Not Enough!

I’ve been going over some books I’d like to buy. Mostly science fiction and fantasy with some research material ( books on Vietnam and Astrophysics and such) when I started to realize something was missing from my collection. It was such a face smash of emptiness that I had forgotten, but still as heavy.

There isn’t enough books on the ocean and sea monsters. I mean great biblical beasts from the depths of the black abyss that swim miles under our feet, watching and smacking their proverbial lips and going, “Mmmmm” at us.

Give me the great horrific sea monster fiction that flooded through the 80s B-movie scene like herpes on a porn set. I want more sea serpents that swallow ships whole, more pant shitting leviathans like Megalodon eating yachts and dories. I want some more books about the ocean and the ginormous creatures that lurk our imagination waiting to snap at our unsuspecting asses.

I’m a sucker for a good monster movie/book. I just love the creativity of the unknown, pending realism to a degree. In all seriousness, Moby Dick, Jaws, and The Beast are about the only sea creature books I have ( note how 2/3 of them are from Peter Benchley). I feel a lacking and emptiness in my collection. I WANT MORE!

So if you know of any cool sea beast books, feel free to drop them in the comments.

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14 thoughts on “Not Enough!

  1. taureanw says:

    I’m right there with you on the monster movie/book.
    It’s not underwater (but it’s underground) but you should check out The Descent by Jeff Long. It’s a very interesting “creature(s)” book that even has some interesting theological debates in it.

  2. So, that last monster picture looks like Dr. Zoiberg from Futurama … You can’t go wrong with the father of all sea monster sagas, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.

  3. Anything under the sea that spells fear is a must see movie or a must read book. When I was a kid, Jaws was irresistable and scary at the same time. Primal fear of the deep at it’s best. It’s hard to find something like that anymore in this generation.

  4. Those pictures make me never want to swim in the ocean again. Sea monsters are so scary to me. I think it has something to do with their ability to hide right next to you.

    Can’t think of any good books on the topic though. Sorry.

  5. rosieoliver says:

    You might like to try my short story ‘Cold Pressure’. It doesn’t have sea monsters, but it has some interesting marine life… It can be found in Issue 26 of Jupiter (Isonoe). The scary thing about it is that although unlikely, it coudl really happen…
    Arthur C Clarke also wrote a novel ‘The Deep Range’. Not one of his best novels, but interesting nevertheless.

    • Frank Bishop says:

      I just might do that. When I was deciding my degree in college, it was between engineer or marine biologist. I love the ocean, so I will check it out. Is it something I can get on the kindle? Your story that is.

      • rosieoliver says:

        Jupiter 26 (Isonoe) can be obtained from jupitersf.co.uk/back.htm . I haven’t seen a Kindle version of this issue. There might be an ordinary pdf version though. I’m old-fashioned and have paper copies of the magazine, so am not sure. Hope this helps. Best Wishes, Rosie

  6. Clint says:

    Check out Sphere by M. Crichton if you haven’t already. Amazing deep sea giant monster scifi goodness.

  7. manta says:

    Hi Does anyone know where i can download Beast by Peter Benchley in epub or pdf?
    Thanks

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