3 of 5 stars.
Through the din of hallucinations and loss of humanity, a man grapples with his mounting fears. This convoluted tale on a sinking submarine on a clandestine mission piles fear on top of fear: suffocation by asphyxia as oxygen stores run out, the darkness of the banthum deep, drowning in a pressure-compromised submarine, loneliness and survival guilt as the last man living, loss of humanity as living host to the parasitic monster found at depth . . .
The creature killed them all, with fear, as is its way. It feeds on the fear. But for the narrator, a deal is struck: an endless life of fear as host and cocoon for the creature . . .
Due to the nature of the premise, the truth within the tale is slippery. Is it the hallucinations speaking or the remnants of the man?
This tale appears in Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters edited by John Langan and Paul Tremblay after originally appearing in TransVersions. I’d previously read and reviewed this author’s “A Wish from a Bone”.
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