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Salt Water Tears delivers 11 stories from Bram Stoker Award winning author Brian A. Hopkins. These stories share a common theme, the oceans that cover seven-tenths of our world, but each is as unique and emotionally-charged as you've come to expect from this talented, seasoned, if not-heard-from-often-enough author. Submerge yourself in the worlds of this gifted storyteller, and you'll not want to come up for air.

"...his stories carry things often forgotten or left behind in both horror and science fiction - poetry, emotion, and heart.... If you haven't met Brian A. Hopkins, this could be the introduction you need." (William D. Gagliani)

"...another excellent collection of Brian's work.... I found it impossible to put this book down.... Fabulous!" (Lesley Mazey, The Eternal Night)

"Over the course of the last year or so we've sold more trade paperbacks by Brian Hopkins than we have any other writer.... [Brian] seems to be the kind of writer that appeals to our patrons. I like to think that that kind of writer is literate, emphatic, unusual and lyrical.... Better check this Hopkins guy out." (Mark Ziesing, bookseller and publisher)

"Hopkins displays a fascination with damaged protagonists...that is almost as strong as the fascination with the ocean and cetaceans...that is the titular focus of this book. From the distant play of orcas in 'North' to the rotting dolphin corpses center stage in 'Wrinkles at Twilight', this theme of the pelagic mysteries weaves a fascinating metaphor for the decidedly land-based life led by most of Hopkins' readership.... These are not emotionally satisfying, morally secure stories - they are challenging, sometimes difficult, and always at least a bit slantwise of the reader's expectation and experience." (Jay Lake, from a review in Tangent)

"The sea is the birthplace of all life. It has inspired some of the greatest minds in literature: Homer, Melville, Conrad, Hemingway...and Brian A. Hopkins.... Hopkins dives deep into the mysteries of inner space and returns with a chest full of literary gems. Submerge yourself in his word. You may never wish to come ashore again." (Garrett Peck, from a review in Cemetery Dance)

"Brian Hopkins writes of the ocean as if he were a part of it. His empathy with whales - in particular - is phenomenal, and the subtle blend of intense research and intuitive talent is - at times - unnerving. Unforgettable fiction." (David Niall Wilson, author of This Is My Blood)

"When I examine my obsession with Fitzgerald and Tolstoy, for Dickens and Dostoevsky, I realize that what keeps me coming back to Gatsby and Anna and the rest is the music I hear when I am with them. That, and my absolute conviction that there is nothing there that I would have had them do differently. So it is with BAH's work. He doesn't simply write; he composes. Long after the reading is done, the melody lingers on." (Janet Berliner, Bram Stoker Award Winning author of Rite of the Dragon)

©2018 Brian A. Hopkins (P)2021 David N. Wilson

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 23-03-2021

Phenomenal collection of oceanic tales

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To give collections a rating of five stars as there are usually a few stories that fall flat for me. That is soooooo not the case here. Every one of these tales was absolutely enthralling. I loved them all and relished listening to them. I hope you decide to get this and give it a chance. The fact that at least one of these stories is based on actual events is truly horrifying and can only leave one very very afraid of getting in the water. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Janalyn
  • 15-02-2021

Not what I was expecting… So much better!

They have many reasons why you should read this short story collection 11 to be exact. From wisteria, so the bated knife to grants go fishing and many others this is a short story collection worth having. I couldn’t believe all the stories were written by the same person. Usually when you get a short story Collection two or three of the stories read like filler just something to put in to complete the book, but not in the case of salt water tears. Everything about the book is great from the narrator Joshua Sexting to the stories there wasn’t anything I didn’t like about it. I highly highly recommend it!

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  • mike s.
  • 10-02-2021

Great Stories

Great stories. Very well written and eclectic tales in several genres. The characters are all well drawn.
Fantastic voice artist.

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  • G C
  • 09-02-2021

GREAT COLLECTION!

This was a great collection, full of suspenseful stories! The narration was great and kept me entertained! The author did a great job with the characters and plot! This was a great introduction of this author for me because I got to enjoy 11 stories in one book! I look forward to reading more books from this author! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Margarita Chamblin
  • 08-07-2021

1ST AUDIOBOOK

Loved, exciting, great story, good story to listen to and never a boring moment

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  • oftenevil
  • 19-05-2021

Brian A. Hopkins is the most underrated author of 21st century weird fiction

In Early 2021, a new Horror anthology featuring some of the best names in modern Weird Fiction & Cosmic Horror was released, “Voices in the Darkness,” (edited by David Niall Wilson).

While only featuring six stories from as many authors, (Nadia Bulkin, Kathe Koja, Elizabeth Massie, Cassandra Khaw, Nick Mamatas, and Brian A. Hopkins), that collection is one of the most potent assortment of weird tales I’d read in a while. I mean, not a single page in a single story drags — which is quite a statement if you’re familiar with each of those author’s distinct styles…

The only author I wasn’t familiar with when I read that anthology was Brian A. Hopkins. (Yes, we’re almost at the part where I discuss THIS collection of stories, hang on…). The novella that Brian A. Hopkins penned for, “Voices in the Darkness,” was judiciously assigned as the collection’s closer — and to put it mildly: it left an impression on me. Hopkins’s “La Belle Époque” is a whopping 60% of that anthology’s total page count, and yet I repeat: not a single page in that book was anything less than amazing.

