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The Fall: Tales From The Gulp 2 Kindle Edition
Strange things happen in The Gulp. The residents have grown used to it.
The isolated Australian harbour town of Gulpepper is not like other places. Some maps don’t even show it. And only outsiders use the full name. Everyone who lives there calls it The Gulp. The place has a habit of swallowing people.
A man enjoying early retirement makes the mistake of visiting The Gulp.
A fishing boat crew find themselves somewhere entirely unexpected.
A farmer has an argument with his wife that turns violent and then entirely catastrophic.
A Venture Scout troop from Enden travel a little too far on their bush excursion.
Everything that’s been getting stranger than usual in The Gulp begins to run completely out of control.
Five more novellas. Five more descents into darkness.
Welcome to The Gulp, where nothing is as it seems.
“If you’re a fan of one town horror anthologies with a best of 80s vibe (like anything from Castle Rock or Josh Malerman’s Goblin) then you really should get yourself some ‘Tales from the Gulp‘ by Alan Baxter.” – Sarah Pinborough, bestselling author of BEHIND HER EYES
- ASIN : B09QPS8VN3
- Language : English
- File size : 5004 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 310 pages
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My friends / family are all weirdos anyways.
... for its habit of swallowing unwary or visiting people...
People who grew up in the Gulp have dreamed of The Fall by the time they're adolescents... at least once...
... that is why people are buried facedown in Gulpepper's municipal cemetery. It is believed this type of burial will keep the deceased from dreaming of The Fall...
... in their eternal rest...
This second visit to The Gulp is told in 5 novellas, each not only connect to one another but tie into the novellas from the first book about The Gulp...
Andrew McDermott, on a motorcycle holiday, is heading for Enden when, against the advice of a fellow motorist, takes a fork in the road which will take him through Gulpepper...
Forks in the road, eh... there's always choices...
Just like Gilligan's Isle, the 7 crew members of The Gulping Mermaid, a fishing trawler, get caught in a storm and are marooned on the rocks of a landmark known as Cathedral Stack off the coastal cliffs of Gulpepper...
... locals have heard a lot of weird stories about The Stack...
THAT DAMNED WOMAN
husband and wife Clem and Virginia are having another of their regular arguments because Ginnie wants to leave the Gulp and Clem's family farm...
... when Clem accidentally kills Ginnie... then Clem's troubles really begin...
Six high school teens and their scout leader go camping in the bush of The Gulp. They make camp and begin foraging for food in the forest. They find some choice mushrooms to add to their freeze-dried noodles...
... but those who partook in this meal bit off more than they could chew and their digestion was murder...
The Fall was coming to The Gulp and Carter (from the first Gulp installment) could feel its vibes. All over town bottomless sink holes appeared and they were black as night. Something big and old was emanating energy...
... will Carter be able to prevent The Fall (the big Gulp) and thus prevent The Becoming?...
This was an excellent second installment of the Tales From the Gulp Series. I sincerely hope there will be a third!
"This is a collection of short stories about a creepy Australian town where spooooky stuff happens to people, especially wandering outsiders. Not much to say about this one I haven't said about many other novels, short story collections, and ebooks, but it was worth the price. I recommend it if you need some quick scares."
That was my reaction to volume 1. Pretty much the same applies to Vol. 2, however, the previous 5 short stories tie into the 5 new ones in interesting ways, and the whole thing reaches a climax in the last short story that's pulled together really well, albeit with a couple small typographic errors I noticed (one 'if' should have been an 'of'). The whole interconnected setting along with the supernatural entity (not to give too much away) feels very Lovecraftian, and although the true nature of the evil resting beneath the town (and how some important characters were related to it) isn't fully explained in the final confrontation, some mystery is nice to leave for the sequel. So with all that said, I definitely got my money's worth with vol. 2 and I'm very happy.