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Little Gail London and her friend Joel Quarrel are out on a cold and lonely morning at the end of summer, when they make the find of the century: a dead plesiosaur, the size of a two-ton truck, washed up on the sand. With the fog swirling about them, they make their plans, fight to defend their discovery, and face for the first time the enormity of mortality itself… all un Little Gail London and her friend Joel Quarrel are out on a cold and lonely morning at the end of summer, when they make the find of the century: a dead plesiosaur, the size of a two-ton truck, washed up on the sand. With the fog swirling about them, they make their plans, fight to defend their discovery, and face for the first time the enormity of mortality itself… all unaware of what else might be out there in the silver water of Lake Champlain.


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Little Gail London and her friend Joel Quarrel are out on a cold and lonely morning at the end of summer, when they make the find of the century: a dead plesiosaur, the size of a two-ton truck, washed up on the sand. With the fog swirling about them, they make their plans, fight to defend their discovery, and face for the first time the enormity of mortality itself… all un Little Gail London and her friend Joel Quarrel are out on a cold and lonely morning at the end of summer, when they make the find of the century: a dead plesiosaur, the size of a two-ton truck, washed up on the sand. With the fog swirling about them, they make their plans, fight to defend their discovery, and face for the first time the enormity of mortality itself… all unaware of what else might be out there in the silver water of Lake Champlain.

