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"Gregory Miller remains an effective writer with nuanced characterizations and eerily intriguing settings. But mainly he has a wild imagination that takes you in unexpected directions."
--Piers Anthony, bestselling author of the Xanth and Incarnations of Immortality series
"Miller's writing seems to echo Ray Bradbury in some instances and Edgar Allan Poe in others. However, his prose is unique and his inventiveness truly hits the reader...Miller shines."
"A master storyteller."
--Laury A. Egan, author of Fog and Other Stories and Jenny Kidd
- Publication date : January 3, 2014
- File size : 1659 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 139 pages
- Publisher : West Arcadia Press; second edition (January 3, 2014)
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00HQW3AHA
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #691,891 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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These stories detail enough of the facts and then allow the reader to fill in the rest, basically giving each of us the opportunity to apply our own brush strokes of horror. Some of the stories intertwine, mentioning characters who also have submissions, and each are from the viewpoint of the individual writer (who range from young children to folks at the end of their days). These stories are tame enough for your children to read, although there are a few vulgarities here and there (the number of which can be counted on one hand). The author weaves the 33 stories together into one gigantic tale of the town, creating a fitting climax for the book.
I considered giving the book three to three-and-a-half stars, as (inevitably in a collection this large) some of the stories had the same feel to them and I could guess where they were going. However, the stories are told with individual charm (right down to the "on purpose" misspellings by the kids) and the entire book is a clever concept. This is an easy read which I finished over my morning coffees. Four stars.
Thirty-Three Tales. Thirty-Three Tellers. One Lost Town.
This is a collection of stories written by people that live in the Uncanny Valley. According to the super-cool premise, these 33 stories were culled from over 12,000 stories received as part of a contest, the goal of which was to write a story about why your hometown is special.
Each story here lists the name, age and occupation of the author. These range from the very young to the very old and include everything in between. The only thing they have in common is the Uncanny Valley.
There are a few wonderful illustrations that punch up the stories and I loved them. I liked being able to use my Kindle's zoom feature, so I could look more closely at the details.
I found this collection to be both utterly charming and creepy. I thought the premise was unique and fun. The short stories are actually short which was refreshing and made this collection very hard to put down.
I highly recommend this collection! There's something in it for everyone.
And I believe, quite fervently, that some among us are gifted, perhaps possessed, with the ability to tell true tales, tales of horror and imagination, tales truer than mere fact, tales called fiction that build worlds of words that outlast the world of dust. Poe's Usher will live forever even as it collapses again and again throughout the ages. Bradbury's hometown will be forever green in summer light and forever haunted by a dark autumn carnival.
I mention Poe and Bradbury and ghosts because their spirits live on. They live in a man named Gregory Miller whose haunted pen has recorded tales of a place that is eerily familiar. In thirty-three small tales thirty-three different voices reveal a small town somewhere in Pennsylvania. Some of these tales are small, with just the hint of something off or odd. In others there is a horror that grabs at your heart more urgently. In sum, these tales will hold and haunt you and if you are like me you will come, oddly, to love this Uncanny Valley.
Few things give me more pleasure than finding an author I never knew who has written tales I come to treasure. Gregory Miller has found treasure in The Uncanny Valley. This treasure, like some others, is guarded by spirits who will haunt you. There is death here, and darkness and all that is most wonderful in life -- the great unknown.
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We are led to believe that a Pennsylvania radio station back in 2009 had a competition for its listeners, and they were requested to send in pieces about their local town. With numerous entries quite a few odd ones seemed to have come from the same town, Uncanny Valley. This is the opening that then leads us into this collection of short stories. As you start to read the stories themselves you see how odd this particular town, set in the south west of the state really is.
Each piece is written by a different resident of the town and these are all of varying ages, from little to old, to in one case ancient, and by both sexes. Uncanny Valley itself seems to be a town outside the normal that we all know, and really is uncanny by name as well as by nature. Some of these stories you can see have been inspired by other tales, such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, and even the dance of life, amongst other things. Although some of these are macabre, others although being strange are tales of unusual but benevolent happenings.
What I particularly liked was that the author here does things like using bad spelling for little children and such like, helping to give each character their own distinctive voice, and we see that some of the stories are corroborated by tales from other characters. As we read further we can see something big is going to happen in Uncanny Valley, but it is not until the very end with the Epilogue when you find out if this really is so. In all this is an enjoyable read that keeps you more than engrossed and will appeal to quite a large age range. This actually has the potential to make a really good TV series, but whether any American companies will pick up on it is another matter entirely.
The prologue intrigued and piqued my curiosity. The stories were fascinating , amusing, quite brilliantly fused together. The epilogue confused me all over again, and left my scientific (and science fiction/fantasy loving) mind begging for answers. And more stories! Was Uncanny real? Was it pure fiction? Was it destroyed by a firestarter á la Stephen King? Were the stories made up by the author or were they based on historical anecdote.
I love sci-fi/fantasy/mystery. This ticks all my boxes. (For the record, I don't believe in ghosts, firestarters, vampires etc, but I do love stories and mysteries that can't be explained by any other means.)
Thank you for a riveting and interesting and highly entertaining read.
And they start to link together towards the collective end to the tales which is another masterful bit of story telling.
NB This is a brilliant precursor to the prequel novel that follows which is an earlier tale of dark forces attacking the town !