Richard Farren Barber, Closer Still review

Horror Novel Reviews

Reviewed by Paula Limbaugh

Richard Farren Barber’s latest novella Closer Still is a story with a message. It’s a ghost story but it also speaks of the age-old problem of bullying.

Rachel is one of those girls that doesn’t fit in. Oh, there was a time when she one of the gang but after the death of her friend, Katie she finds herself an outcast. It wasn’t her fault that Katie died but like so many others we know blame has to be placed upon someone’s shoulders and so Rachel finds herself being tormented relentlessly by her once pals.

At first, it seemed harmless when Katie began visiting Rachel. But, lately, Katie has taken umbrage upon hearing what the girls are doing to Rachel. As Katie’s strength grows here in the physical world things take on a malevolent air which causes Rachel to be fearful of her once friend. Soon…

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