Title: The Green Man
Author: Lee Mather
Publisher: Damnation Books
Buy Link: Buy The Green Man Here!
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed By: Nerine Dorman
Peter never believed in the Green Man. He told himself the story was just his mother's way of making sense of tragedy. An educated man with little faith in anything, Peter had no patience for supposed premonitions. That day-the day of the flight-was different. With his mother's latest warning ringing in his ears, the plane began to falter. Peter's world was about to change.
It's definitely a case of don't judge the tale by the cover for Lee Mather's short story, The Green Man. While I always wonder how much bang readers get for their buck when buying a short story electronically, Mather's yarn is worth the money spent on it, and he's definitely a fresh talent to look out for in the future. His style is mature, and he is a keen observer of his environment and the way people interact.
Peter Jones is very much your average Joe, who works as a buyer for a clothing retailer. He has never quite believed his mother's tales of the Green Man, who has visited her every time a relative dies. That is until his mother calls him just before he's departing on a business trip to warn him that the fateful Green Man has appeared to her again.
While the story isn't much more than detailing a frightening air accident and its emotional aftermath, I really appreciated following Peter's shift in attitude and acceptance of the events that shape him. While to a degree he is a passive observer, he displays a shift in consciousness that is somehow satisfying to conclude his story arc.
Mather is a rare gem offering thought-provoking, layered horror. Please can we see a novel soon?