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Herman and Janet Erikson are going through a crisis of grief and suffering after losing their daughter in a hit and run. They’ve given up on each other, they’ve given up on themselves. They are living day by day. One afternoon, to make a horrible situation worse, their dog goes missing in the coyote-infested badlands behind their property. Herman, resolved in preventing another tragedy, goes to find the dog, completely unaware he’s on a hike to the River Styx, which according to Greek myth was the border between the Living World and the world of the Dead.

Long ago the gods died and the River dried up, but a bottle containing its waters still remains in the badlands. What Herman discovers about the dark power contained in those waters will change his life forever…

BOTTLED ABYSS is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


“[Ethridge] delivers what is sure to be one of horror’s most talked about releases this year… Bottled Abyss is a rollercoaster of genre, technique, and emotion. It’s a novel that pushes boundaries and treads new territory. Whether you’re a fan of small-town horror, thrillers, character-driven horror, or apocalyptic fiction, you’ll find something in Bottled Abyss to love.” –

“Bottled Abyss is a stunningly sophisticated tale, both in its mythic scope and in its adroit handling of complex, emotional characters. Ethridge is a writer of rare emotional intelligence, developed far beyond his years, but with Bottled Abyss he has outdone even his own considerable promise.” –Joe McKinney Bram Stoker Award winning author of FLESH EATERS and DEAD CITY

“Imagine Death Takes a Holiday turned inside out and reimagined as an 80’s drive-in classic, then modernized with a complex mythology, realistic characters, and some inventively written death scenes, and you get Benjamin Ethridge’s latest fantasy-thriller, Bottled Abyss. This one is even better than his award-winning debut–which makes me anxious to read whatever he’ll come up with next!” — Norman Prentiss author of Invisible Fences and Four Legs in the Morning


Benjamin Kane Ethridge is the Bram Stoker Award winning author of the novel BLACK & ORANGE (Bad Moon Books 2010). For his master’s thesis he wrote, “CAUSES OF UNEASE: The Rhetoric of Horror Fiction and Film.” Available in an ivory tower near you. Benjamin lives in Southern California with his wife and two creatures who possess stunning resemblances to human children. When he isn’t writing, reading, videogaming, Benjamin’s defending California’s waterways and sewers from pollution.