"You will never look at those sweet stuffed bears the same way after reading this tale of terror"
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted April 21, 2015
Novella / Short Story | Horror
Ten year old Josh Leary is still grieving over the
unexpected death of his father two years earlier when his
mother marries another man. His step-father, Michael, is
someone that Josh likes at all. Michael shows a different
side to Josh when Josh's mother is not around and that
is not nice.
Therefore, when Michael asks Josh's mother to present her
son with an old ragged teddy bear that used to be his when
he was little, Josh wants nothing to do with it. In Josh's
eyes, the bear is ugly, smelly and feels weird. To make
mother happy, however, Josh accepts the bear and hides it
under some clothes in his closet.
That evening, Josh learns a little more about the horrible
little bear when he comes to his room only to find the
sitting on his bed, grinning at him. From that point on,
Josh does everything he can think of to get rid of this
bear. The problem is that the bear is always sitting back
Josh's bed eventually.
Convinced that the bear is evil and, possibly, deadly, he
finally comes up with a plan to get rid of the bear
permanently. If it does not work this time, Josh and his
mother may be in real danger.
THE BEAR WHO WOULDN'T LEAVE is a deliciously wicked little
tale that will have you looking out of the side of your
at any stuffed animals that may be around you. I promise
that this is the most evil little stuffed bear that you
ever meet. As the story unfolds, I was reading faster and
faster because I simply had to know who was going to win
this battle of wills.
Children make for wonderful characters in horror books and
Josh is perfect in his role as the "just this side of
abused" child. But he is a strong little boy that made me
want to help him along in his attempt to rid his life of
this awful bear. I loved the little world that was created
and found it to be not only entertaining but very
J. H. Moncrieff is not a writer that I was familiar with
when I read THE BEAR WHO WOULDN'T LEAVE, but I will
certainly be watching for more work from her. Get a copy
THE BEAR WHO WOULDN'T LEAVE and you will become an instant
Sometimes evil looks like a fuzzy teddy bear.
Still grieving the untimely death of his dad, ten-year-old
Josh Leary is reluctant to accept a well-worn stuffed
teddy bear from his new stepfather. He soon learns he was
right to be wary. Edgar is no ordinary toy...and he
doesn’t like being rejected. When Josh banishes him to the
closet, terrible things begin to happen.
Desperate to be rid of the bear, Josh engages the help of
a friend. As the boys’ efforts rebound on them with
horrifying results, Josh is forced to accept the truth—
Edgar will always get even.
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