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Terror in the Trench is an exploration of deep-sea horror from Dead Sea Press and the first entry in the Dead Seas series, a collection of anthologies raising money for oceanic conservation charities like The Shark Trust and Orca Conservancy. In this book, you'll find fifteen frightening tales from some truly talented horror writers. A submarine thought lost to the ocean re Terror in the Trench is an exploration of deep-sea horror from Dead Sea Press and the first entry in the Dead Seas series, a collection of anthologies raising money for oceanic conservation charities like The Shark Trust and Orca Conservancy. In this book, you'll find fifteen frightening tales from some truly talented horror writers. A submarine thought lost to the ocean reappears on the surface, now a vessel for more than just corpses. A journey to the Marianas Trench for rich delicacies brings only death and horror. Called to the sea by the mysterious Julia recording, a group of explorers discover something dangerous beneath the waves... All this and more in this thrilling collection of stories from Laurel Hightower, Kay Hanifen, Joshua Marsella, Thomas Gloom, Mocha Pennington, Nicola Kapron, Nikki R. Leigh, Spencer Hamilton, Matthew Stevens, Megan Kiekel Anderson, Andrew Cull, Catarina Prata, Hannah Hulbert, Craig Wallwork, and Jack Harding. Don't forget: every penny of profit goes right to The Shark Trust, an organisation promoting the conservation and protection of sharks, skates and rays. Your support is hugely appreciated.


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Terror in the Trench is an exploration of deep-sea horror from Dead Sea Press and the first entry in the Dead Seas series, a collection of anthologies raising money for oceanic conservation charities like The Shark Trust and Orca Conservancy. In this book, you'll find fifteen frightening tales from some truly talented horror writers. A submarine thought lost to the ocean re Terror in the Trench is an exploration of deep-sea horror from Dead Sea Press and the first entry in the Dead Seas series, a collection of anthologies raising money for oceanic conservation charities like The Shark Trust and Orca Conservancy. In this book, you'll find fifteen frightening tales from some truly talented horror writers. A submarine thought lost to the ocean reappears on the surface, now a vessel for more than just corpses. A journey to the Marianas Trench for rich delicacies brings only death and horror. Called to the sea by the mysterious Julia recording, a group of explorers discover something dangerous beneath the waves... All this and more in this thrilling collection of stories from Laurel Hightower, Kay Hanifen, Joshua Marsella, Thomas Gloom, Mocha Pennington, Nicola Kapron, Nikki R. Leigh, Spencer Hamilton, Matthew Stevens, Megan Kiekel Anderson, Andrew Cull, Catarina Prata, Hannah Hulbert, Craig Wallwork, and Jack Harding. Don't forget: every penny of profit goes right to The Shark Trust, an organisation promoting the conservation and protection of sharks, skates and rays. Your support is hugely appreciated.

30 review for Terror in the Trench: An Anthology of Aquatic Horror (Dead Seas Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    DISTRESS CALL by Laurel Hightower ☆☆☆☆ PROJECT WHALE SONG by Kay Hanifen ☆☆☆ THE ANGLER AND THE RAVEN by Joshua Marsella ☆☆☆☆☆ DEEP PURPLE by Thomas Gloom ☆☆☆☆ MELANCHOLIC BLUE by Mocha Pennington ☆☆☆ DEEPWATER SIREN by Nicola Kapron ☆☆☆☆ ESCARGOT, EXCEPT IT’S YOU by Nikki R. Leigh ☆☆☆☆ WEREWOLVES AND TENTACLES by Spencer Hamilton ☆☆ UNFATHOMABLE by Matthew Stevens ☆☆☆ LIGHT THE WAY by Megan Kiekel Anderson ☆☆ JULIA by Andrew Cull ☆☆☆☆ THE LAST DIVE by Catarina Prata ☆☆☆ PRESSURE DIFFERENTIALS by Hannah Hul DISTRESS CALL by Laurel Hightower ☆☆☆☆ PROJECT WHALE SONG by Kay Hanifen ☆☆☆ THE ANGLER AND THE RAVEN by Joshua Marsella ☆☆☆☆☆ DEEP PURPLE by Thomas Gloom ☆☆☆☆ MELANCHOLIC BLUE by Mocha Pennington ☆☆☆ DEEPWATER SIREN by Nicola Kapron ☆☆☆☆ ESCARGOT, EXCEPT IT’S YOU by Nikki R. Leigh ☆☆☆☆ WEREWOLVES AND TENTACLES by Spencer Hamilton ☆☆ UNFATHOMABLE by Matthew Stevens ☆☆☆ LIGHT THE WAY by Megan Kiekel Anderson ☆☆ JULIA by Andrew Cull ☆☆☆☆ THE LAST DIVE by Catarina Prata ☆☆☆ PRESSURE DIFFERENTIALS by Hannah Hulbert ☆☆☆ THE MANY GHOSTS OF THE DEEP by Craig Wallwork ☆☆☆☆☆ THE END OF THE LINE by Jack Harding ☆☆☆☆ A mixed bag of aquatic horror creature feature short tales as expected, but this trilogy of Dead Seas anthologies was for cheap on kindle store, profits of this charity collection are going to The Shark Trust, an organisation promoting the conservation and protection of sharks, skates and rays, and I've found among these stories a few good authors to keep an eye on in the future. A solid and entertaining summer read. Final vote: ☆☆☆ 1/2

