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Ominous Realities: The Anthology of Dark Speculative Horrors [Kindle Edition]

William Meikle , John F.D. Taff , Gregory L. Norris , Hugh A.D. Spencer , Bracken MacLeod , T. Fox Dunham , Edward Morris , Ken Altabef , Anthony Rivera , Sharon Lawson , Grey Matter Press
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We don’t know what the future might hold. Until now.

Offering a collection of terrifying stories of science fiction and speculative fiction horrors, OMINOUS REALITIES is a dark thrill ride to explore what might be in store for mankind.

This wicked journey isn’t limited by time or gravity. It takes you on an exploration of futuristic and post-Apocalyptic worlds, to experience societies where dark corporations rule, where humanity must consider terrifying alternatives, and to the dangerous realities that may be in store, dragging you through horrifying speculative scenarios that pose dire consequences for the existence of mankind.


HOW TO MAKE A HUMAN by Martin Rose
A scientist creates a race of robots giving them the ability to resurrect humanity after the apocalypse. But with dire consequences.

ANGIE by John F.D. Taff
A divorced couple tries to ensure their survival after society collapses. Navigating the treacherous back roads of America, they realize the horror of true devotion.

ON THE THRESHOLD by William Meikle
Just how far is science willing to go to prove we are not alone and possibly find the terrifying dangers that exist beyond the threshold?

DOYOSHOTA by Ken Altabef
One by one the residents of a Nevada town are succumbing to the debilitating effects of a strange hum. Many believe it’s a black ops program others are convinced of its far darker origins.

THIRD OFFENSE by Gregory L. Norris
In an oppressive society where creativity is banned and advertising is all-pervasive, a factory worker attempts to escape enslavement with horrifying results.

METAMORPHOSIS by J. Daniel Stone
Together, a brother and sister discover the unique bond has the ability to affect humanity in the darkest of ways.

Global climate change has reshaped the world, and multi-national corporations control every aspect of life. To what horrifying lengths will they go in the struggle to maintain profit?

Victims of ethnic cleansing, two boys share a painful struggle for survival. Their actions start events that leave the lives of everyone they know hanging in a dangerous balance.

by Hugh A.D. Spencer
Earth is under attack by mysterious biomechanical entities. With the end near, one man spends his last days with an enigmatic client who is of great import to those in charge.

Could it be that accounts of superheroes are actually based in reality? It could be that the old man living down the street is hiding his own dark secrets.

BORN BAD by Jonathan Balog
Raised by the church, Lucien harbors a frightening secret that may prove to have dire circumstances for mankind.

Privatization has run amok and simple pleasures come at a premium price. For one young couple there is no choice but to turn their minds over to insidious corporate control.

Harvey works for a shadowy government and is responsible for a man with dangerous knowledge. Being near him is blurring his reality and opening the door to terrifying evil.

FROM THE EAST by Alice Goldfuss
After global cataclysm, a scientist struggles to determine the cause. Driven by professional convictions, she finds herself in a struggle for the existence of humanity.

Faced with the collision of two worlds, the citizens of each are given the choice to decide who shall live and who shall die.

THE LAST ELF by T. Fox Dunham
The fate of humanity rests with a sociopathic concentration camp commander. Having spent a lifetime chasing the enemies of Germany, he finds himself on the verge of his crowning achievement—ultimate extermination.

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Editorial Reviews


"This anthology brings together two of my great loves: science fiction and horror, with some speculative fiction thrown in for good measure. This is what happens if the works of Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, H.P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King consummated and had a baby." - Alicia Banks, Horror News Network
"Ominous Realities boasts a formidable array of talented writers. The diversity of voice, style and prose is extraordinary and truly has something for everyone. Ominous Realities stands on its own in terms of appeal, allure and integrity." - Dave Gammon, Horror News

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Future Shock...And Awe February 10, 2014
Dystopian tales are all the rage these days, but with most of the popular titles aimed at the young adult crowd, mature (God, I hate that word!) readers like myself have been mostly left out in the cold.

Enter, "Ominous Realities."

An anthology of short fiction featuring tales set mainly in - you guessed it - various dystopian landscapes, the stories follow characters where the future has not gone so well for them. I like to refer to this collection as dark science fiction with a horror twist, but dark science fiction gets the job done here.

Horror shows up in big, attention-grabbing letters on the cover, but - I'm speaking to you now, traditional fans of the genre - this is NOT a collection of horror stories. Not traditional horror tales, at least. Again, this is DARK sci-fi. Certainly, horrific things have happened to the characters here, but this is not blood-and-guts horror.

Speaking of which, one of the tales, "Angie," although incredibly well written by John F.D. Taff is a zombie story and feels oddly out of place here when compared to the rest of the tales, but nonetheless is an outstanding and well told human story set in a hellish world of the undead. If you haven't read zombie fiction for whatever reason before, read this one.

My favorite story in this book is "We Are Hale, We Are Whole," by Eric De Carlo. Set in a future where workers called "ripjacks" volunteer themselves to take on extremely dangerous work for the promise of an early, luxurious retirement should they bank enough "Health Units," is a biting commentary on our current society. Other notable stories here are, "How To Make A Human," about the horrors that await us should robots be left to interpret religion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choose your Apocalypse! December 24, 2013
By Alys K.
Format:Kindle Edition
This collection terrorizes, horrifies, intrigues, rakes you with nasty claws, and just absolutely sparkles. Grey Matter Press puts together a great lineup of authors and a lot of truly chilling tales. All of the stories are done well, and you can choose your own poison from this scary buffet. Stand-outs for me were Ken Altabef's uber-creepy global warming tale "Doyoshota" (Damn! This could really happen!) and Gregory Norris' "Third Offense" which hit me like a chilling update on Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron". But anyway, you cant go wrong with any of these terrific tales. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book will blow your mind! March 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Do you ever fear for the future of mankind or worry about the world that is to come? Those concerns are nothing compared to the nightmares collected in this Grey Matter Press Anthology! Each masterfully-crafted tale of dark and twisted futuristic doom will set your heart racing and make you thankful to be alive in the here-and-now. Horror and sci-fi blend together in a harmonious, albeit disturbing, collection of alternate realities and terrifying circumstances. This is a must-read for fans of both genres.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent horror February 14, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great selection and variety of stories- the editors made excellent choices. I really loved the story by Alice Goldfuss- Female protagonist, mental deterioration, and creepy freaking bugs. It felt like it could be the precursor to full novel.
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