Sunday, September 6, 2015

Lurking in the Deep by Various Authors - Book Review


Synopsis
Does the water beckon you? Your love, or fears, may become greater in this chilling anthology. From ordinary sea life to creatures of myth, our stories will make you think twice about the shadowy waters that beckon below. Follow our authors into the depths … if you dare.

Works include:

Bloodslick by Timothy Black
Crescent’s Creature by K.C. Finn
Wrath by Liz Butcher
A Senseless Eating Machine by Jef Rouner
The Water’s Edge by Jacqueline E. Smith
The Reluctant Seamstress by Jaidis Shaw
Ribbons & Bones by Kelly Matsuura
Widow’s Cut by Andrea L. Staum
Rhine Maiden by Isabelle Poldervaart
The Broken Seashell by E.M. MacCallum
Lauren by Terry Alexander
Tide Flats by Shelly Schulz
Song of the Ocean by Scott A. Butler
Enticing Waters by Gina A. Watson
Tubular Hells by Beth W. Patterson
Dark Waters by Michael Cross & Emma Michaels


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My Review
Lurking in the Deep is a collection of short stories revolving around the various things that may be hiding out in the dark depths of rivers, oceans, and other bodies of water. Most of the stories are horror, but some are a little more tame.

In all honesty, I was excited to read this collection, as the ocean does terrify me(as do most large bodies of water), and I love horror stories. However, I was a tad disappointed by this one.

There were two stories that really, really thrilled me and scared me. One was called A Senseless Eating Machine. I don't want to spoil anything about the story, but if you have a fear of sharks, this one may get under your skin. It's pretty crazy, but also pretty awesome. I think it's my all-time favorite in the collection.

The other one was called Tubular Hells. It takes Australian myths to a whole new level. It scared me, fascinated me, made me want to visit Australia, and made me very happy.

A lot of the stories involved mermaids and sirens, but there were a few that thought outside the box. Out of the 16 stories in the collection, the new I mentioned above were the best, in my opinion. There were probably 4 or 5 that were decent, and the others I didn't care for at all.

If you're looking for something new and different, and you enjoy short stories about the ocean and what may be lurking in those waters, pick up a copy of Lurking in the Deep. You just may find yourself thinking twice before going to the beach.

Overall, I'd rate this collection of stories 3.5 stars.



 About the Editor
Jaidis Shaw currently resides in South Carolina with her husband and two beautiful daughters. With a passion for reading, Jaidis can always be found surrounded by books and dreaming of new stories. She enjoys challenging herself by writing in different genres and currently has several projects in the works.

Jaidis also owns and operates Juniper Grove Book Solutions, voted Top Three for Best Promotional Firm, Site, or Resource in the 2013 Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll. In her spare time, Jaidis maintains her two blogs, Juniper Grove and Blooming with Jaidis. One of her main goals in life is to encourage her daughters to let their imaginations run wild.
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