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Review: The Costumer by Chad Schimke

The Costumer by Chad Schimke

The Costumer by Chad Schimke was a random pick, out of a free book newsletter. You may get a free copy as well, at the time of this writing, via the author’s website ( if you like this story, I would recommend giving the 99c to this author via Amazon ). It’s a short, horror story ( that’s the way it’s categorized on Amazon, but after reading I’m saying thriller for genre ), less than 50 pages long and has a bit of non-favorable quirkiness ( especially on the first page with the one sentence paragraphs and other random places in the first half of the story ) that faded for me, thankfully into okay quirkiness after some time and even to better things. Start-of-sentence word repetitions and repeat sentence structure weren’t so-good, but overall this book is enjoyable with some mostly non-invasive LBGTQ elements mixed in with a decent story arc about a selfish-costumed-killer, determined to get revenge on a mission to seek attention, to sum at all up.

“Hurt filled the chasm split down the middle of his broken heart where love had been replaced with hate.” —Chad Schimke, The Costumer

Inner dialog is mixed on a couple of occasions with third person narration, which makes for a strange interpretation for me, as a reader. Likewise, sometimes the verbatim narration made it difficult to keep track of the bigger picture, but this happened only one or two small times through this whole story. Even in the action scenes it’s just written as such ( elevator scene ), with not much style or poetic nature and instead relies on the same style that holds the less important parts of the story: but this non-poeticness did redeem itself in other parts of the story quite well. And, then the scene transitions, I felt could be a bit better, but this was a very minor inconvenience:

The ‘SARAH’ starts a new scene, which I felt should have been an additional line break, then non-indention, to start.

But, wait! It’s not all bad stuff here, so let’s move onto the things that I enjoyed about the book: the conversations between the mysterious man and the media were genuine along with other inner-visual inducing sentences at different parts of the story. I felt strange while reading the dialog between Bryce and the media, in which I should considering the context, and that mostly felt genuine. At times, the writing was very fluid and sentence structure varied nicely which made for a great reading experience. The story arc itself, pretty good for such a short write, feeling energetic and bouncy: I give this short, free thriller story ★★★✬☆ three and a half stars.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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