A haunting camping trip from the Twilight Zone.

All he wants is to fish along the mighty Missouri River. Instead of relaxation, he discovers an unknown species lurking in the dark waters.

As fear turns to familiarity, he strives to learn their ways… until disaster strikes. Now, it’s up to him to save them.

Will he be able to rescue them in time, or will they be lost to mankind forever?

99¢ ebook edition

Fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz will enjoy this short, supernatural tale.

What’s inside


I am thirty years old and work at the new University of Nebraska’s Omaha Campus.  I am a qualified biologist, but my job description classifies me as a Teaching Assistant, and ever since moving to the city from my home state of Arizona, I have been enthralled by the meandering, majestic river that flows past Omaha – The great Missouri River. 

This being the case, on my first vacation, and lacking adequate funds to do naught else, I embarked upon a two-week camping trip along this fascination of mine.  I hired a friend’s father, who drove a beer wagon, and had him deposit me south of the railroad bridge that crossed the wide river.  He was to return in two weeks’ time to collect me.

After scouting the nearby area, I found a flat, dry place to pitch my tent.  Once it was constructed, I commenced with building a fire and then, settled down to eat my homemade roast beef sandwich.  As I took the last savory bite, I threw the waxed paper into the flickering flames and leaned back against a fallen log.  Tired and contented, I fell asleep to the sound of a hooting owl and the scent of wood smoke in the air. 

Suddenly, I was flung out of my slumber by an ear-piercing screech. A loud, ground-shaking rumble made me fear it was the end of the world.  Luckily, it turned out to be a heavily loaded train racing into the city.  After a sleepless night, I decided the area near the rail bridge was not conducive to rest and relaxation.

The first pink and orange strands of dawn found me walking in search of a quieter place in which to spend my weeks.  The land along the river was a vast, expansive area of thick trees with occasional thickets of bramble or bogs.  Searching the terrain took me several hours before I found a spot where I was sure those never-ending trains would not bother me.  Having found a place, moving all my equipment took me most of the remaining daylight hours. 

I had plenty of gear and had not foreseen the necessity to carry everything two miles from where I had been originally deposited.  It was a long, sweaty, and tiring day for me.  However, the end result was worth the effort, and I surveyed my primitive castle in the virgin wilderness with satisfaction. 

My second evening was more restful and peaceful.  The dratted trains were only an occasional far-off rumble or a faintly heard steam whistle. 

During my two weeks at camp, I never saw or heard a single human being.  I was completely alone, by my own choosing, and relished every moment of it.  No more students with excuses and failing grades.  Or endless faculty meetings.    

Yes, as I said, I never saw one human being.  However, what I did discover was more awe-inspiring than any number of people could have evoked.  It began my fourth day on the river, around dusk – that’s when I first glimpsed him, though he did not see me as I sat in a tree. 

I’ll elucidate.

A Delightful And Haunting Tale

J.M Northup

I really enjoyed this story story. It offered a lot in only a few pages – mystery, paranormal intrigue, and emotion. There was nothing predictable about it, and I thought about the characters long after I read it. Without giving anything away, I struggled between wanting to know more and being thankful I knew less. LOL

If you love supernatural sci-fi books, you will want to pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed!


“If you read this blog regularly you will know I have a ‘thing’ for book covers. And I have to say that this attracted me immediately. It is absolutely perfect for the tale. The story is told by the male in the picture and he has been dropped off somewhere remote to spend two weeks on his own fishing. Something he has done before and enjoys. Personally, I hate fishing, but can understand the quiet solitude people get from it.

The story takes a twist when something is taking his food, and then twists again when food is left in return. It is an intriguing story, just as it intrigues the main character who wants to know who he is swapping food with. Because the story is told in the first person, there is no one to call him by name, so we don’t know what he is called.

In every good book there is a line, a paragraph, or a situation that you remember most. For me, it is when he spends long hours stretched out on a tree branch getting stiff and hungry waiting to see what the creature is that obviously has some sort of intelligence. I don’t know why that sticks in my mind when there are far more memorable moments.

For such a short read at 99p/99c it packs a great punch, and perfect when you have an hour of relaxation to spare.”


— Karen J. Mossman, Magic Reviews