The Deep

The Deep

by Nick Cutter

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ISBN-13: 9781476717746
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nick Cutter is a pseudonym for an acclaimed author of novels and short stories. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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THE OLD MAN’S HEAD was covered in mantises.

At first Luke thought it was a wig or some weird toupee—but he was at the southern tip of Guam, a few miles from the Pacific, and the man was wearing tattered clothes and what looked like strips of old radial tires lashed to his feet. Why bother with a toupee?

The driver saw the old man, too. He hissed between his teeth—an uneasy tssshk! He said something under his breath: a curse, maybe a prayer? Luke didn’t speak the local dialect.

“I’ll do it,” Luke told the driver. “You wait here.”

He elbowed the Jeep’s door open. Sweet Jesus, the heat. It’d hit him like a fist when he stepped onto the runway at the Agana airport. It hit him again now—the tropical air, laden with the nectar of heliotropes, caused beads of sweat to pop along his brow.

The old man stood facing the wall of a one-story workshop. The ground was strewn with hubcaps and crankcases snarled in rusted wiring. Wrist-thick vines snaked out of the greenery to twine around the industrial junk; with nobody around to hack it back, the jungle would reclaim this spot in a matter of months.

The old man was walking into the wall—his sandals made a gentle whush-whush as they brushed the yellowing adobe. The spotting was pronounced on his bare arms and his throat. The scabs were dime-sized, bigger than what Luke was used to seeing. Some of them had cracked open and were leaking grayish pus.

Luke had no clue what had drawn the mantises. Maybe they’d dropped from the creeping ivy snarled across the shop’s roof. Or maybe something on the man’s scalp, or leaching out of it, had attracted them.

They were the largest insects Luke had ever seen. Each mantis was the length of his thumb, and muscular-looking. They had swollen, cantilevered abdomens that curved above their sharp, considering faces. A baker’s dozen or so carpeted the man’s skull.

Luke got the sense of them turning to stare at him, all at once.

Luke retreated to the ditch. His feet sank into the muck. He didn’t like the way it sucked at his boots—greedy, a lipless brown mouth.

He found a stick and went back. The insects squirmed quarrelsomely on the man’s head, which was covered with wispy white hairs as downy as those on a baby’s skull. Their exoskeletons made a brittle chitter. What the hell were they doing?

Luke watched their choreographed manner. The stink of burned diesel mixed with the heliotropes to create a sticky vapor that coated his throat. Distantly, he heard the driver repeat what he’d said before—that breathless curse or prayer—and Luke was worried he’d set the Jeep in gear and take off, leaving him with the old man and the mantises, the heat and the crawling jungle.

What in God’s name were those bugs doing?

One mantis pinned another in a violent vise grip, then widened its jaws and bit down, cleaving the other’s head in half. Their abdomens were wed. What was clearly the female continued to eat the male’s head while his antenna whipped about frantically.

Using the stick, Luke brushed the mantises off the man’s skull. A decapitated male skittered wildly across Luke’s fingers; he shook it into the mud with the rest of them. The urge arose to step on them. Squash them all to paste.

Instead, Luke set his hands on the old man’s shoulders to turn him around. His expression was familiar: The Big Blank. His eyes gone milky, the edges of his eyelids pebbled with nodules of acne that gave his skin the look of an orange rind. His mouth wide open, his tongue coated in white film. He may not have drunk water in days. He’d forgotten to, probably.

That’s how it went with the ’Gets: you forgot the little things first, then the not-so-little things, then the big ones. Next, the critical ones. In time, your heart forgot how to beat, your lungs how to breathe. You die knowing nothing at all.

As soon as Luke pointed him in a new direction, the old man started to walk. He’d go on until he fell down or stepped off a cliff or stumbled into a leopard’s den, if they had those around here. And Luke couldn’t do a damn thing about that.

He climbed back into the Jeep. The driver eased past the old man as he tottered down the road, that clingy mud sucking up past his ankles already. Luke watched as they pulled away, the old man’s body becoming indistinct through the stinging fumes.

