Welcome to historic Lea Bay, home of maritime lore and the region’s most popular pirate festival. It was also the landing site of the infamous Lords of the Deep, ruthless pirates who once pillaged the area and said to have hidden a chest full of cursed treasure.
But this year’s pirate festival will be different.
This year, the Lords of the Deep are coming home.
Recovering from the death of her husband, Daphne Jordan is thrust into a series of bizarre events leading up to the big celebration. Lea Bay locals have been reporting strange incidents. Green mist. Seismic activity. Sinister sightings in the harbor, things with scales and long, sharp teeth. Monsters. Joined by her brother-in-law and a local police officer, Daphne must solve the mystery before whatever is swimming beneath the shore surfaces for all eternity. Before the Lords of the Deep resurrect their long-dormant leader upon the Bay—and the world.
Horror After Dark Review
LORDS OF THE DEEP, by authors Tim Meyer and Patrick Lacey, is a book that hit several sub-genres of horror, and made each stand out successfully. Looking at the cover, my initial thought was a “creature-feature”. It was, yet it was also so much more.
“EYES IN THE MURK.”
In the small town of Lea Bay, there is a legend that Pirates once landed in the town, pillaging, raping, and spreading unspeakable carnage. Unlike other legends though, this one has a more “sinister” element to it.
These pirates had allegedly made a pact with a devil, of sorts–one that ruled the ocean and an army of sea monsters . . .
“. . . Pirates don’t cause seismic activity.”
The action starts immediately with Donny Jordon, one of a crew of thieves who helped to steal an unopened pirate chest, for an “unknown buyer”. Once there, we move on in various directions and learn about the key players here. The story of Donny’s wife and son, Daphne and Jake, really captured my attention, giving us a family with obvious issues, yet at its core, one that was very close.
“. . . This was reality. This was her life now.”
Interspersed among the modern day happenings, the authors dish out portions of the town’s fabled history. I enjoyed the way they weaved around the current issues, and injected parts of the events that happened to this town in the past, when the pirates actually lived in the small port.
“Sometimes, old wounds continued to hurt . . . “
Getting a glimpse at the personalities of the pirates was another aspect that I enjoyed. The leader, the relationships, their lives before landing in Lea Bay–all of these dynamics made it feel as if I were getting two stories in one.
“. . . fear does that. Makes you think ridiculous things . . . “
For the most part–with the exception of a “lull” in the current timeline about a quarter of the way in–the story moved along steadily. There were plenty of unexpected twists to keep things from getting stagnant, and a lot of character development throughout.
“. . . Everything he thought he knew about the rational world had come undone in the time it had taken to eat a stale egg roll . . . “
Overall, this was a fun “summer” read. I could picture the water lapping at the docks, walks along the beach, and other, more monstrous things . . . There was a point early on where I felt things were a bit repetitive, but once past that, the pacing picked up appreciatively. The authors took a legend that could have been commonplace, and made it into something much more complex and intricate, with parts branching out into areas I never would have expected.
“You can’t stop what’s been beneath you all along.”
About The Author
About Patrick Lacey
Patrick Lacey was born and raised in a haunted house. He currently spends his nights and weekends writing about things that make the general public uncomfortable. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, his over-sized cat, and his muse, who is likely trying to kill him. Follow him on Twitter (@patlacey), find him on Facebook, or visit his website at https://patrickclacey.wordpress.com.
About Tim Meyer
Tim Meyer dwells in a dark cave near the Jersey Shore. He’s an author, husband, father, podcast host, blogger, coffee connoisseur, beer enthusiast, and explorer of worlds. He writes horror, mysteries, science fiction, and thrillers, although he prefers to blur genres and let the stories fall where they may.