Welcome to Brackish Harbor. Settled in the 1920s on an island in the Atlantic Ocean, it was once a booming fishing town that attracted tourists who longed for quiet retreat. It soon became a beautiful escape, and for those who lived there, it was a community. A promise. A home. Until…
Mysteriously, the fishing industry that sustained the small village dried up, and over time, tourists lost interest. Many loyal villagers relocated. But most were forced to remain, scraping by amidst the dilapidated buildings, docked fishing boats, and vestiges of better days. Whispers of curses, strange experiments, and otherworldly creatures floated about the harbor. So many rumors, so many untold stories. Here are the ones that managed to be told.
Brackish Harbor. A village draped in deep blankets of mist and dark secrets. Is the enveloping misfortune simply the result of Mother Nature’s wrath? Or have the old gods abandoned this place and its denizens?
Quill & Crow’s upcoming anthology is filled with riveting short tales of cosmic horror, each with glimpses into the vast and dark unknown. While the stories stand beautifully on their own, they also form a cohesive narrative revealing a once prosperous town that now lies in utter ruin. Ramshackle homes dressed in peeling paint and bathed in gray, briny sea air invading every crevice, shorelines choked with detritus and seaweed, every aspect of Brackish Harbor is conveyed in such wondrous detail.
I’ve always had an affinity for psychological fiction, and the pages throughout this book are dripping with sentiments of the inevitability, madness, and dread I crave. There’s nothing more horrific than the incomprehensible, and Tales From Brackish Harbor presents this in spades. Each author tells their story with such stunning prose, smoothly dropping readers into a moment in time, divulging pieces of history in the most haunting ways. Tempting sirens, monstrous leviathans, fervent zealots and more, this anthology boasts many aspects that make cosmic horror so intriguing. Sights, smells, sounds, the canvases are exquisitely painted.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Brackish Harbor, unspeakable horrors aside. If you’re looking to spiral into the darkest recesses of the mind, I highly recommend getting lost along its murky avenues.
Tales From Brackish Harbor will be available August 13th, so make sure you pick up your copy!
Note: A huge thank you to the publisher for a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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