ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Hanged Man: One Man’s Obsession With a Movie Leads to a Unique Horror Story

Updated on January 14, 2018

The Hanged Man of Oz by Steve Nagy

Once again, I’m returning to the world of short stories. This time I’m pulling one out of the random short story collection of horror themed cinema related tales called The Cutting. The short story being reviewed this time around is called The Hanged Man of Oz by Steve Nagy.

The tale follows a man named Michael who is in love with the girl next door, yet he struggles to find the courage to speak to her. After weeks, he finally manages to say hello, get to know her, and finally get a date. On the first date they watch The Wizard of Oz. It’s a film that he doesn’t like much but is willing to tolerate for the sake of her. But as they watch she tells him of all these bizarre macabre stories as they watch the film and as he watches it with her begins to see dark images in the film he never seen before. After the date, Michael finds that he is nervous and on edge. He becomes obsessed with the film finding himself having to watch it just to not be twitchy. He begins to be haunted by illusions of the movie characters. And he begins to conclude that maybe his new girlfriend and her friends might be doing something to him.

The good? I like stories where the author can take a simple idea and make something elaborate out of it. It is so simple, yet quickly it becomes its own thing. It has scary tone and has mystery to it as well. The story forces the reader to ask, is he going crazy or is the movie truly haunted? And it keeps the reader guessing until the end.

The bad? Despite the scary build up, it did lose much of its edge with hallucinations. The characters are silly looking in the movie, so it was hard for me as a reader to imagine the being scary. I’m sure the author could have used details to make them darker and more distorted from Michael’s point of view. Also I didn’t like the ending. I felt it was lame and just not very good. Not that it was truly awful or anything. I just expected something better I guess.

Overall, it’s a unique scary tense tale. It does become less scary in the second half due to the lack of detail. But it is a very unique read. So if you stumble across this and find it as single a short story for dollar or so, I’d say it’s worth the look. There’s a lot of interesting ideas thrown around in this less than perfect story.

3 smoothies out of four.

Overall Rating: One man’s obsessions with a haunted movie leads to a unique horror story

Have You Read This Story?

Share Your Opinion. What Did You Think?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)