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  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781787631359
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $37.00

The Deep

We all know the story of the Titanic . . . don't we?

With its brilliantly evoked historical backdrop, including on board the Titanic, and a rich cast of characters, both real and imaginary, The Deep is the heart-stopping new supernatural chiller from the author of the acclaimed The Hunger.

'This dark, terrifying tale of possession and haunting is phenomenal . . . beautifully written, thoroughly absorbing and totally terrifying.' C.J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man

Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.

This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner's illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers - including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher - are convinced that something sinister is going on . . . And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic's sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognises while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not - could not - have survived the sinking of the Titanic . . .

Brilliantly combining fact and fiction, the historical and the horrific, The Deep reveals a chilling truth in an unputdownable narrative full of unnerving moments and with a growing, inexorable sense of foreboding.

  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781787631359
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $37.00

About the author

Alma Katsu

A graduate of the Masters writing program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Alma Katsu worked briefly in advertising and PR before moving into the intelligence world, working as a senior analyst for several US agencies, including the CIA and the American equivalent of GCHQ. She was also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Alma Katsu lives in the Washington, DC area. To find out more, visit her website almakatsubooks.com

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Praise for The Deep

The way Alma Katsu weaves the true story of the Titanic and her sister ship, Britannic, with this dark, terrifying tale of possession and haunting is phenomenal. Part history, part drama, part love story, part creepy-as-heck ghost tale, with chills icier than the watery depths, The Deep is beautifully written, thoroughly absorbing and totally terrifying.'

C.J. TUDOR, author of The Chalk Man

At once both tragic and chilling, The Deep perfectly blends psychological thriller and eerie gothic ghost story to create something truly haunting, drawing you down into its dark depths before finally letting you up for air.

SARAH PINBOROUGH, author of Behind Her Eyes

Another masterly supernatural reimagining of a historical tragedy: the sinking of the Titanic and her sister ship, the Britannic. Eerie, haunting, and filled with suspense, The Deep is a whirlpool of a novel that pulls you in and doesn't let go.

DANIELLE TRUSSONI, author of the Angelology series and The Ancestor

An incredibly ambitious setting, prose as ornate as the boat, mood as ghostly as Gothic, and what must have been enough research to build a ship of her own . . . The Deep is thrilling, rich, frightening, unsettling, and, best of all, told from the heart . . . The Hunger was fantastic, but The Deep is divine . . . a brilliant author.

JOSH MALERMAN, author of Bird Box

Elegant and eerie. Alma Katsu really is something rather special.


THE DEEP weaves together the true story of the Titanic and its sister ship Britannic, with a love story and a creepy tale of the supernatural.


An all-too-human tale of obsessive love that crosses the boundary . . . between the material realm and the spiritual.

Financial Times

Deftly mashes up spellbinding historical fiction, adroit commentary on class and gender, and a classic yet surprising ghost story . . . truly haunting.

PAUL TREMBLAY, author of The Cabin at the End of the World

This imaginative spin on the tale is full of surprises . . . a satisfyingly spooky blend of history and horror.

Sunday Mirror

Takes us back to the final days of the Titanic, her sister ship the Britannic, and the mysterious woman who links them both. In a haunting story of love and revenge, Alma Katsu blends the paranormal and historical fiction as only she can—a spellbinding tale where desire knows no bounds and death is only a beginning. Another fantastic story from the author of The Hunger.

J D BARKER, author of The Sixth Wicked Child

Alma Katsu is a fantastic writer, with a unique ability to blur the lines of history, horror, humanity, and tragedy. Think Diana Gabaldon by way of Charlaine Harris. As with her exceptional novel, The Hunger, in The Deep Katsu takes on an infamous tragedy and adds her own haunting twists.

MICHAEL KORYTA, author of Those Who Wish Me Dead

Katsu has once again been inspired by true-life tragedy to create a sinister story that will leave you gulping into the darkness at bedtime . . . perfect spooky reading.


Like The Hunger, The Deep is historical re-imagining laced with magic and mystery. Alma Katsu adds a sweeping love story and a ghostly tale of revenge to the sinkings of RMS Titanic and HMHS Britannic to tell a tale that is haunting, thrilling and utterly original.

DACRE STOKER, co-author of Dracul

Blending choice elements of mystery and horror into an impeccably recreated history, Alma Katsu has created a rich, haunting, irresistible novel that succeeds in rewriting the past while making it feel more ominously present than ever.

LOUIS BAYARD, author of The Black Tower

Carefully researched and meticulously crafted historical fiction fused with ho-hum horror.


In this clever blend of the historical and the supernatural, the author weaves the fate of the doomed ocean liner…into a terrifying paranormal tale.

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