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THIS IS AN INVITATION TO DROWNING.

These are the stories of things out of water—of sea bed deserts choked with ghosts; of the lonely, roving children of the fen. Here your garden grows belowground. You will be born into a cradle of your own bones, shadows will burst from your eyes, and your mouth will fill with thorns. Storms will twist inside you, and the ghost
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Published November 1st 2019 by Trepidatio Publishing
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Writing up my review for Black Static now. (Shhhhh...I loved it.)
Regina
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sarah writes wonderfully Gothic tales and I have been lucky to read so many of them over the past couple of years. She writes tales that make one uncomfortable to read but like a bad accident, you find yourself unable to stop. You need to see it through. Sara doesn't need to write a happy ending for you to be satisfied; chills and an uneasy sense of dread are just as good. Influenced by the original faerie tales that were meant to scare the shit out of you and teach you a lesson, HP Lovecraft, A ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
Originally posted at Kendall Reviews.


I always enjoy reading anthologies and author short story collections, and this one really caught my eye. Not just because of the lovely cover, but also because I was interested in checking out this author’s writing.

Here’s what I thought of each story:

ENDOSKELETAL: Everyone loves a good and creepy story about finding weird archaeological relics inside a cave. Even though we all know it’s a bad idea, human curiosity always wins and the characte/>
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Sara Tantlinger
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Read's short story collection is simply captivating. Each story transported me into its unique world, yet they all held threads of grief, of hope, of otherworldliness that helped everything feel just connected enough to make this collection perfectly comprised. It's hard to pick favorites, but I think "Through Gravel", "The Eyes of Salton Sea", "Renovation", and "Scavengers" might be my top 4. However, each story offers something powerful that I know will stay with me -- like the utter gri ...more
A.E.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*** Review copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review ***

The tremendously talented Gemma Files sets up Sarah Read’s new short story collection, Out of Water. It is highly and justifiably praiseworthy in its analysis of why Sarah’s collection is so important and should be very widely read.

With this collection, Sarah Read weaves a web so intricate and so divine that one would not blame Athena for turning her attention away from exacting revenge on Arachne to take
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Lou
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tales with creeping insidiousness and monstrosities of many kinds await.
From the collection these tales worked for me:

Endoskeletal

Subterranean, a deep chasm awaits, crafted evocatively with creeping insidiousness.

“There wasn’t much known about Paleolithic funerary rites. Because sites like this were never found.”

“A dozen skeletal remains filled shallow alcoves that lined the walls beneath the drawings. Beyond the alcoves, two narrow openings
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