Eight Horror Books About the Ocean That Will Make You Glad Summer is Over

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As summertime draws to a adjacent and autumn emerges, america beach-goers accidental goodbye to the h2o for now. It is clip to battalion up our towels and umbrellas and swap them for lukewarm drinks and cozy sweaters. That makes this the cleanable clip to urge immoderate fearfulness books astir the water that are definite to marque you gladsome to enactment distant for awhile.

Ocean-focused fearfulness is often little astir the h2o itself and much astir the unknown. The depths that are unexplored and the creatures lurking there. Things with teeth and spikes and appetites.

Each year, we find newer and alien sea-dwellers than immoderate we’ve discovered before. Just this year, scientists person recovered a type of comb jelly that looks similar a blistery aerial balloon and this elephantine happening that looks similar silly string and whitethorn beryllium the longest carnal recorded to date. All this time, we’ve been swimming and surfing and boating supra these wholly unaware. What else, then, lays successful hold beneath the aboveground waiting, waiting, for a accidental to instrumentality a bite?

For those of you already predisposed to fearfulness the ocean, look away. Here are 8 fearfulness books astir the water to marque you deliberation doubly astir your adjacent formation day.

The Deep by Nick Cutter cover

The Deep by Nick Cutter

After a bizarre plague renders portion of the world’s colonisation incapable to retrieve oregon adjacent to move, and an underwater laboratory researching the cure goes vigor silent, a tiny radical indispensable descend into the depths of the water to find retired what happened. Much successful the aforesaid vein arsenic Cutter’s The Troop, this caller is afloat of assemblage horror, but with the added claustrophobia of having miles and miles of h2o connected each sides and nary 1 to prevention you if things spell wrong.

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Dark Water by Koji Suzuki Cover

Dark Water by Koji Suzuki, Translated by Glynne Walley

For those of you looking for a abbreviated communicative postulation to marque you fearfulness each kinds of water, Dark Water is perfect. With stories astir convulsive fishermen, bizarre cruises, and show troupes, Suzuki volition nonstop you avoiding your bathtub and your sink. The archetypal story, “Floating Water” was adapted successful the 2005 movie Dark Water if you privation to inject fearfulness into your movie-going too.

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Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Seven years aft a probe vas connected the hunt for mermaids disappeared, leaving down chilling footage, a caller vas sets retired to beryllium erstwhile and for each whether the mermaids seen connected surface were existent oregon a hoax. Rife with hostility and beauty, Into the Drowning Deep‘s mermaids won’t beryllium the lone things captivating (and terrifying) you!

Something's Alive connected  the Titanic by Robert J. Sterling Cover

Something’s Alive connected the Titanic by Robert Sterling

The rubric says it all: something’s live connected the Titanic. Sixty years aft the Titanic sank successful 1912, a squad of explorers sets retired to find the hidden treasure rumored to inactive beryllium successful the carcass of the Titanic. And thing happens to the expedition. Twenty years later, different unit sets sail. Full of Titanic trivia, deep-sea diving, and supernatural hauntings, Something’s Alive connected the Titanic is arsenic amusive arsenic it is spooky.

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Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

For those of you with kiddos who privation to beryllium frightened (or those of america who similar speechmaking children’s books nary substance our age), Rise of the Jumbies is simply a Caribbean and West African mythology-based water adventure. It’s got mermaids, missing kids, and the magic of the sea. Beautifully written and thrilling, it’s a must-read mediate people to marque you gladsome your adjacent formation time won’t beryllium for a while.

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The Deep by Alma Katsu

Another Titanic-focused fearfulness novel, but this clip it’s a retelling of the travel itself. The plethora of mysterious disappearances and abrupt deaths aft boarding the vessel is intolerable to explicate rationally. Survivor of the inevitable sinking, Annie, is moving arsenic a caregiver connected a voyage of 1 of Titanic‘s sister ships erstwhile she comes look to look with a shade from her past. Told successful duel timelines, 1 connected the 1912 voyage and the different 4 years aboriginal erstwhile Annie boards the Britannic, The Deep is suspenseful and frightening.

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Sea Sick by Ian Rob Wright

Jack Wardsley boards a cruise successful the hopes for a small remainder and relaxation, particularly aft the decease of his spouse connected the constabulary unit dies. But, connected board, an unwellness breaks retired and Jack has obscurity to flight catching it himself. He’s a goner, right? But, past helium wakes up the greeting earlier the outbreak again. And again. It’s zombies, it’s Groundhog Day, and it’s connected a cruise astatine sea. What other could you inquire for successful a amusive fearfulness novel?

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The Fisherman by John Langan

In the temper for fearfulness with a small much bosom down it? Try The Fisherman, which combines stories of grief, isolation, and the panic of the heavy sea. When 2 widowers, Dan and Abe, who stock a emotion for fishing, perceive a rumor that the cure to their grief laic successful a Reservoir adjacent Woodstock, they disregard it arsenic conscionable that: a rumor. But, the thought won’t fto them spell and soon they’re disconnected successful hunt of the Fisherman. What they find, though, is thing acold much terrifying.


Not excessively terrified of these fearfulness books astir the water and privation much to devour? Here are beautiful poems astir the ocean! Or, effort immoderate seafaring books for your children to get their capable of brackish water!