by Cyrus Wraith Walker
Published by Damnation Books
When a small town painter discovers a very special shade of green, he notices it has some very unusual characteristics. What is it about Painter’s Green that has the town in such an uproar?
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started reading this short novella. To be honest, it took a little bit of trudging to get through the first few pages. I wasn’t sure if anything was actually going to happen. The narrator talks about his past, the current state of the small town that he lives in, and his deceased father. Finally, the guy unearths the can of paint and immediately notices the strange properties within the pigment. From there the story picks up. It’s a fun story and it’s definitely unpredictable. When the funeral home gets a fresh coat of paint, I was honestly expecting zombies, because of everything else that’s happened thanks to the mysterious shade of green paint.
But alas, no zombies, but I won’t hold that against Cyrus. He’s a cool guy, and he’s written a good story.
So instead of zombies, we get–well, you need to buy the story and read it to find out what happens. Painter’s Green is a fast read, smoothly written, and fun to read. Cyrus weaves in the backstory of the characters and the peculiar origins of the paint delicately so that it doesn’t feel like info-dumps. Damnation Books has put out yet another great short story. I can’t wait to read more of Cyrus’s work!