When a boat becomes lost in a dense fog and frozen in the ice overnight, the crew members succumb to a mysterious illness. As they grow sicker by the day and their captain gets crazier by the hour, a desperate group sets off into the fog to find help. This thriller, reminiscent of The Twilight Zone's best episodes, is both scary and thought-provoking, leading to an existential finale that will hold you breathless. The icy setting lends verisimilitude to the thrills; you will feel the cold like a chill in the air. Perfect reading for October!— From William Recommends
In the spirit of John Carpenter's The Thing and Jacob's Ladder comes Stranded -- a terrifying, icebound thriller where nothing is quite what it seems by Bracken MacLeod.
Badly battered by an apocalyptic storm, the crew of the Arctic Promise find themselves in increasingly dire circumstances as they sail blindly into unfamiliar waters and an ominously thickening fog. Without functioning navigation or communication equipment, they are lost and completely alone. One by one, the men fall prey to a mysterious illness. Deckhand Noah Cabot is the only person unaffected by the strange force plaguing the ship and her crew, which does little to ease their growing distrust of him.
Dismissing Noah's warnings of worsening conditions, the captain of the ship presses on until the sea freezes into ice and they can go no farther. When the men are ordered overboard in an attempt to break the ship free by hand, the fog clears, revealing a faint shape in the distance that may or may not be their destination. Noah leads the last of the able-bodied crew on a journey across the ice and into an uncertain future where they must fight for their lives against the elements, the ghosts of the past and, ultimately, themselves.
About the Author
BRACKEN MACLEOD is the author of Mountain Home and White Knight. His short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including, Shock Totem, LampLight, ThugLit, and Splatterpunk. He has worked as a trial attorney, philosophy instructor, and martial arts teacher. He lives in New England with his wife and son, where he is at work on his next novel.