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Working on completing her ecology graduate degree, Bernice is doing invasive species research in Cleary Swamp when she is confronted by a mysterious hag who says she is the swamp’s caretaker. When Bernice discovers that the hag is actually a woman named Rebecca Hallett who disappeared in the swamp decades before she attempts to remove the strange old woman from Cleary Swam

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Published August 7th 2018 by Black Spot Books
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Felicia
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up

Come Back to the Swamp is a 111 page novella set in a swamp, featuring Bernice, a student working on her graduate degree in ecology when she comes across an old woman claiming that she IS the swamp. Yep. You read that right. This story isn't something I would normally read, sort of a cross between supernatural and mild horror. It reads like an episode of Tales From the Crypt, unnerving with some humor thrown in. Overall good writing with a novel plot.


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Jane
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 creepy but fun stars for Come Back to the Swamp!

A little bit spooky and really quirky, this novella was a whole lot of fun. We follow Bernice, a grad student who is spending the summer working on clearing invasive plant species out of the local swamp. One day as she toils away, Bernice is suddenly accosted by this clearly-not-all-okay-in-the-head old lady who quite forcibly demands that Bernice cease and desist doing harm to the swamp. Freaked out, Bernice flees, only to feel foolish later whe
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Steve
I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Not exactly my cup of tea, but this was well written and entertaining in a strange sort of way. More of a low-level creepiness than outright horror-fantasy, the tension was apparent throughout this short book, and it might make me think twice before I go traipsing off into the swamp or forest.
Lauren Stoolfire
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Bernice is doing invasive species research in Cleary Swamp for her graduate degree in ecology when she is confronted by a strange woman who claims to be the swamp. When Bernice uncovers that the old woman is a missing person named Rebecca Hallet who disappeared ages ago, she tries to get her some help. However, Rebecca has a supernatural connection to the swamp itself. The swamp knows that Rebecca's body isn't going to last m
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The Nerd Daily
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Seven Jane

New to audiobook, Laura Morrison’s Come Back to the Swamp is the spooky, swampy, supernatural solution to your June novella-audiobook needs!

Half space-opera, half ecological manifesto, Morrison weaves fantasy, science fiction, and a chilling atmosphere into a punch-packing novella that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The story follows ecology-grad student Bernice as she discovers a strange old woman orbiting the swamps of Cleary Sw
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Wol
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice, atmospheric start to my October reading! Come Back to the Swamp is a novella clocking in at around 110 pages, which makes it a perfect one-sitting story if you’re looking to settle in and get immersed. Our main character, Bernice, is a nerdy student who is working to remove invasive plant species from her local swamp as part of her ecology degree. But one afternoon as she hacks away at a particularly stubborn plant, she is confronted by an angry and disheveled old woman who clai ...more
Cassondra Windwalker
"There's only so. much struggling one can do when being pulled through a swamp by a crazy, single-minded, super-strong, old lady swamp cyborg, or whatever she was." This quote is the perfect introduction to "Come Back To The Swamp." Self-deprecating and matter-of-fact, the book is all the more compelling for the inevitability of its conclusion, leaving the reader to wonder how many of her own voices have already drawn her into a swamp from which there is no return. An excellent excursion into a ...more
Layla
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an eARC of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A short unnerving story about swamp magic and a legacy passed down through chance.

I liked the idea of the swamp magic and how it was passed from one person to the other, but I found the story to be a little lacking in detail, I needed a bit more substance. I wanted to know more about the previous swamp witch, I wanted to feel more for the main characters and I wanted more history about the swamp.

Fans of short, easy t
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Ryan Watt
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over the last five years, I have read a lot of novellas. It's a form that I have grown to love. Come Back to the Swamp does everything a good novella should do: It focuses on a small number of characters, in this case mostly one. Its story is tight, without extraneous material. It ends with a feeling that this incident, this important story in the character's life is ended, even if there is more to this world you want to know about.

Come Back to the Swamp is the story of Bernice, a Masters stude
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Alana Bloom
Morrison has a knack for description that completely drew me into the story and her background in Bernice’s field lent an interesting technical aspect to the storyline. I enjoyed the paranormal aspects, and I believe fans of speculative fiction would enjoy diving into this creepy, swampy story.