30 review for By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    *somewhat spoilery* Because...beer Gail's mom has a hangover so she wants the loud girls of her's out of the house. Gail heads down to the lake near their home and meets up with her buddies, Joel and his brother. They realize that the large rock they have been playing on is not really a rock. There have been mumblings around their town about a monster that lives in the lake. An American version of the famous monster? Gail and Joel are going to be famous! They bet their pictures will get in the *somewhat spoilery* Because...beer Gail's mom has a hangover so she wants the loud girls of her's out of the house. Gail heads down to the lake near their home and meets up with her buddies, Joel and his brother. They realize that the large rock they have been playing on is not really a rock. There have been mumblings around their town about a monster that lives in the lake. An American version of the famous monster? Gail and Joel are going to be famous! They bet their pictures will get in the paper. They bet they will become rich. I know..I did not spoil anything. But to be on the safe side I posted the warning. Because....whiners I'm highlighting my friend Richard reviles censorship's review because it makes me smile every day that he is back on the internet with us.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Gail irritates her hung-over mother by playing a robot. When she is sent out of the house together with her three sisters they go to the beach to play. There they find a mysterious carcass of a strange creature. Is it a dinosaur? Then some of the kids are missing. The story was a bit too long for my taste. The whole introduction up to the discovery of the animal was long winded. Then the horror itself was a bit too meagre and short for me. It was an okay story but definitely nothing extraordinar Gail irritates her hung-over mother by playing a robot. When she is sent out of the house together with her three sisters they go to the beach to play. There they find a mysterious carcass of a strange creature. Is it a dinosaur? Then some of the kids are missing. The story was a bit too long for my taste. The whole introduction up to the discovery of the animal was long winded. Then the horror itself was a bit too meagre and short for me. It was an okay story but definitely nothing extraordinary.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    Rating: 3* of five The Publisher Says: Little Gail London and her friend Joel Quarrel are out on a cold and lonely morning at the end of summer, when they make the find of the century: a dead plesiosaur, the size of a two-ton truck, washed up on the sand. With the fog swirling about them, they make their plans, fight to defend their discovery, and face for the first time the enormity of mortality itself… all unaware of what else might be out there in the silver water of Lake Champlain. My Review: Rating: 3* of five The Publisher Says: Little Gail London and her friend Joel Quarrel are out on a cold and lonely morning at the end of summer, when they make the find of the century: a dead plesiosaur, the size of a two-ton truck, washed up on the sand. With the fog swirling about them, they make their plans, fight to defend their discovery, and face for the first time the enormity of mortality itself… all unaware of what else might be out there in the silver water of Lake Champlain. My Review: Childhood's end. Abusive and/or neglectful adults versus damaged children. A completely unexpected and seemingly impossible discovery sets each against all, and no one comes out unchanged. Sound familiar? It should. It's an evergreen plot for a reason. It explores no new territory, mostly because it doesn't need to. This iteration of the evergreen is told in the voice and from the viewpoint of three kids trapped in a world of hungover parents. Their mutual discovery of the dinosaur, apparently dead, causes little Gail to look inside for what she wants to have in this life. What she decides has a poignance that Hill reveals but doesn't linger over. Not for nothing is Hill the son of novelists! Thirty well-spent minutes. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    OK... First things first, when I read the title of this story, I can't help but think of By the Shores of Silver Lake. Both have a precocious young girl with sisters as a narrator. And a lake with silver water, supposedly. And, if I remember correctly, a friend who is a boy that is also kind of a boyfriend but not really a BOYFRIEND - but in the Little House series maybe that comes later. (It's been about *coughcoughmumble* years since I read the Little House series.) What the Little House series OK... First things first, when I read the title of this story, I can't help but think of By the Shores of Silver Lake. Both have a precocious young girl with sisters as a narrator. And a lake with silver water, supposedly. And, if I remember correctly, a friend who is a boy that is also kind of a boyfriend but not really a BOYFRIEND - but in the Little House series maybe that comes later. (It's been about *coughcoughmumble* years since I read the Little House series.) What the Little House series DOESN'T have is a rotting amphibious dinosaur corpse hidden in the mist by the water's edge. Which clearly makes Silver Water here the winner over Silver Lake, if you ask me. I mean, I know you didn't... but if you had. That's what I would answer. Just sayin'. One of the things that I love about Joe Hill's writing is the way that his stories have this ethereal otherness right there in the middle of the everyday. I also like the sense that it exists in its own time. It could really be any time in the 20th or 21st century. We have a little girl, I mean a robot with teakettles for feet, who is sent out of the house by her harried and hungover mother, and who climbs onto a boulder to play with her friend Joel, only to later realize that the "boulder" is the mid-section of the aforementioned dinocorpse. They've heard stories of the "monster" that was hit by a boat, and heard stories of a reward for anyone that brings the creature back... so they are convinced that they'll be heroes for having discovered it. I love the duality of this story, how you can interpret it as a little girl playing pretend, and her close friend playing along because that's what they do... or you can interpret it as literally true that there's a dead creature washed up on the beach. You can choose to believe that the imagination of these little kids ran away with them... but there are unanswered questions if you go the "They must be making it up!" route. I also love the adultness of this story. It's narrated by a little girl, so she doesn't question things in the way an adult would, but just accepts things as she believes them to be true. Like where did her friend REALLY get his black eye? Playing pretend for real, or maybe Dad got a little rough? The girl appreciates her friends "adult voice", which to me sounds a little too much like a domineering male voice, and tells me that he's got a role model in that regard at the very least. The end of the story is rather abrupt, as lots of Joe Hill stories are, and we're left with a sense of loss... of friendship, of childhood, of freedom, perhaps, and trust, for sure. Because parents never believe in the unbelievable, do they? They may humor you, if it's dark and scary and they're tired and just want to check under the bed ONE LAST TIME so everyone can just go to sleep already... but in the light of day, when it comes to a 16 foot long creature? Maybe not so much.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Char

    I love Joe Hill's work, but I was disappointed with this short story. I can't go too much into why without spoilers. His prose was wonderful as always, and the characters memorable. I just felt I was left...wanting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    I really liked this short story, but it was to short, this would had been a great beginning for a real novel instead it ended when it just started to get interesting...I would have loved to have Gail return as an adult, searching for closure to the traumatic experience she had at the lake. Review also posted on And Now for Something Completely Different and It's a Mad Mad World I really liked this short story, but it was to short, this would had been a great beginning for a real novel instead it ended when it just started to get interesting...I would have loved to have Gail return as an adult, searching for closure to the traumatic experience she had at the lake. Review also posted on And Now for Something Completely Different and It's a Mad Mad World

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    3.5 stars, rounded up. A good tale that brought two ten-year-old friends to an amazing discovery. Emotionally potent, I felt that the novella had quite a lot of promise, but could have used some extra details to beef up the story. The ending packed quite a punch, but could have benefited more from additional facts regarding the lives/homes/families of the main characters.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    Nothing to write home about.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tanja Berg

