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Bobby Trask is a twelve-year-old kid in a bad place. His father is an abusive drunk with muddled religious views, and his mother, as hard as she tries to defend her son, only ever ends up delaying the inevitable. Things take a turn for the worse one Friday when Bobby brings home a black eye from school. The following day his father brings him out into the woods on a missio Bobby Trask is a twelve-year-old kid in a bad place. His father is an abusive drunk with muddled religious views, and his mother, as hard as she tries to defend her son, only ever ends up delaying the inevitable. Things take a turn for the worse one Friday when Bobby brings home a black eye from school. The following day his father brings him out into the woods on a mission to do “God’s Work” and bring him into adulthood. A coming-of-age story about the sins of a father and a son’s chance to absolve himself from them.


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Bobby Trask is a twelve-year-old kid in a bad place. His father is an abusive drunk with muddled religious views, and his mother, as hard as she tries to defend her son, only ever ends up delaying the inevitable. Things take a turn for the worse one Friday when Bobby brings home a black eye from school. The following day his father brings him out into the woods on a missio Bobby Trask is a twelve-year-old kid in a bad place. His father is an abusive drunk with muddled religious views, and his mother, as hard as she tries to defend her son, only ever ends up delaying the inevitable. Things take a turn for the worse one Friday when Bobby brings home a black eye from school. The following day his father brings him out into the woods on a mission to do “God’s Work” and bring him into adulthood. A coming-of-age story about the sins of a father and a son’s chance to absolve himself from them.

30 review for Whiskey Devil

  1. 5 out of 5

    Constantine

    An OK Short story Rating: 3/5 This is a short story about a small family. It is narrated by the little boy. The story tells about the drinking problem of a father and how it affects his relationship with his wife and his son. The story is short and to the point but I wish it had some more depth to it. What happens to the family? Read it so you know it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    spooky johnson

    Excessive and descriptive accounts of abuse does a horror story not make

  3. 5 out of 5

    Romeo

    Another solid short story by a talented author. Deals a lot with very complicated issues. The ending will give you something to think about.

  4. 4 out of 5

    DENNIS g BRUNSWICK

    Good read I didn't like the idea of killing the dog. I have 2 of them and they are my best friends. But it was pretty neat how the man got his comeuppance, I guess you could call it karma. A nice quick read. Good read I didn't like the idea of killing the dog. I have 2 of them and they are my best friends. But it was pretty neat how the man got his comeuppance, I guess you could call it karma. A nice quick read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alli Obijiski

    Enjoyed It! I couldn’t read a certain part as it pertained to an animal and, as odd as I may seem, I have no stomach for animal cruelty yet I can read the most macabre stories of the horrors that humans can be capable of. I Absolutely LOVED GILCHRIST! And WHISKEY DEVIL is well written and an enjoyable short story. I am the newest fan of Christian Galacar!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sara King

    A short coming of age story about a boy and his drunken, abusive father. Dark and disturbing, but pointed in how families suffer at the hand of alcoholism. Be warned there is animal abuse in here, and it very nearly made me just put the story away altogether. But I'm glad I finished it. A short coming of age story about a boy and his drunken, abusive father. Dark and disturbing, but pointed in how families suffer at the hand of alcoholism. Be warned there is animal abuse in here, and it very nearly made me just put the story away altogether. But I'm glad I finished it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ❤ArtfullySinful❤