The biggest issue I had was I didn’t care for Bernice very much, particularly after her interactions with Kevin. I fully admit though, that I tend to have an issue with very little tolerance for annoying c
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Sue Wallace
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come back to the swamp by Laura Morrison.
 Working on completing her ecology graduate degree, Bernice is doing invasive species research in Cleary Swamp when she is confronted by a mysterious hag who says she is the swamp’s caretaker. When Bernice discovers that the hag is actually a woman named Rebecca Hallett who disappeared in the swamp decades before she attempts to remove the strange old woman from Cleary Swamp, but little does Bernice know that Rebecca has a mystical bond to the area—one t
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A darling, hopeful, and inspiring story, COME BACK TO THE SWAMP is a story of Cleary Swamp near Detroit, and the amazing adventures of a graduate student in Ecology. Bernice is determined on a Ph.D. track in environmental sciences, and part of her work is to try to eradicate invasive, non-native species. But in the swamp Bernice encounters a wild woman who insists she stop, because she is the swamp. Only a short time passes before the woman announc
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Kristine Hall
3.5 STARS. AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. I knew from the initial and thorough analogy that had main character Bernice fighting an invasive species of weeds as if she were fighting in battle that I was going to enjoy this story. And to take it next level, it isn't just any battle she's fighting, she compares her Japanese barberry battle to Arigorn's battle to save Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings) and even names her hedge clippers Andúril and Sting! Bernice speaks my language with things being "dorky" and te ...more
Lindy Ryan
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Half space-opera, half ecological manifesto, Morrison weaves fantasy, science fiction, and a chilling atmosphere into a punch-packing novella that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The story follows ecology-grad student Bernice as she discovers a strange old woman orbiting the swamps of Cleary Swamp, a local research site where Bernice is studying invasive species. Convinced the woman is a former civil rights activist named Rebecca who disappeared in the swamp decades earlier, Bernice believes ...more
Steph Warren
*I received a free ARC of this novel, with thanks to the author, Black Spot Books – Vesuvian Books and NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

This novella is a quick read that combines B-movie horror with a more serious ecological message.

Bernice is battling invasive non-native species’ in the middle of Cleary Swamp when she stumbles across a mysterious old woman. The woman claims to BE the swamp, but Bernice’s research into the area’s history suggest that she may be a loc
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Susan
What an oddly wonderful bit of fiction! This urban fantasy tale starts off so normal and quickly becomes a little odd and then transforms into wickedly engaging. I really liked the main character. She’s a college student out to study the native plants in a certain test plot of the swamp. Part of her duties are to remove invasive species. My inner biologist immediately connected with Bernice.

Then up pops this elderly woman who looks likes she’s been living rough in the swamp. She claims to actual
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Andrew Goeller
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science fiction, fantasy, thriller, horror, dark
Shelves: netgalley
Bernice is a Master's degree student, spending her summer with plants in the a swamp and daydreaming of her favorite sci-fi tv show. She is fighting the unwinnable fight of trying to rid the swamp of an invasive species when an old, mud-caked woman appeared. She claims to be the swamp, and she want's something from Bernice. What follows is a fast paced ride filled with terror, thrills, and mystical powers. Laura Morrison weaves a thrilling story from start to finish, and takes us all along for t ...more
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Come Back to the Swamp was a very quick read, closer to a short story than a novella. Despite this, Bernice and Kevin were sympathetic characters, and their development helped drive the story forward. The swamp setting was unique, and one I enjoyed, though the magical link and powers of its caretaker was left somewhat underexplained. Likewise, the story’s antagonist was not given as much motivation or backstory as I would have li
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Yicheng Liu
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-ARC Review, was given a copy to review by the publisher in exchange for a honest review-
9.5/10

I walked in reading this book with very few expectations; I have never read anything by this author before, but I was interested in the book because of the interesting premise and the fact that the author happens to be an environmental scientist and obviously knows a thing or two about the subject that this book covers. This book offers sharp witticisms and well-written passages that joins together as
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Aaron McQuiston
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Come Back to the Swamp by Laura Morrison is one of those novella that you can just imagine on the screen. The story is simple. Bernice, a graduate student is in the swamp trying to help clear out non-native plants when she runs into an old woman who claims she is the swamp. Using superhuman strength and speed, she drives Bernice out of the swamp. This starts a chain of events that really does feel like an episode of the new Creepshow or Twilight Zone TV series.. There are so many classic element

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Susan
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bernice is an ecology grad student doing research in a swamp. She is cutting away branches on an invasive species when she hears a voice. She stops cutting and looks around. Seeing no one, she continues cutting when an old crazy looking woman appears saying stop cutting, you’re hurting me. Bernice tells her no I am not, I am just cutting these branches. The old woman tells her that she is the swamp and it hurts her when Bernice cuts the branches. Becoming scare, she decides to leave and call her ...more
Amy
Ebook/ARC/Paranormal: I got this short story from the publisher in lieu of an honest review. It is an easy read that I started and finished in a few hours one afternoon while waiting for the refrigerator repairman.

