Friday, December 7, 2018

Under the Sea of Stars, by Seanan Mcguire

★★★☆☆ Average

(Historical Fantasy Horror) In Victorian England, a wealthy woman finances a scientific expedition to find out what’s at the bottom of the Bolton Strid, a river whose depths seem to swallow everyone who ventures there. (5,511 words; Time: 18m)

"Under the Sea of Stars," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 103, published on .

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Review: 2018.692 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: With each step towards the depths, the tension builds. Simply getting below the surface costs one life. Reaching the bottom costs another one.

The underwater people are suitably creepy, and it’s not hard to guess what that banquet will consist of.

Con: Given 1880s technology, I think they’d be able to search the bottom pretty thoroughly, particularly given the number of people who disappeared and the fact that one was a lady.

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