The Cries of Manor Lannigan


Fiction - Short Story/Novela
26 Pages
Reviewed on 11/22/2019
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Author Biography

Robert E. Kearns was born in Dublin, Ireland

Hy Brasil: Island of Eternity is his debut novel and a 2019 Pencraft Awards First Place Winner.

He's also written The Book of Mostly Gibberish (With Some Good Stuff Too), Poems & Short Stories Vol.1 and Vol.2, and several short stories which have received critical acclaim.

Robert lives and writes in Dublin

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

The Cries of Manor Lannigan is a short story by Robert Kearns. After traveling in stormy weather late one night, fatigued Reilly can’t believe his luck when he is offered food and shelter at Manor Lannigan. While dining, Lord Lannigan tells his guest a shocking story about his great-grandparents, Alice and Edward. Edward was a cunning and cruel man who married Alice for self-interested reasons. Her sad, tragic life affected future generations of the family, as well as visitors who came to the manor. Eventually, Reilly is escorted to his room and settles in for the night. Unaccustomed to sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings with creepy sounds that the ancient mansion makes, he can’t wait to leave this strange place in the morning. Little does Reilly know it’s only the beginning of his nightmare.

What a haunting, beautifully written story by Robert Kearns. I can’t imagine how miserable Alice’s life must have been, despite the attempts she made for a happier one. Lord Lannigan is a charming host who will not turn away strangers in need. Reilly is a pleasant, easy-going person. I found the writing format a bit-fashioned, but still easily understood with great visuals. Its conclusion was definitely not what I expected, and with a twist. The Cries of Manor Lannigan is an intriguing novella that proves a good story does not have to be lengthy or complex in content. I’m adding Robert Kearns to my list of authors I like and recommend his short story to readers.

Eimear

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