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A creepy, thrilling read!,
This review is from: The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town (Paperback)
In The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town, Gregory Miller manages to frighten, mystify, and entertain all at once. The book is composed of 33 stories, all compiled by the fictional radio station WRDB as part of a narrative project asking listeners to describe an event that occurred in their town in 2,000 words or less. The stories are written by Uncanny Valley citizens of all ages and occupations, and were sent to the station without return addresses.
Some tell tales of ghost hauntings, unexplained deaths, and seemingly sane people taking a turn for the worst. Each story is unique, especially seeing as the letters weren't "edited" and some have poor grammar and spelling, reflecting the character's writing ability. Even when the story is half a page long, the characters come alive in the stories they tell, the things they choose to believe, and the way their voice is written.
With each story revolving around a completely strange happening in the town, the reader is left to wonder what could possibly happen next, and I never found myself getting bored. In the first story, readers learn of a old couple reliving their wedding day with an obsessive wife who wants everything to be exactly as it was when they got married, and a husband who decides he can't take it anymore. There's a photographer who finds an abandoned home and when his curiosity gets the better of himself, he comes across something that scars him forever. And in yet another tale, when two young girls come across the eerie doll collection of their eccentric piano teacher, their mouths smeared with food, the reader is left to wonder if the dolls are alive or if the teacher is truly insane.
As the book progressed and more was revealed about this forgotten town, I couldn't help but want more. The stories are captivating and so creepy I found myself looking over my shoulder when I read. But the terrifying moments were worth it for this enthralling tale of a little town lost in a battle of good versus evil. At 135 pages, The Uncanny Valley is relatively short, but the tales within make this small book pack a punch. Well-written and unique, Gregory Miller's newest book is a must-read if you're looking for a little fright.