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zain

    Wet and Horrific. The Mariana Trench is the location of the little horror stories that are in this book. The stories range from scary and mysterious to downright creepy and horrific. There are lots of sea creatures and several sea monsters that are waiting to feast on the trespassers that ventures into the Trenches. All of the stories are good and are waiting for you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Samuel (Still Reading Sam) M.

    4.5/5 ⭐ rounded up. Terror in the Trench is a great collection of short stories featuring seas and oceans that I really enjoyed! Here's a brief bit about the stories and my review for each; . Distress Call - Laurel Hightower - The USS Ligeia disappeared in 1942, but it has returned and is sending out a distress call. Eccentric explorer Rick Atlas wants to explore but when he goes quiet, his employee, Sophie, grows worried... I like the concept of a long lost sub returning. Really works nicely. Whe 4.5/5 ⭐ rounded up. Terror in the Trench is a great collection of short stories featuring seas and oceans that I really enjoyed! Here's a brief bit about the stories and my review for each; . Distress Call - Laurel Hightower - The USS Ligeia disappeared in 1942, but it has returned and is sending out a distress call. Eccentric explorer Rick Atlas wants to explore but when he goes quiet, his employee, Sophie, grows worried... I like the concept of a long lost sub returning. Really works nicely. When Sophie enters the Ligeia it really hooks and makes you wonder what's real. My only wish it was a bit longer. 4.5 ⭐ Project Whale Song - Kay Hanifen - At Point Nemo, Dr Lindsay Abara is the lone survivor after a sonar attack. But what happened with Project Whale Song?... I liked Dr Abara and it was nice to see some deaf representation in horror! The way it's written, the story and the mystery are all so well done. Great twist to this one! 5/5 ⭐ The Angler and the Raven - Joshua Marsella - Fisherman's Island, Chesapeake Bay 1856. Jeremiah Hornsbury a loner by choice is working as an angler in the Bay. He's alone on the island? Or is he?... A very atmospheric story tale with the fog, sights and sounds. A familiar theme appears in this one but Marsella puts a great spin on it! Great ending! 5/5 ⭐ Deep Purple - Thomas Gloom - 72 Hours ago a cruise ship was meant to dock but disappeared. The US coast guard is sent to investigate but what awaits off the Texas coast?... A sunken cruise liner is a great touch. I like the idea that the Texan coast is like the Bermuda triangle in a way. What awaits in the ship and how it ended was great. But I still wanted a tiny bit more. 4.5/5 ⭐ Melancholic Blue - Mocha Pennington - Laslia, her partner Ricky, Ricky's brother Saul and Jennie are on a yatch in the Atlantic. But as they sail along, Laslia is plunged into darkness... I like how this one grows as a story. There's a great twist to this one that's hinted at through out. There's an unexpected element but one I thought was a great touch. 4.5/5 ⭐ Deep Water Siren - Nicola Kapron - Jack is diving deep in his sub. But strange flashes keep appearing before him and he wants to discover their source... A great story I really got lost in. The way it unfolds is wonderful and there's a great idea that's executed brilliantly. But again I wished for a longer end 4.5/5 ⭐ Escargot, Except It's Got You - Nikki R. Leigh - Maura married Natalia for purely selfish reasons. Maura wants her partner to grab a fabled Japanese Trench Snail to serve and be awarded a Michelin star. But nothing will stop Maura's desire... A dark tale which I really enjoyed. The more human, grounded nature of this one works. Then we go down to the Trench and things really go a bit different but brilliant! 5/5 ⭐ Werewolves and Tentacles - Spencer Hamilton - Anastasia is a " Void Hunter" who is being pursued by a werewolf in an underwater bunker. But outside something worse awaits... I have spoken with Spencer since reading this story and there is a lot going on but it's good and things are headed in an interesting direction 👀 one you have to focus on but very enjoyable. 