    I learned to kill a man one cold December morning in 1972. Bobby Trask is only 12 years old and is already buried so deeply into an abusive life, matching his father mar his mother Maggie's gorgeous face, and terrorizing him since the moment he was conceived. A hatred brimming within his eyes, as night after night he comes home later and later, the scent of booze on his lips always intensifying. Standing up for a girl, Sissy Caldwell from a well know bully seemed to be the striking point in Bob I learned to kill a man one cold December morning in 1972. Bobby Trask is only 12 years old and is already buried so deeply into an abusive life, matching his father mar his mother Maggie's gorgeous face, and terrorizing him since the moment he was conceived. A hatred brimming within his eyes, as night after night he comes home later and later, the scent of booze on his lips always intensifying. Standing up for a girl, Sissy Caldwell from a well know bully seemed to be the striking point in Bobby's life, as he lands a black eye, one his father was infuriated by. Determined to turn him into a man, he drags his son deep into the woods one icy morning, bringing along the beloved golden retriever Sam, where he is gutted and lain out in front of Bobby. It's that moment something breaks in him, and he utters I hate you! to his father for the first time, shocking them both. After pulling the trigger on Sam, Dom, his father falls into an abandoned well, becoming gravely injured and stuck. But help would never arrive from his haunted son. But like the calm before a storm, the stillness didn't last. Returning home, he watches the beautiful transformation of his mother, the petrified soul blossoming into one filled with smiles and gleeful laughter, unaware of her dying husband a few hundred feet away. Bobby seemed relentless to share that secret, leaving him buried for 4 days before returning to the scene of the crime, taking this secret in stride, while his mother never batted and eye or asked about the mysterious disappearance. This was the lesson he learned... He'd taught me to fear something I loved...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I quite enjoy short stories because it's easy to find time to listen in one sitting. This is an interesting story, it's got surprising depth considering how short it is. The relationships in the book are well developed and show the complexities of human interactions. A quick and enjoyable listen, the narrator did a good job but sounded too adult considering they are voicing the thoughts of a 12 year old boy. The pace and tone of the narration were a good match for the story. I received a free copy I quite enjoy short stories because it's easy to find time to listen in one sitting. This is an interesting story, it's got surprising depth considering how short it is. The relationships in the book are well developed and show the complexities of human interactions. A quick and enjoyable listen, the narrator did a good job but sounded too adult considering they are voicing the thoughts of a 12 year old boy. The pace and tone of the narration were a good match for the story. I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Hard luck and trouble This Christian Gilacar story hits hard, like a swift kick to the gut or a punch to the jaw. There’s a lot of that in “Whiskey Devil”—violence, of the kind the title demon can bring out. However, it’s mainly about a boy forced by circumstance to grow up real fast. There is one element involving a dog, something I never want to see or read, although I recognize it’s importance and relevance to the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Morning Star

    A sorrowful story. I have recently enjoyed and championed Galacar’s writings,Gilchrist and Cicada Spring. But this short story,was too hurtful and sad for my enjoyment. A good but sorrowful story,that shows the premature emergence of a young boy to that of a hardened man,that’s foreshadowed by his abusive father.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Phillips

    [email protected] Just found these books by Christian Galacar and I really like this authors style!It is very hard to put a book of his down after starting to read it! His story will bring the reader in and hold on till the last page then you will want more! I have found consistent enjoyment in every book I have read by Christian Galacar!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ron Buehrer

    Dear Writer, I read your story while taking a break from making face masks not for Halloween and am realizing I now have the time to create those awesome costumes I haven't gotten around to! Meanwhile, my husband has taken to drinking Corona . . . Well, you keep doin' what you do & I'll get back at it, too. Peace Dear Writer, I read your story while taking a break from making face masks not for Halloween and am realizing I now have the time to create those awesome costumes I haven't gotten around to! Meanwhile, my husband has taken to drinking Corona . . . Well, you keep doin' what you do & I'll get back at it, too. Peace

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Hedden

    Whiskey Devil by Christian Galacar was a good quick read. Bobby is twelve years old and has to witness and few his fathers abusive ways. His mother continues to make excuses for his father. Things change when Bobby gets a black eye from school. This was a good quick read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte A. Sund

    Very good quick read. I just discovered this author this month and have finished reading all his offered books . I am a fan. This is the first time I gave a review but I felt a need to let people know about this writer.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Like Hemingway, but not Just as in the Nick Adams stories, an adolescent boy goes hunting in the woods with his father. However, the relationship between this boy and his father is very different than that described by Mr. Hemingway.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pegggy

    A very good story I liked this short story very much, but I tend to enjoy this sort of work. This is the second piece I've read from Mr. Galacar, very much enjoyed both, and look forward to reading more A very good story I liked this short story very much, but I tend to enjoy this sort of work. This is the second piece I've read from Mr. Galacar, very much enjoyed both, and look forward to reading more

