Dead Water


Dead Water & Other Weird Tales

By David A Sutton

Cover and artwork by Jim Pitts

Introduction by David A Riley

From weirdness on the Welsh coast: Whatever it was, the object was too large for a bird, too slim for a boat, too streamlined for flotsam… She pressed her face closer to the glass, fascinated and terrified at the same time. In the net … bilious white, flesh that might have been partly consumed by some predator. (“The Fisherman”)

A visit to Lovecraft’s Innsmouth: My eyes could not block out the sight of the shapes, flopping, wading, barking as they inexorably massed in my direction… the texture of their skins bore the suggestion of the final stages of gangrenous flesh. (“Innsmouth Gold”)

In the depths of winter in Arthurian times: The sound of battle clamoured through my brain. The field of Arderydd, soaked in blood; Liddel Water running with blood; Gwenddolau’s fortress hard by … splattered with blood… Perhaps it was not Myrddin’s great age that sapped him of his powers. Perhaps it was the Romans and their priests… The new faith has made us all weak. (“Midwinter”)

On board Venturer, about to land on Mars: The texture of Mars, the texture of its red facade, the sub-liminal texture of its history and mythology and the baggage of the many fictions. Mars was larger than itself… The three of them had sat in the rec. area and watched as Earth’s dark soul was lit up again. (“Landfall on Elysium Planitia”)

And more … eighteen stories of horror, fantasy and science fiction from award-winning editor and writer David A. Sutton:

  • Introduction by David Riley
  • The Fisherman
  • Midwinter
  • Zulu’s War
  • The Transmigration
  • Under the Glamour
  • Corruption
  • The Fetch
  • Mind-Forged Manacles
  • Pot de Téte
  • Return to the Runes
  • Gifts
  • A Night at the Hippo
  • Innsmouth Gold
  • Night Soil Man
  • Dead Water
  • The Pre-Raphaelite Picture
  • Waking
  • Landfall on Elysium Planitia
  • Afterword

Available from Amazon and other good online retailers (also available as an eBook).

Dead Water and Other Weird Tales is a wide ranging mix of work, drawing inspiration from a multitude of different sources. Though there isn’t a definitive theme to this group of tales, in that each makes use of different elements, they sit together without discomfort and the application of writing is familiar enough to for you to feel at home with the writer without the game ever being given away …  Sutton is a masterful writer of short horror and one whose work needs to be savoured. — SF Book Reviews 

Following his excellent first collection Clinically Dead and Other Tales of the Supernatural, Sutton’s new collection Dead Water and Other Weird Tales assembles eighteen stories … providing a good showcase of Sutton’s versatile talent as a writer … well worth reading, making this collection a must for any dark fiction lover. — Mario Guslandi

This collection contains eighteen stories dating from 1976 to 2015, including two completely new stories. The stories display an impressive imagination and vary extensively in theme although all contain some element of the fantastical or weird. This is a very strong collection and although some of the stories are horrific they are usually subtle and build tension very effectively … This is my favourite [collection] for quite some time and I would emphatically recommend it if you like speculative fiction. — BSFG Newsletter

The tales in this collection are creepy, atmospheric, unsettling and disturbing, the kind of tales to keep you awake at night, huddled under the covers and clutching a brightly lit torch for dear life while something slivers in the shadows. I’d highly recommend this collection. — The Book Lover’s Boudoir


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