4.5/5 ⭐ Unfathomable - Matthew Stevens - In the Carribbean, Professor Wade is diving in his sub, "Dorothy" into an underwater cave network. But what awaits him?... I like how are you eased into this one. The way it grows with what you see, hear and feel works. It ends on a great note, bleak but great. 4.5/5 ⭐ Light The Way - Megan Keikel Anderson - Deep beneath the surface, creatures look at the damage humans have done to the oceans... The realistic element of this one is great! I like how it examines the 21st century world and how we hear from the fish themselves. A different narrative but well done! 4.5/5 ⭐ Julia - Andrew Cull - On March 1st 1999, a very loud noise is recorded by NOAA in the Pacific and dubbed "Julia". Our narrator, Tom, heads to investigate the source... I got "Bloop" vibes from this one funnily enough. It's a great story and i don't want to say too much and drop big spoilers but I did really enjoy it. 4.5/5 ⭐ The Last Dive - Catarina Prata - Celia was on a dive with their partner Adam, but things go very very wrong... The opening lines for this hooked me. The mixing of the real and unreal works in this case. I felt sorry for Celia and disliked Adam greatly. The ending again was good but once more I feel more could have been squeezed 🤔 4.5/5 ⭐ Pressure Differentials - Hannah Hulbert - Tara and her crew are on the North Sea's floor looking for a new pipeline. But strangeness awaits... A bit of an odd tale but I did enjoy it! I was curious as to what was going on with Jonah as he was a curious figure. The ending was a bit funny and I had to reread it to be sure I was right on it but another good story 4.5/5 ⭐ The Many Ghosts of the Deep - Craig Wallwork - You are on a plane crash in the ocean. But that's only the start of your issues... Normally I'm not big on second person narratives but this one worked. You become engrossed with this story and really get into the mindset of it all. Very well done. 4.5/5 ⭐ The End of the Line - Jack Harding - An old man in his boat on a cold January's night was sold magic worms to fish with. Will the ragworms help him?... The main character Peter and his Alzheimer's worked as you were unsure what's real and what's fake. A very Bradbury esque story opener which sets the scene nicely. A nice twist in this that I enjoyed! I think this could have been longer again but it was still well done 4.5/5 ⭐

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dave Musson

    The ocean is four things; big, wet, beautiful, and terrifying. This first collection from Dead Sea Press - which is also raising money for the Shark Trust along the way - captures all of those things wonderfully, and is another example of just how much incredible indie horror talent there is to discover. As with any anthology, not everything here did the business for me - although I will say that this one’s hit rate was impressively high. From Laurel Hightower’s messed up ghost ship/creepy mermai The ocean is four things; big, wet, beautiful, and terrifying. This first collection from Dead Sea Press - which is also raising money for the Shark Trust along the way - captures all of those things wonderfully, and is another example of just how much incredible indie horror talent there is to discover. As with any anthology, not everything here did the business for me - although I will say that this one’s hit rate was impressively high. From Laurel Hightower’s messed up ghost ship/creepy mermaid mashup Distress Call at the start, to Jack Harding’s downbeat ending of The End of The Line, there is a lot to love here. My favourites were Melancholic Blue by Mocha Pennington, which was beautifully written, chilling, and haunting, and Julia by Andrew Cull, which was simply excellent - really assured and accomplished writing and a story that gets more disturbing as it goes on. However, I also want to shout out some others that I enjoyed: Thomas Gloom’s Deep Purple was super creative, likewise Escargot Except It’s You by Nikki R Leigh. Spencer Hamilton’s decision to put a werewolf at the bottom of the sea was wonderful, The Many Ghosts of the Deep by Craig Wallwork was devastating and terrific, while Joshua Marsella’s The Angler and the Raven had the single best gross-out of the entire collection. In short, this is a fantastic anthology that is well worth your time, and is the first of many charity collections from this new imprint. If the rest are as strong as this, we’re in for a treat!

