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These graphic and shocking 19 stories will definitely make you think twice about going fishing. --Fangoria
The stories in this anthology manage to be the most ingeniously revolting that I have ever read...but no matter the premise, each story is a treat--gory, creepy or just plain nuts. --Horror Web --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B003V8BUBG
- Publisher : Severed Press (August 18, 2011)
- Publication date : August 18, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 2038 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0980606500
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #339,475 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I also really enjoyed the giant crustacean tale, "Lobster Stew" by Gregory L. Norris, and "Old Man and the Puddle" by Hayden Williams was a well written tale of the perils of obsession. Meanwhile, "Blood in the River" by Steven R. Southard and "Dawes" by Steve Ruthenbeck, about an immortal vampire fish/man and a wereshark respectively, were at least pretty original.
The ratio of good to okay stories is 3:1 and even those okay stories aren't bad, merely unremarkable. Rather than go through every story, I'll bring up the highlights of what I found to be the bright spots.
The anthology came out strong with "Fox Goes Fission" by Ron Lemming. The story deals with an evil, cursed, rancid, hateful lake and the pages ooze with the sense of it. I could smell the foul rot, see the loathsome menace of it, hear the burbling venom and the flies.
The title of most gruesome and excessive story goes to Tim Curran and "Piraya", where the carnage at the teeth of undead piranha is told with gleeful explicitness.
Most creative is "Blood in the Water" by Steven R. Southard, dealing with a vampire that changes into a candiru.
The man seeking revenge on a wereshark in Steve Ruthenbeck's "Dawes" struck me as surprisingly heartfelt, and the story milked a sigh out of me.
In a book of monsters and death, Lance Schonberg serves up a surprisingly thoughtful and contemplative tale. I won't even nutshell it because I don't want to diminish the story, but the slow and philosophical story stood apart from the others.
The situation of "Death Roe" stands out as most unique of the set; Mark Onspaugh tells the tale of a man hiding in the desert from a mythical mermaid after he stole her eggs. It makes a fine final story.
I was satisfied enough to pick up the sequel Dead Bait 2, which is only available in ebook.
The standouts for me were: Chum Bucket as it featured a leviathan and those always 'get me'; The Test Drive had a Stephen King vibe and surprise; and Lobster Stew that was by far the best written and imagined. Death Roe drew you in and taught you not to take things that are not yours...especially mermaid eggs. I think I live in Canada because for much of the year our water is frozen.
Many different authors wrote some great stories and were a lot of fun but there were a few that just got stupid. And what was with all the anal rape of men by weird things? More than one story like that but not enough to ruin it by any means.
Also there were a couple of excellent stories that were very well written and I can easily see the author's making full fledged books out of them.
Final analysis, would very much recommend.
As I cannot find it elsewhere I am providing the table of contents:
Fox Goes Fission - Ron Leming
Chum Bucket - Eric Hermanson
Test Drive - Mike Norris
Old Man and the Puddle - Hayden Williams
Brunch - James Harris
Crawlies - David Dunwoody
Jungle Rot - Steve Lowe
Under the Boardwalk - Julius James DeAngelus
Noodlers - Murphy Edwards
Grim Adaptations - Aaron A. Polson
Blood in the River - Steven R. Southard
Piraya - Tim Curran
The Hanged Man -Bosley Gravel
Something Fishy is Going On -Mark Zirbel
Topwater - C.J. Killmer
Dawes - Steve Ruthenbeck
Searching for Sea Monsters - Lance Schonberg
Lobster Stew - Gregory L. Norris
Death Roe - Mark Onspaugh
I have a rather specialized interest in horror, Cthulhu mythos fiction, so I go trolling in aquatic themed books to see if I can uncover a hidden gem or two. The first story, Fox Goes Fission was an overlong disorganized mess and almost soured me on the book. However, I persevered and I'm glad I did. For the most part I was entertained and some stories were well written stand outs. Old Man and the Puddle was a very nicely creepy fish story, about a man in Hawaii who finally lands the big one in his favorite fishing hole...alas. Crawlies and Test Drive were somewhat similarly themed, about the unpleasant behavior of invertebrates, and both of them made me squirm! I also enjoyed the reverse fishing story Under the Boardwalk, the Vietnam war themed Jungle Rot, Piraya as as one of several zombie-ish tales in the book and the fish/lycanthropy undercurrents in Blood in the River. I would single out Noodlers, about rednecks and catfish, for outstanding prose. I was awestruck but the horrific lunatic hilarity of Something Fishy is Going On, which defies description. For my own particular taste, I think Chum Bucket fills the bill quite nicely. Mr. Hermanson has had stories in a few Lovecrafttian books and magazine over the years. In fact I could swear I had read Chum Bucket before in some other book, but no matter. It is not overtly Cthulhu mythos but I am happy to interpret it as such.
I think most horror fans will be happy with this book, particularly if you like aquatic themes. I know I was pleased as I idled away a few nights reading. For the amount of stories you get Dead Bait is a bit of a bargain.
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The writing is top notch with a fantastic selection of styles on offer. Brilliant as a holiday read, to dip in & out of, as there are stories or various lengthes & sometimes a theme just catches your eye.
I bought a second hand copy for a great price - get it & enjoy. Be warned some of the stories are gory.