Short Story Review: Transcription of Taxi 6473

Hello again,

Man, I am on a roll this week with reads!

I just finished Transcription of Taxi 6473, a short story by Tammie Painter.

Now if you know me at all, you know I can’t stop picking up more short stories from Tammie. They’re just so good!

So of course I snatched this one as a perk of being on her email list. You can join too at

Oh, and be sure to check out my interview with her here if you’d like to get to know her better. Okay, I’ll stop blabbing. On to the review!



Anderson is a police transcriptionist haunted by the tape left inside a dead cabbie’s taxi. Certain there is more to the death than meets the eye (or ear), Anderson pushes the Sergeant to delve further into it. The Sarge refuses, leading Anderson to force his superior into taking the matter more seriously. His actions reveal a dark world of Egyptian mythology and the consequences of trying to escape fate.

This story will leave you wondering….and checking behind your back.


The Review

I gave this short story four frightening stars!

This was a fun, creepy read.

In a nutshell, a transcriptionist has trouble believing an accident is truly a suicide when the recording from within the cab says differently. What he finds shocks his world to the core.

I liked the character Anderson. He cares about what happened to this poor victim, and that pushes him along this brief journey. Though he receives some serious warnings from his Sarge to let things go, Anderson goes with his gut and does the right thing. All around, Anderson is a good guy, and I was all for it.

The plot was simple but interesting. Anderson is trying to find out the true source of the victim’s demise, which leads him along a dark path. Painter really captures the five senses in this story. Also, the writing was really great and easy to follow.

I will say that I wanted this story to be a bit longer and for Anderson to get even more ingrained in this strange happening, but that’s my only real reservation here. I simply didn’t want it to end.

If you’re looking for a great lead-in to Halloween this may just be the perfect story for you!


That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this short story review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this story? Are there other short stories you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!

Have a great day!


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  1. Aw, thanks! I’m glad to see this story has held up since it was one of my first real stabs at short fiction. I see a running theme here that my short stories are always too short for you (haha)! I think this was another one written for a magazine with word count restrictions.

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