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- Publisher: Grey Matter Press; First edition (December 7, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 7, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H7NGESK
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Ominous Realities: The Anthology of Dark Speculative Horrors Kindle Edition
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"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
"Grey Matter Press has done a phenomenal job with Ominous Realities and in my opinion they are putting out some of the best anthologies in the genre. This is a 'must purchase' anthology for any dark fiction fan." - THE HORROR BOOKSHELF
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"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
"The dark, all-encompassing theme seems to be the trademark of Grey Matter Press. When asked for a referral for a good short story collection I often state without hesitation to the very press that has enchanted my reading attention." - Dave Gammon, HORROR NEWS
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Here's some of the stories that did especially that for me: John F.D. Taff's "Angie" -- they were so real, I got a big lump in my throat for the last few pages, hell of a story. J. Daniel Stone's "Metamorphosis" -- poetic, gritty, and beautifully horrific. Bracken MacLeod's "Pure Blood and Evergreen" -- another type of poetry, I've read this one several times for the cold, the snow, the evergreens, and the horror that washes over me.
With "Ominous Realities," I'd be hard-pressed to point out a weak entry. It would probably come down to, which one was "least best." The broad theme allows for a wide range of societies and antagonists; zombies, parasites, corporations, Lovecraftian demon-aliens, robots, maddening tinnitis-like noises, and nano-robots, to name a few.
Another part of the success behind this anthology was the wide range of styles, as well. There were lyrical stories whose prose sliced like a razor, where the carnage is barely noticed, and on the other extreme--serrated, brutal disembowlments of in-your-face horror. And many more.
I've already added another Grey Matter Press pubs to my queue. These guys put together a great product.
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. "Dyoshota" will make you think twice the next time you experience a ringing in your ears. "On The Threshold" is a nifty, modern take on Lovecraftian themes. "Third Offense" is a grim view of what can (and probably WILL) happen someday if the corporate world and internet-advertising continue on their current track, and "John, Paul, Xavier, Ironside and George (But Not Vincent) is both an amazing and disturbing story that will stay with you long after you've read it. Trust me on that one!
Growing up with reruns of the television classic, "The Outer Limits," I could see all of the stories in "Ominous Realities" fitting nicely into a quality (sorry, 90's reboot) remake of that show. Not familiar with that series? Sample it on YouTube or download it on Netflix or some other similar site. Even with the limits of 1960's television, that series was dark sci-fi at its finest!
"Ominous Realities" is another great read from Grey Matter Press, who continue to publish simply the best genre anthologies I've ever read. Period. If you are a horror fan and haven't checked out their other anthology titles yet, pick one (or all of them!) and toss 'em in your cart or download them now. Today. You will not be disappointed!
If you are strictly into traditional horror (monsters, killers, blood-and-guts) you may not like "Ominous Realities" much. But I encourage you to open your mind and give it a try. Hell - "Angie" alone makes it worth the purchase! And the first story in the collection may be about robots, but it's much more a horror tale than it is sci-fi!
If you're looking for something dystopian-based that's NOT hungry teenagers killing each other, "Ominous Realities" is most definitely a book you need to purchase! And I'm not just speaking to the "mature" readers out there. Teenagers hungry for a great, dark sci-fi ride are welcome here too!
Top international reviews
HOW TO MAKE A HUMAN by Martin Rose: Robots made to re-create humans after Armageddon find the intricacies of the human soul difficult to duplicate.
ANGIE by John F.D Taff: A bittersweet tale of loyalty and love in the face of a zombie apocalypse backed by the old 'Rolling Stones' song.
ON THE THRESHOLD by William Meikle: Two scientists who work to create a new universe find their experiment works maybe too well.
DOYOSHOTA by Ken Altabef: A strange 'Hum' affects the residents of a small desert town.
THIRD OFFENSE by Gregory L.Norris: An author in a commercialised dystopian world tries to break free of his confines in order to produce a original but now highly illegal novel.
METAMORPHOSIS by J.Daniel Stone; A train journey turns bizarro in this story filled with hallucinogenic prose and twisted imagery.
WE ARE HALE,WE ARE WHOLE by Eric Del Carlo: A 'ripjack' focusses on a comfortable future despite his dangerous profession
PURE BLOOD AND EVERGREEN by Bracken MacLeod: Imprisoned, a boy fantasizes about a world beyond the barbedwire fences and the hope of a merciful God.
JOHN,PAUL,XAVIER,IRONSIDE AND GEORGE (BUT NOT VINCENT) by Hugh A.D Spencer: A carer for a strange man/creature has a life changing experience as world ending catastrophe draws near.
AND THE HUNTER,HOME FROM THE HILL by Edward Morris: A crashed meteorite imbues a couple of kids with strange powers.
BORN BAD by Jonathan Balog: An intelligent childs admiration for a priest reveals a surprising truth.
THE LAST BASTION OF SPACE by Ewan C.Forbes: Imagination is explored as reality crumbles.
EVERY SOUL IS A GRIMOIRE by Allen Griffin: A peculiar and poetic story about the construct of the soul, memories and expressionism in art and how it can easily be controlled and corrupted.
FROM THE EAST by Alice Goldfuss: A woman survives day by day but is she really the last human alive?
DECIDING IDENTITY by Paul Williams: Parallel worlds exist but only one world can survive.Which will win the vote?
THE LAST ELF by T.Fox Dunham: Fairytales clash with history is this tale of magic and human horror.
The stories available here are all very well written, intelligent and mystifying. They have that rare quality of making the reader consider that the tales within these pages may hint at our real future both distant and near. There is enough realism sewn into the fabric of each story as to worry you that these writers may not be too far off the mark as to what the future may hold. A very enjoyable read.Thank you.
Some of the authors in this collections have other stories included in Splatterlands: Reawakening the Splatterpunk Revolution Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror - Volume One Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror - Volume Two