Narrator: J.M. Needham
Published by Self Published / Indie on 4 January 2018
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Post Apocalyptic
Source: Author, Submitted
Blackwater is a collection of two tales of horror and dark fantasy. In "Mercury Rain", a soldier fighting a new enemy learns the importance of holding on to his memories. "Blackwater", the title story of the collection, is an homage to Stephen King's short story, "Graveyard Shift", and it tells the tale of Paul Hawkins, a mine worker who disturbs something terrifying in the Blackwater Hills of Durham, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1976.
©2015 Christian Galacar (P)2017 Christian Galacar
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Blackwater is a collection of two short stories written by Christian Galacar. The narration is provided by J.M. Needham. The audiobook is self-published by Christian Galacar with a short running time of 1 hour and 26 minutes. Within the shorter runtime, you will get to enter two distinct worlds from the author. The first is Mercury Rain. This is the shorter of the two stories. The second offering is Blackwater.
Short stories are a challenge for any writer. They have to establish a hook and get the reader or listener invested quickly into the story. Mr. Galacar does that with Mercury Rain. This is a dark tale of the future of the human race. Many things have gone wrong. Soldiers are on the front lines daily fighting two separate but nearly equal enemies. The machines that have gain consciousness while the environment is raining mercury in a toxic form on them. This story reminds me of scenes from the Terminator Movies.
The second story; Blackwater the longer of the two stories is in a mine. This story held my attention as well; it told the story of Paul Hawkins. He is a Miner in 1976 in Pennsylvania. He is working an extra shift to string new wiring for the mine lights. The Lights that all blew out at the same time for no real apparent reason. While in the mine Paul finds something horrifying. The author wrote the short story Blackwater is as an homage to Stephen King’s short story, “Graveyard Shift”. The author did an excellent job doing that, as that was my first thought as the story developed as it held my attention.
J. M. Needham provided the narration on the short audio performance. I found Mr. Needham’s performance in both stories to be enjoyable. The narrator set the right tone as needed for the required setting of the story. In the first story, it was needed to be bleak, dark, and convey the sense of loss in the world. Mr. Needham did that well. In the second story where Mr. Needham had more characters to work with, I found his performance truly enjoyable as there were more characters to give voices too. Later in the story, the internal monologue was really enjoying how the narrator voiced the characters growing fear. The publisher for this audiobook is Christian Galacar. The production value is of the highest quality. I heard no problems during the entire performance. There were not any detectable flaws that I was able to hear during the entire performance. I did not hear any loops, breaks, or buzzing. The production was crisp and clear.
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