Water Hazard

Water Hazard is a fun and creepy paranormal thriller about three high school kids living in a small logging town in the dark foothills of Mt. Rainier. A series of murders that nobody seems to be paying attention to leads them to uncover a plot to release an ancient monster living in the lake of a new golf course.

It’s DNA contains bits of Twin Peaks, Lovecraft, It, and maybe a tiny bit of Scooby Doo. It had a surprise cousin when Stranger Things came out and Edgar Cantero’s amazing novel Meddling Kids is another distant relative.

Writing a teen protagonist is way more fun than the serious, brooding adults I’ve dealt with in previous projects. Teens are so much more resilient and have a naive optimism that I miss. The teens in Water Hazard are at the beginning of the transition into adulthood. The adults around them aren’t able to solve their problems for them and they’re learning the power they have within themselves. They’re also not totally independent (well at least two of them aren’t) and there are still some sweet moments where they are still getting support from their families.


Gary Thomson is a writer living with his wife, kids, and pets in Seattle. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and studied creative writing at the University of Washington.

His hobbies include tennis, skiing, yoga, and role playing games. He enjoys long walks on the beach but only if the beaches are rocky and it’s cold and windy.