The Devil and the Deep by Ellen Datlow

The Devil and the Deep

It’s only water, so why should we fear large bodies of it, such as the sea or the ocean? However, when you’re all alone, you realize how scary a place it can be.In Devil and the Deep, award-winning editor Ellen Datlow shares an original anthology of horror that covers the depths of the deep blue sea. Whether its tales of murderous pirates who stalk the waters in search of treasure and blood, creatures that haunt the depths below―ones we’v...


Details The Devil and the Deep

TitleThe Devil and the Deep
ISBN9781597809078
Author
Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
Publisher Night Shade Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror, Short Stories, Anthologies, Fantasy, Fiction
Rating

Reviews The Devil and the Deep

  • Char
    1970-01-01
    An anthology built around the theme of the ocean? How could I say no to that? Not all of the stories resonated with me, but many did. And the ones that did- resonated deeply. FODDER'S JIG by Lee Thomas. Sea monsters, a gay couple and a gold-digging relative. Every time I thought this tale was nothing special, something special happened. I need to read more Lee Thomas!WHAT MY MOTHER LEFT ME by Alyssa Wong blew me away. Imaginative and bold, I alre...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    1970-01-01
    The sea coughed us up, but some day it’s going to reclaim us, and there’s precious little that we can do about it. I have had a fear of deep water since I was a small child, so—as a horror lover who is not easily shaken—nautical horror is one of my favorite subgenres of both stories and film. When I learned that this sea-themed anthology was coming out, I knew I had to get my hands on it, especially after finding out that a few of my fav...
  • Stephen Robert Collins
    1970-01-01
    Ellen Datlow is like the late Peter Haining she finds stories by other authors that fit a theme then puts them into a collection this The sea horror collection she has huge amount of collections from Alien sex, Lovecraft, Dolls, (which I have read), Mad Hatters, Vampires, Science fiction, fantasy, well over 90 books. But unlike Haining she also writes stories too.This has Christopher Golden of Buffy fame, Michael Marshall Smith & lot more bit unl...
  • Latasha
    1970-01-01
    I did not finish this book. the stories I read were 3 stars at best.
  • Anne
    1970-01-01
    And this book is already a Kindle deal - it's only $1.99 right now. May be the best $1.99 you spend this year, so grab one now.***********************************This is a wonderful collection. It's not huge - a little over 300 pages - but I read it in one sitting because I had to keep reading. Ellen Datlow is an editorial genius and I can't wait to read another of her collections.4 stars. Read this if you haven't. I highly recommend it. Ocean cr...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    My favorites of the stories include Deadwater by Simon Bestwick Fodder's Jig by Lee ThomasWhat my mother left me by Alyssa WongA moment before breaking by A.C. WiseSister, Dearest Sister, Let me show to you the sea by Seanan McGuireHe Sings of salt and wormwood by Brian HodgeThe rest were various stages of slight dislike/not for me to I enjoyed it. I didn't hate any of the stories. Overall average is 3.37Really did enjoy it over all :)
  • Lena
    1970-01-01
    What My Mother Left Me by Alyssa Wong ★★★★★ “I’m monstrous, beautiful.For the first time in my life, I feel whole.” This was painful but good. I’m still choking back rage filled adrenaline over the levels of betrayal. It’s one of those man vs wild stories that let you see who are the real monsters. Normally selkie stories are of misogyny, ultimate power over your wife. This was modern and brutal. But it ended well so I’ll f...
  • Kimberly
    1970-01-01
    THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP: Horror Stories of the Sea, is a collection of 15 sea-themed stories edited by Ellen Datlow.Most of these stories hit between two and four stars with me, but there were some that I found exceptional or "unique". Personal favorites of mine included:"He Sings of Salt and Wormwood", by Brian Hodge: I honestly don't believe that I've read a story by Brian Hodge that I haven't loved, to some degree. His language evokes the most ...
  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    1970-01-01
    Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this from Edelweiss for review consideration. If you think that affects my review, you don't know me very well. The Devil and the Deep was an anthology that sounded kind of interesting to me, but I had no true desire to read it. Mostly because I'm still a bit biased against anthologies, even though I've had some pleasant experiences lately. However, when I saw that it was available on Edelweiss  for immediate dow...
  • Fiona
    1970-01-01
    Another great collection from Ellen Datlow - short and satisfying horror set around the theme of the sea. Full review to come.
  • David
    1970-01-01
    More misses than hits inside this one. My review can be read here ----> https://wp.me/p5t5Tf-1r0
  • Mike D
    1970-01-01
    Listen to Ellen Datlow talk about this book on my podcast This new nautical themed anthology edited by Ellen Datlow really blew me away. It is perfectly executed, diverse, and bold in a way that I have come to expect from her work. It contains 15 all original short stories, all of which are solidly written and engaging. The edition starts with "Deadwater" by Simon Bestwick, which is remarkably well done and really hooks you in. It is the kind of ...
  • Rhonda
    1970-01-01
    I'd heard a lot about this anthology before I read it, and was unsurprised to find it on the Stoker ballot. I think it deserves to be there. The stories are diverse in tone, subject, mood and voice. More than one had an ending I didn't see coming at all but which totally made sense when it did, and there are several I would happily read again.
  • Alexa
    1970-01-01
    Nice collection overall. Enjoyed some, skipped some. I love the seas, water, never thought it could give me the chills but there were stories that reminded me of the dark side of the ocean.
  • Carly ❊ Reading Is My Kind of Thing
    1970-01-01
