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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Captive: The Story of Reuben In The Hole by B.J. Hyman is a supernatural short story. Reuben has done something very evil. His deed was so evil that, for his punishment, he is thrown into a deep hole. This is Reuben's prison for eternity. Eternity is a very, very long time. Now that he is immortal, Reuben has time to devise and formulate his intentions. He rationalizes that there will come a time when he will no longer be a captive. His body may be imprisoned now, but his mind is continually designing horrors that he will commit when he escapes. So far there are six people who visit him fairly regularly and somewhat minister to his physical needs. While his captors periodically visit him and torment him, he plans their future torture. He concocts plans for everyone, delightfully wicked and depraved ones. One of Reuben's captors is as hateful and sadistic as he is and Reuben looks forward to his retaliation. One day something unexpected happens and now Reuben feels that his incarceration is truly temporary. Will the preacher bring him redemption? Will Mama's compassion make an indent on his corrupt and malignant soul? Will his captors be able to keep him contained?
Captive: The Story of Reuben In The Hole by B.J. Hyman is a creepy short story that freaked me out and left me with goosebumps. Reuben seems to be the epitome of evil and his psychopathic babbling is frightening. He has no remorse, no empathy, nor the ability to feel any kind of sympathy. His objective is to wreak havoc and create pain. Rather than feel regret for the pain he has caused, Reuben formulates more schemes to generate pain and suffering to those he comes in contact with. This is an eerie supernatural short story that is a perfect read for darker Edgar Allan Poe fans.