I've always enjoyed a good ghost or haunted house story. I wasn't disappointed with Seven Days in Benevolence. At about 120 pages, this short told over the course of seven days, really sucked me in at first. The main character Dena has just been through a divorce, for reasons that are brought up through some really great dialogue. So her and her two daughters have moved to Benevolence, Oklahoma for a new beginning.
Dena finds the perfect house, and for just the right price. She's positive that things are starting to look up. That's when things start going really wrong. Her oldest daughter Rebecca hears stories from the children at school, that the house is haunted by people who were killed in it. Dena continues to push aside the strange happenings in the house, saying they are just her imagination. Like doors not staying shut, weird ripples in the bath water, light bulbs burning out, and batteries dying after they've just been taken out of the package. Everything comes to a head when the ghosts start speaking to Dena and her family.
I was really creeped out by all the little things that were happening in the house. It probably didn't help that I have just moved into a new house as well.
I did have a couple problems with the ending. Dismembering a man's penis in order to defeat the ghost just didn't work for me. That man's penis being used as a weapon on a small child was even worse (no it didn't end up being used that way, thank goodness). Overall, it's a great story that builds up nicely, but has an disappointing ending.