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The Woods was written for a writing workshop class in the spring of 2016, at a time when I was really frustrated about the fact that I hadn't really sat down and written a short story in over a year. I often find myself unable to connect in a meaningful way to horror and supernatural stories based in Christian beliefs and experiences, and The Woods sprung out of my desire to write a psychological horror story connected to the unique experience of growing up as a Jewish kid, going to Hebrew school and Jewish day camp. The Woods is scary in parts, but it's also about coping with loss, trauma, and mental illness as a young adult, and about the friends that we leave behind as we grow up. I hope you enjoy reading it!

The Woods takes place in the same town as my other story Sapling, though both are completely standalone.

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The way the tension builds is just beautiful! Your writing's great!

Thank you!! I'm glad you liked all my stories! :)

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I certainly did. I'll be interested to read more!

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The way this story is connected to Sapling is interesting and makes me very afraid. I read this story awhile ago, but as RoAnna said in another review, it really is something that stays with you.

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Super sort, effective, and eerie. Definitely something that stays with you, and perfect for scratching the emotional short horror itch.

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It certainly gives me shiver, especially the significance of Elya's and Lee's resemblant way of disappearance... Through The Woods and Sapling, somehow, I kinda wish for more stories of the other denizen's life in this eerie-supernatural universe o.O