So, you’ve just finished reading an amazing new anthology, and the final entry was written by an author you’ve never read before & also happened to be kind of impossible to stop thinking about for days after reading it; what do you do?

Well. In my case, you search for any/all Brian A. Hopkins short story collections immediately & begin reading the first one you purchase. Then you take your take. Reading (almost) every story two times before moving on to the next one, (because they are legitimately THAT entertaining). And when you’re done reading this collection, “Salt Water Tears,” you make sure to write a review that captures the overwhelming excitement that one feels after discovering a writer for the first time & are eager to get back to reading the next book on the list.

So if you don’t know — now you know. Better late than never to the Brian A. Hopkins party, (what? Everyone’s saying it…)

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  • Deedra
  • 07-04-2021

Salt Water tears

What a book!Each story sucks you in,like a secret!I loved it! Joshua Saxon was an excellent narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Scott E
  • 02-04-2021

Safe to go back in the water?

Saltwater Crocidiles, haunted shipwrecks, and Lovecraftian nighmares.

This was a creepy collection of maritime short fiction penned by Brian A. Hopkins and narrated by the talented Joshua Saxon.
I enjoyed the stories and Joshua Saxon is quickly becoming one of my favorite Audible readers.

I'd recommend this to any fans of short horror as well as those who love and/or fear the ocean.

I received a free copy for an unbiased review of this audio book.

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 10-03-2021

Great listen-to.

Overall this was a great collection!

Joshua Saxon has a great voice for narrating. With the water theme and how the flow of the ocean is peaceful and calm and tranquil (away from the shore), his voice went nicely with this collection.


Diving the Coolidge 4/5

North 5/5
The idea of orca whales evolving from regular wolves was interesting.
Since Joey was a little kid when his eyeballs were removed, meaning he wasn't likely to remember what it was like to see, why would he have seen doctors as monsters or killers unless his parents only spoke negatively about them?

The Promised Hours 4/5
I liked this story, and while I loved learning about history, I felt like there was too much "history" in this story as opposed to the actual story.

Crocodile Gods 5/5
While the author did a great job with descriptions and the little details in most of the stories, I think this one had the best imagery. My only question was in regard to how she had been able to crawl with the dead weight of her husband's body on land?

Wisteria 5/5

Flotsam 5/5
This story stood out to me mainly because we got to hear the narrator do a French accent. Of course, none of his fans would be surprised that he did it beautifully.

The Baited Night 5/5

Sand King 5/5
I wish there would have been more to this story.

Wind and Sea and Time 1/5
This story was way too short. As in, there was no way for a reader to "get into it" because when as it started, it was already done.

Wrinkles at Twilight 5/5
I wish this one would have been longer because I'm curious what Darcy would have done now that she was on her own and couldn't drive the truck.

Gramps Goes Fishing 1/5
It was too short.

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  • Char
  • 19-02-2021

Chilling Tales Of The Sea!

As the title indicates, this book is a collection of stories that relates to oceans. I may never swim again!

I'm not sure why I didn't expect a lot when I started this collection but I was quickly proven wrong. Brian A. Hopkins has some serious writing chops. Even though these tales all I have a common theme, they are widely varied and often the tone of one story is completely different from the tone of the next.

These were my favorites:

THE BAITED NIGHT-What a scream! I felt so, so bad for George, battling cancer and his entire, sad history. (And NO history with the ladies, poor guy!) Anyway, a man can be dangerous when he has nothing to lose. This would have made a great movie-because it was so well written, it played out like a movie in my head.

THE CROCODILE GODS- Holy Hell! This is one of the most harrowing tales I've ever read. There was a note from the author that end that chilled me to the bone.

NORTH- A blind boy gets lost in the woods, with only the sounds of a nearby bay to guide him.

DIVING THE COOLIDGE- A tale of two men, diving the wreck of a luxury ocean liner, later turned troop carrier in 1941, before she was sunk by a mine. Just thinking about a ship like being taken over by the ocean, sea creatures living in it, and who knows what else? *shudder*

Joshua Saxon, the narrator, is fast becoming one of my favorite voices in audiobooks. He can perform anything, his accents sound genuine, and he adds just the right amount of drama to keep those earphones stuck to my ears.

This was a rather short collection, and I enjoyed that it didn't take me forever to get through. For me, short stories are often a palate cleanser between novels and as such, sometimes it takes me months to finish an anthology or collection. This one rolled by pretty quick and I'm looking forward to learning more and reading more from Mr. Hopkins.

Highly Recommended!

*Thank you to the author for the audio download in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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  • N. K. Hannan
  • 23-03-2021

Treat yourself

Ok, this is totally biased as Brian is a buddy.....but with this collection he proves why he is, tragically, America's best kept secret writer of horror and fantasy. The narration too is top class. Atmospheric, profane, sexy, urbane. I loved all the stories and the nautical theme worked so well. As the headline says - treat yourself.

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