Deep Like the River

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It was supposed to be fun. A chance to get away. An opportunity for two sisters to bond and for one sister to heal. It was a small river, calm, slow-moving. Perfect for a leisurely canoe trip on a beautiful summer day.

But then they hear a baby crying on the shore, abandoned and overheated. Alie and Carin have to take her with them. They can't just leave her there.

A simple canoe trip becomes a rescue mission. But there's something on the ...

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Overview

It was supposed to be fun. A chance to get away. An opportunity for two sisters to bond and for one sister to heal. It was a small river, calm, slow-moving. Perfect for a leisurely canoe trip on a beautiful summer day.

But then they hear a baby crying on the shore, abandoned and overheated. Alie and Carin have to take her with them. They can't just leave her there.

A simple canoe trip becomes a rescue mission. But there's something on the shore, hidden by the trees. Something that's following them every step of the way - watching, waiting . . .

Around every bend, the river becomes stranger, darker, more dangerous, until Alie isn't sure what's real and what isn't. The river wants the child for itself, but no matter what it throws at her, Alie's determined to get the baby to safety. She's already lost one child. But she'll have to fight the darkness that haunts the river - as well as the darkness within herself - if she doesn't want to lose another.

"Waggoner's new work is a new high water mark for him. Its chilling waters will take you into dark places...and weirdly enough you'll have a great time. Recommended. Wear a life jacket." - John Shirley author of Doyle After Death

"A descent into the madness of a ruined psyche, 'Deep Like the River' puts Waggoner's talent for the eerie, desolate, and unpredictable in the spotlight. A must-read for those who like their horror tinged with desperation and guilt."- Ronald Malfi, author of Cradle Lake

"I don't know if I've ever read a story quite like Tim Waggoner's DEEP LIKE THE RIVER. With its high emotional and metaphysical content and weird, surrealistic imagery, it reads a bit like Algernon Blackwood's "The Willows" with Kafka collaborating and Carl Jung offering occasional advice. Or maybe it's an adventure story that's taken a sudden turn into The Twilight Zone. However you characterize Waggoner's approach, the result is a fine piece of writing exploring the mysteries of a mind struggling with the guilt, pain, and terror of grief." - Steve Rasnic Tem, author of Blood Kin

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Publishers Weekly
04/20/2015
Waggoner (The Way of All Flesh) crafts a disturbing picture of a woman haunted by guilt in this taut novella. Alie Jordan is invited by her sister, Carin, to join a canoe trip in southern Ohio on what would have been the first birthday of Alie's dead daughter, Marie. From the opening page, it's clear that the outing won't be the relaxing break from the day's pain that Carin intended. As the siblings paddle down the river, Alie hears a baby's cry. Upon investigating, she finds an abandoned female infant and hears an alarming creaking and metallic sound along the river banks. When they find no sign of the parents, the sisters take the infant with them to find help. Along the way, they encounter a series of horrifying creatures, and the truth about Marie's death is revealed. Waggoner's evocative prose and subtle revelations provide genuine chills. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626410633
  • Publisher: Dark Regions Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/2014
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Waggoner has published over thirty novels and three short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer's Digest and Writers' Journal, among others. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. Visit him on the web at www.timwaggoner.com
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  • Posted July 31, 2014

    This is my kind of horror story. It starts innocently enough but

    This is my kind of horror story. It starts innocently enough but it isn't long before you realise that all is not as it appears to be. From then on, the tension, suspense and terror build up, forcing you to keep reading. I devoured this in one highly enjoyable sitting. The story kept me guessing from beginning to end...and then some. Brilliant twist in the tale. I shall have to read it again because I know I missed some clues...

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