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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Redrum Horror (June 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984751955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984751952
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,423,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Benjamin Kane Ethridge, the Bram Stoker Award winning author of Black and Orange, delivers what is sure to be one of horror's most talked about releases this year... Bottled Abyss is a rollercoaster of genre, technique, and emotion". - FEARNET.com

"It happens from time to time...a book grabs you from the opening line and refuses to let you go. Benjamin Kane Ethridge's Bottled Abyss was one of those reads for me. Bottled Abyss is a stunningly sophisticated tale, both in its mythic scope and in its adroit handling of complex, emotional characters. Ethridge is a writer of rare emotional intelligence, developed far beyond his years, but with Bottled Abyss he has outdone even his own considerable promise." -Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Dead City

About the Author

Benjamin Kane Ethridge is the Bram Stoker Award winning author of the novel BLACK & ORANGE (Bad Moon Books 2010). For his master's thesis he wrote, "CAUSES OF UNEASE: The Rhetoric of Horror Fiction and Film." Available in an ivory tower near you. Benjamin lives in Southern California with his wife and two creatures who possess stunning resemblances to human children. When he isn't writing, reading, videogaming, Benjamin's defending California's waterways and sewers from pollution.

Say hi and drop a line at ben@bkethridge.com

More About the Author

Benjamin Kane Ethridge is the Bram Stoker Award winning author of the novel BLACK & ORANGE (Bad Moon Books 2010). For his master's thesis he wrote, "CAUSES OF UNEASE: The Rhetoric of Horror Fiction and Film." Available in an ivory tower near you. Benjamin lives in Southern California. When he isn't writing, reading, videogaming, Benjamin's defending California's rivers and streams from pollution.

Say hi and drop a line at ben@bkethridge.com

Customer Reviews

This book is a page turner .
Jeff
The characters are somewhat flat and could have been made more memorable with additional development.
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Well crafted, brilliantly executed!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on July 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
"Bottled Abyss" by Benjamin Kane Ethridge is a horror novel that revolves around a mysterious bottle with a deadly pull. The author does an excellent job creating realistically flawed characters with strong motivations--so while you might be reading along thinking, "No, don't do that!" you can see exactly how the characters arrived in that situation. Ethridge is especially talented at weaving aspects of mythology with this hyper-realistic setting in a way that keeps the action believable, which is great for raising stakes and keeping a reader guessing. Last but not least, the novel is full of scary scenes that'll stay with you long after you finish reading. You should definitely check this one out.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Iamfoxmulder on August 6, 2012
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A truly great horror story isn't something that's easily digestible; it sits in your gut and rots. It becomes part of your subconscious. You think of it while driving, or while at work.

Being equal parts sad and downright scary, this dark tale of re-imagined mythology is a horror-lover's nightmare come true. This is not like those millions of stories that attempt to explain life-after-death. No. No. No. This is about life-after-limbo. What a brilliant concept! A bottle containing the last few swigs of the infamous River Styx! And all the power, good and bad, that comes with it! Yes please!

Ben Ethridge's prose is sharp and fresh. The characters are quirky and dynamic and all seem very real. The strongest part of the story is the precise weaving of mythology into the present day. While the events that transpire are occultic and otherworldly, the plot is anchored by deeply human emotions, by tragedy, the loss of a child, a marriage at the end of its life. The result is a fantastic read. Highly recommended to anyone even remotely interested in the horror genre.

No one has ever claimed my words to be gospel... but if I were a prophesizing man, I'd say Ben Ethridge will be around for years and years to come. And the world of horror is grateful.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anita Eva on July 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Bram Stoker Award-winning author Joe McKinney couldn't be more right in his praise quote when he says that Bottled Abyss, the second novel from fellow Stoker Award winner Benjamin Kane Ethridge, is "...a book grabs you from the opening line and refuses to let you go."

Bottled Abyss is dark fantasy at its darkest, the horror elements leaning toward the fantastical side of the spectrum. It's an absorbing read that will remain with you long after you've turned the last page. Ethridge is the real deal, readers. He's a writer's writer--a horror scribe who I believe will only continue to rise, his star shining brighter with each book. Here's hoping that Bottled Abyss garners Ethridge a second Bram Stoker Award nomination, and fingers crossed, the win.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Hall on February 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
I'd heard really good things about this author concerning his other novel, Black and Orange, and decided that the combination of mythology and horror promised by this one was worth a read. I have to say that after a couple of false starts from me, I'm glad I read it.

The synopsis has been repeated several times in other reviews so I won't bother with it. Ethridge gives readers a slow building horror story here that is perfectly paced. You keep learning a little bit more about the events and the characters, with each new layer revealed at just the right time. Pacing is a problem in a lot of horror stories these days, but Ethridge nails it.

His writing is also smooth and easy to read, and he has a real knack for creating great descriptions of scenes, characters, and action. And his characters are so real that they feel like they may jump off the pages - I know that's a cliche, but I can't help it. The guy crafts some truly believable characters.

So real that, ironically, those characters are the one and only reason I have to go with a four star instead of a five star review. As much as I like this book and as impressed as I am at the unique way BKE uses mythology in a surprising way, it took me several tries to get into the book as I mentioned before. It took me some time to figure out just what the problem was, and I finally realized it was that - as realistic as they were - the main characters weren't that likable. Yes, they'd gone through a huge tragedy and their lives were upended as a result, but they were just so miserable in their despair that it was really hard to identify with them, like them, or root for them.

That's actually a testament to Ethridge's writing, in my opinion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Reynolds on September 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
When Herman and Janet Erikson's young daughter, Melody, is killed in a hit and run accident, their lives quite literally fall apart. Janet is consumed with suicidal thoughts and seeks solace in alcoholism, while Herman finds himself increasingly unable to cope with his wife's inability to move past her pain, to the point where he begins to despise her. When their dog goes missing in the coyote infested desert near their home, Herman sets out to find the animal. When he finds the dog near death, a stranger appears and miraculously saves the animal by giving it a drink from an ornate bottle, Herman, and later, Janet, become obsessed with the bottle, and its power to bring things back from the brink of death. An obsession that will have dire consequences for them and everyone around them. Especially once Janet's thoughts turn to revenge against those who caused the death of her daughter.
Bottled Abyss is a very different novel from Ethridge. His Bram Stoker winning debut, Black and Orange, was a tightly written action horror that strayed into dark fantasy. Bottled Abyss is a much more introspective offering, looking at the darkness within each person and the fragile nature of the human condition and the relationships between the main characters.
That is not to say that this is your standard dull literary horror offering. Far from it. The prose is often lyrical, almost poetic in its nature, which contrasts the bleak nature of the narrative in a very effective manner. When someone drinks from the bottle, they cough up a coin, which, when passed to someone else, exchanges the death meant for that person with the recipient.
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