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Excellent and fast read I’ll say very little so as not to spoil, but even in such a short story, the characters stand out. You care deeply for them quickly making the story that much more powerful. It’s dark and an amazing twist on coming of age stories.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Lee Spizzirri

    Another good read by this author This is my second story by this author. I enjoyed how he adapted the language pattern for the demographic area. His endings always very thought provoking.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Nelms

    Solid story A good short story. I'm unhappy about the dog but other than that it was great. Solid story, gets to the point. Correctly addresses consequences and sadly shows what happens to some people because of their childhood. Solid story A good short story. I'm unhappy about the dog but other than that it was great. Solid story, gets to the point. Correctly addresses consequences and sadly shows what happens to some people because of their childhood.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beachin Away

    How to become a man... This is a great story. While it may be short, it is full of love/hate, bleakness/hope, anger/joy, life/death and a boy's journey into manhood. Highly recommend. How to become a man... This is a great story. While it may be short, it is full of love/hate, bleakness/hope, anger/joy, life/death and a boy's journey into manhood. Highly recommend.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adam Mahler

    Heavy For a short story this one really hit hard. It truly shows the fear of living with someone who drinks way too much.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Q

    It was ok. As short stories go, this one was ok. This is the second book I’ve read from this author that reminds me of Stephen King. This made me think of Deloris Claiborne.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Nora

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The writing is good and it definitely deals with real life abuse. But I did not need to read any dog getting murdered.

  24. 5 out of 5

    James W. Incledon

    Payday, someday! The old man got what he deserved. Hopefully the 12 year old will come out ok and not follow the whiskey trail of his disgusting father.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Juli Cole

    I really liked this book. It was way to short. Very suspenseful though. All of your books are great and I can't wait to read the next o e. I really liked this book. It was way to short. Very suspenseful though. All of your books are great and I can't wait to read the next o e.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan Degnan

    Echoes of King Christian definitely has his own voice, but there are echoes of Stephen King here. Good stuff! I will continue to read what this gentleman writes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kay Oliver

    Galacar is an outrageously talented writer. And, honestly, his shorts are somehow even better than his full length novels if you can believe it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michael Brookes

    I'm a fan of short stories and this is a good one about a family suffering from an abusive father. There's some good build up and the author writes well. The pivot point is very good, but it peters out after that point with the ending being quite sudden. It's a satisfactory ending but I would have liked to have seen it developed more. It does however suffer from one of my pet peeves in e-books and that's padding with the author's other content. The short story ends at 80% and then there's a chapt I'm a fan of short stories and this is a good one about a family suffering from an abusive father. There's some good build up and the author writes well. The pivot point is very good, but it peters out after that point with the ending being quite sudden. It's a satisfactory ending but I would have liked to have seen it developed more. It does however suffer from one of my pet peeves in e-books and that's padding with the author's other content. The short story ends at 80% and then there's a chapter for another book. A shout out, or a link is fine, but a fifth of the content devoted to another book is a bit much. That aside this is a decent short story and you feel for the characters as the plot progresses. With more development it could have been a great story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    mrs nicola cuckow

    Great read! This book is about becoming a man. With a violent father determined to teach his son the way forward in life,it was going to be tough. But he does become a man. This I read really quickly, feeling really sorry for certain characters . Once again Christian writes so well you're absorbed within minutes. It was over too quickly!!! Great read! This book is about becoming a man. With a violent father determined to teach his son the way forward in life,it was going to be tough. But he does become a man. This I read really quickly, feeling really sorry for certain characters . Once again Christian writes so well you're absorbed within minutes. It was over too quickly!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Dawn

    Brilliant short story. Coming of age with a father who's an alcoholic. I've been there. This story touched a place deep in my heart. Galacar has become a favorite of mine, and I have read everything he's written to date. Brilliant short story. Coming of age with a father who's an alcoholic. I've been there. This story touched a place deep in my heart. Galacar has become a favorite of mine, and I have read everything he's written to date.

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