Deep Like the River

I have been looking forward to Deep Like the River by Tim Waggoner since Dark Regions Press began teasing this novella. The story description reminds me of the theme of The Willows by Algernon Blackwood, and the impressions I have read of the story so far also hints at Deep Like the River being working with the same atmosphere and theme. The novella was published yesterday and I picked up a copy right away. The book and ebook can be ordered from Dark Regions or Amazon. Review to follow soon.

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Description:

It was supposed to be fun. A chance to get away. An opportunity for two sisters to bond and for one sister to heal. It was a small river, calm, slow-moving. Perfect for a leisurely canoe trip on a beautiful summer day. But then they hear a baby crying on the shore, abandoned and overheated. Alie and Carin have to take her with them. They can’t just leave her there. A simple canoe trip becomes a rescue mission. But there’s something on the shore, hidden by the trees. Something that’s following them every step of the way – watching, waiting . . . Around every bend, the river becomes stranger, darker, more dangerous, until Alie isn’t sure what’s real and what isn’t. The river wants the child for itself, but no matter what it throws at her, Alie’s determined to get the baby to safety. She’s already lost one child. But she’ll have to fight the darkness that haunts the river – as well as the darkness within herself – if she doesn’t want to lose another.

Deep Like the River at Dark Region Press in hardcover, trade paperback and ebook here

 

Galveston: A Novel

Nic Pizzolatto has created one of the best shows in many years. True Detective is an enchanting story which hints at The King in Yellow, introduces the broad audience to not only that masterpiece but the philosophical works of Thomas Ligotti as well. Add Lovecraftian atmosphere and you got a unique piece of television history.

After watching True Detective I wanted to explore the other works of Nic Pizzolatto. I purchased Galveston: A Novel and read it in a day.

There is the blurb:

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 On the same day that Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he senses that his boss, a dangerous loan-sharking bar-owner, wants him dead. Known “without affection” to members of the boss’s crew as “Big Country” on account of his long hair, beard, and cowboy boots, Roy is alert to the possibility that a routine assignment could be a deathtrap. Which it is. Yet what the would-be killers do to Roy Cady is not the same as what he does to them, which is to say that after a smoking spasm of violence, they are mostly dead and he is mostly alive.

Before Roy makes his getaway, he realizes there are two women in the apartment, one of them still breathing, and he sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that causes a fateful decision. He takes her with him as he goes on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas—an action as ill-advised as it is inescapable. The girl’s name is Rocky, and she is too young, too tough, too sexy—and far too much trouble. Roy, Rocky, and her sister hide in the battered seascape of Galveston’s country-western bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pickup trucks, and ashed-out hopes. Any chance that they will find safety there is soon lost. Rocky is a girl with quite a story to tell, one that will pursue and damage Roy for a very long time to come.

This is without a doubt one of the most bleak novels I have read in a long time. The seed for True Detective is obvious throughout the novel, and this is simply a must-read for fans of the show. I will not spoil the book by going into any details. Just do yourself a favor, buy it!

The Hole

I am impressed by the productivity of William Meikle and his ability to still keep a high standard in his publications. I finished reading Island Life last week, and I really enjoyed that book. It combines the atmosphere of Scotland with the classic monster story (watch any monster movie from the 1950’s and you get a glimpse into the atmosphere of Island Life) and Cthulhu Mythos. I was genuinely  surprised by the direct reference to Cthulhu in the story, but it made sense to do so, and it fit perfectly into the plot.

Today Darkfuse published his latest novel, The Hole, which I have ordered.

Official description:

It starts with a hum that brings headaches and nosebleeds to the inhabitants of a sleepy country town. The next morning a sinkhole is noticed on a local landowner’s property. In that first day the town doctor tends to an increasing stream of patients, and the Sheriff tries to handle an ever growing subsidence problem. Two workmen, Fred and Charlie, are almost the first fatalities, working on the edge of the sinkhole when a fresh collapse begins, one that signals the start of holes forming all over town.

Soon the town is a disaster zone of collapsed houses, roads and lost people. And reports start to come in of things in the holes. Strange reports that vary wildly dependent on the persons seeing the phenomena. 

Things get worse. When the survivors try to flee the town, they find that the authorities have barricaded them in, and are shooting anyone who tries to leave. A small band take refuge in a local diner, hostage to both the CDC and more frequent visits from the creatures coming up out of the holes.

The matter comes to a climax when 6 survivors descend into the collapsed area, trying to survive while facing their worst fears, and looking for a way to save what is left of their town. Sacrifices have to be made. 

But will they be enough?

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This should be interesting.

Garden of Eden to become Iraqi national park

Iraq has been planning to become the new Egypt for years now, and finally things look to be moving ahead. Sound to think about the future as it is just a matter of time before the oil is gone. Time will tell if this will become an alternative to Egypt in terms of tourism, and if they have the skills to do so. But it is happening – finally. Let the revival of Mesopotamia begin!

News story here.