The Whaler

The Whaler It s common knowledge that the Captains of whaling ships are a breed of men deranged than most but Grice was the worst these parts have ever known He was a stone hearted bastard full of hate for the

  • Title: The Whaler
  • Author: Steve Roach Lloyd Hollingworth
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • It s common knowledge that the Captains of whaling ships are a breed of men deranged than most, but Grice was the worst these parts have ever known He was a stone hearted bastard, full of hate for the world and everything in it, but he had a special kind of hate for whales He exalted in their murder In 1852 the whaling ship Nautilus leaves New Bedford and embarks It s common knowledge that the Captains of whaling ships are a breed of men deranged than most, but Grice was the worst these parts have ever known He was a stone hearted bastard, full of hate for the world and everything in it, but he had a special kind of hate for whales He exalted in their murder In 1852 the whaling ship Nautilus leaves New Bedford and embarks upon a route to the South Pacific, a journey that will lead them to the hunting grounds of the magnificent sperm whales.Once there, they set about their business of killing whales, a task that Captain Grice relishes beyond any other Earthly pleasure After the harpooners have done their job, Grice lances each whale until it is almost dead, and then climbs out onto the great body to attack it with his favourite axe.But one of the whales they hunt is different Sick, already dying, the men attack it and find something inside, something rotten and dangerous and alive It s a thing that will bring about the destruction of the Nautilus, and bring doom to Grice and the crew It appears that Grice is not the most formidable hunter these waters have ever seen something else is out there, hunting whales, and it has been this way for centuries.The Whaler harks back to the good old days of the short horror story, where the world was not yet conquered and still held mystery.

    One thought on “The Whaler”

    1. If you ask an old sea dog how he lost his eye, you'd better be prepared for the tale he has to tell. This is an amazingly well-written story. The characters are richly defined, the setting is beautifully atmospheric and the action is thrilling. And to top it all off, it ends with a chuckle. Many authors are unable to pack this much into an entire novel, and Roach manages to do it in 43 pages.

    2. WOW this was a Great Read. It is difficult to say too much without providing a spoiler. Suffice to say that if you can get past the cruelty administered to the whales in the story you will have read a very good horror story !!! And it's only 99 cents at

    3. This was a well crafted tale told in the first person by an old sea-dog regarding his days in the whaling fleet. He tells the story of a cruel and evil Captain who took pleasure in ensuring that the whales he caught didn't only die but suffered as much as possible. He was naturally hated and despised by even the most hardened crew but he was all powerful. Eventually, something results from his cruelty which backfires upon him. I won't say more or the story will be spoilt. The whaling industry is [...]

    4. Author Steve Roach's "The Whaler" captures the macabre spirit of H.P. Lovecraft and the savage survivalism of Jack London to create a vivid 19th century tale of terror and revenge on the high seas. A legendary captain leads his whaling ship and crew into an epic encounter with a beast that is more cunning and frightening than the meanest marine animal. Recounted by the ship's aged first mate to a young recruit, the story is enhanced by Roach's depth of quality research into the authentic whaling [...]

    5. I'll try to avoid the Melville nameStill, what a great atmospheric book. This is a short but terrific book - full of great detail that really takes you on to the ship and gives you a whiff of the sea.I love shorts like this that surprise me and haunt me.Excellent stuff

    6. Set in the 1800′s, a time when whalers spend as much as two years on board wooden ships, harvesting the blubber and oil from their kills.A young man seeking passage home enters a bar. While asking the barkeep about available berths, an old salt with one eye tells him he knows of a ship. It just so happens his son is a captain and will be setting out in a few days. While they wait for him to arrive, they get to know each other.The young man is curious about how the old man lost his eye and he o [...]

    7. I enjoyed The Whaler. It's a short work and so some readers who like longer books could feel unsatisfied.As a lunch time / commute / bed time read it's perfect.The hardest part of a short is writing something that engages. Being able to elevate the characters from one dimensional stereotypes in just a few lines is a challenge. Mr Roach achieves this well.Is it a modern day "classic"? Probably not. However it's nicely presented, well proofed and competently written.

    8. There she blowsThis was a well written and interesting short story.It was very atmospheric and it kept my interest until the end. It was just gruesome and spooky enough and if anything I might have preferred it to be a bit longer.

    9. This book was a recommendation from one of my Goodread's friends; I thought it was a full book, but as it turns out it was a short story. It was still a captivating short story and a quick read.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *