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Cressida by Rami Ungar

Into The Deep is a horror anthology filled with 11 stories that explore the terrors that lurk beyond the watery horizon.

Included in the anthology is Cressida, by Rami Ungar. Mark Honig is worried about his only living relative, Uncle Jacob, when he casually mentions talking to his daughter Cressida during a telephone conversation with Mark. Cressida died when Mark was ten, so he hurries to his uncle’s beach house to make sure he’s all right. Unfortunately, the visit to the beach house stirs up some painful memories, as well as revealing a shocking secret.

This is such a fun story! It opens with a strong hook. Mark’s on his way to visit his uncle, but he’s dreading returning to the beach house where something awful happened years ago. His concern for his uncle’s health overcomes his fear when Jacob mentions talking to his long dead daughter.

There’s lots of intrigue and horror potential in the opening, and I knew I was in for a great story. The story develops in wildly unexpected ways, which I don’t want to spoil, but I can honestly say I didn’t see any of it coming. I expected a story about ghosts and family secrets and, while these things are a small part of the tale, it is a completely different type of horror story than I assumed.

I would have loved some of the aspects of this story to be expanded upon. There’s so many great ideas in Cressida that I think it would have made a wonderful novella. However, that’s not to say the story is in any way rushed or incomplete. I would have liked to spend longer in this world and learned more about it, which is a good thing.

The horror is on point in this story. There is plenty of action and exciting developments. The theme of the piece adds depth to the characters and makes the story more satisfying.

I highly recommend it and award Cressida

14 thoughts on “Cressida by Rami Ungar”

  1. Thank you for sharing. It sounds like a very intriguing story. I often wonder how the horror authors come up with those story lines, which can really shook people while still entertaining people. LOL.

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