The Night Boat by Robert McCammon


The Night Boat, Robert McCammon, 1980

My favorite quote: “‘I felt hatred,’ Moore said. ‘I felt the pressure of hatred and evil inside there.’”

Notable characters: David Moore, who discovers the sunken submarines; the many moist nazi zombies who still (somehow) live on within them … (I’m not gonna lie: These guys are my favorite characters in The Night Boat)

Most memorable scene: There are a lot of scenes from The Night Boat that will never entirely fade, but what stands out to me the most is the author’s note in the beginning of the story, in which Robert McCammon states, “ … German submarine crews still lie with their boats on the ocean floor.” That just kind of drove it all home for me. I don’t ever want to swim in the ocean again — and I definitely don’t want to think about the times I may have drunk some of the water. Thanks, Robert McCammon

Greatest strengths: The atmosphere. Whether beautiful or polluted, the scene is always seductive when it’s set by Robert McCammon and his skill for setting really shines in The Night Boat  

Standout achievements: With a storyline that feels like it’s been perfectly positioned to fit into the horror genre of its time, The Night Boat dodges cliches, sidesteps stereotypes, and fends off the expected in a dance that’s all Robert McCammon’s own — and I love him for it

Fun Facts: The Night Boat is considered one of Robert McCammon’s early novels that was out of print for a time. I’m glad it came back because I seriously love this stuff 

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: That any storyline — even one about watery nazi zombies — can captivate the reader, so long as it has heart. And, of course, it won’t hurt if it’s written by Robert McCammon. Not to go on and on about it, but seriously … the man is good!   

How it inspired me: I’m slowly making my way through all of Robert McCammon’s work and finding that he has a way of really getting into my blood. All the way from They Thirst to Mine to the Matthew Corbett series (I’m only on book 2 of that one, so I’m super excited to keep going) I just really dig his style

Additional thoughts: I recommend The Night Boat to any lover of dark fiction. Here there be horror sequences you’ll never forget … Mwa ha ha ha (that’s my evil laugh, just so you know)

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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