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Dead Bait Kindle Edition
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: #851,948 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.
"Dead Bait" groups 19 short stories revolving loosely (very loosely indeed) around the subject of the horrors that await us in the waters. And I'll admit I fell for it hook, line and sinker (yes, pun was intended there.)
It was incredibly difficult to put this gem of an anthology down. I breezed through this thing in a mere 2 days, often staying up much much too late as I was totally engrossed (and often times grossed out) in the many different takes on this subject. There's zombie piranhas (Piraya), Russian Mail Order Brides (Something Fishy is Going On), stolen mermaid eggs (Death Roe), a giant lobster (Lobster Stew), a vampire fish (yes I said that right, a VAMPIRE fish) (Blood In River), and a good many other forms of water horror to keep you guessing at what comes next.
While the concept was great and more than 80% of the stories in here were good, "Dead Bait" nearly fell on its face from the very first page. I don't know who at Severed Press decided to run with the god-awful "Fox Goes Fission" as an opener, but it very nearly sealed the deal with this book...and that is almost the whole story here by the way. Although the humorous "Brunch" fits in nicely in the first 60 pages or so, the first half of "Dead Bait" contains ALL of the boring material: "Jungle Rot", "The Old Man and the Puddle" and the after mentioned "Fission" story. As a good editor, these stories should have been better spread out, and most defiantly NOT at the beginning of the book.
And of course, true to Severed Press's style, "Dead Bait"'s production values leave a lot to be desired. It's cheaply made (the background black of the fish doesn't meet the rest of the black in the cover), the type face is old-school (courier?) and the stories themselves are horrendous with typos and general literary mistakes. I lost count at the times sentences lacked proper commas and semi-colons, or how many dialogues were never finished due to a lack of quotation marks.
Strange story placement and editing flaws aside, "Dead Bait" was both thoroughly enjoyable and original which are things I have come to expect with the new Severed Press line. I guess I should continue to expect great new releases from a publisher that already has the marvelous Tim Curran on their payroll.
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.
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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.