We’ve got an early Christmas present for you, Suvudu readers: An exclusive excerpt from Jonathan Moore’s powerful new e-novella Close Reach, which will release later this summer. How much later? May, 2016. We’re super proud of it here at Suvudu because it’s the first suspense offering from Hydra. (Want to know more about Hydra? Keep reading.)
What’s it about? How about freakin’ pirates chasing a hapless (and unhappy) couple through the ice-choked waters of Antarctica?
Kelly Pratihari-Reid and her husband sail their yacht into Antarctic waters, thinking their gravest concerns will be ice and storms—and their cracked marriage. A British girl shrieking across a short-range VHF frequency ends that illusion. It’s coming, she screams. It saw us and it’s coming back! Her voice is drowned by a tide of signal-jamming static, and Kelly sees a target on the radar screen: A ship is coming for them.
Thus begins an unforgettable cat-and-mouse game across stormy polar seas and dire landfalls. Kelly’s pursuers will test her to the limits of her endurance—and beyond. For the ship in her wake is crewed by pirates, with a young leader trained to use the most sadistic tortures in pursuit of his ultimate objective . . . a goal as shocking as it is horrific.
Close Reach is the latest e-book from Hydra, a new Random House digital-only imprint devoted to the best and newest short fiction from authors of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Hydra has a decidedly dark lean to its offerings, a credit to editor Sarah Peed. Look for an interview with her very soon!
All of Hydra’s titles are available your choice of e-book retailers. If you’re into zombies, you might also like William Todd Rose’s Apocalyptic Organ Grinder:
A fatal virus—a biowarfare experiment unleashed on an unsuspecting world—has reduced the once-mighty United States to a smattering of tribes dueling for survival in the lawless wilderness. The disease-free folk known as Settlers barricade themselves in small villages, determined to keep out the highly contagious Spewers—infected humans who cannot die from the virus but spread the seeds of death from the festering blisters that cover their bodies.
Tanner Kline is a trained Sweeper, sworn to exterminate Spewers roaming the no-man’s-land surrounding his frightened community. As all Settlers do, Tanner dismisses them as little more than savages—until he meets his match in Spewer protector Lila. But when hunter and hunted clash, their bloody tango ignites a firestorm of fear and hatred. Now, no one is safe from the juggernaut of terror that rages unchecked, and the fate of humanity hangs on questions with no answers: Who’s right, who’s wrong . . . and who’s going to care if everyone’s dead?
Here’s that excerpt!