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The Tunnelers

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  23 reviews
When a traumatized mining foreman is placed under the psychiatric care of Dr. Vincent Armstrong, the doctor thinks he has started just another shift. But as the victim begins to remember what drove him temporarily insane, Armstrong’s interest becomes personal, and he makes a series of discoveries that threaten to tear apart his carefully constructed scientific view of the ...more
Kindle Edition, 31 pages
Published May 20th 2011 by Solstice Publishing
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Steve Stred
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

I love getting emails from out of the blue from authors who have either found me on Barks fantastic reviewing list, seen my reviews here on Kendall Reviews or came across my own website.

I received a kind email from Geoff asking if I’d be willing to take a look at his novella ‘The Tunnelers.’ I cursory glance at the synopsis on Goodreads had me reply with an ‘absolutely,’ and once he sent it over I devoured this.

What I liked: The story is a gr
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Even though this story is short, it packs a punch. It is based on a Native American myth about what crawls below our feet. It's a short read told in first person style. It's a good sci-fi horror story. I enjoyed it. ...more
Valerie (Cats Luv Coffee)
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The Tunnelers tells the story through documentation of one Dr. Vincent Armstrong, a community psychiatrist at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care Center, after his disappearance. We are told from the start that the police who have seen the document, dismissed it as being immaterial to the investigation. However, the narrator believes differently.

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Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story. The tension during the interviews between Dr. Armstrong and Kirkwood was excellent and the stress just built and built. I was a bit sad to have it end so quick.
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Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Tunnelers by Geoff Gander

“They’re watching us down below!”

Michael Kirkwood suffered a terrible accident while overseeing the mining of a cave. With two coworkers missing and presumed dead, it’s understandable why Dr. Vincent Armstrong’s newest patient is shaken up. However, Kirkwood’s trauma appears to be the result of something more sinister than a simple cave in. As Dr. Armstrong witnesses Michael’s sanity unravel, he suspects that the mining foreman isn’t as crazy as he appears. However
Becky Condit
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very short story. Scary as fuck. If I tell you more it will spoil it for you and set the Tunnelers after me. Read it if you dare.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Story - 4.2
Narration - 4.0
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A mining foreman, Kirkwood has showed up the hospital after a mining accident, ranting, "They're watching us down below!" Fascinated, Dr. Michaelson has called in our initial narrator, Dr. Vince Armstrong. Through his notes, we watch what spectators might assume is Kirkwood's decent into madness. But the true horror might just be that it isn't madness at all.

So I found the oncoming threat of tunnelers interesting. That they want to live an existence away from humans is typical, but nothing abou
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I love the story and I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves horror stories. Hoping a sequel is in the works, thank you for this story!
Gary Peterson
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book and found it quite entertaining.
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Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Horror, Lovecraftian, Indigenous Legend
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An intriguing story of a Canadian Aboriginal legend proving to be factual, “The Tunnelers” is presented in first-person narrative by a psychiatrist who treats a mining safety inspector after a cave-in. When awake and conscious, the man, Kirkwood, is perfectly lucid, but hazy about memories of the incident. However, in his sleep, he raves about “Tunnelers,” and over and over again, moans “too deep, too deep!” Dr. Armstrong is deeply intrigued, and decides to investigate the legend for himself, to ...more
Iona Caldwell
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. It gave just enough information to keep you hooked and wonder what will happen next, but on the other hand, left enough to the imagination to allow the reader create their own elaborations. It's almost like a "build your own story" for adults. ...more
The Reading List (Megan)
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Tunnelers by Geoff Gander is a quick read, spanning only 27 pages on my e-reader but it is a gripping sci-fi horror tale that will not disappoint.

Told primarily in first person, The Tunnelers documents the treatment of patient Michael Kirkwood, a miner who is under Dr. Vincent Armstrong’s psychiatric care in the Evaluation Unit at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care Center.

Kirkwood is being treated for psychological damage because of a mining accident where he witnessed something attack and
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review on Dead Head Reviews

The Tunnellers is a short, tense read that will have the reader gripped from the very first page. Told as a series of entries by Dr. Armstrong, the epistolary format works really well to drop the reader right into the action, as Armstrong tries to untangle the events that brought mining foreman Kirkwood under his care.

The story has an old-fashioned feel to it, with the initial narrator presenting a forward, then expanding on the events at the end. And the framing
J.H. Kingsley
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I do so love a good horror story, and finding one that not only incorporates native legends (although I did not verify if the legend is real or one made up for the story) and is written in an original and entertaining way gives The Tunnelers two big points in its favor, at least for me.

But enough of my babbling lets get to the book. I loved the format of this story. It is written as if it were pages taken from a doctor’s notes in a case. Surprisingly the format helped the flow of the book and m
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, short-stories
Looking for a short story in the horror vein? Look no further. Psychiatrist Dr. Vincent Armstrong is on shift when a traumatised mine foreman is admitted to his care, apparently after witnessing a terrible accident. Once the victim starts to remember what remember what happened and reveal the details, Armstrong becomes almost obsessed with the case, and his research uncovers legends and information that threaten his until then wholly scientific view of the world. Gradually he comes to understand ...more
Jamie White
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Tunnelers is a short book but it's also very entertaining with a slightly different format the other recent releases I've read. It's mostly told through a Psychiatrist's journal entries. The Doctor has been called in to treat a man who has suffered mental trauma after witnessing a horrible accident at his work site. The man's extrememly agitated and completely terrified about being on the ground. Through the course of the man's treatment, the Doctor stumbles onto things he never imagined wer ...more
Dianne Hartsock
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There’s a slow build up of tension and suspense in this story that had me turning the pages to see where this intricate tale went next. Vincent takes on the challenge of a new patient, Michael Kirkwood, whose convoluted story of monsters and blood and death underground fascinates and intrigues him.

Vincent is pulled into Michael’s wild ramblings and begins to research the native legends of the Tunnelers. But the closer he gets to the truth, the more his fear grows that not only Michael’s life but
Jennifer-Crystal Johnson
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspenseful
This is an amazing example of a literary version of "found film" horror movies. From the very first page, the book draws you in and you can't help but continue reading as details are revealed and events documented by Dr. Armstrong.

Geoff Gander does a fantastic job of delivering a suspenseful thriller without a lot of blood, gore, and violence. It really makes you wonder: what else is out there in the world that we don't know about? After all... We don't know what we don't know.

I highly recommend
Dawn  McNutt
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fast read! An eerie tale and well written... but I'm not a writer, so read the description to see what it's about :). I would have probably knocked it down half a star, but only for leaving me wanting to know much much more about what these Tunnelers are up to now. Are there more books about these? I don't know yet, but I'd read them! :) ...more
Darlene Allen
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Interesting, messes with your mind! Recommend the audiobook.
Readers Roundtable
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A Recommended Read! Geoff Gander’s short story, The Tunnelers is very short and very, very scary. To view this review in its entirety, please visit ...more
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Prior to becoming a published author, Geoff was heavily involved in the roleplaying game community and wrote several game products - some of which have been published by Expeditious Retreat Press, Sentinel Hill Press, and others.

His first short novel, The Tunnelers, was published in 2011 by Solstice Publishing. He has since been published by Metahuman Press, AE SciFi, KnightWatch Press, Exile Edit

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