Length: 130 Pages
Publisher: High Fever Books
Release date: March 15, 2020
Synopsis: Emancipated during the American Revolution, Salem Hawley is a free man—until he finds himself indebted to a doctor for treatment for injuries incurred during the New York Doctors’ Riot. Recruited to recover the stolen grimoire, Al Azif, Salem embarks on a journey north, to Arkham, Massachusetts.
Plagued by rain and the incursion of strange, otherworldly creatures, the seaside town of Arkham has become a dark and dangerous place. Unable to trust the locals, Hawley is forced to rely on only his wits to track down the thief. He must also contend with Louise LeMarché, an outcast and suspected witch who is searching for the missing tome, as well.
Time is against Hawley. Something ancient and evil is rising from the depths of the Atlantic, and if Al Azif is not recovered quickly, it could spell doom to Arkham… and all of humanity.
Borne of the Deep, the second book in the Salem Hawley series, is a novella of Lovecraftian cosmic horror and continues the story that began in The Resurrectionists.
Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review
I’ve been a fan of Michael Patrick Hicks for some time. He does a great job of horrifying his reader with scenes that burn an image in your brain. For me the positives in Borne of the Deep were the characters, especially Salem. I really felt for him because of the mistreatment and betrayal he received by Dr. Post. I also liked the mythology created, and expanded upon in this installment. The creatures were nasty and horrifying. Unfortunately, I found it a bit slow for a few chapters. The negatives in my opinion are the gore and grotesque scenes. I love horror but prefer less guts and gore. Michael Patrick Hicks goes into some pretty nasty detail with Louise LaMarche, To say more would spoil it, so I’ll let you enjoy the stomach turning horror for yourself. We’ll see how it all ends in book three.
Michael Patrick Hicks, biography-
Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of several horror books, including The Resurrectionists, Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella, and Mass Hysteria. He co-hosts Staring Into The Abyss, a podcast focused on all things horror. His debut novel, Convergence, was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalist in science fiction. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association.
In addition to writing his own works of original fiction, Michael is a prolific book reviewer and manages the High Fever Books website. His reviews have also been published by Audiobook Reviewer and Graphic Novel Reporter, and he has previously worked as a freelance journalist and news photographer in Metro Detroit.
Michael lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.
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