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Mike has a very unusual phobia: He’s terrified of Champ, the creature reported to be living in Lake Champlain. Ever since he was a child, he has been haunted by nightmares about the monster and has avoided the lake most of his life. 

It’s a ridiculous fear, for the creature couldn’t possibly exist, could it?  

Tonight, whether he wants to or not, Mike will finally discover the truth about the lake and its legendary inhabitant.  

©2018 Roma Gray (P)2018 Roma Gray

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When the real enemy lurks just below the surface

Gray manages to put together another creepy tale that is more twist than turn. Her story centers on a man who is terrified of a lake monster, Champ, and actively does everything he can avoid the water of the lake. He has nightmares of dying on a rowboat to such a degree that he is near to losing his sanity. Suffice it to say that when he does hit the water what happens will not be what you expect.

This is a short story from Gary, but it is packed full of her cleverness and creativity for making her characters suffer in unexpected ways. She never lets her listeners or readers down and the only thing you can expect is the unexpected from her.

Mister Self, Gray's collaborative narrator manages to narrate a story of desperation and fear as if he were living through it himself. I always respect the work that he does for Gray, and he seems to be on the same wavelength with her when it comes to storytelling because they mesh together so well.

I like the cover, too. It is dark and foreboding, and features the water in a most nefarious way. I would have liked to see a small wake or even the outline of the lake monster in the distance. That would have really sold the book, but this works, too.

As always, another great short from Roma. I can't wait for the long awaited novel/novella that features Hitler's doll! Keep up the good work! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and honestly, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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What’s your fear? (an audio review) Everyone has

Everyone has fears. Some are rational – a loved one may die or I might fail a test. Some are irrational – I am going to be hit by lightning or my life will end if I don’t get the girl. Fears are often things we avoid thinking about because they cause distress. Even people who truly seem to have their lives put together have dark thoughts periodically.

Me? Well, not things that go bump in the night or snakes in the grass or monsters in the closet or the highest of heights. I can handle those. Don’t believe me? A woman was walking down the street the other day with a MASSIVE snake around her neck. Did I pet it? No. Did I cross the street? No.

I think, for me, it’s the fear of losing my mind. Whether through a psychotic break or something like Alzheimer’s, I cannot bear the thought of not being in control of my mind.

And Mike, the protagonist in ‘Dark Water’? It is the prehistoric monster that lives at the bottom of Lake Champlain. Mike can only recall one picture where the monster appears, but that’s enough for him. (Think Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster)

One summer night, with his daughter getting into trouble on the other side of the lake, Mike convinces himself that the lake monster isn’t real. And with “water like glass”, what could possibly go wrong?

I loved the resolution of this short story. Perfect and absolutely typical Roma Gray.

I have to mention Terry F. Self. His narration is great and he brings Mike’s inner voice to life, hitting just the sweet spot between terror and ridicule. I enjoyed this and can’t wait for another short story.

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This book was very short of about 18 mins and to

This book was very short of about 18 mins and to the point. The part which i like the most is about how Roma brought the monster to life in this one and connected me with everyone in the story. The narrator did a great job.

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Fear kills!

I loved the short story. I really feel sorry for the main character. He is such a nice guy and tries to do his best. Too bad he is has such an irrational fear.

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Short Masterpiece

I am honestly speechless about this book. All I can say is that this must be in your to be read/listened to pile! The combo of Roma's words and Terry's voice is unmatched!

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Short and To The Point!

This book was very short and to the point. The narration was done very well. This book is much different than what I had expected, but it was still a good book. For the length of the book, it kept my attention.

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Great short story!

Another great short story by Roma Gray! I really enjoyed this short story about a fearful father and the lake monster Champ. A whole lot of story in just 18 minutes. The narrator did a great job also. I received this for free for an honest review.

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Great little short!

Well-written, nicely crafted short. Would be a nice piece in a compilation. Will definitely check out authors other work.

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Great Story

I love Champ! I've always had a fascination with cryptids and lake monsters are a favorite. There is a real sense of dread as you feel for Mike, well I did. I have a lot of unrealistic fears, spiders, the dark, etc so it was easy for me to empathize with him. Roma has a way with taking stories places as they end that you will be delighted and surprised by. I loved how she brought the monster to life in this one and connected me with everyone(thing) in the story.

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Be Careful what you fear

This is a cautionary short and enjoyable tale of misplaced fear. Atmospheric and well set.

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