    Average Rating: 2.5 starsMy average rating for one of my most anticipated books of the year was 2.5? Yikes, I am so disappointed.And look, it's not 100% on this book. As I've been experimenting with anthologies this year, I've gradually learnt that I don't really enjoy short stories. In saying that, there were two basic criteria's these stories had to adhere too. They were:a. Set in or near the seab. Be scaryThat's all I needed from these stories...
  • Phillip Smith
    1970-01-01
    A very good collection overall. Some of the more memorable ones include "Fodder's Jig," "The Whaler's Song," "Sister, Dearest Sister, Let Me Show You to the Sea," "Broken Record," "He Sings of Salt and Wormwood," and "Shit Happens." But my favorite was "Haunt" by Siobhan Carrol. Just a tremendous short story.
  • Kazima
    1970-01-01
    I thought some of the stories were the weakest of the bunch, which is unfortunate because at first I had to force myself to keep going back to the collection. However, the stories seemed to get better and better, or maybe I just got more and more into it. Probably a combination of both, and at any rate I would highly recommend it!
  • Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
    1970-01-01
    Review forthcoming
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    I mentioned in my last post about Ellen Datlow how I planned to read more collections edited by her, and The Devil and the Deep is the next one I chose. I have always enjoyed stories about the sea and I was excited by the idea of reading horror stories all themed around the ocean. Sadly I didn't quite get what I wanted but I enjoyed this collection nevertheless. As per usual, I'll be going through the stories one by one.Deadwater by Simon Bestwic...
  • C. L. Phillips
    1970-01-01
    Overall, 4 stars. There were a few really poor stories here, most of them placed right up front for some reason. Still, I trudged on, wanting to give each story a shot for its own merit. Doing so was a great pay off, for the last half of the book was especially good.I wanted to give each story its own rating, since each from a different write. Besides, the only fair way to review an anthology is to review each individual story. So, here it goes.D...
  • Brad Hodges
    1970-01-01
    "It’s a natural human tendency to fear the unknown, and our relative ignorance about the sea fosters superstitions, myths, and legends about it and what might inhabit it (sirens, sea monsters, forms of organic life that we can’t even begin to comprehend because the conditions in which they flourish are inimical to human life)." So writes Ellen Datlow in her introduction to The Devil and the Deep, an anthology of horror tales connected with la...
  • Luana
    1970-01-01
    A collection of very well written horror and dark fic, with a diverse mix of stories. For some, the perils of the natural world occupy a large part of tale for others, the supernatural menace is much more to the forefront. And while there were a couple of stories that did not resonate quite so strongly for me the majority did. I think this was especially the case where characters I had come to care for managed, in whatever strange or oblique way,...
  • Sonatajessica
    1970-01-01
    Anthologies can be a compilation of hits and misses and a little in between, sadly "The Devil and the Deep" was overpowered with misses for me. I averaged out on 2.3*, that's not good, you know. Two stories I couldn't even finish, I was too bored and life is too short. I think though, that if you like your Horror more on the slow moving side, maybe even a little on the Lovecraftian side, you are the reader who will be much happier than me with th...
  • Gray
    1970-01-01
    For me, the ocean is frightening enough with the "normal" dangers one can encounter--sharks, rip tides, boat-sinkings, sneaker waves, and so on--that stories of the fantastically horrific are not necessary. As Brian Hodge writes in one of the selections from the book, "As a rule, ignorance was a a virtue, but if you gave too much thought to the sea, and everything with teeth that called it home, you'd never venture out to meet it." Unfortunately,...
  • Lena
    1970-01-01
    I am blown away by how many of the reviews for this book are good. Great, even. Because this is a load of ****. (Insert your favourite, four-letter prophanity.)The “horror” stories are bland and unmemorable.But they are worth the one star, sure. The narrators, however, are not. There are two, and they both seem to enjoy mocking the different dialects of the English language. Ms. Kowal’s British accent in the first story is, to my Norwegian ...
  • Stevie
    1970-01-01
    These stories are great.Ellen Datlow curates the best horror stories of anyone, by far, I've love the "best horror of the year" collection and was looking forward to this a lot. Well it did not dissappoint. In fact, I squealed aloud with glee when I got to what was my favorite story in the book, A Ship of the South Wind — Bradley Denton, which isn't exactly on the ocean but there is a connection, No spoilers. Table of ContentsIntroduction — E...
  • Barry Martin Vass
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars. Ellen Datlow has been compiling and editing short story anthologies of science fiction, fantasy, and horror for more than thirty years. The fifteen short stories used in The Devil and the Deep were all published in 2018 and come from a variety of bestselling and award-winning authors with sea-based horror as their focus. Most are American - writing about things like freediving off the Oregon coast and a strange ghost haunting her daugh...
  • Julia O'Connell
    1970-01-01
    Anthologies by Ellen Datlow are always a good bet, but this one is especially spot on.Dark and primordial, the ocean has been a source of fear since the earliest days of human storytelling. And despite how much we’ve advanced in technology since then, we’ve still barely pierced the darkness of its mysterious depths. That’s why the sea makes such a great focus for a collection of horror stories. There are so many different types of fears we ...
  • Steve French
    1970-01-01
    Another great anthology edited by Ellen Datlow. As you might guess from the title these are all new stories by a diverse group of writers focused on horror stories that relate to the sea or other bodies of water. There is not a bad story in the book. I found myself going through the stories swiftly (the writing is very good throughout) and telling myself repeatedly "just one more" two or even three times before forcing myself to stop. Some of the...