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Steve Vernon can really smack out some short stories. I was first introduced to his work via Kelpie Dreams, followed by Kelpie Snow, and Harry's Mermaid (which is in this book). I also read his novella, Rueful Regret, and I decided that he is, simply put, a great writer. He must have a deep and abiding love of the sea, because he writes about it alot. Which is good for us as readers, because he knows how to write.
Out of all the stories, I think my favorite was In the Dark and the Deep, but the others are all good, too. Like I said, I had read Harry's Mermaid, and I also enjoyed I Know Why the Waters of the Sea Taste of Salt and the Woman who lost her tooth! It really is hard to pick out any single best story. These aren't "scary" tales, but they are creepy, and you will think about them for some time afterwards, and you won't look at the ocean the same way again. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
Stephen Richard Planalp does a great job narrating. He has tone that really sets a mood, and he plays the characters well, providing each a voice distinct and unique. He knows how to sell a story, and really makes you feel the events (like getting swallowed alive).
This is a fun collection of weird and creepy sea stories that will provide a perfect way to spend a few hours.
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