Still Water

Still Water

by Justin R Macumber


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940095158
Publisher: Gryphonwood Press
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 1,211,220
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Justin Macumber is the author of Amazon Bestsellers HAYWIRE (Gryphonwood Press) and A MINOR MAGIC (Crescent Moon Press). When he is not hard at work on his next novel he co-hosts the Dead Robots' Society podcast. He and his lovely wife live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with a crazy pack of dogs and cats that run them ragged. You can find him online at and He is also a co-host and reviewer for the popular Hollywood Outsider podcast, which is located at

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Still Water 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jlgc More than 1 year ago
The story takes place in a small West Virginia coal mining town. Kyle, originally from the town, takes leave from his military obligation to respond to Taylor’s (his younger sister) cry for help. Maya, a beautiful young woman with “the gift”, is a ghost hunter and comes to town to investigate some strange stories about the town that her specialized computer program found.  Things look like they are starting off with a typical homecoming for the son that “ran” away, angry parents angry that Kyle “ran” away from home as soon as he could, leaving the town. Taylor angry that her brother “abandoned” her. Then things turn really strange. There is ancient evil in the only open mine still open and it is infecting the town. Then, Taylor disappears. Kyle and Maya race to find Taylor and stop the evil from being unleashed on the world.  This story is one I just couldn’t put down. I stayed up late (1:30 a.m.) to finish it. The characters are compelling and likeable. The story is a grabber. This would be a great read for someone who reads Stephen King, Frank Peretti, and other books of the ilk. It is a great read.
smanke More than 1 year ago
There is a visceral tension to this book that starts at page one and doesn't let up until the end of the story.  The plot focuses on a force that is overwhelmingly dark and malevolent, but is offset by strong characters who manage to keep hope alive in even the most desperate of circumstances.  Justin Macumber's writing style is perfect for this type of story because he manages to immerse the reader in the horror that is the town of Stillwater.  You come to understand the place and its people, what fuels and drives them, even at it tears the town apart. What results is a very effective horror novel that is incredibly difficult to put down.
dwatson More than 1 year ago
Still Water, West Virginia is a tough town to grow up in. It’s a small town and most of its residents work at the local coal mine. The mine may be a dark place but there is something beneath the mine that’s much darker. The tomb of an evil god has now been disturbed and its effecting the whole town. It starts with a change in attitude, everyone in Still Water is angrier then before and fights are breaking out everywhere. As the ancient sinister force gets closer to awakening, the people in town are changing physically as well and soon the whole world will change and a new age of suffering and hopelessness will begin. Taylor sees the changes happening in her town and makes a call to her brother Kyle. Kyle left Still Water after graduating high school and never looked back. Now the prodigal son is returning to a Still Water where chaos reigns. He’s not the only one coming into town, a paranormal investigator named Maya is coming to write a story on how strange deaths have been occurring in Still Water. She has no idea what’s really happening in the small mining community but she is about to discover that Kyle and herself maybe the only ones that can stop humanity from tumbling into an evil abyss. Still Water by Justin Macumber has a feeling of dread that lasts throughout the book. I found myself thinking as I read it, how can these people stop an evil that is as old as the earth itself. Still Water is heavily influenced by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. In Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos old gods are awakened and the only thing they want is the destruction of human society. This is the idea behind Still Water. The story starts with a bang as miners are transformed into evil creatures and then builds slowly to an action packed conclusion. There were a lot of things I liked in Still Water. The description of the small working class town really made it come to life and I liked how Kyle’s family is described. While his family is far from perfect it represents what families are like in working class towns. I enjoyed how the story got into how Taylor feels abandoned by her brother and the guilt that Kyle feels. I also liked the character of Maya, she is a black psychic and a stranger in a strange land. The town would have been against her even if it wasn’t under the influence of evil  but it doesn’t stop her from doing what she feels she needs to do. Still Water is a book that preys upon our worst fears, which is the idea of being powerless in the face of evil. I loved Kyle’s revelation towards the end of the book and the ending was excellent. My only complaint about this book was that I felt the creatures in the mine could have been described a little better and some of the action scenes could have been more detailed. That being said the best part of Still Water is the atmosphere and it has plenty of it, plus a great story to boot. Still Water is a creepy novel that will have you sleeping with the lights on.