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Blackwater

Two Stories
Narrated by: J. M. Needham
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Blackwater is a collection of two tales of horror and dark fantasy. In "Mercury Rain", a soldier fighting a new enemy learns the importance of holding on to his memories. "Blackwater", the title story of the collection, is an homage to Stephen King's short story, "Graveyard Shift", and it tells the tale of Paul Hawkins, a mine worker who disturbs something terrifying in the Blackwater Hills of Durham, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1976.

©2015 Christian Galacar (P)2017 Christian Galacar

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Two decent stories

As others have noted the second story is the longer of the two and is the better of the two. Both stories are unique and could definitely be expanded upon to create longer more in depth stories. Definitely would love to hear more on Blackwater. Even if they are not expanded upon, they are definitely stories worth listening to.

Needham does a great job and hopefully if these stories become full novels he will reprise his role as narrator.

I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Interesting quick shorts.

Two short stories. The first is very short. It was a rather bleak view of the future, although probably not too far off. To be honest, if I lived in a world like this one, I may want to forget as well.
The second story was the majority of the running time and very creepy. It kind is f played with perceptions of what was really going on. Was he in a cave system or just lost and freaked out in the dark. Either way, the creatures were fascinating and gross at the same time. The creature popping out of the guys neck wound was the literary equivalent of the scene from Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive where the mothers arm wound erupted into the guys custard and he ate it. I got physically nauseous. Mr. Galacar knows what can give the creeps.

The narration was top notch as well. The eeriness of the mine was conveyed in both the printed and spoken word.

Definitely looking forward to more from both participants.

I requested a free preview copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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Two Shorts, One Winner

'Blackwater' consists of two short horror type stories. The first one I can barely remember, it didn't strike a chord with me, but the second one is imprinted on my mind. Going down into underground mines is already a scary thing, but to do it alone, and to discover something inhuman, is next-level-terrifying. As it's so short, I can't say more without spoilers. Needham gives a good performance, but I can only recommend the second story in this book!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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i dont know what this was.

I received this book free of charge for an honest review, i honestly dont know what this was, it was like an intro to a couple possible stories that never went anywhere. they were good ideas and would have been decent intros for bigger stories but as is there really wasnt much to them. sorry for the bum review but for me this was like a movie or game teaser for something that never got made.

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Blackwater

I really enjoyed this book. The first tale was short and sweet, and the second one was great for a completely different reason. It is not easy to write a good short story, fitting everything into a short space and then finishing it so that the readers feel a sense of completion. Christian Galacar did a good job here and J. M. Needham did a great job narrating the book.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • Marcus
  • East Coast, USA
  • 02-06-18

Great couple of stories

There are 2 stories squeezed into 90 minutes here, and though both are good, the first is easily my favorite.

Mercury Rain is a short story taking place in a distant(?) future where man and machine are now at war. They're as smart as us, but with none of our fleshy weaknesses. What makes this story great though is the perspective from which it is told and the wonderfully-crafted ending that will leave you pondering well after the story ends.

The second tale, Black Water, is more traditional supernatural monster horror. It follows a miner that stumbles onto something buried deep under Pennsylvania soil. It's also written pretty well and is atmospheric enough to give the chills, but lacks a bit of the poetic and emotional flair of the first.

Both great listens though, especially given the run time.

I was provided these audiobooks free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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two terrifying tales that will leave you sleepless

Blackwater is a collection of two short stories written by Christian Galacar. The narration is provided by J.M. Needham. The audiobook is self-published by Christian Galacar with a short running time of 1 hour and 26 minutes. Within the shorter runtime, you will get to enter two distinct worlds from the author. The first is Mercury Rain. This is the shorter of the two stories. The second offering is Blackwater.

Short stories are a challenge for any writer. They have to establish a hook and get the reader or listener invested quickly into the story. Mr. Galacar does that with Mercury Rain. This is a dark tale of the future of the human race. Many things have gone wrong. Soldiers are on the front lines daily fighting two separate but nearly equal enemies. The machines that have gain consciousness while the environment is raining mercury in a toxic form on them. This story reminds me of scenes from the Terminator Movies.

The second story; Blackwater the longer of the two stories is in a mine. This story held my attention as well; it told the story of Paul Hawkins. He is a Miner in 1976 in Pennsylvania. He is working an extra shift to string new wiring for the mine lights. The Lights that all blew out at the same time for no real apparent reason. While in the mine Paul finds something horrifying. The author wrote the short story Blackwater is as an homage to Stephen King’s short story, “Graveyard Shift”. The author did an excellent job doing that, as that was my first thought as the story developed as it held my attention.

J. M. Needham provided the narration on the short audio performance. I found Mr. Needham’s performance in both stories to be enjoyable. The narrator set the right tone as needed for the required setting of the story. In the first story, it was needed to be bleak, dark, and convey the sense of loss in the world. Mr. Needham did that well. In the second story where Mr. Needham had more characters to work with, I found his performance truly enjoyable as there were more characters to give voices too. Later in the story, the internal monologue was really enjoying how the narrator voiced the characters growing fear. The publisher for this audiobook is Christian Galacar. The production value is of the highest quality. I heard no problems during the entire performance. There were not any detectable flaws that I was able to hear during the entire performance. I did not hear any loops, breaks, or buzzing. The production was crisp and clear.

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Blackwater

These two short stories are ok.I liked the second one better.J.M. Needham was fine at naration.Nothing really stood out.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Sci if shorts that deliver

I love sci fi, and these shorts don’t disappoint. They deliver quick plot, quick characters, and it all comes
Together for a short but entertaining romp through universes imagined and delivered to you. Sit back relax and enjoy this quick listen. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • TU
  • 02-12-18

Just OK

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was really just two short stories that collectively don't go past an hour and a half. The first story (thankfully the shorter of the two) is good in concept but poorly executed. The second story is much more interesting, and has a little action. The narration, though, was mediocre. By far not the worst I've listened to, but definitely not the best either. He has a lot of potential, but I grew tired of listening to him take breaths between sentences and felt he had little enthusiasm to what he was doing.