Ellen Datlow (fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and editor of Event Horizon and SCIFICTION) has been editing science fiction, fantasy and horror stories for over thirty-five years. She is a master of anthologies, including (but not limited to) The Doll Collection, Lovecraft’s Monsters and Mad Hatters and March Hares (stories inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There). In her latest anthology titled, The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea, Datlow has brought together 15 of the best names in horror. We here at The Game of Nerds, are very excited to get a first look into the dark and mysterious worlds that make up The Devil and the Deep!


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In this anthology, the writers were inspired by the ocean and what secrets could (if not do) lay within its waters.

“…95 percent of the sea is still unexplored. It’s a natural human tendency to fear the unknown, and our relative ignorance about the sea fosters superstitions, myths, and legends about it and what might inhabit it…”

-Ellen Datlow 

The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea

There are a few “Lovecraftesque” inspired stories in this anthology, however several of the worlds that comprise The Devil and the Deep are completely original. Below are just a few of the short stories from the anthology.


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From the moment you begin with Deadwater by Simon Bestwick (Tide of Souls), you are instantly submerged in the mysteries of the ocean. Bestwick’s characters come with their own stories, but they intertwine in Deadwater. His ability to keep the reader on their toes, combine with the unpredictable ending make Deadwater a pivotal part this anthology.

“When you pass over them, the depths are cold.”

-Simon Bestwick

The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea


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The Curious Allure of the Sea by Christopher Golden (The Shadow Saga), much like the main character of the story, draws the reader to it. Golden has the ability to take you on a journey in 14 pages that would take most writers 500 pages to complete. His characters are complex yet relatable. The Curious Allure of the Sea is dark, yet intensely satisfying, making it a must read!

“The current of her life swept her out to sea.”

-Christopher Golden

The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea


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What My Mother Left Me by Alyssa Wong (Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers, Nightmare-Magazine.com), opens up a whole new world of terror. The descriptives she uses will send chills down your spine and the combination of bringing the sea to land is enough to make anyone feel unsafe. What My Mother Left Me is not only a provocative piece of literature, but definitely leaves the reader with a sense of unease. Wong is pure talent on the rise.

“Mom’s skin flashes bright and swims away from shore, fast and beautiful. I turn and dive into the deep after her, bearing us down into the crushing cold.”

-Alyssa Wong

The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea


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He Sings of Salt and Wormwood by Brian Hodge (I’ll Bring You the Birds From Out of the Sky) will leave you feeling breathless… for many reasons. He has the ability to make readers fear the unknown. You’ll want to keep reading just to put your mind at ease. The beautiful language in He Sings of Salt and Wormwood paints a picture that makes you feel as if you’re the one in the ocean and you can’t see what is right in front of you. Hodge has written over 120 short stories, and it shows in He Sings of Salt and Wormwood.

“The Ocean would accept him. Or it wouldn’t.”

-Brian Hodge

The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea


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Finishing off The Devil and the Deep, we have Haunt by Siobhan Carroll (An Empire of Air and Water). Haunt is full of unforeseen twists and turns that will not only make you feel uneasy, but will keep you guessing until the end. While the story begins as a typical “disaster on the ocean” story, the end takes you in a very different direction. Carroll is a fantastic addition to this anthology and ended the book on an extreme high note!

“When we are driven to drink salt water, that’s when destruction comes.”

-Siobhan Carroll

The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea


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With a total of 15 authentic and original stories from some of the biggest names in horror, The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea commands an audience. From the intro by Ellen Datlow to the end of each story, you will find yourself wishing they were longer.


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The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea is available as of March 20th at select booksellers in both hardcover and trade paperback. The e-book will be available then as well. Purchase your copy in hardback for just $25.99 or in paperback for only $14.99! For any fans of horror, this is a MUST HAVE addition to your library. Click on “Buy on Amazon” below to purchase your copy today!