A Fancy Dinner Party

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An assassin-in-training reflects on his past as he devours the price of his ascension to power. The nature of reality is in flux as a man tries to convince himself what he's experiencing is merely an illusion, and something is rotten in Victorian London.

One man's automobile is another's bloody end, and a dear, departed father passes down the most detestable of gifts to his son. One man saves a world at the cost of another's heart, and the ...

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Overview

An assassin-in-training reflects on his past as he devours the price of his ascension to power. The nature of reality is in flux as a man tries to convince himself what he's experiencing is merely an illusion, and something is rotten in Victorian London.

One man's automobile is another's bloody end, and a dear, departed father passes down the most detestable of gifts to his son. One man saves a world at the cost of another's heart, and the English find the most reasonable way to meet their needs in the worldwide food shortage.

Science fiction. Thriller. Fantasy. Americana and Japanese folklore; all these genres and more make their appearance in the premier short story collection from Grey Gecko Press. You don't want to miss out on this feast of fiction!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985440008
  • Publisher: Grey Gecko Press
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The authors whose works are included in "A Fancy Dinner Party" come from all walks of life, all sorts of careers and ambitions, and all of them, without exception, are just a bit... off. You'd have to be to write stories about humans being eaten, wouldn't you?

For more information on the authors and their upcoming works and appearances, head to the Grey Gecko Press website.
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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    Quite different

    I must admit that horror stories are not my usual genre. I liked the fact that these stories were done by different authors who were publishing for the first time. In the future I will be looking for more work by these authors especially BH Werner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    3.5/5 (stories rated individually and averaged) A solid collect

    3.5/5 (stories rated individually and averaged)

    A solid collection of cannibalism-themed horror shorts. While the anthology has some weak spots, it more than makes up for them with some really great stories. I don't read much horror, and therefore not much on this specific theme, but after reading this, I'll be looking out for more in this genre.

    Highlights include:

    *Hybrid by Austin Malone- although this story isn't about cannibalism in the strictest sense, it was the best written of all the stories. It was perfect as a self contained short story, with the setting and plot well fleshed out. The characters were developed enough to care what happened to them, while leaving a longing to know more.

    *Heirloom by B.H. Werner- this unexpected story had me forgetting the theme of the anthology until near to the end, when its conclusion leapt out to grab me.

    *Peace Meal by Wayne Basta- a quick read that left me wanting to know more about the characters and setting, I still was able to feel a great deal for the main character's plight, my heart sinking as I realized what was coming.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Food For Thought (and other punny review titles)

    Like a well rounded portfolio, this collection has a variety of very strong, and so-so works, but is organized in such a fashion that you pay little notice and remain entertained throughout. It is interesting to see how each author takes on the subject matter and how each puts their own spin on the horror/suspense genre. While I can't say I was every completely frightened by any one story, I was made very uncomfortable by several and others had me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to more from Gabrielle Alan ("The Finger of Death"), and B.H. Werner's "Heirloom as well as "A Fancy Dinner Party" by Leo King were among my favorites.

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    The contributors to A Fancy Dinner Party are all talented and pr

    The contributors to A Fancy Dinner Party are all talented and prolific authors. Their mastery of the English language was a real treat to read, as most of my experiences with horror compendiums from independent authors have been pretty frightening (and I don't mean because the stories were scary...). My only issue with this particular collection of ditties was the subject matter: cannibalism. I consider myself to be a pretty solid horror movie/novel fan, however, the eating of human flesh is just something that I personally have trouble digesting (pun intended). If you have a strong stomach for that particular delicacy, this book is for you. To reiterate, the writing is amazing...the subject matter is just a bit too much.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    A Mixed Bag

    This collection of short stories delivers some chilling and suspenseful tales, with the one link between them all being that a part of the human body is eaten. Unfortunately, several of the stories simply failed to send chills down my spine, to make me think about the subject matter, or even entertain. The story of a would-be assassin who must eat the flesh off his own finger to join a supernatural sect of assassins is much more effective at all of the above than what is essentially a hybrid of a zombie apocalypse story with the future seen in the Terminator movies where the bad guys are intelligent cars who eat people rather than fuel, and the good guys are your token resistance fighters, the only one of which to get 'eaten' we hardly get to know at all. My favorite story included in this book is the one that lends its name to the collection, A Fancy Dinner Party, a view at a future in which a sudden and severe food shortage across the globe has lead to the British taking up cannibalism as a way to survive, all while labeling it as a 'cultured', 'refined' thing to prevent public backlash or uprisings. While reading it, I kept thinking, "Yeah, in this situation, I could see people acting this way... unfortunately."

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