    This is a nostalgic tale of childhood including parents, siblings, fantasies, friendship and play in very few pages. The lines between fantasy and reality are fuzzy, as they are when you're little. It's childhood's last day though, with the discovery of a dead dinosaur on the shore of the lake. The shortest coming of age tale I've ever read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    Some kids find a washed-up "dinosaur" but their plans for fame and fortune are for naught. Predictable, but well written. Don't mess with Champ, kiddies. Some kids find a washed-up "dinosaur" but their plans for fame and fortune are for naught. Predictable, but well written. Don't mess with Champ, kiddies.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Joe Hill settings are always descriptive and put you right there. Another good story, but wish it was longer.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Edward Lorn

    BY THE SILVER WATER OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN Review Now THAT was a fun ride. This one brought back memories of Amazing Stories, not to mention the Bradbury tale, "The Foghorn", which, I'm sure, was intended, because this story was first published in a tribute to Bradbury. Being that "The Foghorn" is one of my favorite literary shorts, I dug Hill's ode very much.   What makes Hill's version even more endearing than the original is that he's replaced the old men and their lighthouse with ten-year-old kids BY THE SILVER WATER OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN Review Now THAT was a fun ride. This one brought back memories of Amazing Stories, not to mention the Bradbury tale, "The Foghorn", which, I'm sure, was intended, because this story was first published in a tribute to Bradbury. Being that "The Foghorn" is one of my favorite literary shorts, I dug Hill's ode very much.   What makes Hill's version even more endearing than the original is that he's replaced the old men and their lighthouse with ten-year-old kids on a foggy beach. I'm a sucker for stories about children, and Hill managed to capture the magic of youth perfectly.    I think this is now my second favorite Hill story, number one being the highly inventive and imaginative "Pop Art" from his collection 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS. Joe Hill's imagination seems fathomless, and there's a good reason he's near the top of my pile of favorite authors.   

  13. 5 out of 5

    ♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)

    I smiled almost the entire time I was reading this short story. Gail and joel were too adorable for words. They were just two innocent children who were best friends. The author captured the spirit of how it feels to be a child who has not a single care in the world and knows that everyone she loves will always be there for her. (view spoiler)[ And then he rips that innocence away from her in the last few pages of the story. I teared up big time at the end, but I have to admit, this was a beauti I smiled almost the entire time I was reading this short story. Gail and joel were too adorable for words. They were just two innocent children who were best friends. The author captured the spirit of how it feels to be a child who has not a single care in the world and knows that everyone she loves will always be there for her. (view spoiler)[ And then he rips that innocence away from her in the last few pages of the story. I teared up big time at the end, but I have to admit, this was a beautifully written short story. (hide spoiler)] Side note: (view spoiler)[ The certain somebody who suggested I read this story could have warned me about the sad ending when I was gushing to him over the phone about how adorable the kids in this book were! Darn you, Jonathan! :P (hide spoiler)]

  14. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Good short story about kids that find a creature along the shore of Lake Champlain. This didn't feel like typical Joe Hill, more like something from Neil Gaiman. The story itself was solid and dialogue driven, with the tension coming more from the threat of parents' wrath and sibling rivalry than from whatever was in the lake itself. While this was sold as a single, I may have to find the Ray Bradbury anthology in which it was originally included, especially if the rest of the stories are this g Good short story about kids that find a creature along the shore of Lake Champlain. This didn't feel like typical Joe Hill, more like something from Neil Gaiman. The story itself was solid and dialogue driven, with the tension coming more from the threat of parents' wrath and sibling rivalry than from whatever was in the lake itself. While this was sold as a single, I may have to find the Ray Bradbury anthology in which it was originally included, especially if the rest of the stories are this good.

