Calling Mr. Nelson Pugh

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
127 Pages
Reviewed on 07/25/2022
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Author Biography

Christopher Opyr is the pen name of Christopher Hutton, the award-winning author of the horror novella, Calling Mr. Nelson Pugh. He is a former story producer and voice-over writer for television, now writing prose with a focus on horror and science-fiction.

Christopher was raised in Richlands and Jacksonville, North Carolina, where he spent most of his formative years, before moving to Los Angeles, California to study screenwriting. After 13 years in LA, he returned to his home state. He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, daughter, and a menagerie of animals: four cats, a dog, and multiple guinea pigs.

While Calling Mr. Nelson Pugh is his only publication, he is currently working on his first full-length horror novel, Radio Waves of the Macabre, and an upcoming short story anthology, A Wake in the Dark.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Luwi Nyakansaila for Readers' Favorite

Calling Mr. Nelson Pugh by Christopher Opyr is a crime thriller. One lonely night in a hotel room, we are introduced to Mr. Pugh, who is on a business trip. His wife and two daughters are at home in the United States. Mr. Pugh explains that he suffers from severe anxiety, and although he is taking medication for his condition, he is not showing any signs of improvement. The suspense begins when Mr. Pugh finds missed calls and voice messages from his wife on his phone. At this point, his fear kicks in. As he listens to the details in the messages, they reveal a menacing situation for his family. He experiences a panic attack triggered by the imminent danger to his family. He takes an overdose of his medication and some alcohol and suffers the side effects of the mixture. With his family oceans away and fighting his own battle, how will Mr. Pugh survive these conflicts?

Christopher Opyr has an intriguing way of writing as every chapter left me in suspense and wondering what was going to happen next. This made the book a quick read and a page-turner. The whole story is written from Mr. Pugh's' perspective, and his anxiety comes through in his thought processes. He is a character that runs all the possible scenarios in his head, and this had me questioning what was real and what was not. By the conclusion of Calling Mr. Nelson Pugh, I was shedding tears for the man and his family. This shows the great ability of the author to evoke so many emotions in a reader in the form of suspense, shock, and sadness. This is for all book lovers that enjoy suspense-filled tales with a plot twist that will leave you hanging at the edge of a cliff.