The Gulp: Tales From The Gulp 1 (1) Paperback – 12 January 2021
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- Publisher : Alan Baxter (12 January 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 316 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0980578299
- ISBN-13 : 978-0980578294
- Dimensions : 14 x 1.8 x 21.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 114,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Welcome to The Gulp, a town of eldritch terrors, disturbing mysteries, and pulpy horror at its absolute best. Vividly created and authentically Aussie, these novellas are delicious fun for fans of the genre. Prepare to revel in them, but beware... they will creep into your dreams." - Joanne Anderton, award-winning author of The Bone Chime Song & Other Stories
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I am at a loss with this question as the author has left me mildly speechless at the end of each story.
What can I say about the great writing forming prose to bewilder and bemuse, I was constantly left wondering what was about to happen, and left stunned by the results.
Trying to be as spoiler free as possible, 5 loosely related stories around the town of Gulpepper or "The Gulp", each of which is tightly formed and loosely connected, leading to a culmination as unexpected as it is sudden.
The quick shot nature of the short story doesn't usually lead to the depth of character involved in the short stories presented here, and while you are waiting for the twist to hit you are struck from the side and left stunned.
I spaced my reading of each story over a day so as to not dilute the presentation and was left rocked each time, I could've sat down and finished the whole book in one sitting but wanted to digest all that had occurred each time.
The surreal nature of the stories and their presentation leaves you slightly offput, and the longer I thought about it the more uncomfortable I felt. Close enough to real country towns and how the people are just slightly left of normal, for whatever reason those small country towns occasionally just don't feel 'right' and these stories add to the brain shudders that holds it together.
I've never been comfortable staying in country towns and because of these stories I have to rate this book "never going to stay in an offputting country town ever again" out of 10.
This book was received as an ARC from the author.
The isolated Australian town of Gulpepper is not like other places. Some maps don't even show it. There's only one way in and one way out. Only outsiders use the full name. Everyone who lives there calls it The Gulp. The place has a habit of swallowing people.
Every now and then it will spit one back out.
This is a book of five novellas that lace together to create a story of The Gulp.
I was not only hooked after reading the first novella but the suspension had me scared shitless and craving more.
The second story was good fun. Plenty of aussie lingo thrown in & some magic mushrooms that on investigating were horrific.
Blind Eye Moon sounds like one hell of a killer band and they have the pleasure of explaining to some tourists how everyone who stays at The Gulp has "the dream". I predicted the third novella's ending from early on but I enjoyed it just the same.
If you're keen on fishing be sure to have a chat with rock fisher Troy before heading down the harbour, you never know what you might reel in. On the other hand if you're looking for company, Troy's the guy to speak to.
These stories are artful, suspenseful, visceral, gruesome and brutal.
There is definitely room for a second book about The Gulp.
I have one small criticism. "Soda". That's all I'll say.
I also love that Alan has been thoughtful enough to add a glossary for all our international friends.
To read an Arc of "The Gulp " which is 5 story Anthology that will suck you in and give you a low down on Aussie Slang .
As someone whose about to move to a small town I'm not even driving a truck , going near the local band or owning anyone money.
Just read the book to see for yourself on January 12th .
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The isolated beach/bush town of Gulpepper in Australia is weird in daylight but you don't want to know what comes out at night...
Gulpepper is known to the locals as The Gulp because the town has a way of swallowing people whole... never to be seen again...
The following are the 5 novellas of The Gulp. They are all 5 star stories:
OUT ON A RIM: Trucker George is retiring and this will be his last delivery to The Gulp. He has a trainee with him, Rich. The two become stranded for the night in The Gulp. George decides to wait the night out locked in the truck but young Rich wants to see the town's nightlife...
MOTHER IN BLOOM: Teens Maddy and Zack have been caring for their terminally ill mother and conspiring to keep her impending death a secret so that they can keep the house and her government assistance checks... but mom grows on everyone she comes in contact with and some secrets are hard to keep...
THE BAND PLAYS ON: Four backpackers, on a world adventure, find themselves in The Gulp. A flyer advertising a local band called Blind Eye Moon lures them to the venue where they make friends with the band and are invited to stay a week in the band's old house in an ancient forest...
48 TO GO: Young Dace is making a drug run for local thug Mr. Carter when he is robbed of his contraband. Well, Mr. Carter is very unhappy and orders Dace to replace his lost money, $60,000, within 48 hours or disappear in The Gulp...
ROCK FISHER: Troy Mackay loves fishing. One day, while rock fishing, Troy snags an egg sac and reels it in. Longing to have a family, Troy adopts the soon-to-hatch egg as his offspring but the thing growing in the egg calls to family of its own...
Look into the Abyss... and let it in...
This was an excellent horror story collection and, believe it or not, it was very thought provoking. This creepy PEYTON PLACE of a town came to life on the pages. All of the stories and many of the characters and places as well as events seamlessly spilled into one another making it feel like one continuous novel. Well done!
I'm becoming a real fan of Australian authors. If you're looking for another excellent Australian based story try SOON by Lois Murphy and you'll see why I am a fan of their work!