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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grey Matter Press; 1 edition (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940658217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940658216
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"EQUILIBRIUM OVERTURNED is the newest anthology from the stellar team at Grey Matter Press. (It) focuses on stories that are a blend of horror, science fiction and dark fantasy. Choosing a favorite from this anthology is almost impossible. I have been raving about Grey Matter Press' books for a while now...and that trend will continue with EQUILIBRIUM OVERTURNED. Grey Matter Press is hands down one of the best publishers of dark fiction, and the quality of their books makes each one of them an absolute must-own." -- THE HORROR BOOKSHELF

"EQUILIBRIUM OVERTURNED contains a plethora of inventive and entertaining tales that exist at the intersection of horror, science fiction and fantasy. EQUILIBRIUM OVERTURNED is an outstanding collection of horror stories that are bursting with original ideas, startling concepts and terrifying prose." -- HORROR NEWS NETWORK

"The stories in EQUILIBRIUM OVERTURNED are solid and the thread of desperation and survival is present. Most deal with a bleak sense of survival, the settings change and the details and characters, but every one involves a tenacious attempt to hold the fuck on in a world uncontrolled." -- SHOCK TOTEM

PRAISE FOR GREY MATTER PRESS:
"In less than two years, Grey Matter Press has managed to establish itself as one of the premiere purveyors of horror fiction currently in existence via both a series of killer anthologies--SPLATTERLANDS (2013), OMINOUS REALITIES (2013), EQUILIBRIUM OVERTURNED (2014)--and John F.D. Taff's harrowing novella collection THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS (2014)." - FANGORIA

"I would read any of their books without question based on the merit of past releases." - THE HORROR BOOKSHELF

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This particular collection is superb.
Adrian Shotbolt
Like the other short fiction penned by Jackson, this tale is beautifully descriptive and terrifically creepy at the same time.
Sarah
I'm only partially through this book but so far I am thrilled.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David_S. on July 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Equilibrium Overturned is another fine release from Gray Matters Press.  The opening story 'The Final Testimony of Molly Ryder' sets the perfect tone for this book.  This story really turns you upside down, followed by Amnion which is a fantastic tale of the search for the fountain of youth.  Martial Law is chilling tale with a great twist to the usual Zombie fare.  One of my favorites is Through the Ghostlands by Rose Blackthorn.  She paints a chilling and bleak landscape and writes a great story.  The Collected Sylvia, Volumes 1 to 1388 is really unique and fun.  These five stories comprise the first third of Equilibrium Overturned and set the book off to an incredible start.
The final three stories Compartmental, This is Not a Horror Story and Sunrise are also on my list of favorites and are fantastic.  Compartmental is a real mind twist like the opening story.  This is Not a Horror Story is a great and fun tale of a girl at the DMV, you need to read this to understand why.  The final story Sunrise is a great choice to complete this latest collection, it's a nail bitter and very tense. I have read all the fine books put out by Gray Matters Press, they are all great reads each with a different twist or angle on horror. This I think this may be the best of them all and these authors have done a excellent job with their contributions. If you're not familiar with Gray Matters Press and their fine collections this is an excellent place to start.
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Genre mash-ups can be tricky to pull off, as fans of one genre might not be "into" the other.
The job of authors of such works then, is to create stories that naturally carry elements of both, without ever seeming contrived.

Sci-fi and horror are great candidates for this, (Harlan Ellison, or "The Outer Limits", anyone?) even though your first impression might be a vision of oil and water. Shake them up in the same container and you have an entertaining blend for a moment, but in no time the two ingredients pull apart, stubbornly clinging to their own sides of the vessel.

Not so with "Equilibrium Overturned." the excellent new anthology from the folks at Grey Matter Press!
Here, all-new, all-original tales serve as the ultimate emulsifier of both genres, offering engaging, plot-driven stories featuring believable characters in settings that are as macabre as they are mind-bending.

My favorites here include "Wombie," "The Collected Sylvia, Volume 1 to 1388," "Amnion," "Through The Ghostlands," "Perfect Soldiers," and "Sunrise." Rest assured, though - all are worthy reads that create darkly beautiful worlds of equal parts marvel and menace.

If you are unfamiliar with Grey Matter Press, they are relatively new on the publishing scene, but have already established a fine reputation as a publisher of both horror and dark fiction, accepting nothing less than excellence in storytelling while seeking out established as well as new authors that provide just that.

On the technical side, as a consumer of mainly electronic editions of books, (but a collector of traditionally-printed volumes) Grey Matter continues to impress me with the presentation of their catalog.
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By Sarah on September 8, 2014
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I bought EQULIBRIUM OVERTURNED because I wanted to read the short story No-Man’s Land by Roger Jackson. Like the other short fiction penned by Jackson, this tale is beautifully descriptive and terrifically creepy at the same time. Few people have the ability to paint with words, but that’s exactly what I felt I was reading as I devoured this piece of writing. I pride myself in being clever enough to ‘figure out’ the twist before it’s revealed. Jackson’s vivid storytelling paired with his visceral imagination proved that some things cannot be predicted.

Not only was that tale alone worthy of the purchase, but several other selections in the collection also caught my eye. As a life-long lover of horror and a ridiculously busy person, this book touts everything I love to read in small, manageable portions. While none of the stories were flops, these two were fantastic, remained in my head long after I finished reading them, and made me want to see what else the authors have created.

Amnion by John Everson is a provocative twist on the age old dangerous liaison between a professor and his student. I loved the contrasting points of view in this story: the bitter wife who is so certain of her husband’s infidelity that she plans the perfect revenge vs. the student volunteer who’s only motivation is to become a ‘true redhead’ at nearly any cost. The science fiction slant to this horrific tale was also a big plus for me, but what sealed the deal was the way Everson came full circle with the simple idea of ‘blonds have more fun,’ resolving it in a completely unexpected way.

Martial Law by J.G. Faherty is not your typical zombie story. In this version, only former military personnel would rise from the dead to fight.
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Equilibrium Overturned is my first dalliance into the horror/sci-fi genre, and this collection of short stories has been a great introduction which didn't disappoint.

Each story is highly unique in its premise and each does indeed draw you in to some dark and unexpected places.

My top four highlights of the anthology would be, in no particular order: `Amnion', `Martial Law', `No Man's Land' and `The Collected Sylvia, Volumes 1-1388.'

`Amnion', by John Everson, is a wonderfully disturbing tale about the craving and search for eternal youth. It pairs a fantastic story with brilliantly drawn characters and a marvellous ending which leaves the reader well and truly satisfied. (Unlike the characters searching for the ever elusive elixir!)

`Martial Law' by J.G Faherty has simply the best closing line for a short story I have ever read. It left me with a wry smile on my face and an "oh that is so clever" thought. Just a great concept with a moralistic twist in the tale.

Roger Jackson's `No Man's Land' is sublimely written. If you thought the horrors of life in the trenches of WW1 weren't awful enough, this story will truly set you straight on that score. A horror concept so well imagined and written, one can almost feel the rats crawling over your skin and smell the stench of corpses around you whilst reading, as well as leave your mouth hanging open at the horrible realisation of what's happening.

Finally, `The Collected Sylvia, Volumes 1-1388' by Geoffrey W Cole at first had me wondering what the heck was going on. Three pages in, and the amazing truth dawned on me. The story has an odd title but makes complete sense when you read it. I couldn't even try to summarise this one, you will just have to read it.
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