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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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Be Careful what you fear

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

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What really lurks beneath the surface?

This is great short horror story written by the talented Roma Gray.

Mike has a recurring nightmare about the monster of Lake Champlain, named Champ, which is supposedly a monster like the one in Loch Ness. In his nightmare, he is rowing across the Lake at night when he is attacked by Champ and brutally killed. When he has to cross the lake at night in order to find his rebellious teenaged daughter, his nightmare comes true.

This story delves into the way that our minds often are more terrifying than the "monsters" that we imagine. The narrator, Terry Self, does a great job in conveying the tone of the story and really draws you into it.

Ms. Gray does an awesome job, as usual, in staying to the true horror tradition, letting the listener's mind supply most of the horror. I look forward to reading more by this great author!

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This was an okay story.

I'm not sure how I felt about this story. While it had a sad ending, the similarities between the creature and Nessie (Lochness monster) was unfortunate. And when the fireworks are going off, how was he able to see the monster under the water...at night? If anything, the fireworks would have simply reflected off the water.

As for the narrator, Terry F. Self, another great job!

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Great Story!!!

This was such a great story!!! Roma Gray sucks you right into the story and tells it fabulously!!! I am never disappointed in her stories.

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How dangerous can your dreams be?

A man intent on rescuing his daughter must brave the lake that haunts his dreams. You'll want to find out what happens in Roma Gray's latest horror short. I loved the intrigue this story has. And as always Terry F. Self brings an awesome read into the mix. He is clear and concise and his audio is professional. You don't want to miss listening to this suspenseful story. .

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Spine-Chilling Story

The story was very intriguing throughout the end. The illusion between imagination and reality was painted in a spine-chilling way. Kudos to Roma Gray. The narrator's performance was outstanding for this theme.

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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 05-20-18

Fear and dread

An excellent short story about fear and dread. A realistic tale of what is in our minds versus what the true threats are. Terry Self ‘s narration is perfect for Roma Gray’s stories.

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Like A Boss!!

Black Water by Roma Gray, narrated by Terry F. Self is an 18 minute short story that is both written and performed on a level of mastery! This is the 2nd story I have listened to by Roma Gray, both of which have been performed by Terry F. Self. I loved her writing in Secrets in the Pumpkin Seeds and was curious to find out if there was more where that came from, or if, by chance, it just happened to be a well-wrriten story. Well, LIKE A BOSS, Roma Gray's writing is off the charts, proving she's got what it takes to mingle with the big dogs! Black Water falls into the horror genre, however, have no fear (well, maybe a little fear...), you will find it to be very relatable! As a child I'm sure we all had something that that freaked us out to the point of shedding tears, hiding in corners under blankets, or running for the hills. For some of us, that same fear still lingers. I vividly remember that scared feeling in the pit of my stomach that arrived each time I approached the basement stairs, causing me to run with turbo speed, 2 steps at a time as if my life depeneded on it because the "monster" behind me was right at my heels! It was only when I reached the top of the stairs, my "home base," that the feeling subsided, and I allowed myself to breathe again. Whether your own monster was on your basement stairs or in your back woods, prepare yourself because this short story is bound to bring you back to those days! Well, that is, if you dare....

The performance by Terry F. Self is outstanding. He effortlessly switches between being narrator of the story and the main character. He keeps a calm and steady tone, which helps to both set the mood and build the suspense. This is also only the second time I have heard him perform. He is amazing, and I hope that he has narrated all of Gray's audiobooks because I'm definitely interested in hearing more, if not all, of them. Similar to actors who appear in multiple movies together, there are specific authors and narrators that just "click." Gray and Self fall into that category. The work of each greatly complements the other, making them an excellent team.

Black Water by Roma Gray, narrated by Terry F. Self deserves 5/5 stars across the board. It will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what lies ahead. The descriptive language puts you in the scene, brings the story to life, and makes the minutes seem very real! I highly recommend this audiobook to those who enjoy short stories, as well as to those who are fans of the genre. I mentioned in my review of the last book that I am a teacher. I have to say that I think this would be a great text to use in class when teaching specifically about setting, mood, and genre. It also would match well with lessons on other literary elements and devices for both reading and writing. Therefore, I recommend it to teachers and professors of English who are looking for anchor or mentor texts to supplement their lessons. As for everyone else, you made it this far in the review, so what are you waiting for? You, too, will not be disappointed!

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