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Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 18 Kindle Edition
Kevin Lauderdale shares a letter from the past.
Terry R. Hill offers scientific insight.
Philip Harris tells us 12 things we need to know.
And Daniel Arthur Smith shares another clip from the Lost Tapes series
Tales from the Canyons of the Damned (canyonsofthedamned.com) is a dark science fiction, horror, & slipstream magazine we've been working on since 2015. What is Dark Science Fiction and Horror? Think of it as a literary Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, or Outer Limits, it's Netflix's Black Mirror in the short story format. And it's a bargain. Each monthly issue has three-to-five sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales from today's top speculative fiction writers.
These are Dark Sci Fi Slipstream Tales like you've never read before.
- ASIN : B074LJC1G1
- Publisher : Holt Smith Limited (August 5, 2017)
- Publication date : August 5, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 734 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 73 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1946777331
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,107,088 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is like stepping back in time and revisiting Twilight Zone, or Tales from the Darkside (I loved those shows, by the way. So, this is a good thing.). This little book is a collection of short stories and all of them have a theme involving the sea. The four authors in this book have a very creative, entertaining imagination. They have the ability to pull you in and engage you in these well-written shorts. I would recommend this book for anyone, pre-teen to adult, who enjoys big stories in short form. This book will not disappoint.
First featured story is "A Personal Account of the Battle of the Eurydice and the Sceptre by Kevin Lauderdale. What a way to open a collection of stories! Wow! This story is an intense, historical account of a battle at sea from a Navy father to his Navy son. This detailed story was fascinating and well thought out. You can visualize what the author wants you to see. It is engaging and it keeps you turning pages to see what comes next. Just wait until you hear how this one ends! Check it out! Very nice tale.
The next story is "Voices from the Deep" by Terry R. Hill. Human beings have such an interest in containing and domesticating animals. It is not often that one considers what brings us joy - to have and to hold - may not be as pleasurable for things born free. Hill tackles that issue in a big way with his moving story about Lennie. From the first word to the last, you are treated to enough background to draw you in without being so overdone that you don't care. You develop an emotional attachment to these characters and you get a sense of who they truly are. Terry has done an amazing job of making these people real, explaining a "process," and driving home a lasting thought, neatly delivered in the form of this amazing short story. Being a fan of his previous works, he had a lot to live up to and I wondered how he would do that in a short story. Terry R. Hill proves he is versatile and talented. This is one of my favorite works that he has penned. Great story at the perfect time, considering some of the arguments rolling through society at this current time. Well thought out, pointed story. Another must read from Terry R. Hill!
The next story, "12 Things You Need to Know About Merfolk" by Philip Harris is one I highly recommend for anyone who likes mermaids/mermen. It is a fun collection of everything you ever needed to know about Merfolk. It is interesting and it makes your mind work. I like Harris' approach to this topic and found his writing style easy to read. It's entertaining and interesting. This is another tale that makes this a wise, entertaining purchase - not only for sci-fi fans, but for all readers.
"The Lost Tapes - Sirens of Bartholomew" by Daniel Arthur Smith is the last and final story in this collection. I have to say that I enjoyed this story, as well. It seems like the perfect wrap for these well-written, entertaining masterpieces. I am angry with Smith for personal reasons. I wanted the sirens to look "typical." I jest, because romance is typically my genre, so I assure you, that is a personal issue and nothing the writer has done wrong. In fact, even though I wanted them to be less "sci-fi," I have to give credit to this author for writing them exactly as he should have - only better. This was another engaging story and I really liked the concept and the writer's easy style.
Having said all of this, if you enjoy sci-fi, these stories from the churning waters will definitely make you happy. There is a great deal of talent in this work and I always find a point to critique. I'm at a loss, in this case. I truly cannot find one single thing to pick at. This was a brilliant work. It was entertaining and engaging. Each story left me with a feeling that each author had applied themselves to bring the reader a story that is worthy of the time spent. I will read these stories, again, because it is fun. It is something different than what I would typically reach for, so that is also a credit to these four authors. It doesn't matter who you are, if you have respect for creative arts in any form, this one is for you.
Kevin Lauderdale’s “A Personal Account of the Battle of the Eurydice and the Sceptre” – In a series of incidents in 1808, the British fought against the French ship Sceptre and lost…but how? And in the next skirmish, will they be able to succeed against such overwhelming odds? A thrilling series of battles that highlights courageousness, seamanship and an intriguing mystery that is both surprising and scary. It’s also fascinating to be taken back to a time to when battles were fought on the high seas using cannons and cutlasses, as the storytelling was top-notch.
Terry R. Hill’s “Voices from the Deep” – Dr. George Martin runs the cetacean research facility at NOAA’s marine laboratory, working with a male orca that has a brain injury. Nursing it back to health, George makes a startling discovery that could have tremendous ramifications for all of humanity! A deep character study about a doctor and his autistic son as well as a scientifically mesmerizing tale that expertly weaves both storylines together to create a compelling story with an unexpected and emotional ending.
Philip Harris’ “12 Things You Need to Know About Merfolk” –At a construction zone deep underneath the water, accidents keep occurring… but they’re being caused by merfolk?! How did this happen? This short guide details the history of this feud between humans and the underwater dwellers. And what a dark and absorbing history it is, dating back to mid-1800’s. This secret history is succinctly brought to light and is woven together seamlessly. It makes for a spellbinding tale of two peoples who cannot get along and the escalation of their warfare and the unusual ways it manifested.
Daniel Arthur Smith’s “The Lost Tapes – Sirens of Bartholomew” – Special agents are interviewing Mr. Volkov about the disappearance of his crew out at sea. What he has to tell them is spooky and just a bit unbelievable. But did it really happen? This is a disturbing and enrapturing short story about the things he said he witnessed and I got caught up in the telling of the tale and its events.
Each addition to the line of Canyons collections continues to bring captivating stories to the table, utilizing their theme well and with storytelling panache. This nautically themed collection tells alluring tales of horror and mystery while also featuring well-rounded characters that you want to know more about. The detailed use of history and science infused into the majority of these stories illuminated it superbly and was utilized impressively.
This time it's gone all nautical, wet and squishy on us folks.
Kevin Lauderdale gives us a sea battle with uneven evil advantages on one side.
Terry R. Hill's has a very touching tale of the close contact of a brain damaged orca and the disabled son of a scientist, which ends with a dark twist. Best one of the collection!
Philip Harris has some hard and unexpected facts about mermaids (Merfolk).
As usual, Daniel Arthur Smith ends this episode with a weird and scary tale. This time we are reminded of those ancient horrors that were the SIRENS.....