Dead Lake is a standard creature feature book – tainted by pollution and Native American magics, a giant fish terrorizes a lake, killing everyone from tourists to moonshiners. Faced with this threat, a conservation officer and a poacher team up to destroy the monster.
The book seems to be inspired or in some way connected to the Dead Bait anthologies, which are filled with stories that combine (in various ways) fish and the undead. The anthologies themselves are very changeable – some fantastically creepy stories (Ron Leming’s “Fox goes Fission” is a particularly good example – not much happens, but the description is chilling) are mixed in amongst rather uninspired efforts: ones that focus on grittiness and gore instead of creating a compelling narrative. Dead Lake, regrettably, follows the second type. Continue reading “Dead Lake – Murphy Edwards”