Apr 15, 2021
Waiting Out Winter
Posted by Kelli Owen

Nick and the boys return from the summer s last hunting trip to find the streets empty, the beachfront and park abandoned, and the windows of their own homes boarded shut The hunters have become the hunted, in an apocalyptic plague that pits man against beast very tiny beasts And Nick is determined to keep his strength, courage and family alive during what could very welNick and the boys return from the summer s last hunting trip to find the streets empty, the beachfront and park abandoned, and the windows of their own homes boarded shut The hunters have become the hunted, in an apocalyptic plague that pits man against beast very tiny beasts And Nick is determined to keep his strength, courage and family alive during what could very well be the last winter of their lives.

  • Title: Waiting Out Winter
  • Author: Kelli Owen
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
  • Waiting Out Winter Nick and the boys return from the summer s last hunting trip to find the streets empty the beachfront and park abandoned and the windows of their own homes boarded shut The hunters have become the h


    It started with the tent worms Then came the government brain trust solution Now everything has gone to hell and people are trapped inside their houses, afraid to go outside lest they get bitten by disease carrying black flies or worse.I really liked this one from Kelli Owen The characters and storyline were well drawn in the short format and I enjoyed the apocalyptic concept Very well done My only gripe is that it ended a bit abruptly, but evidently there is a follow up novella The Hatch Nice L [...]


    In this clever and very frightening precursor to an obviously much larger story, Kelli Owen brings a fresh take to the post apocalyptic horror story Trapped in their homes after deadly disease carrying black flies invade their town created by the government to eradicate tent worms, but of course this goes awry , citizens of the small Wisconsin burg realize that survival is the least of their worries And what Owen so deftly presents is how ordinary folks struggle to survive amidst the horror, and [...]


    This book is SO good Apocalypse fiction with an interesting, human twist What makes it all the terrifying is how plausible the scenario is


    You know how some authors just click with you as a reader That no matter what they publish, you can find the good elements within it even if others are lambasting it from pillar to post Well, Kelli Owen is not that kind of author for me.This is my second read from her, and I found this novella to have the same issues which I found lacking in The Neighborhood namely, a sense of disconnect from the characters and what is befalling them Owen glosses over so many things so quickly, I never feel like [...]

    Russell Coy

    Three friends return home after a weekend hunting trip to find their town apparently abandoned It isn t, though everyone is indoors, avoiding the genetically engineered flies that carry a deadly super virus which has wiped out much of Wisconsin and beyond Now, the men and their families can only wait for the infestation to die out, and hope their sanity doesn t die too.Kelli Owen offers up a well crafted and claustrophobic tale here, with vivid characterizations and a stark use of atmosphere As [...]


    Waiting Out Winter reminded me of Shute s On the Beach which is a masterpiece perhaps THE masterpiece of the quiet apocalypse As the afterward points out in chilling fashion , our lives do indeed hang on threads that can be severed when we play with science like a child with a toy Entirely plausible Chillingly realistic My only complaint is that I feel that this book only touched on areas that could have been explored, and ended a bit too quickly.


    This was the second book by Kelli I have read, the first was The Neighborhood I enjoyed reading both books a lot and will be reading of her work in the future Waiting Out Winter was a good quick read, I gave it 4 stars.


    I always enjoy end of the world books but this one was slightly different Not in a bad way tho, It was just a different take compared to some other titles i may have read as of late Good solid short story and It leaves me wanting from Kelli.

    Kevin Lucia

    Great Thanks to Kelli Owen, now I m afraid of flies.

    Dann Todd

    A 3 star review Really of a 2.5 star review.Thought this was going to be a suspense horror book Not really a lot of either involved Perhaps that explains my response as I was expecting this to involve some level of horror that simply was not there.A fairly pedestrian something bad happens and some people survive storyline The characters were not terribly engaging.


    When the summer comes, so do the flies I love the outdoors, but if I never see another mosquito, blackfly, no see um, or moose fly in my life, I will not lament the unbalance of nature s food chain And that s one of the little things touched upon in Kelli Owen s novella, Waiting Out Winter nature s balance.Upon returning from their last hunting trip of the season, Nick and his friends discover their hometown and beyond has been deluged by flies Streets are empty and windows are boarded up It s o [...]

    William M.

