Book review: Waves of Sound and Water by Stephen Williams


Waves of Sound and Water is a dark fable that blends the whimsy of Edward Gorey with the spiraling insanity of Junji Ito.

“If something can be coiled—it can be unwound.”

Marko Markov mans a crooked lighthouse. He maintains the wicks. He cranks the weights. Every day is exactly the same.

This routine continues until he discovers the Clanging Bell in the lighthouse’s storage room. They say all who hear its chimes are doomed to madness. But that’s just a story meant to scare naughty children—no different than tall tales of mermaids and ghost ships…At least that’s what he believes until he hears its sound, and soon, its echo isn’t the only thing ringing in his ears.

The tide rolls in…

The moon rises…

And every breath he takes becomes a war for his own mind.


So is lighthouse horror a niche of the horror genre that I’m into now? Sure is! I love stories about isolation and lighthouses offer that perfectly.

This tells the story of a lighthouse keeper, Marco, who is struggling to keep his sanity after discovering the Clanging Bell.

This one was a good quick story! Some brilliant and chilling imagery throughout. I wasn’t aware this one was going to be in styled close to poetry when I first picked it up, and while I normally don’t like poetry, this one was fast paced and kept me interested to see if Marco could overcome his bout with insanity.

I love a short story but I do this this one would ha e benefitted from being a little longer. I was left wanting to know more!

Thanks to Stephen Williams for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book Details:

Pages: 68
Edition Published:
Genre: Horror, Short Stories
Goodreads Av. Rating: 4.33

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