May 21st. 2021
Genre: Anthology/ Short Stories/ Horror/ Paranormal
Prepare to die. The sea awakens.
Within the Mariana Trench, a research vessel’s crew is threatened by a mysterious force. A father and daughter’s holiday by the ocean turns deadly as a sinister creature stalks them. A group of friends learn that some things should remain in the ocean. Filled with a sense of wonder, a young biologist discovers a new species of kelp, but with disastrous consequences.
It Calls From the Sea is an all-original anthology of twenty brutal tales of horror from the deep blue sea.
Eerie River brings you another round of insatiable horror. There is no end to the terrors we have in store and there is nowhere left to hide. Get comfy, this is going to be a wild ride.
Featuring Stories By:
Chris Bannor“Euphoria”, Chris Hewitt “Reef Encounter” Christopher Bond “The Ocean Sings Softly”, Dan Le Fever “Xook” David Green “Into The Depths”, Georgia Cook “Dead Ships”, Holley Cornetto “Heaven’s Lake”, Julie Sevens “Shoney’s Revenge”, Lin Darrow “Cry of the Hunger Fish”, M.B.Vujacic “Jelly”, Mason Gallaway, “The Sea Reaches Up”
McKenzie Richardson “The Hunter and the Prey”, R. L. Meza “Long Pork”, S.O. Green “The Shadow Over Innsmouth High”, Steve Neal “Hostile Territory”, T. M. Brown “Buoy 21415”, Tim Mendees “Fronds”, Trey Dowell “Abyssal Horror”, Watt Morgan “Please Leave”
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Rarely do I get to read an anthology in which almost every story is a winner. The short stories feature various sea monsters, including giant crocs, kelpies, zombie-spirits, evil deities, devious trenches, and the worst of them all, people! Yes, people are bad news because they can be cannibals, spore/polyp incubators, and murderers!
I had such a great time reading that I can't even decide which one was my absolute favorite. They are all creepy, and the authors have chosen great settings with seeming effortlessness. For instance, the first story features a couple going for a boat ride. And, of course, you cannot have an anthology with a maritime theme completely lacking Lovecraftian elements. As the name hints, The Shadow Over Innsmouth High is not only set in Innsmouth, it's also suitably weird and terrifying.
If there wasn't a hair-raising setting, a deceptively banal situation doubled my enjoyment when the story took an unexpected turn. Some examples of such stories would be Euphoria and Long Pork.
Even so, I really liked The Ocean Sings Softly for its almost happy ending, while Please Leave scared me shitless, which only means I looooved that one. Some stories, like Dead Ships, ended in ways open to interpretation. Others had conclusions that had a finality to them, like Shoney's Revenge and The Hunter and the Prey. Jelly made me want to stop drinking water...forever. Cry of the Hunger Fish was simply spine-chilling.
All in all, a very enjoyable read that I'd give 3.5 sheep to.
Reviewer: Midu Reads
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