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Lynch

    Dead Sea press kicks off a series of charity anthologies with Terror in the Trench. Anthologies can be a bit of a mixed bag, but I was excited for this one because of the theme. I think that despite the beauty and wonder of the ocean, it is also a horrible, unknowable place. Familiar names in this anthology led me to believe that it was in good hands, and I must say, it did not disappoint. My favorite stories here were Distress Call by Laurel Hightower The angler and the raven by Josh Marsella Julia Dead Sea press kicks off a series of charity anthologies with Terror in the Trench. Anthologies can be a bit of a mixed bag, but I was excited for this one because of the theme. I think that despite the beauty and wonder of the ocean, it is also a horrible, unknowable place. Familiar names in this anthology led me to believe that it was in good hands, and I must say, it did not disappoint. My favorite stories here were Distress Call by Laurel Hightower The angler and the raven by Josh Marsella Julia by Andy Cull The end of the line by Jack Harding definitely check this one out, all proceeds go to the shark trust.

  6. 5 out of 5

    looneybooks79

    aquatic indie horror collection If my fear of water wasn’t already bad enough, it sure is going to be worse now after reading the first volume of this series of aquatic horror by some of the best in the indie horror scene, and some (to me) new names that definitely proved their worth! I am keen on continuing the series now and I also want to see another anthology rise from this series: Sky horror! Where each story is about something in the vast skies, alien visitors or any other kind of aerial ho aquatic indie horror collection If my fear of water wasn’t already bad enough, it sure is going to be worse now after reading the first volume of this series of aquatic horror by some of the best in the indie horror scene, and some (to me) new names that definitely proved their worth! I am keen on continuing the series now and I also want to see another anthology rise from this series: Sky horror! Where each story is about something in the vast skies, alien visitors or any other kind of aerial horror… (I suggested it on Twitter, so who knows) A strong collection of stories, each written in the writers’ individual voices and with their own take on aquatic horror! I’m a fan! http://looneybooks79.blog/2022/08/06/...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel M

    This is a good little collection of sea horror. I got this book in a monthly subscription, it’s not my favourite theme, while the stories were good I do find them repetitive with similar story lines. On a whole I did enjoy the book but I kept having to break in between stories. And another bonus about the book is that it is for charity and all profits are donated to The Shark Trust.

  8. 4 out of 5

    C.D. Kester

    Great book for a great cause There's a lot to like about this book. The first being that 100% of the profit is donated to The Shark Trust which is a UK charity that promotes conservation of sharks and rays. Laurel High tower got things going with a bang in Distress Call. Another favorites was Escargot, Except it's You by Nikki R. Leigh where a woman is willing to go to any lengths to get a deep water snail from the Mariana Trench for her culinary ambitions. The Many Ghosts of the Deep by Craig Wall Great book for a great cause There's a lot to like about this book. The first being that 100% of the profit is donated to The Shark Trust which is a UK charity that promotes conservation of sharks and rays. Laurel High tower got things going with a bang in Distress Call. Another favorites was Escargot, Except it's You by Nikki R. Leigh where a woman is willing to go to any lengths to get a deep water snail from the Mariana Trench for her culinary ambitions. The Many Ghosts of the Deep by Craig Wallwork was an intense ride that will be especially effective for parents. This one really made an impact and had me reeling. Finally Jack Harding finished things out with The End of the Line. This one was relaxing, weird, and very well written. It gives a look at things possibly to come if we don't pull together to fix the way things are heading.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emma Parfitt

    Awesome little book of short, terrifying stories from the deep! There’s something unnerving about the unknown and a lot of the stories focus on using your own imagination. A great book when you want to read a quick story on the go

