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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 1, 2020
Deep sea is collection of Lovecraftian stories centered around the depths of oceans on earth and beyond. A simple concept that realizes the very depths it covers by the fantastic writing within.
I'm a Lovecraftian junkie and read and re-read collections set in that world often and this immediately went into the read again section. From horrors unseen to giant creatures to mysterious objects that end up cursing the holder this has all the elements the Lovecraftian reader has come to know and love. Best of all it leaves that tingle in the back of your mind that sometimes itches in quiet moments. Are we really alone in the Universe and the top of the food chain? Should we explore the ocean's depths so that everything is brought to the surface so to speak? The answer here is no, but we would be better off if we were.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 12, 2020
Horror lies beneath the ocean waves, waiting for an unfortunate soul to come wading in its waters, waiting for seafarers to test its infinite powers, or sometimes not waiting at all, for its voice calls out, beckoning the lonely, the lovelorn, and the daring with promises of glory. But what awaits is more horrific than anything known to humankind, even in the darkest imaginings of our nightmares.
This anthology brings us twelve tales of cosmic horror set on the high seas or in its depths below, whether it be the Earth's waters—past, present, or future—or the unexplored seas of other worlds. Some stories have a stronger leaning toward the cosmic, yet all bring the horror in boatloads. From cursed pirates, aliens, ancient mysteries of the Arctic, sea creatures of unfathomable terrors, and even a colossal coral monster made of human flesh, this book is definitely worth a read for fans of Lovecraftian horror.
This anthology is full of great images, intriguing ideas and beautifully crafted, dark stories from a variety of talented writers. Their stories draw you into the depths of the sea. You may never go near the ocean again. I highly recommended reading it. Lynne Phillips
So packed full of great stories I’ll have to take each one in turn...
Together: Great characterisation, particularly of the lead character. Sense of forbidding builds nicely throughout before a conclusion that is strangely uplifting.
They Watch, They Whisper: Rollicking pirate yarn with some enjoyably dastardly villains and a neat twist in the tale.
Torsaaker’s Reef: A gripping, gory rollercoaster of a story. It’s so difficult to describe a Lovecraftian monster - there’s a reason why the man himself avoided it wherever possible. But here we get a long, hard stare into the belly of the beast and it’s horrific (yet somehow also hugely enjoyable!)
The Rashatek: Focussing on just two characters, this tale set in the not too distant future starts out lighthearted before things take a turn for the worse. After all, who can you trust when everything is not as it seems...?
A Voice Beneath the Waves: A haunting story of obsession and murder, with a Lovecraftian vibe. The evocative prose almost seems like poetry at times as it glides between the intensely personal to the cataclysmic. Great scene-setting as well!
Europa Rising: An unnerving sci-fi short told through the eyes of an unusual (and perhaps unreliable) narrator. The story brilliantly captures a sense of building unease amongst a small band of isolated explorers as their mission goes very wrong.
Prophecy of the Beast: A tale of voodoo, curses and monsters with a strong lead character that takes no prisoners!
Black Blood of the Earth: A slickly written story of betrayal and horror on an offshore rig. I raced through this one as the stakes built for our protagonist. Nice environmental subplot too, very topical!
Beneath the Arctic: Chilling (boom boom) depiction of a man’s slow descent into madness as he realises he’s signed up for more than he’s bargained for on a trip to the arctic.
Lost to the Sea: An unexpected swerve into romance in this story of a love triangle with a real bite! Offers a nice contrast of two obsessions: that of our protagonist; and that of his unrequited love.
Blue Blood: Get ready to rumble as the biggest grudge match on earth kicks off in front of our unfortunate nautical nobleman! Plunged straight into the action with no hanging around and maintains that dynamism until the very end. There’s a nice hook in the closing paragraphs that hints at even worse ahead for the MC - he is really not having a good time!
It's rare for me to enjoy every story in an anthology but this was one of those books! Brilliantly written, I found each tale unnerving, gripping and deeply satisfying on macabre level. It helps I have a deathly fear of the sea to spur along the horror. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys an adventurous and scary story.
The authors in this collection have been lured hook, line, and sinker, by Black Hare Press; and the outcome of their bountiful catch is this book that will drag you down into the depths of the ocean, pinning you there with the weight of pure Lovecraftian terror. I have not been able to put this book down and my children (14 and 11) have enjoyed listening to these tales just before bed.