.

"A deep-rooted question always keeps broiling inside of me. This question is whether I am writing the story or the story is forcing me to write it? Am I the actor and story is the art, or story is the actor and I am the medium?"

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