    4 AND 1 2 STARSKelli Owen is one of those new writers that really deserve all the acclaim she is garnering Waiting Out Winter is a beautifully painted landscape of apocalyptic destruction on a small scale Her concept of transmission and contagion feels all too real and I kept shaking my head while reading it, knowing how easy this fiction could become America s reality some day Situations and relationships continue to build as author Owen throws curve balls and unique scenarios that keep you on [...]

    Rafael Marmol

    Waiting Out Winter is my first Kelli Owen book It was a short novella that I finished reading in two days While it wasn t the most action packed thriller, there was a quiet horror and tension throughout the entirety of the book There was a distinct feeling that none of the characters were safe By safe, I mean there didn t appear to be any plot armor At any moment, everyone in the story could have been infected There was a sense of isolation despite being surrounded by a town full of people who a [...]

    Grant Wamack

    Waiting Out Winter is a post apocalyptic horror novella written by Kelli Owen Now, I ve never read any of Owen s work, but once I saw that Brian Keene championed her, I knew I had to dive in.Nick and some of his buddies return from a hunting trip to find the streets clear and desolate To make things weirder, the few people out and about are bundled up in winter clothing during the summer.Jamie, Nick s wife, fills him on all the horror that has happened in his absence Tent worms have been destroy [...]


    Kelli Owen has her own unique voice within the realm of horror fiction and Waiting Out Winter resonates with it She looks at things a little differently, as showcased in this short end of the world story While Apocalyptic tales are nothing new, her angle on it was very refreshing Given the shorter format of this story, she successfully meets the challenge of drawing the reader into the horrific world the characters are living in if you can call it living As they try to survive, her tiny antagoni [...]


    WAITING OUT WINTER, a small, slender volume from Thunderstorm Books Elemental chapbook series is Kelli Owen s newest release It packs a huge punch that belies its size, however, and is deserving of your time than some books three times its size and two thirds the price Nick and his hunting buddies come home from a couple weeks in the woods to find themselves immediately neck deep in an apocalyptic situation created by the local government s inept and little too late response to a pest problem T [...]

    Richard Wright

    An apocalypse in action, as the accidental release of biting flies carrying a deadly cross species plague begins to wipe out America Despite the premise, this is a small story, set primarily in a single sealed up house In many ways, through well written, this didn t work for me There s too much sitting around and talking, explaining what s happened and what might happen, and not enough doing With the exception of a couple of splendidly executed home invasions, and despite some very well expresse [...]

    G.R. Yeates

    A novella that echoes Jack Ketchum and Stephen King most vividly in its portrayal of family and society breaking down under the strain of an epidemic Many post apocalyptic stories go for scope and epic scale but Waiting Out Winter keeps it intimate, makes you hug as close to the fire as the characters do so that when they feel the cold and see the last lights of hope dying out so do you You feel the strain of their cabin fever and itch from the skin crawling descriptions of the epidemic and its [...]

    Douglas Castagna

    I never read Owen before, but saw she was going to be at Scares that Care this year, and was the only author there I was unfamiliar with, so I gave her a chance I was glad I did This novella packs quite a blow, both literally and socially It is well written, with richly drawn characters, and an effective comment on society and the government as a whole and how they respond to problems, sometimes far too late Summer only spells death now that the flies are our destruction, so what can a small iso [...]


    Kelli Owen s Waiting Out Winter is a post apocalyptic novella with a fresh twist, in that it doesn t involve zombies, nuclear war, terrorism, cannibalism, or any of the other staples of the end of the world genre Instead of a grand act, the world ends on an innocuous black cloud of human error, borne on tiny, buzzing wingsPLETE REVIEW theoctobercountry.wordpress

    Emily Warner

    Ms Owen is a very talented author She pulls you into the story with ease and makes you care about the characters and the plot very quickly She takes something so realistic and makes it so believable you will view flies differently The story was paced very well and when it was over, I didn t want it to be.

    A.D. Roland

    LOVE it Beautifully written Amazing, compelling story.

    Jeff Heimbuch

    Read it in one sitting Kelli, you re quickly becoming my favorite author Fantastic little novella

    Henrik Kamstrup-nielsen

    A well paced, small story about epedimia and what happens when society is trying to take action against one threat and happens to make things worse when they apply the cure.

    M. Dixon

    I m sorry I just couldn t get into this story While the premise was good, the writing wasn t compelling.

    Sheri White

    Great end of world story review to come at The Crow s Caw soon.

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