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Bottled Abyss Hardcover – April 3, 2015
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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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 at times. When he isn't writing, reading, videogaming, Benjamin's defending California's waterways from pollution.
Say hi and drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top customer reviews
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.
There were two points that made me give 4 starts instead of five. One, the Fury could have used more fleshing out in the last part of the book. I felt as if I didn't know the character as well as I should have at the end. Two, the ending left me a little disappointed, there could have been more to it...or maybe I just wanted more story and not have it end.
All in all it was a very enjoyable ride...I definitely recommend it unless you like your stories predicable and not "weird" ...smh.
The interweaving of Greek mythology into modern times is done effortlessly, which I can't imagine was an easy task. The only "negative" I feel from the book was there was a point in which one of the characters acted in such a way that gave me pause as to whether or not it seemed to fit. But this could have just been my projection of what I would have expected.
Mr. Ethridge was able to pull of a lot of flawless situations where things didn't quite go as you would expect them to -- but instead, what actually happened was so intricately done that you have to applaud the way in which it all played out!
I would highly recommend this book to horror/thriller fans far and wide. There are some graphic and disturbing bits that would be my only hesitation to recommending it to everyone. It was really good and I very much enjoyed it! If I had the option, I'd give it 4.5 stars out of 5!
I can't wait to read more from this amazingly talented author!