  10. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Seeing that the profits from this book went to the Shark Trust and that it was an anthology of sea-based horror short stories made it an easy day one buy! The stories are spread out to cover many different parts of the genre! Cosmic Horror! Creature Feature! Ghost Story! End of Life Stories! Ending of the world stories! And what the hell a Werewolf story too! It’s amazing work that these writers and editors have done in getting this anthology series going and I can’t wait for the rest!!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Terror in the Trench - 5/5 Edited by Jay Alexander This most definitely was an anthology of aquatic horror. Having read BITTER CHILLS and WELCOME TO THE FUNHOUSE, I knew this was something I just could not miss! You can read about the somewhat supernatural happenings in DISTRESS CALL, quickly followed by the desperate transcript of a lone scientist in PROJECT WHALE SONG. THE ANGLER AND THE RAVEN is set in 1856 and tells the tale of a haunting. A missing cruise ship which suddenly just reappears Terror in the Trench - 5/5 Edited by Jay Alexander This most definitely was an anthology of aquatic horror. Having read BITTER CHILLS and WELCOME TO THE FUNHOUSE, I knew this was something I just could not miss! You can read about the somewhat supernatural happenings in DISTRESS CALL, quickly followed by the desperate transcript of a lone scientist in PROJECT WHALE SONG. THE ANGLER AND THE RAVEN is set in 1856 and tells the tale of a haunting. A missing cruise ship which suddenly just reappears in DEEP PURPLE. A somewhat odd tale of murder in MELANCHOLIC BLUE. A deep sea exploration gone wrong in DEEPWATER SIREN. ESCARGOT, EXCEPT IT'S YOU, is the fun story of a chef who feels their success is at the bottom of the Japan Trench. Two terrifying monsters attack in WEREWOLVES AND TENTACLES. Another deep sea exploration gone wrong in UNFATHOMABLE. A story set in a futuristic time, highlighting the perils of man in LIGHT THE WAY. The story of JULIA - a grieving mans second chance. THE LAST DIVE - a story of a diver who made the wrong decision. The terrifying story of sensory deprivation in PRESSURE DIFFERENTIALS. A plane crashes into the ocean in THE MANY GHOSTS OF THE DEEP. And lastly, the sad story of an elderly gentleman in THE END OF THE LINE. If you love creature feature horror and you love deep sea terror - this is definitely a book for you!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    A fun anthology of ocean-based horror short stories. The quality ranges pretty dramatically, but as someone who often craves some get-under-your-skin oceanic scares, this scratches the itch. About half of the 15 stories included here are good, while the other half range from “eh” to “yikes.” Thankfully, most of the stories I didn’t like were also on the shorter end. Considering how cheap these anthologies are—I also picked up the next two volumes—and that all the profits go to The Shark Trust, a A fun anthology of ocean-based horror short stories. The quality ranges pretty dramatically, but as someone who often craves some get-under-your-skin oceanic scares, this scratches the itch. About half of the 15 stories included here are good, while the other half range from “eh” to “yikes.” Thankfully, most of the stories I didn’t like were also on the shorter end. Considering how cheap these anthologies are—I also picked up the next two volumes—and that all the profits go to The Shark Trust, a charitable organization, this is an easy title for me to recommend. As long as you’re okay with some grisly, always unsettling, and often dour stories about how beautiful/terrifying the promise of the ocean is, of course.

  13. 4 out of 5

    em (ghost reads)

    A solid collection of ocean-themed short stories that seemed to really hit its stride in the second half. Greats include: - Unfathomable by Matthew Stevens - Julia by Andrew Cull - The Last Dive by Catarina Prata - Pressure Differentials by Hannah Hulbert Best of the collection includes: - Light the Way by Megan Kiekel Anderson - The Many Ghosts of the Deep by Craig Wallwork

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robin Knabel

    I think I knew I was going to love this book before I even opened it. I loved this. I love that the proceeds go to a wonderful cause. I love the variety of horror stories included. Everything about this book made me smile. I highly recommend grabbing a copy. For a spoiler free more in depth review, click the link. https://robinknabel.squarespace.com/r... I think I knew I was going to love this book before I even opened it. I loved this. I love that the proceeds go to a wonderful cause. I love the variety of horror stories included. Everything about this book made me smile. I highly recommend grabbing a copy. For a spoiler free more in depth review, click the link. https://robinknabel.squarespace.com/r...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lel

    A good collection of short horror story’s. There was quite a range from monsters to emotional horror. I would say that none of the books have scared to me to not want to go in the sea again or go to bed tonight but they were fun.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    A fantastic collection of ocean themed horror stories. These gave me such a feeling of claustrophobia while reading them!

