Short Story Review: Badwater: A Horror Story

Hello Blogiverse!

I hope you’re having a good start to the week. I’m moving a bit slowly today, but it’s a common case of the Mondays.

I have another read to share with you. This time around it’s Badwater by Travis Liebert.


I had the honor of interviewing Travis, and after reading his story The Reality Contagion I had to have more, more, more!



There’s a place in the river where not even search and rescue divers are supposed to go. It’s called Badwater.

But when Joseph Albright dives into this forbidden region, he discovers something beyond comprehension.

Intent on solving a mystery as old as the earth itself, he comes into contact with forces beyond fathom.

Get this riveting new horror story and learn of the terrors that pervade our world.



The Review



I gave this short story four and a half stars!

Travis Liebert has done it again!

This short story was great, and I enjoyed every murky minute of it.

In this tale, we follow a diver in his investigation of an ongoing set of disappearances near a local river. Through his sleuthing skills, he discovers a dark and grisly evil, one that he desperately hopes to thwart.

This story had it all. Mystery, chill factor, excitement.

I liked the main character. He’s kind of your average Joe diver at first, but when he starts noticing odd things about these disappearances he can’t let it go. In that way, he’s a hero, and I found myself rooting for him the entire time. He desperately wants these disappearances to stop, and his heart’s in the right place.

The plot was intriguing from the get go. I was curious about this river and why so many disappearances happened. I mean, people can be stupid, but the number of disappearances implies maybe something else is at work. That element of mystery really kept me going, and layer by layer we get further insight as the MC discovers small, startling truths.

This wasn’t hardcore horror but more atmospheric in nature, and that really worked for me. You don’t have to have tons of gore to have a scary story, and Liebert is proof of that.

This was a stunning read, and I can’t wait to read more!


That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this short story review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this story? Are there other short stories you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!

Have a great day!


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