Richard and Maria, a couple with two sons in college, are enjoying their new rural life when they are visited by the Black Eyed Kids, and their dream retirement becomes a nightmare.
For those who don’t know, Black Eyed Kids (or Children) is an urban legend that originated in the US in the 1990s. Since then, people around the world have claimed to have seen these creepy pale skinned, black eyed children, who range in age from 6 to 16. Often found at the side of roads, but always begging or asking for help in some way, providing aid to these sinister apparitions usually ends badly for the Good Samaritan.
I’m a fan of Pongratz’s writing, and I really enjoyed this creepy novelette. Richard and Maria are a lovely couple. They’re good parents, loving spouses, and hard workers. I wanted everything to turn out well for them, even as the unfolding plot became increasingly grim.
The preternatural element of the Black Eyed Kids is handled well. I particularly enjoyed how their appearances stayed within the realm of possibility, maintaining my suspension of disbelief, and rendering their scenes all the creepier.
Readers looking for a neat story with everything explained will be disappointed, but horror lovers keen to experience a chilling ghost story will love The BEK Curse.
I award The BEK Curse…