“ Publisher: Severed Press / Published: 17 April 2013 „
Everyone knows the story of the Titanic and her fatal maiden voyage that saw hundreds lose their lives in one single night. But what if that wasn't the whole story? What if the REAL truth behind Maritimes greatest ever tragedy had yet to be told?
That is the premise behind Horror author Catt Dahman's latest offering, that borrows its influence heavily from H.P.Lovecraft's famous Cthulhu Mythos to present a chilling, eerie and, dare I say it, terrifying spin on the story everyone only thought they knew before now....
The Titanic's maiden voyage was historically fraught with bad omens right from the get go. It's a fact that several passengers really did decide to disembark before the ship had even had a chance to set sail due to startling visions and horrific dreams they experienced that foretold some kind of disaster, and Catt uses this to her distinct advantage. Shortly after setting off, the crew of the Titanic experience a strange yellow mist that seems to spring up from nowhere and when the ship does eventually hit the infamous iceberg, it is only the beginning of all of their problems. Somehow the Titanic has managed to cross over from our realm into another and,as she proceeds to slowly sink beneath the waves, all manner of twisted and nightmarish beasties begin stalking the passageways seeking to feast on the passengers and crew.
And even when they manage to get off the ship, still danger awaits....for waiting in the icy seas beyond lies a deadly, prehistoric Megaladon shark - ready to feed on all those who try and escape!
This is a truly great and original horror novel written in a classic and Gothic style that Miss Dahman completely succeeds here in making her own. Catt has done a wonderful job of channeling Lovecraft in her writing and it is difficult to doubt that if the author were still around today, he would not be more than impressed by everything she has managed to achieve. The Cthulhu Mythos has been more than overly represented in numerous works of fiction in the past, almost to the point of pure saturation, and yet Dahman's latest novel is among one of the best tributes to the late H.P.Lovecraft that I have ever read!
A little twist in the tale, which I am not going to say any more about, only serves to complete this novel and proves that once again Miss Dahman has managed to surpass herself. It is difficult to criticize that which deserves no criticism and with this book, Dahman once again establishes herself as a veritable tour-de-force in the Indie Horror market. I want to say that this is her best book yet but then I seem to say that about each new book she presents of late.
As it is, can I just say that if you love Catt Dahman then you are really going to love this as it as unlike anything else she has ever written as it is brilliantly and perfectly conceived!
Can she top this? I don't even know anymore but what I do know is that this is a book that will haunt me for a long time to come.....