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Bottled Abyss Hardcover – April 3, 2015
"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 email@example.com --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.
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. When this happens, the narrative switches to a stream of consciousness first person perspective which works incredibly well, heightening the tension of the victims impending encounter with The Fury, a monster straight out of ancient Greek mythology, that seeks justice and dispatches the unfortunate in some original and gory ways.
Bottled Abyss is a remarkable novel. One that stayed with me and played on my mind long after I'd finished reading it. It cleverly mixes ancient myths with modern society, and populates its pages with interesting and complex characters that I could not help but relate to, and in many ways, empathise with. The pain that Herman and Janet go through at the start of the book stayed with me, and meant that I was still hoping that they could escape their fates, even when their actions begin to cross from "moral grey area" into "downright wrong".
Benjamin Kane Ethridge has matured as an author, and I would not be in the least surprised if he ended up winning another Bram Stoker award for this book. It's thoughtful, clever, heart-breaking, horrific and bleak. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
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.