The Fall (Tales From The Gulp #2)

Strange things happen in The Gulp. The residents have grown used to it.

The isolated Australian harbour town of Gulpepper is not like other places. Some maps don’t even show it. And only outsiders use the full name. Everyone who lives there calls it The Gulp. The place has a habit of swallowing people.

A man enjoying early retirement makes the mistake of visiting The Gulp.
A fishing boat crew find themselves somewhere entirely unexpected.
A farmer has an argument with his wife that turns violent and then entirely catastrophic.
A Venture Scout troop from Enden travel a little too far on their bush excursion.
Everything that’s been getting stranger than usual in The Gulp begins to run completely out of control.

Five more novellas. Five more descents into darkness.
Welcome to The Gulp, where nothing is as it seems.

Print ISBN: 9780645001945

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If you’re a fan of one town horror anthologies with a best of 80s vibe (like anything from Castle Rock or Josh Malerman’s Goblin) then you really should get yourself some ‘Tales from the Gulp‘ by Alan Baxter.” – Sarah Pinborough, bestselling author of BEHIND HER EYES

2022 Aurealis Awards Finalist

Best Collection

2022 Ditmar Awards Finalist

Best Collected Work

2022 Ditmar Awards Finalist

Best Novella “Gulpepper Curios”


“Warped. Twisted. Fabulous. 5 out of 5.” – Leo McBride at Altered Instinct

“Some authors have what I call an instant readability factor; I’ve never managed to explain what I mean by this fully. But Baxter has it in buckets. His narrative style has an effortless grace to it. It picks the reader up in its arms and carries the reader through many stories, filled with nerve-wracking tension, dry as a desert black humour, and some masterfully horrific set-pieces… As The Fall reaches its conclusion, you can tell that Baxter is having as much fun writing this story as we, the readers, are reading it. He gives it to us while still being able to sidestep us and surprise us with some fist-pumping revelations and the appearance of some well-beloved characters from the previous volume. I love it when an author has this level of synergy with their readers, and he knows what we want.” – Ginger Nuts of Horror

“Cosmic horror, shocking violence, colorful characters and black humor come together in Alan Baxter’s follow-up to The Gulp, a delightfully dark bunch of tales that will put you on edge—and keep you there… I’ve no doubt his fans will be clamoring for more by the end of this book. Highly recommended!” – Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy

“Rarely are the tales anything but thrilling. They’re petrifying, suspenseful and made up by the people they’re in. These can be damn scary. They’re weird and strange. Baxter makes Gulpepper come alive for us, detailing the town until the reader feels they are a tourist coming along for the ride.” – Zach Rosenberg at Horror DNA

“The Fall, second in Alan Baxter’s Tales From the Gulp series, collects five interconnected short stories to produce a terrific mosaic novel about Australia’s strangest small-town.” – Michael Patrick Hicks

“I’m here to tell you guys, Alan Baxter’s Australian accent sucks. He’s terrible at it. Ask him, I’m not lying. You know what he doesn’t suck at? Getting under your skin and making you want more. Take a dive into THE GULP and get ready for THE FALL. Fucking. Wow. I mean, really.” – Shane Douglas Keene

“a more than worthy sequel and a phenomenal opportunity for readers to set foot again in this horrifying little town-by-the-sea” – Brennan LaFaro at Dead Headspace

“I typically don’t find myself liking a sequel to a book/movie but this is not that type of situation at all. Baxter has such an elegant way of intertwining all the stories together that I am just blown away at how talented he is in his craft–one of the best in my opinion.” – nw.reader

“…the devil is in the details and Alan Baxter is the very devil himself… The Fall is like if Round the Twist was way, way, worse in the best of ways. This collection made me regret very much that I slept on picking up anything by Alan Baxter earlier, and so I was all the more grateful to get to read it. It deeply pleases me that Australian horror is alive and well and this incredibly satisfying.” – Flick at Strange Queer Things

The Fall by Alan Baxter is the incredible follow up to The Gulp, and in this collection of five new tales, the twisted web drawing the town further and further into chaos is getting stickier! Horror readers, this is another book by Mr. Baxter that you cannot miss.” – Erica Robyn Reads

The Fall ratchets the tension from page one, as readers are drawn into the twisted, dark world of Gulpepper. Nothing is as it seems, and Alan Baxter takes no shortcuts, and no prisoners. Inventive, fast-paced and often disturbing, have no fear you’ll be treading old ground. Baxter has created a world of bottomless terrors, no two alike yet intricately woven together in a web that tightens around you the further you descend. Highly recommended.” – Laurel Hightower, author of Crossroads and Below

“Read this book in one sitting. Couldn’t stop. Alan Baxter hit it out of the park again with his continuing stories about the sinister and mysterious town of Gulpepper, or the Gulp as town citizens call it.” – Crystal Pegasus

“With The Gulp, Baxter created a stunning setting and entwined stories that creeped me out and had me riveted. With The Fall, Baxter manages to keep the setting/town as bonkers as ever, while delivering even BETTER stories than the first. And that’s saying something.” – Steve Stred

“The imagery in these stories is off the charts. There are great visuals and complex characters that make you root for them with every turn of the page. Another great effort form Alan Baxter and I hope we get another Gulp book in the future. 5 out of 5.” – Joe Scipione at Horrorbound