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Down the Drain Paperback – August 17, 2015
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About the Author
Daniel Pyle is the author of Dismember, Down the Drain, Freeze, the upcoming Man vs. Himself, and many short stories. He is also the editor of Unnatural Disasters and an Active member of the Horror Writers Association. After studying creative writing at Amherst College, he moved back to his hometown of Springfield, Missouri, where he now lives with his wife and three children. You can visit him online at danielpyle.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
The Man, as she calls him, comes home one day to find her missing. How she went missing, and how he finds out, is a story that rather creeped me out.. I think I will be looking askance at our tub for a while... listening to HOW the water sounds as it drains.
The final chapter, where we find out how/what is going on was just another tiny chill to top off the list.
It was a great read, and a quick afternoon spent in a small scary place.
If you are a cat lover, you might not want to read this little tale. Isn't it funny (strange) that some people can't read about bad things happening to animals, especially pets, but bring on the blood and guts against humans?
Oh, and there are some graphic "self gratification" scenes so be forewarned.
But I enjoyed this disturbing little novella and I tell you - I'm going to be pouring LOTS of bleach down my tub drain in the future to kill off WHATEVER might be lurking down there.
This one is horror. It is horror in the way that the campy slasher movies of old are horror, complete with sex. Except in this case its not topless women getting stabbed, and there is no actual sex, just masturbation.
In fact, what stuck with me more than the story itself was the sex. It was almost as if the whole story was a metaphor for masturbation and sexual violence/rape that I just can't put my finger on.
Anyway....The premise of the story is that Bruce's bathtub is alive, and apparently hungry. It eats his cat. It tries to eat him. It somehow transforms from the tub itself being alive, to a beastie living in the tub bursting forth to attack.
Okay, I like horror. I like monsters. I like the shock value of said monster in this story. Too much "horror" I've read lacks that shock value.
BUT...there is very little meat to the story, as if it were written sheerly FOR the shock value with the story added as an afterthought.
A good horror story is supposed to leave you slightly afraid of whatever seemingly innocent thing the story is about. While some readers who have reviewed this said they would never look at bathtubs the same after reading this....I can still bathe and shower without the slightest shiver of fear.
The monster is also too mysterious including its origins, motivations (hunger?) and why, if it's been there awhile, did it choose *today* to make its move? I'm not the kind of reader who has to have all the answers, but the more I'm given, the more I tend to care about the characters and the story. By the end of this one, I was more interested in the antagonist. On the plus side, there were some good humor moments and there was zero fat in this tale. Perhaps the pruning knives were a bit too sharp here. 2.5 stars rounded up.
The opening in this story is from the main character's (Bruce's) cat, Selina. I found this pretty funny, that is, until the creature from the bathtub eats poor Selina. Bruce comes home to find his cat missing, but has no clue as to where she went.
Bruce decides he wants a nice hot bubble bath. Now, this is where things get interesting (crazy and unique). The bathtub practically rapes Bruce! No, I'm not kidding!
You just have to read this story. It's one of the strangest stories I've read in a while.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
at the beginning I could not get the image out of my mind.
I couldn't stop looking at the drain in the tub for a week.