Published by William Morrow Impulse on April 29, 2014
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Short Story
Little Gail London and her friend Joel Quarrel are out on a cold and lonely morning at the end of summer, when they make the find of the century: a dead plesiosaur, the size of a two-ton truck, washed up on the sand. With the fog swirling about them, they make their plans, fight to defend their discovery, and face for the first time the enormity of mortality itself… all unaware of what else might be out there in the silver water of Lake Champlain.
More sad than horrific, but Hill definitely inherited the ability to write a damn good short story. From the first scene in the opening, where Gail is playing at robot child while her mother is trying to recover from a hangover, to the discovery on the beach, I was hooked. I loved the sweet, simple friendship and love between Gail and Joel, it’s kind of surprising how invested I was in them in such a short story. So the ending broke my heart, but it also feels you with longing. Made for the perfect October short story read (especially if you’re doing the RIP IX challenge!).
By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain gets a Midnight Book Rating of: