From the award winning author or Cursed Be the Child comes this chilling collection of original short stories that chronicles the American nightmare with tales of losers, the lost, the lonely, and their personal monsters July


10 thoughts on “Moon on the Water

  1. Kevin Lucia Kevin Lucia says:

    Awesome stuff So glad I discovered AND met the author


  2. Deacon D. Deacon D. says:

    A fine collection of stories by the talented Mort Castle Sweet, sad, creepy and very moving I really enjoyed this one


  3. Matt Matt says:

    I read this book of short stories many years ago, and I remember being really moved by them, not so much by what actually happened in the stories, but by what was actually hidden, and implied by Mort s words I wish I could find the book again so I can re read it, but I haven t had luck with that I just remember reading between the lines of his stories and being amazed at what a gifted writer he is Anyway, the book made an incredible impression on me as a young guy.


  4. Bandit Bandit says:

    April s reading of the year 2014 ends with a whimper, this particular whimper Mort Castle has set unread on my bookshelves for a long time and unread he should have remained There is a chance I might be missing something here considering all the praises his work gets, but his writing just really doesn t work for me I thought maybe he s one of those writer that s better in short form as he ought to be according to the accolades , but there stories were just really unimpressive and overstylize April s reading of the year 2014 ends with a whimper, this particular whimper Mort Castle has set unread on my bookshelves for a long time and unread he should have remained There is a chance I might be missing something here considering all the praises his work gets, but his writing just really doesn t work for me I thought maybe he s one of those writer that s better in short form as he ought to be according to the accolades , but there stories were just really unimpressive and overstylized in that style over substance fashion There were two out of 300 pages worth that were ok, but the rest ranged from boring to WTF, occasionally falling into some sort of freestyle verses and consistently and wholly unengaging The best thing to say about this collection is that it was a quick read, but still that s a couple of wasted hours


  5. Geoff Hyatt Geoff Hyatt says:

    Mort Castle is at his strongest when he balances genre subject matter and literary sensibility in equal measure This collection s standouts include Henderson s Place The Girl with the Summer Eyes, which has an eerie parallel structure that makes its conclusion horrifying in its inevitability, and Love, Hate, and the Beautiful Junkyard Sea, a tale of childhood imagination turned to adult curse The Old Man and the Dead is one of my favorite Mort Castle stories Those who have only read Cas Mort Castle is at his strongest when he balances genre subject matter and literary sensibility in equal measure This collection s standouts include Henderson s Place The Girl with the Summer Eyes, which has an eerie parallel structure that makes its conclusion horrifying in its inevitability, and Love, Hate, and the Beautiful Junkyard Sea, a tale of childhood imagination turned to adult curse The Old Man and the Dead is one of my favorite Mort Castle stories Those who have only read Castle srecent New Moon on the Water can find The Old Man and the Dead here or in various themed anthologies such as Still Dead Book of the Dead 2 and Zombies Zombies Zombies What could have been a comical stunt is artfully and sincerely accomplished, creating a stirring tribute to both Ernest Hemingway s Nick Adams stories and George Romero s zombie films that s a must read Mort Castle s short fiction defies easy categorization it ranges from contemplative personal vignettes, to supernatural shockers, to realistic takes on life s darker aspects One thing is certain if you re a fan of horror of any sort, it s well worth your time


  6. Matt Matt says:

    After seeing the positive blurbs on the back of the book and hearing about how distinguished and decorated a writer Mort Castle is, I was excited to read this book However after finishing it, I have to say that it is very average at best Some of the stories are great and showcase Castle s talent buttimes than not the stories were average to below average The biggest problem with this book is that a lot of the stories either don t make any sense or they lack any trace of horror Unfortun After seeing the positive blurbs on the back of the book and hearing about how distinguished and decorated a writer Mort Castle is, I was excited to read this book However after finishing it, I have to say that it is very average at best Some of the stories are great and showcase Castle s talent buttimes than not the stories were average to below average The biggest problem with this book is that a lot of the stories either don t make any sense or they lack any trace of horror Unfortunately some of the stories have both of these traits I was disappointed in this collection but the few great stories saved this book and allowed me to still give it 3 5 stars Very mediocre collection in my opinion


  7. Joshua Hair Joshua Hair says:

    Mister Mort Castle had some rather interesting tales to tell A few of the stories dragged on just a bit or didn t really pay off in the end, but for the most part I thoroughly enjoyed this one It was also my first foray into the mind of Mister Castle Judging his talent based solely on what I ve read here I will certainly seek out further work from him.


  8. Waven Waven says:

    This short story collection is a well written and varied grouping of unusual tales From the dark deceit of the first to the dim hope of the last, Castle knows how to weave interesting and unexpected stories Less than idyllic childhoods, the odd powers of love and hate, the influences of jazz and religion, the nature of personal horror This collection has something for just about everyone if you like fiction with a shot of darkness.


  9. Mom Blair Mom Blair says:

    I want to read this book


  10. Jamie Jamie says:

    A great short story collection by a little known to the general public author, which is a very great shame This man is a true stylist and his stories are very good.