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The Deep 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like his last book, this was one of the most terrifying stories I've come across. Didn't know how he could top the worms, but the fig men definitely got me looking in dark corners and flinching at odd noises after the lights went out. Excellent blend of Koontz (Phantoms), King (that short story about the kids and the lake and the blob), and of course the movie The Abyss (minus the curious and benevolent aliens). Tough to finish but only because it was so dark. So dark.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very satisfying to read a horror book without dressed to the nines vampires, the good guy and the dog win, and everyone lives happily ever after. Well written horror is nasty folks. this style of writing reminded me of Stephen King in his hay day.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
I would say The Abyss meets The Shining is an apt description of this book.  From the minute I picked it up, I found it difficult to put down. Sometimes it's not what you can see that's so horrifying, but what you create in your mind and the author did an outstanding job of demonstrating exactly that in this book.  The slightly off-kilter feel of some of the scenes, as well as the vividly dark flashbacks were very reminiscent of Stephen King and since Nick Cutter is a pen name, it had me wondering - Could it be?  I don't think it is, but there are some strong similarities. I'm slightly claustrophobic, so the thought of being eight miles underwater in a confined environment is disturbing enough, but some of the situations in this book just made it difficult for me to breathe.  Don't get me wrong - with the fast pace, short chapters, and not knowing what would happen next - this was a great read. The 'Gets disease is barely touched upon and I would have liked to know more about it considering it was the primary reason for sending people eight miles below the earth's surface.  I have to admit, as with this author's first book, some scenes with animals left me cringing. This is a true horror novel - fear of the dark, fear of being alone, fear of the unknown, harrowing childhood memories - all are covered, so if you're prone to nightmares, you may want to read this with the light on, during the daytime, with someone else beside you - whatever gets you through.   This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago had me hearing/feeling my heart palpitate!!! This guy sure can meld words to scare the hell out of you. If you enjoy terror/horror/fast paced storytelling then I guarantee this is the book for you. I really enjoyed it!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cutter writes gory horror and this is definately thst. The book kept me reading to the end and I was definately invested in the characters. My only gripe... the main reason why they venture to the bottom of the ocean in the first place doesn't really matter in the end. In fact, by the middle of the book the Gets as its called is all but forgotten. A few chapters of pure gore could have been cut out, but I loved the character development and backstory. Bravo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not claustrophobic, but this book definitely gives you that feeling. Eight miles under the Ocean? I would have liked more info on The Gets, since this was the reasoning behind the whole story, to find a cure. Other than that, I must be getting old, because this book does not rank up there with Stephen King. It wasn't scary, scary. Just like the troop, the reviews are misleading. It was a good book. But nothing to cause nightmares.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. The detail orientation of this book had me on the edge if my seat the whole time. Anyone who loves a great scary story needs to read this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously, if you're racing through this book hoping to see how it ends, trust me, it isn't worth it. Such a cheap and anticlimactic ending. Waste of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, I'm about half way through.  I want to finish and I'm terrified to finish.  Stephen King is right....this is one terrifying book!  I had to will fig men (you'll understand when you read it) out of my thoughts as I tried to fall asleep last night....not sure if I'll be doing my usual reading before lights out again tonight!
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
A devastating plague, The ‘Gets, is affecting all of humanity. People start showing symptoms by forgetting small things, but it soon escalates into forgetting things which are necessary for survival such as autonomic functions, like breathing. Simultaneously, deep within the Marianas Trench a trio of scientists is studying a strange substance called ‘ambrosia’. It is supposedly a universal healing substance; however, the only way to study it is in a lab eight miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Now Luke, a veterinarian, has been called to go down to the underwater lab. This is because the last message received above ground is call for Luke to come sent from his brother Clayton, a research scientist. As Luke ventures 7040 fathoms below the ocean, there is something calling…in THE DEEP. THE DEEP is another hauntingly terrifying novel by Nick Cutter. Mr. Cutter has a way with words which evokes the most primordial fear within the reader. THE DEEP takes readers to the next level of psychological horror. I find it fascinating and amazing how detailed a world can be built when it’s only an underwater lab. THE DEEP isn’t for the faint of heart as it is graphic, gory, ominous, suspenseful, and violent. Read THE DEEP with all the lights on!
tinaj66 More than 1 year ago
Scary. Could not put it down.
bluekaren More than 1 year ago
This book was terrifying. I don’t mean some parts of it were gross, it was full of creepy ideas and hopeless situations. Not only that, The Deep had me completely engrossed so that I was up reading into the wee hours of the night. The small hours when everyone else is already asleep and I laid awake wondering about every single noise and shadow. Luke had a really rough childhood. His brother Clayton is a mad scientist and his mother is a f***ing nightmare. His childhood could only have produced madness. Yet he is traumatized even further by losing his son. Every parent’s worse nightmare. Luke is a veterinarian, and so animals feature front and center in this story. I almost wept for those animals. I might have if I hadn’t been so fricken terrified. This story leaves no safe place for Luke. Traveling eight miles down into the ocean is scary and creepy enough. The ‘Gets, the disease which makes you slowly forget everything, fuels these scientists to find a cure. Find something that can be used to stop The ‘Gets from robbing people of their memories. The thing they find is nothing like a cure. It is frightful. The people involved in this science are really a new breed of crazy. Not speaking to each other for days at a time, hiding their discoveries from each other. Luke is the main scientists brother. The only communication from him is a a message for his brother to come down, to come home. I really enjoyed the writing style. This story jumps right in with scary. The story flows at a great pace. The author cut this story up into sections, which should have been a hint for me to put it down. I couldn’t. I couldn’t stand to be haunted by this story for one more minute wondering where the twisted author would lead the characters. Now that I know the scary conclusion I am sated, but very disturbed. This is hands down the best horror I have ever read.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Contrived ending. Not the finished recipe of horror but a checklist of fears to advance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anticlimactic, futile and feeble. Too many questions unanswered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Psychological horror at it's very best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up a very strong Stephen King vibe from this book. I'm glad I read it because normally I stick to my favorite authors and do not venture out. I really like the raw and unexplainable horror in this story. You won't regret reading it! Five stars !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. Nick Cutter is an amazing storyteller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An intriguing story, The Abyss meets Alien. Deep water horror at its best.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat. The setting alone was horrifying. It was so well written and flowed so well. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm hooked! Great job, ready for the next part!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Middle 200 pages....complete waste of time! Unbelievable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The is the second book I have read by this author.( The Troop being the first). This was a great horror story. Reminds me of some of the better novels written by Dean Koontz( on steriods!) You get to know and like the charactors and that makes it a little hard if and when something happens to them. One of those books that is hard to put down. Would recommmend and would read again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was suspenseful, and near the climax I couldn't put it down. Definately worth your time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waste of time