  15. 5 out of 5

    RedRedtheycallmeRed

    Short story that pretty aptly describes the language and imagination of kids. The ending was unsettling.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    Mommy has a killer hangover, and sends her loud and bickering girls out of the house to have some peace and quiet. It's a cold and misty end-of-summer day that will mark Gail's end-of-childhood, and she decides to head down to the lake, where she meets up with a friend... until they realize that the boulder they'd been playing on isn't actually a rock. Their discovery lets them spin out the possibilities their future holds, but also makes them confront mortality... but is it really happening, or Mommy has a killer hangover, and sends her loud and bickering girls out of the house to have some peace and quiet. It's a cold and misty end-of-summer day that will mark Gail's end-of-childhood, and she decides to head down to the lake, where she meets up with a friend... until they realize that the boulder they'd been playing on isn't actually a rock. Their discovery lets them spin out the possibilities their future holds, but also makes them confront mortality... but is it really happening, or are they just playing pretend? We are shown from the very first sentence that Gail has a lively imagination and gets invested in her made-up stories... and yet assuming it's all make-believe leaves a lot of questions unanswered, and this blurry line between reality and fantasy is what makes the story work. A rather unusual one from Hill—it reads like something that could've been written by Gaiman or Bradbury (whose story The Fog Horn must've been a very direct influence). ————— All my book reviews can be found here · This story is also published in Joe Hill's collection Full Throttle. You can read my full review, and buy it on BookDepository.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kit★

    Amazon sends me update emails about new releases from authors of freebies I've downloaded, but when it's an author I've actually paid to read, they never let me know something new's out! What is up with that? I had to find out about this new short story on a 'currently reading' thread in a group. Of course I rushed over and got it, will read it real soon. Will get my review up later today! Ok, so I lied, and forgot to come back and do my review. Shucks, now I'll have to just read it again... ;)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I just re-read this (aloud this time) to my friend Lisa... despite the kinda sad ending I view this story as a tale of the imagination found in little kids of the age before the VCR/DVD player/internet. It seems that kids don't play-make-believe as much anymore. Our techno-age seems to have squashed that from the youth of today and *that* is why I find this story so sad... read 7-13-2014 re-read 1/3/2015

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Childhood is a dark place sometimes, a place of endless imagination that feels so real it is almost palpable, a place of the hope and trust and faith we somehow seem to lose as we grow older, both frightening and strangely comforting. This story took me back to a particular summer day of my youth: riding bikes down the hill with the little boy next door, the wind in my hair, the sun on my skin. And while we found no monsters in the lake that day, the feeling was the same. With raw words and visc Childhood is a dark place sometimes, a place of endless imagination that feels so real it is almost palpable, a place of the hope and trust and faith we somehow seem to lose as we grow older, both frightening and strangely comforting. This story took me back to a particular summer day of my youth: riding bikes down the hill with the little boy next door, the wind in my hair, the sun on my skin. And while we found no monsters in the lake that day, the feeling was the same. With raw words and visceral storytelling, Joe Hill always makes me remember...and I love him for it. I love him for every word.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dimitris Papastergiou

    Really nice story. Even though it's a short one, it's got mystery and well.. a monster. The downside is that it's too short. I'd like to read more about it or the characters. It definitely has that Joe Hill vibe and Locke & Key is one of my all time favourites so no surprises there. Need to read all of his works. If you're a fan of Joe Hill you should read it. Really nice story. Even though it's a short one, it's got mystery and well.. a monster. The downside is that it's too short. I'd like to read more about it or the characters. It definitely has that Joe Hill vibe and Locke & Key is one of my all time favourites so no surprises there. Need to read all of his works. If you're a fan of Joe Hill you should read it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shorty

    What a sweetly sad story. I wish it was longer, and we knew more about what happened next.....

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    this story was pretty cute and uproariously funny... the beginning pages made me laugh quite a lot, just picturing these four girls doing their imaginaryland little kid stuff was epic! the creature-y thing was quite the enigma too... rock and rope and want-it-to-be-real or actually actual... Joe Hill does the makebelieve world of children superbly here... i wonder how much of this type of imagination-bred fun and folly is lost with children being given smartphones, game consoles, and TV babysitt this story was pretty cute and uproariously funny... the beginning pages made me laugh quite a lot, just picturing these four girls doing their imaginaryland little kid stuff was epic! the creature-y thing was quite the enigma too... rock and rope and want-it-to-be-real or actually actual... Joe Hill does the makebelieve world of children superbly here... i wonder how much of this type of imagination-bred fun and folly is lost with children being given smartphones, game consoles, and TV babysitters ad nauseam... the tale ends rather sorrowfully, and a tad abruptly too, but i think the ending fits the "what happened here, really?!?" vibe perfectly well...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    I lived for a bit with a stunning view of Lake Champlain. I smelled dead fished that lined the beaches in late spring. A few miles south of my home was the gorgeous Champlain bridge, but if you stopped near Bulwagga bay you could read many pamphlets on Champ. The monster that used to peer out at folks, so they could sing their tales to the town's people. Obviously this story was fun for me to read because I used to breathe Champ on my daily walks those years ago, but it still left me with no mor I lived for a bit with a stunning view of Lake Champlain. I smelled dead fished that lined the beaches in late spring. A few miles south of my home was the gorgeous Champlain bridge, but if you stopped near Bulwagga bay you could read many pamphlets on Champ. The monster that used to peer out at folks, so they could sing their tales to the town's people. Obviously this story was fun for me to read because I used to breathe Champ on my daily walks those years ago, but it still left me with no more than 3 stars for this story. Although a short story, it felt pretty long. Arguing over the monster washed ashore for most of the pages. Yes, I understand they are kids, and this is what kids do, especially with such a monumental discovery, I was just simply... Bored. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, though! I miss my old home and tales of Champ.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ElphaReads