  17. 5 out of 5

    tyoung2058

    Aquatic horror at it's best Aquatic horror at it's best

  18. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Wow, where do I begin. This is a BEAUTIFULLY crafted anthology of aquatic horror. I’m rating this a 4.5/5 but I’m rounding up to 5! These were all so good, kept me spooked from story to story. I have an irrational fear of open bodies of water so this book unlocked a whole different kind of goosebumps for me but like, I love it. Can’t wait to read the next one! 🦈 Distress Call by Laura Hightower - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 Project Whale Song by Kay Hanifen - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 The Angler And The Raven by Joshua Marsell Wow, where do I begin. This is a BEAUTIFULLY crafted anthology of aquatic horror. I’m rating this a 4.5/5 but I’m rounding up to 5! These were all so good, kept me spooked from story to story. I have an irrational fear of open bodies of water so this book unlocked a whole different kind of goosebumps for me but like, I love it. Can’t wait to read the next one! 🦈 Distress Call by Laura Hightower - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 Project Whale Song by Kay Hanifen - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 The Angler And The Raven by Joshua Marsella - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 Deep Purple by Thomas Gloom - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 🦈 Melancholic Blue by Mocha Pennington - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 🦈 Deepwater Siren by Nicola Kapron - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 Escargot, Except It’s You by Nikki R. Leigh- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 Werewolves And Tentacles by Spencer Hamilton - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 Unfathomable by Matthew Stephens - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 Light the Way by Megan Kiekal Anderson - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 Julia by Andrew Cull - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 The Last Dive by Catarina Prata - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 Pressure Differentials by Hannah Hulburt - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 Many Ghost Of The Deep by Craig Wallwork - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🦈 The End Of The Line by Jack Harding - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Also let me not forget to mention that the best part about this whole book, is the proceeds are going to The Shark Trust. So go buy to protect the wild life in our waters!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Saffron Roberts

