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The Fall: Tales From The Gulp 2 Kindle Edition
Strange things happen in The Gulp. The residents have grown used to it.
The isolated Australian harbour town of Gulpepper is not like other places. Some maps don’t even show it. And only outsiders use the full name. Everyone who lives there calls it The Gulp. The place has a habit of swallowing people.
A man enjoying early retirement makes the mistake of visiting The Gulp.
A fishing boat crew find themselves somewhere entirely unexpected.
A farmer has an argument with his wife that turns violent and then entirely catastrophic.
A Venture Scout troop from Enden travel a little too far on their bush excursion.
Everything that’s been getting stranger than usual in The Gulp begins to run completely out of control.
Five more novellas. Five more descents into darkness.
Welcome to The Gulp, where nothing is as it seems.
“If you’re a fan of one town horror anthologies with a best of 80s vibe (like anything from Castle Rock or Josh Malerman’s Goblin) then you really should get yourself some ‘Tales from the Gulp‘ by Alan Baxter.” – Sarah Pinborough, bestselling author of BEHIND HER EYES
- ASIN : B09QPS8VN3
- Publication date : April 12, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 5006 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 310 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #865,037 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #4,635 in Occult Horror
- #7,907 in Occult Fiction
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Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2022
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The first book introduced us to the world, and this visit again sees stories bumping into one another's locations as Bad Things begin to happen.
This time round, the greater evil at the heart of the town starts to show itself. But not so quickly. Baxter takes his time to show his hand. First we have a curio shop that ensnares an outsider with its weird magic. Then there's the fishing boat that takes us to a place even local residents are afraid of. Then there's the disintegration of a farmer's life and the extent he goes to in order to cover up a crime he has committed. And a group of scouts who find themselves pursued by horror and forced to seek refuge in the one town they shouldn't set foot in. All that before the grand finale itself.
Think of it as a series of Twilight Zone one-shots that wind together in the end, but with an Australian accent and a satisfying squelch as a shotgun blasts a whole in something that used to be flesh.
Warped. Twisted. Fabulous.
"This is a collection of short stories about a creepy Australian town where spooooky stuff happens to people, especially wandering outsiders. Not much to say about this one I haven't said about many other novels, short story collections, and ebooks, but it was worth the price. I recommend it if you need some quick scares."
That was my reaction to volume 1. Pretty much the same applies to Vol. 2, however, the previous 5 short stories tie into the 5 new ones in interesting ways, and the whole thing reaches a climax in the last short story that's pulled together really well, albeit with a couple small typographic errors I noticed (one 'if' should have been an 'of'). The whole interconnected setting along with the supernatural entity (not to give too much away) feels very Lovecraftian, and although the true nature of the evil resting beneath the town (and how some important characters were related to it) isn't fully explained in the final confrontation, some mystery is nice to leave for the sequel. So with all that said, I definitely got my money's worth with vol. 2 and I'm very happy.
I pre-ordered The Fall the first day it was available. I’d read its predecessor, The Gulp, and I couldn’t put it down. When I got to the end of it, I remember the feeling of excitement when I discovered Baxter’s note about more adventures in The Gulp to come. Between then and when I picked up The Fall, I was still able to recall each of the stories as well as the characters from the first book because they were so memorable. The best part is, The Fall is a continuation, and I was excited to be reunited with characters I’d already met and meet some new ones. There is something so satisfying about picking up a new book and being able to feel “at home” right away.
Baxter has a way of making misfortune and despair exciting. It’s such a guilty pleasure to read these stories, knowing bad things are about to befall unsuspecting people yet being unable to stop yourself from turning page after page for more. He will lure you to dip your toe into the water, and before you realize it you’re the next person to be ensconced in Gulpepper’s oddities and wonders, much like the characters in the book who wander into the small harbour town.
Each story fits seamlessly with the original five in The Gulp, adding on brilliantly. There are fine threads interweaving throughout each of these stories that build and build upon each other, creating a collection of horror that leaves you hungry for more.
Top reviews from other countries
Wonderfully creepy The Fall is another journey into the town of Gulpepper and all mysteries it contains.