    (originally reviewed at elphareads.tumblr.com . See full review there) 4.5 Stars I decided that it was high time that I dust off the ol’ Kindle, as it had sat neglected for some time and I felt that it was in need of a revisit. I am pretty sure that the problem is that I like the feel of an actual print book in my hands more than I do my eReader, but that being said, what can I get on my Kindle that I would have a harder time getting print versions of? Short stories from one of my favorite auth (originally reviewed at elphareads.tumblr.com . See full review there) 4.5 Stars I decided that it was high time that I dust off the ol’ Kindle, as it had sat neglected for some time and I felt that it was in need of a revisit. I am pretty sure that the problem is that I like the feel of an actual print book in my hands more than I do my eReader, but that being said, what can I get on my Kindle that I would have a harder time getting print versions of? Short stories from one of my favorite authors, Mr. Joe Hill. While he has a collection of short stories in 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS (read it, it’s amazing), some of his newer ones are available as stand alone ditties on the Kindle. You can’t really be surprised that I had to get a couple for myself. The two I picked about a month ago were called TWITTERING FROM THE CIRCUS OF THE DEAD and BY THE SILVER WATER OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN. I sought out CIRCUS OF THE DEAD. SILVER WATER was more of a happy accident. But funnily enough, the happy accident I liked more than the deliberate choice. Let’s get down to it, because I have a lot of feelings about these stories. A twelve year old girl named Gail is spending summer with her family in a house of Lake Champlain. Gail is still in the whimsical imaginative days of her childhood, which annoys her family, but she has a good friend named Joel who lives nearby. Why Gail and Joel are out exploring one hazy and foggy morning, they discover the body of a plesiosaur sea reptile, who they think has to be the famed Lake Champlain monster Champ. While they try to decide what to do, and dream of how famous they will become, Gail learns a hard lesson about growing up, mortality, and the dangers of our surroundings. I just really loved this one. It has a very dark and fantastical element to it, of course. I mean, it’s about Champ the Lake Champlain Monster after all. But even more so it is about the pains of growing up and losing one’s innocence. I had to go back and re-read the last scene a couple of times, and after I did I felt like I had been punched in the feelings place a few dozen times. First of all, the atmosphere is creepy and melancholy both at once, on a foggy morning on the lake, with children looking for adventure while their parents are too hung over to really care about what they’re doing. The slight dysfunction in both families is hinted at, but never really thrown at the reader too hard. Hill writes sadness and grief and trauma so well, and not knowing what really happened, but knowing that Gail will never be the same, just made my heart ache for her. Honestly, I want more. The only reason this didn’t get a five star rating from me is because I want a novel that shows the kind of person Gail turns into, how her trauma and loss has shaped her, and I want her to revisit the Lake with not necessarily a mission of revenge, but with a need to understand what happened. Ugh, that last scene, that last LINE…. I’m overcome with emotions regarding this short story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    It's official in my opinion... Joe Hill is definitely among the most talented writers of fiction working today. And I would further state that his mastery of the short fiction format is especially impressive. This very short, very sweet story has so much going for it, I barely know where to start. First, there's the "monster" element hinted at by the cover, and that element does not disappoint. In the story, young Gail London and her friend Joel Quarrel discover a dead plesiosaur one foggy mornin It's official in my opinion... Joe Hill is definitely among the most talented writers of fiction working today. And I would further state that his mastery of the short fiction format is especially impressive. This very short, very sweet story has so much going for it, I barely know where to start. First, there's the "monster" element hinted at by the cover, and that element does not disappoint. In the story, young Gail London and her friend Joel Quarrel discover a dead plesiosaur one foggy morning on the shore of Lake Champlain. When they fully realize that what they first took to be a large boulder (they even climbed up to the top of it to look out over the lake) is