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Down the Drain by Daniel Pyle

Updated on November 26, 2013

Have You Ever Been Afraid to Shower?

You don't usually think of your bathroom being a frightening place. Soap scum and mildew can be a LITTLE scary, but they are not able to produce nightmare levels of fright.

Do you cringe with fear when you step into your shower? My guess is that most people do not.

However, think about how scary the shower is in film and books.

The gruesome stabbing in "Psycho."

The Creepy bathroom ghost in "The Shining"

Pennywise the Clown speaking from the drain in "IT"

Spiders falling into the girls face from the shower head in Arachnophobia.

Still not afraid of the shower. The maybe, must MAYBE the novella "Down the Drain" by Daniel Pyle might be able to put the fear of the bathroom into you.


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Down the Drain
Down the Drain

You'll Never Look at Your Shower the Same Again

Bruce has lost everyone he ever cared about-even his cat.

Now he thinks he's finally alone in the house, but something is about to come clawing its way out of the plumbing to prove him wrong.


Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 230 KB

Print Length: 28 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Blood Brothers Publishing (August 3, 2010)

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services

Language: English



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Does the Shower Give you Shivers

Because of the bathroom in Stephen King's novel "The Shining" I always open the shower curtain when I'm in the potty.

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My Thoughts

I downloaded this one because I love horror, and it has become harder and harder to find horror. I pick up something thinking its horror, and it turns out to be thriller....or sci-fi.

This one is horror. It is horror in the way that the campy slasher movies of old are horror, complete with sex. Except in this case there is no actual sex, just mastrubation. And no boobs, parts.

In fact, what stuck with me more than the story itself was the sex. It was almost as if the whole story was a metaphore of masturbation and sexual violence/rape that I just can't put my finger on.

Anyway....The premise of the story is that Bruce's bathtub is alive, and apparently hungry. It eats his cat. It tries to eat him. It somehow transforms from the tub itself being alive, to a beastie living in the tub bursting forth to attack.

Okay, I like horror. I like monsters. I like the shock value of said monster in this story. Too much "horror" I've read lacks that shock value.

BUT...there is a bit of meat lacking out of this.

A good horror story is supposed to leave you slightly afraid of whatever seemingly innocent thing the story is about. While some readers who have reviewed this said they would never look at bathtubs the same after reading this....I can still bathe and shower without the slightest shiver of fear.

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Of course "Down the Drain", is not all that Daniel Pyle has to offer.


The summer he turned seven, Dave Abbott survived a gruesome mountainside car accident that left the rest of his family mangled and dead. Now Dave is carrying out a plan to replace each of his lost loved ones with members of nearby, unsuspecting families. Whether they like it or not.

Unnatural Disasters
Unnatural Disasters

'Twist' by Daniel Pyle is included in this collection of short horror fiction.


A raging snowstorm has stranded Tess and Warren in their mountain home with no power and little heat. When an accident leaves Tess coughing up pools of blood, Warren has no choice but to brave the storm in search for help.

Mountain Madness
Mountain Madness

Get a double dose. This ebook edition contains both "Dismembered" and "Freeze"


About the Author

Daniel Pyle

Daniel Pyle is the author of DISMEMBER, DOWN THE DRAIN, FREEZE, the upcoming MAN VS. HIMSELF, and many short stories. He's also the editor of UNNATURAL DISASTERS and an Active member of the Horror Writers Association. After studying creative writing at Amherst College, he moved back to Springfield, Missouri. You can visit him online at

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I appreciate the honest book review.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      hhmmm not sure what to think about this one....not that I wouldn't read it, however. You wrote a good review.

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      CarlittoDunaway 5 years ago

      Sounds like a cool read!

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      noner 5 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: This was the first I've read, but I'd not be adverse to trying something else in the future.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      lol, well I appreciate your very direct review :) I know there are a lot of people who enjoy reading Daniel Pyle's books.