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The Eyes Of Water

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  18 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Beneath the world . . .

The Mexican cenotés. Flooded caves that fracture the Yucatan Peninsula – places of mystery, the unexplored, and of ancient sacrifice.

When Alex meets an old friend while travelling, he doesn’t realise how far the encounter will take him. For Rick is exploring deep beneath the surface of the world, discovering new cave systems, one leading to the next.
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Paperback, First, 24 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Spectral Press

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Riju Ganguly
Jul 23, 2012 Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it
This story deals with highly recognisable people inhabiting an exotic locale. But unlike any other "exotic gothic" stories that might have come to your mind by now, this story does the following things exceedingly well, in a very short space: -

1. The hollowed subterranean caves of Yucatan Peninsula are drawn sharply, with all their beauty, mystery, and deadly uncertainties.
2. The characters are real, with their fear, pain, and loneliness.
3. The mystic nature of the encounter remains ambiguous en
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Mark
May 09, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Alex is in Cancun, spending time with his childhood friend Rick, enjoying the local culture and exploring cenotes, the flooded caverns along the Yucatan Peninsula. A call, from Rick’s sister Kath, leads Alex to the local mortuary where he has to identify a body with no face. Another striking entry in the Spectral Press line - and continuing the trend of not repeating any tropes or ideas from the other chapbooks - this has Alison Littlewood firing on all cylinders, painting vivid portraits of the ...more
T.I.M. James
Jul 03, 2012 T.I.M. James rated it really liked it
This is a story that borders very carefully the area between reality and unreality. Despite it's size - it is only a chapbook after all it paints a larger picture without saying too much. Without using too many words Littlewood gives you another to paint the definition yourself, no small feat.

From the what we are given we are able to see a friendship that goes back to childhood; friends that grew up together and although they are different and to some degree went their separate ways it is the ki
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Gef
Jun 13, 2012 Gef rated it really liked it
Each time I read a chapbook from Spectral Press, I'm delighted by how effectively the atmosphere of the British Isles is captured. This time, however, marks what I believe is the first time a story has featured a different locale. Mexico, no less.

Alex, a young traveler is to meet up with his long-time friend, Rick in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Rick, always the more adventurous of the two, has gotten into swimming the cenotes in Mexico, underwater caves that seem full of equal parts wonder
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Paul
Jun 12, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
The Mexican cenotés. Flooded caves that fracture the Yucatan Peninsula – places of mystery, the unexplored, and of ancient sacrifice.

When Alex meets an old friend while travelling, he doesn’t realise how far the encounter will take him. For Rick is exploring deep beneath the surface of the world, discovering new cave systems, one leading to the next. And when Alex is compelled to follow he has no way of knowing just how deep he will be expected to go, or how dark are the places he will find ther
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Colin Leslie
Jun 15, 2012 Colin Leslie rated it really liked it
Alison Littlewood’s star is definitely in the ascendancy at the moment and this chapbook follows her being roundly applauded for her novel A Cold Season. I managed to miss that one when it came out and given it’s distinctly wintry themes I have left it on the shelf till the snow arrives later in the year. All of which meant I was excited to read this story and see just how good Alison Littlewood is.



The Eyes Of Water of the title is a reference to a phenomenon off the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico
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K.E.
Jul 24, 2012 K.E. rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars

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