The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler

the kraken sea

E. Catherine Tobler’s newest novella The Kraken Sea is now available for purchase! A dark supernatural fantasy tale about family, fitting in, and individuality, it is a rich and imaginative story enjoyed by both YA and adult audiences. The Kraken Sea is available in both print and eBook.

Tobler is the Senior Editor of Shimmer Magazine and author of Rings of Anubis.  Her short fiction has appeared in ClarkesworldLightspeed, and on the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award ballot. Find her online at and @ecthetwit.

“Fifteen-year-old Jackson is different from the other children at the foundling hospital. Scales sometimes cover his arms. Tentacles coil just below his skin. Despite this Jackson tries to fit in with the other children. He tries to be normal for Sister Jerome Grace and the priests. But when a woman asks for a boy like him, all that changes. His name is pinned to his jacket and an orphan train whisks him across the country to Macquarie’s.

At Macquarie’s, Jackson finds a home unlike any he could have imagined. The bronze lions outside the doors eat whomever they deem unfit to enter, the hallways and rooms shift and change at will, and Cressida – the woman who adopted him – assures him he no longer has to hide what he is. But new freedoms hide dark secrets. There are territories, allegiances, and a kraken in the basement that eats shadows.

As Jackson learns more about the new world he’s living in and about who he is, he has to decide who he will stand with: Cressida, the woman who gave him a home and a purpose, or Mae, the black-eyed lion tamer with a past as enigmatic as his own. The Kraken Sea is a fast paced adventure full of mystery, Fates, and writhing tentacles just below the surface, and in the middle of it all is a boy searching for himself.”

We are proud to see great reviews coming in from various reviewers, including Publisher’s Weekly!  They had wonderful things to say about it, and we hope you will too!

“Shifting supernatural borderlands inspire awe and ancient gods mirror very human desires in a fear fable that balances complex philosophy with relentless, image-packed action. Tobler creates a fluid, transformative universe that’s equal parts exhilaration and terror.”

–Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review)

Go snag a copy now!  We'd say they will sell like hotcakes, but they will probably sell more like delicious, delicious calamari.

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