What Lurks Below – YA Horror

Five frenemies camp at a four-day long music festival and fall prey to a tentacled monstrosity.


What Lurks Below is set at the very real Walnut Valley Festival occurring annually in Kansas. To learn more about the Walnut Valley Festival, click here. This story was inspired at the 2013 festival, when I took a nighttime walk down a dirt path that ran beside the Walnut River in the campgrounds. It was a foggy night, with mist clinging to the surface of the river and smoke from hundreds of campfires clogging the sky. I heard a splash in the river and my mind immediately leapt to all the possibilities of what could’ve made that sound. And that’s how What Lurks Below was born.