author: Shana Hammaker
series: Twelve Terrifying Tales for 2011 #4
published: 29 March 2011
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At Linebaugh High School, conformity is mandatory.
High school freshman Meredith Jones knew what it’s like to not fit in.
Too edgy for the kids in her honors classes and too smart for the popular crowd, Meredith was accustomed to watching life from the sidelines. It was quiet there, but Meredith was happy with her sort-of boyfriend Devin and her friends Linsee and Jacob.
But then Meredith’s English teacher started a new club called The Monarchs and everything changed.
Linsee was the first to join. Jacob and Devin weren’t far behind. Before Meredith knew what was happening she was the only honors student who hadn’t joined up. And she had no intention of doing so because The Monarchs were very, very creepy.
The trouble was The Monarchs decided there wasn’t room at Linebaugh High for anyone who didn’t fit in.
And Meredith found she had to fight not only for her independence, but also her very life.
Metamorphosis is the fourth short story in the authors “Twelve Terrifying Tales for 2011” series. This is the 3rd one I’ve read (I missed March!) and as fantastically chilling as the previous installments. What I love most about the stories is the author pulls no punches in creating a graphic, chilling tale. They are raw, gritty, and deepy scary. This short story was about 50 printed pages, which would normally make me question the ability to fully achieve all of the elements of a great horror story, without leaving me feeling like there was something missing. But the story is so complete, so well developed that there is definately not anything missing. Her characters are extremely well-developed and realistic and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I highly recommend you pick up this installment of the series, and all the other ones!