Spider Soup

Fiction - Suspense
22 Pages
Reviewed on 03/28/2018
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Author Biography

Lori R. Lopez wears many hats, although at times she feels the hat is wearing her. An award-winning author of short stories, novels, novellas, verse, songs and more, she designs her own covers and illustrates nearly all of her books. When the mood strikes, she pens a humorously serious column called “Poetic Reflections” at Fairy Fly Entertainment, a website shared with her two talented sons Noél and Rafael. She grew up in Wisconsin and also lived in Hawaii, Florida, Spain, and Key West before settling in California. Vegetarian or vegan most of her life, Lori’s work is often quirky yet at times addresses more serious themes such as the rights of animals and children. Stories and verse have appeared in assorted publications including Weirdbook, The Horror Zine, Bewildering Stories, The Sirens Call, and numerous anthologies.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

A newlywed couple awakens one morning to find themselves cocooned in spider webs in the horrifying suspense short story Spider Soup by Lori R. Lopez. Jordan and Darcy are newly married and have recently moved into Jordan's Great-Aunt Zinnia's home. When Jordan's eccentric aunt died, she left him the house with the admonition to care for its inhabitants as she had. Although a bizarre stipulation, the couple complied with the old woman's request and diligently refrained from harming any spiders that lodged under the roof.

However, one morning the couple woke up to an unwelcome and unpleasant surprise. Their walls and ceilings were encased in spider webs. Not only were their surroundings obscured by massive woven arachnid tapestries, but they too were bound in millions of sticky strands. While an innumerable variety of spiders were crawling all over their bodies, Jordan and Darcy had second thoughts about their previous decision to adhere to Aunt Zinnia's lunacy. What had set the spiders off? Most importantly, are Darcy and Jordan on today's menu?

There is no room for arachnophobia in the bone-chilling suspense short story Spider Soup by Lori R. Lopez. This fascinating short story is superbly written and has a plot that is sure to be remembered long after the book has been put down. Even now the thought of all those spiders crawling over every crevice and orifice of Jordan's and Darcy's anatomies gives me the heebie-jeebies. It is truly a skin-crawling tale that sticks with you. With the human aspects along with the spider invasion, this is a fantastic way to spend a stormy evening.