“Josh Malerman expertly conjures a fairy tale nostalgia of first love, and we follow along, all too willingly, ignoring the warning signs even as the fear takes hold.”
Joshua Chaplinsky, LitReactor.com
Both seventeen. Both afraid. But both saying yes.
It sounded like the perfect first date: canoeing across a chain of lakes, sandwiches and beer in the cooler. But teenagers Amelia and James discover something below the water’s surface that changes their lives forever.
It’s got two stories.
It’s got a garden.
And the front door is open.
It’s a house at the bottom of a lake.
For the teens, there is only one rule: no questions. And yet, how could a place so spectacular come with no price tag? While the duo plays house beneath the waves, one reality remains:
Just because a house is empty, doesn’t mean nobody’s home.
Cover Artwork by Pye Parr
Publication Date: 31 October 2016
Further Praise for A House at the Bottom of a Lake
“In A House at the Bottom of a Lake, Josh Malerman gives us exactly that. And it is as weird and as deeply disturbing as you might expect. From the teenage characters’ awkwardness, so expertly rendered, to their pushing farther and farther into the submerged house, the story unfolds on a level that is achingly deep yet instantly accessible. Malerman is a helluva writer and as cool as a cucumber throughout, and the story is unsettlingly beautiful.”
John F.D. Taff, author of The End in All Beginnings
“Malerman tests the waters of love and magic, and what it means to face both as a teenager, in this beautifully crafted horror story.”
Livius Nedin, Booked. Podcast
“An intimate dive into eerie, ethereal—and elegantly human—waters.”
“Never has something so scary been so much fun. If you don’t fall in love with the two kids in A House at the Bottom of a Lake, you don’t have a heart. Malerman has given us a new reason to be afraid of water—and a new reason to explore it.”
Dark Moon Digest
“Josh Malerman lures you into his nightmare like a predator. A House at the Bottom of a Lake is raising the bar for several classic horror tropes. Malerman is a daring and crafty storyteller.”
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About The Author
Josh Malerman is the author of the award-winning novel Bird Box and the lead singer for the rock band The High Strung. Malerman currently lives in Ferndale, Michigan.