This book starts out more like a horror book than science fiction as the situation is paranormal, much like my favorite book, The Ruins. Once you accept that, it is what it is, the story goes smoothly. Since I was given an ebook, I couldn't cheat and peek at the ending because I reall
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Kriti | Armed with A Book
Come back to the Swamp was a novella about a graduate student, Bernice, researching invasive species at Clearly Swamp. A fateful encounter with an old lady who tells her she is the hand of the swamp gives Bernice the opportunity to become the caretaker of the swamp itself. I found the magical realism angle of becoming one with the swamp and saving it interesting. Considering that Bernice was researching invasive species and the old lady had the power but not the motivation to get rid of them mad ...more
Nia Ireland
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story, you get a real feeling for how much the author enjoyed writing it and their love for the subject matter. 

It's an almost familiar narrative, the swamp needs a human caretaker and will go to extraordinary lengths to make sure it gets what it needs. While that is definitely creepy, you don't get the feeling that the swamp is 'evil' - it's just a force of nature doing what it has to to survive.

I felt that the characters could do with a bit more fine tuning, they don't se
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Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Audiobook Review April 2020

Story 4 Stars
Performance 5 Stars
Overall 4 Stars

COME BACK TO THE SWAMP reminded me of a spooky, intriguing episode of the Twilight Zone. The novella is bizarre and twisted, but with a message - beware of your ecological footprint. While not preachy, the author makes known her ecological views as she seamlessly weaves science and magic together. I love the supernatural aspect of the story. Adding a voice to the swamp was an interesting and thought provoking point of view
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Tina
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved how the author wove the mysteries of Cleary Swamp into a tale full of magic. Her thought provoking message about the defiling of our ecosystem was perfectly nestled into the plot without distracting from the characters. It was done in a truly unique and creative way showing off the authors' accomplished writing skills. I thoroughly enjoyed the creepy swamp hag the most. Trying to figure out her back story and visualizing her supernatural strength and abilities made the book for me. Just ...more
Sheela Kean
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very quick read (just over 100 pages) with elements of mild eerie horror and science fiction. The main character Bernice is spunky and likeable and her reactions to the unbelievable situation are completely relatable adding a bit of humor. The swamp and creepy old woman feel like nightmare fuel and I won't be venturing into one anytime soon, I like how this played out, it was unpredictable but not overly twisty. The ending was kind of nicely satisfying. The dialogue might seem a bit si ...more
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
COME BACK TO THE SWAMP reminded me of a spooky, intriguing episode of the Twilight Zone. The novella is bizarre and twisted, but with a message - beware of your ecological footprint. While not preachy, the author makes known her ecological views as she seamlessly weaves science and magic together. I love the supernatural aspect of the story. Adding a voice to the swamp was an interesting and thought provoking point of view. I will certainly think twice before spraying Roundup on my weeds and wil ...more
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"Come Back to the Swamp" is a short story unlike any other I've read. In it, the author paints a very vivid picture of a swamp, although not as vivid for the characters. It follows a woman named Bernice, who's goal is to clear a local swamp of invasive plant species before she is forced to move away to a new university to complete her PhD. She never expects a mangy old lady to attack her, though she claims to have a good reason.

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Tonya (Rustic Book Reviews)
I was sent this book by Black Spot Books and forgot to post my review here.

I have had this book before release date and started reading it as soon as it got the book.

This was a cute book. Nothing fancy but I enjoyed it. If you like a good swampy novel, this one is for you. It does have it small moments of eerie to it but I enjoyed it. The Swamp will call to you!!!

Thank you to Black Spot Books for sending me this book to review.
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Laura Morrison lives in the Metro Detroit area with her husband, daughters, cats, and vegetable garden. She has a bachelor’s degree in applied ecology and environmental science from Michigan Technological University. Before she was a writer and stay-at-home mom, she battled invasive species and researched turtles.

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