    Reading this just made aquatic horror my new favourite thing! Anyone looking for some deep-sea scares is in for a treat. This anthology was the first from Dead Sea Press and features stories from 15 new and seasoned authors. Some are fast and gorey, others slower or more introspective, and almost all are creature-features in some form. But there's also cosmic, psychological, supernatural, paranormal, eco and more. I enjoyed every single one!! Highly recommended! (All sales go to The Shark Trust, Reading this just made aquatic horror my new favourite thing! Anyone looking for some deep-sea scares is in for a treat. This anthology was the first from Dead Sea Press and features stories from 15 new and seasoned authors. Some are fast and gorey, others slower or more introspective, and almost all are creature-features in some form. But there's also cosmic, psychological, supernatural, paranormal, eco and more. I enjoyed every single one!! Highly recommended! (All sales go to The Shark Trust, so getting a copy also supports an awesome cause.) Summaries for each story are below: DISTRESS CALL by Laurel Hightower - missing WW2 submarine suddenly resurfaces - scary af, especially the end! PROJECT WHALE SONG by Kay Hanifen - research trip to Point Nemo gone wrong - the format worked perfectly! THE ANGLER AND THE RAVEN - a very violent ghost story - fantastic build up and delivery DEEP PURPLE by Thomas Gloom - cruise ship cosmic horror - what a thriller! MELANCHOLIC BLUE by Mocha Pennington - creature of Norse mythology boards a family yacht - adored Lalisa's character and story! DEEPWATER SIREN by Nicola Kapron - a lone explorer plunging down Challenger Deep, - the ending got me, creepy as hell ESCARGOT, EXCEPT IT’S YOU by Nikki R. Leigh - a chef willing to go to any lengths for a Michelin star - this caught me off guard and I loved it! WEREWOLVES AND TENTACLES by Spencer Hamilton - cosmic meets supernatural in an underwater facility - it works REALLY well, great characters UNFATHOMABLE by Matthew Stevens - scientist exploring an underwater cave quickly discovers he's not alone - perfected the claustrophobia! LIGHT THE WAY by Megan Kiekel Anderson - hopeful, cautionary and vengeful all in one, this is what's to come with our pollution - enjoyed this a lot JULIA by Andrew Cull - the infamous "Julia" sound was certainly not made by icebergs - gorey and creative, great tale THE LAST DIVE by Catarina Prata - a man striving to beat the world record for the deepest dive and his partner striving to please him - disorientating and sad, loved it PRESSURE DIFFERENTIALS by Hannah Hulbert - sat divers working on an oilwell start seeing a figure in the deep blue - incredibly eerie with cosmic vibes THE MANY GHOSTS OF THE DEEP by Craig Wallwork - a plane crashes into the Irish sea - heartbreaking and beautifully written THE END OF THE LINE by Jack Harding - an old man suffering with dimentia goes fishing - amazing psychological and eco horror, powerful ending.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    This was my first time reading an anthology and I loved it! Jay did such a good job of compiling the stories for this book and they all blended well with each other! Now for my favourites! The first was Werewolves and Tentacles by Spencer Hamilton. The combination of supernatural and eldritch tentacle monster really worked for me! I loved the concept of the Void Hunters and would love to see this expanded out into its own book or series (if it hasn't been already). That being said, I did feel li This was my first time reading an anthology and I loved it! Jay did such a good job of compiling the stories for this book and they all blended well with each other! Now for my favourites! The first was Werewolves and Tentacles by Spencer Hamilton. The combination of supernatural and eldritch tentacle monster really worked for me! I loved the concept of the Void Hunters and would love to see this expanded out into its own book or series (if it hasn't been already). That being said, I did feel like I was missing some information when I was reading, that maybe I had skipped a chapter somewhere, but it was still a great story! Second, Unfathomable by Matthew Stevens. I've never ewad anything like what Mr. Stevens brought to the table! What those creatures were doing with the bodies....absolutely genius! I connected so much with the Professor and I felt really bad for him in the end, it was a shame what happened to him. Fantastic story though! Honorable mention: Distress Call by Laurel Hightower. What a beautiful way to start a book. This story had me claustrophobic and gasping right from the start! I couldn't think of a better way to start an underwater horror anthology than this! Overall, a great set of stories. I had some that I wasn't as in love with but none that I absolutely couldn't stand. They were all interesting stories and I can't wait to read what Jay has compiled next and support some of these amazing authors! And, of course, I'm always happy to help support amazing charities like The Shark Trust!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Neil Fulwood

    Book 55: TERROR IN THE TRENCH (ed. Jay Alexander). All profits from this first anthology by the recently established Dead Sea Press are being donated to the Shsrk Trust, ditto those generated by the follow-up volumes ‘Shadows Beneath the Surface’ and ‘Death in the Deep’. The Shark Trust are doing some incredibly important work, focusing primarily on species protection, fisheries management and responsible trade. Their website, sharktrust.org, is well worth visiting. If you have £7.99 spare, plea Book 55: TERROR IN THE TRENCH (ed. Jay Alexander). All profits from this first anthology by the recently established Dead Sea Press are being donated to the Shsrk Trust, ditto those generated by the follow-up volumes ‘Shadows Beneath the Surface’ and ‘Death in the Deep’. The Shark Trust are doing some incredibly important work, focusing primarily on species protection, fisheries management and responsible trade. Their website, sharktrust.org, is well worth visiting. If you have £7.99 spare, please consider supporting them by picking up a copy of ‘Terror in the Trench’. Four of the fifteen stories are genuinely terrific, and while the rest might be something of a mixed bag, there’s nothing on offer that lets the side down.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jayanne Rahal

    A charity anthology about oceanic horror can’t really lose in my books! This was a delight to read and I commend him the creativity and sheer span of variety held in the stories (underwater werewolves is for sure not a subject matter I ever thought I would have the luxury of reading). My favourites were Julia, Deepsea Siren, and Escargot, Except It’s You - can you see a pattern of loving Lovecraftian style giant monsters? Of course Terror in the Trench suffers the short story collection curse in A charity anthology about oceanic horror can’t really lose in my books! This was a delight to read and I commend him the creativity and sheer span of variety held in the stories (underwater werewolves is for sure not a subject matter I ever thought I would have the luxury of reading). My favourites were Julia, Deepsea Siren, and Escargot, Except It’s You - can you see a pattern of loving Lovecraftian style giant monsters? Of course Terror in the Trench suffers the short story collection curse in that not every story will be for everyone but ultimately the theme is a goldmine and the cause is a great one. Definitely adding some authors from this to my watchlist. Great job, guys!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shahna (VanquishingVolumes)

