Something In The Water (Collections Book 2): Eddie Generous
Reviewed by Steve Stred
Many of us in the book world/social media book platforms have heard the name Eddie Generous before. Usually, it’s related to being the man behind the helm of the popular Unnerving features; podcast, magazine and publications.
Eddie Generous has also begun to develop the ability to surprise release his own works, and has developed his own core group of fans as well, which says something to his abilities, but also about his time management skills!
I grabbed Eddie’s release Radio Run last year, but have not been able to get to it, as of yet, but when Gavin offered up his two new collections, I jumped on it, for two specific reasons; I recall having a twitter conversation about the collections when Eddie was first discussing his plans on releasing the 26 stories he’d written, and the cover art. Each release features some stunning artwork, but this one specifically for Something in the Water is outstanding.
The stories within this first collection (and I don’t think there’s a specific order we’re supposed to read this in, I just read it in the order it loaded on my kindle) were fantastic. If you’ve read any of my own work, you’ll undoubtedly see my personal love of stories set in the cold and in the woods. Generous opens this collection up with some of the best “fantastical-paranormal” stories I’ve read in some time, and in one short he did a more resounding job of creeping me out than the entirety of the novel Hex. When you read this tale you’ll know exactly what I mean!
I think the gift within that Generous does, it jumps back and forth with a varied author’s voice and does it all with confidence. We don’t get tale after tale told from the same lens, the same prose and the collection is elevated for the better because of this.
I gave this collection 4.5/5 purely because I found two of the stories carried on a bit longer than I felt necessary. It wasn’t a case of poor writing or bad storytelling, I just found that after how concise and emotional Eddie was able to be, a couple lingered.
This is a fantastic collection and I’m glad I snagged it. After reading this and the other collection, I’m looking forward to seeing Eddie’s chops in a creature feature with Radio Run!
Star Rating (out of 5): 4.5*
Something In The Water (Collections Book 2)
From the brutal past in WHITE GHOST FUR, to the painful and troubling present in PROPER FARMER, to the terrifying days that lie ahead in UNEARTHLY SYMPHONY Eddie Generous, author of the monstrous adventure stories Radio Run and Great Big Teeth, and the haunted hotel novel Camp Summit, offers up twisted takes on classic creatures, a demon hiding in a modern subdivision, human monsters destroying the sacred notion of home, a farmhouse with much more awaiting new owners than some dust and cobwebs, and all the terrifying possibilities in between.
Something in the Water is a collection of 13 violent and disturbing tales with its sights set on manufacturing sleepless nights and paranoid days. Binge read all 13 stories…if you dare.
Steve Stred is an up-and-coming Dark, Bleak Horror author.
Steve is the author of the novel Invisible, the novellas Wagon Buddy, Yuri and Jane: the 816 Chronicles and two collections of short stories; Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery and Left Hand Path: 13 More Tales of Black Magick, the dark poetry collection Dim the Sun and his most recent release was the coming-of-age, urban legend tale The Girl Who Hid in the Trees.
On June 1st, 2019 his second full-length novel, The Stranger will be welcomed to the world.
Steve is also a voracious reader, reviewing everything he reads and submitting the majority of his reviews to be featured on Kendall Reviews.
Steve Stred is based in Edmonton, AB, Canada and lives with his wife, his son and their dog OJ.
You can follow Steve on Twitter @stevestred
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Ahhh… nothing like the annual summer family camping trip, right?
Malcolm, his wife Sam and their two kids have been staying at the same cabin, at the same campground for years now. Heck, Malcolm’s been coming to the campground since he was a kid.
Miles and miles of groomed trails, hiking, kayaking on the pristine lake. What’s not to like?
But this year… well this year’s different. You see, roof repairs have caused them to have to change their plans. Now they’re staying at the cabin at the end of season, in fact they’re the last campers before it closes for the winter.
While happy to be spending time with the family, Malcolm feels a shift.
The caretaker next door makes it known he hates him.
The trees… move and dance, as though calling him, beckoning him.
Then on a seemingly normal kayaking trip, the family makes a discovery.
YOU TAKE FROM ME
I TAKE FROM YOU
Something’s out there, just on the other side of the fence. Malcolm’s positive it’s just the caretaker trying to scare him, teach the family a lesson.
But what if it’s not…
What if there is something out there?
The Stranger is the second novel from Steve Stred and 9th release overall. The Stranger is another offering following in the footsteps of similar books Invisible, YURI and The Girl Who Hid in the Trees. As Steve describes his works; “dark, bleak horror.”
With this release, Steve has decided to look deeper into what makes humans tick. He confronts two key elements of mankind; bigotry and our environmental footprint.
Featuring stunning cover art by Chadwick St. John (www.inkshadows.com), The Stranger will be a story that will leave you feeling uneasy and have you looking at the trees differently.
Maybe it’s not the wind making the branches sway…