Sinister Weekend by Richard Mist is a good effort, but needs work. The main characters speak in what seems like a very formal and unnatural way, especially for a family. The family is so over-the-top polite, I started wishing for something bad to happen to them, just to break up the monotony. The author must be a huge Leave It To Beaver fan.
I did enjoy the ending - it is worthy of five stars, but I can only give this story three because the dialogue is so horrible and the characters are unbelievable.
Dark Affliction by Clark Anderson is a little more satisfying. I think the characters could have been a little more developed, but the suspense build up is great! I kept wondering what else would happen in the house. Unfortunately, little is revealed about the history of the house, especially the murder victims.
The epilogue is terrible and didn't really fit in with the rest of the story. It might have been less awkward if both main characters were gay. As a result, I felt the story didn't have any real resolution.
Stop back next weekend for more Saturday short stories!