    Great Collection of Aquatic Horror The deep sea is a perfect setting for horror stories in my opnion. The stretches of dark blue water, the depths to which humans have never plummetted, the mysteries we have never solved, the dead who linger beneath the waves, and the creatures who call this strange dark world their home. While all stories hit differently (some favorites and others just a fun read), this was a fun anthalogy with a setting I love. Can't wait to read the rest of this series! Great Collection of Aquatic Horror The deep sea is a perfect setting for horror stories in my opnion. The stretches of dark blue water, the depths to which humans have never plummetted, the mysteries we have never solved, the dead who linger beneath the waves, and the creatures who call this strange dark world their home. While all stories hit differently (some favorites and others just a fun read), this was a fun anthalogy with a setting I love. Can't wait to read the rest of this series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nikki in Niagara

    A horror anthology where all the proceeds go to Shark Fund and all the stories take place in or on the ocean. Unfortunately, this failed to deliver. Only one was didactic but they were all fairly dull with no chills or thrills. Unmemorable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy K

    I liked this. Aquatic horror is quite claustrophobic, and these stories embody that wonderfully. Some of them will pull at your heartstrings too. Overall, a strong collection.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    DNF I'm afraid. Had some hopes for this but the stories i read (first few) are too predictable/bland and so I couldnt read the rest. DNF I'm afraid. Had some hopes for this but the stories i read (first few) are too predictable/bland and so I couldnt read the rest.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Willie Heredia

    Wow! There are so many great stories in this anthology. Though similar in aquatic settings, each author offers a refreshing style that keeps you turning the pages. Jay Alexander did a great job in editing together a string of stories that each pack an impact. As someone who has no intention of exploring the deep sea, these stories do a great job of reiterating the fact that the ocean remains a mystery, but a beauty as well. The mysterious aspects of the deep sea not only emphasize how little we Wow! There are so many great stories in this anthology. Though similar in aquatic settings, each author offers a refreshing style that keeps you turning the pages. Jay Alexander did a great job in editing together a string of stories that each pack an impact. As someone who has no intention of exploring the deep sea, these stories do a great job of reiterating the fact that the ocean remains a mystery, but a beauty as well. The mysterious aspects of the deep sea not only emphasize how little we know about deep below but demonstrate the wonderous world that lies beneath our feet. Highly recommend this collection to anyone who likes Horror. 4.5

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Orr

    Most of the short stories in this anthology are enjoyable & more than a few of them are downright keep-you-up-at-night creepy! I love that the proceeds for Terror in The Trenches goes back toward oceanic research and preservation. Would definitely recommend delving into this book if you love horror, the mystery of the ocean, and short stories that give you chills.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megan Kiekel Anderson

    This 2022 aquatic horror anthology, edited by Jay Alexander, benefits The Shark Trust. I’m biased, as my story “Light the Way” is one of the fifteen in the anthology, but I wanted to let you know what I think of the rest of the stories! All of the stories center around deep sea horror and there are a wide range of interpretations of the setting. It’s got a plethora of terrifying deep sea monsters, a remorseless psychopath, a secret government project, sacrifices to the sea, decidedly non-Disney m This 2022 aquatic horror anthology, edited by Jay Alexander, benefits The Shark Trust. I’m biased, as my story “Light the Way” is one of the fifteen in the anthology, but I wanted to let you know what I think of the rest of the stories! All of the stories center around deep sea horror and there are a wide range of interpretations of the setting. It’s got a plethora of terrifying deep sea monsters, a remorseless psychopath, a secret government project, sacrifices to the sea, decidedly non-Disney mermaids, and a futuristic environmental commentary (that one’s me!). The stories mostly lean pop rather than literary, so if quick, light (and I don’t mean light on scares) horror reads are your thing, this one might be for you. Just…maybe not a beach read if you’re prone to anxiety 😂 Have you read this one? What did you think? Do you have a favorite story? (Mine is Nikki D. Leigh’s Escargot, Except it’s You.)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dan Jones

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