The Gulp (Tales From The Gulp #1)

Strange things happen in The Gulp. The residents have grown used to it.

The isolated Australian harbour town of Gulpepper is not like other places. Some maps don’t even show it. And only outsiders use the full name. Everyone who lives there calls it The Gulp. The place has a habit of swallowing people.

A truck driver thinks the stories about The Gulp are made up to scare him. Until he gets there.
Teenage siblings try to cover up the death of their mother, but their plans go drastically awry.
A rock band invite four backpackers to a party at their house, where things get dangerously out of hand.
A young man loses a drug shipment and his boss gives him 48 hours to make good on his mistake.
Under the blinking eye of the old lighthouse, a rock fisher makes the strangest catch of his life.

Five novellas. Five descents into darkness. Welcome to The Gulp, where nothing is as it seems.

ISBN: 978-09805782-94

“This is a cleverly plotted and exceptionally well-executed five-sectioned novel where the finale of the last story brings everything into perspective… you are left without a doubt that you are reading not just an Alan Baxter novel, but an Alan Baxter novel that is firing on all cylinders… a masterclass in plotting and structure… The Gulp delivers on all fronts.” – Jim McLeod at Ginger Nuts of Horror 

PRAISE FOR THE GULP

“This is a cleverly plotted and exceptionally well-executed five-sectioned novel where the finale of the last story brings everything into perspective… you are left without a doubt that you are reading not just an Alan Baxter novel, but an Alan Baxter novel that is firing on all cylinders… a masterclass in plotting and structure… The Gulp delivers on all fronts.” – Jim McLeod at Ginger Nuts of Horror 

“Welcome to The Gulp, a town of eldritch terrors, disturbing mysteries, and pulpy horror at its absolute best. Vividly created and authentically Aussie, these novellas are delicious fun for fans of the genre. Prepare to revel in them, but beware… they will creep into your dreams.” – Joanne Anderton, award-winning author of The Bone Chime Song & Other Stories

The Gulp kept me turning the pages fast and furious… As with all of Baxter’s work, we get a perfect mix of crime thriller and straight up horror. He is able to mix those two genres seamlessly and create an environment where absolutely nothing seems out of the realm of possibility. Anything can and does happen… You honestly can’t go wrong with The Gulp. It’s a perfect combination of stories that blurs the line between separate stories and a single novel told through many different points of view. Baxter will keep you guessing from the first page until the last and leave you wanting to read more about Gulpepper.” – Joe Scipione at Horror Bound

“Fancy some Eldritch nightmares? Then look no further. The Gulp is the perfect combination of weird, brutal and creepy.” – Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy

“Alan Baxter has found his Castle Rock. Baxter has time and time again released highwater releases, so to see him elevate his game to yet another level was truly stunning and made me smile. This is a collection with no weak links, no dip in quality or storytelling and with the familiarity of each character and the town itself, one that will surely become a classic release… Baxter has set the bar high in the past, but he easily surpassed it and more. Solid storytelling, real characters and a setting both beautiful and depraved. Baxter hits the ground running here and never lets us get off the thrill ride. We’re all the better for it.” – Steve Stred at Kendall Reviews

“Great structure … recurring characters and locations … a bigger picture that is as mesmerizing as it is confusing … wonderfully weird and dangerous. The Gulp is obviously the start of something glorious!” – Aiden Merchant

“I loved these five pieces of a bigger picture of The Gulp a genre contortionist like Alan Baxter carefully crafted. There will be violence and profanities involved along with actions that move to the darker realms of human interactions. Unfamiliar ones await. Stay home. Don’t visit the Gulp.” – Lou Pendergrast at More 2 Read