in fact a gigantic relic of a past age, ("millions of years old" they decide,) they are suddenly faced with the prospect of the fame they will garner because of their discovery, as well as the simple and inescapable fact of mortality.... but that's just the very surface of the story. Also at play here are an assortment of emotions and relationship elements. There's the extra-sweet aspect of Gail's obvious attraction to and admiration for Joel (she figures they'll be married at some point,) a feeling which, thrillingly for her, is suddenly returned! There's the typically contentious sibling dynamic both between Gail and her sisters Heather, Mindy, and Miriam, and between Joel and his younger brother Ben. And then there's the rocky equilibrium between Gail and her parents (particularly her mother who just happens to be dealing with a pretty fierce hangover,) as well as a hint regarding the possibly abusive relationship between Joel and his father (how did you get that black eye, Joel?) All these things kept me engrossed and smiling throughout, sometimes pleasant smiles reflective of the nostalgia of childhood, sometimes sad smiles. And for me, this story never sagged or dragged for a moment, right up to the haunting finale. Well done, Mr. Hill!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    This is a great little story about "Champ", a cryptid allegedly living in Lake Champlain. But it's actually a story about childhood and the tender beginning of affection between a girl and a boy. It has a little inkling of The Body (Stephen King's novella), and it shows that the accurate and rather likable description of children must run in the King's family. It's short and you can read it in no time. I can't see no reason not to do it. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribut This is a great little story about "Champ", a cryptid allegedly living in Lake Champlain. But it's actually a story about childhood and the tender beginning of affection between a girl and a boy. It has a little inkling of The Body (Stephen King's novella), and it shows that the accurate and rather likable description of children must run in the King's family. It's short and you can read it in no time. I can't see no reason not to do it. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    American Nessie Well, it's the latter part of the 1800s and Gail and Joel, best buddies and neighbors (you know, they might get married someday) make a find along the shore of Lake Champlain that even P.T. Barnum might be willing to pay big bucks for. What they first assume is a boulder turns out to be much more wondrous than that. Now they just need to make their plans on what to do with their discovery and they need to figure out how to convince their parents that what they've found is real. It's American Nessie Well, it's the latter part of the 1800s and Gail and Joel, best buddies and neighbors (you know, they might get married someday) make a find along the shore of Lake Champlain that even P.T. Barnum might be willing to pay big bucks for. What they first assume is a boulder turns out to be much more wondrous than that. Now they just need to make their plans on what to do with their discovery and they need to figure out how to convince their parents that what they've found is real. It's what they don't plan for that makes for a super ending to this short horror story. Author Hill has done a super job of capturing the voices of the children in this tale. And the dynamics between siblings.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dusty Wallace

    This short story was originally featured in Shadow Show, a tribute anthology to Ray Bradbury. It's another Joe Hill classic though I felt like the ending was a bit underdeveloped. The characters were great, though, and even without the promise of a lake monster the story would be enjoyable. Joe Hill is obviously a kid at heart as evidenced by this story, NOS4A2, Horns, and Voluntary Committal. His portrayal of children is authentic and touching.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melanti

    This actually reminds me a lot of Ray Bradbury - specifically his short story "The Foghorn" but just him in general. Childhood. Imagination. Sea monsters and fog. I'm glad I read this! It reminded me of why I liked Joe Hill in the beginning even if the last half dozen or so stories of his that I've read haven't suited me at all.

  30. 5 out of 5

    John Ashline

    I really enjoyed this short story. I think, mainly, because it's set on my home turf... more or less. I am from Plattsburgh, NY (mentioned briefly in N0S4A2) a place that happens to be on Lake Champlain. Champ, the plesiosaur in question, is our local legend!

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