Horror, humor, and science fiction collide in this collection of weird tales about possible futures, warped present-day realities, and alternate history.
Unreliable narrators run rampant alongside aliens, ghosts, bullies, cannibals, home invaders, heroes, villains, unimaginable creatures, and gifted individuals of all ages.
Paranoia, fear, and bizarre situations abound in these reality-bending stories guaranteed to take you places you've never been.
40 Short Stories - Horror / Science Fiction / Humor
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This is a collection of short stories that make you question the scheme of things. These twisted tales are certainly full of dark irony and otherworldly elements. You don’t always get them. At times, you reach the ending and go “huh?” Stories are described as “Twilight Zone-ish,” which is blatantly obvious once you start reading. They’re bound by confusion, mystery, and illusion. You don’t know where you are and you’re out in the middle of nowhere; then you’re taken on a trippy ride and you don’t know how you ended up there. It’s kind of weird, but you appreciate the dark setting and are strangely allured by it. Some stories were certainly better than others. Like I said, some I didn’t get at all. The words I’d use to describe them would be: weird, dreary, and unreal.
This was quite a unique collection of short stories that offered a variety of literary tastes to feast upon from chilling horror to sci-fi with some humor thrown in for added flavor. I liked how some stories seemed to inter-connect with each other. I felt like the collection, as a whole, had a very X-Files/Twilight Zone mashup feel to it. I often wonder where in the world authors like Fowler come up with their fantastical story ideas. Where ever that might be, I'm thankful for their quirky, talented brains! *I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
Unreal Encounters by Milo James Fowler is a great slice of Milo’s excellent short fiction. With over 100 stories published, Fowler chose some of his most chilling tales of humans and “other” life – alien and paranormal. Because I’ve been reading Fowler’s work for several years now and following his fiction avidly, I had read many of these tales in their original publications, but there were some that I had never read before and I’m glad to have some of my old favorites to read again and again. Fowler’s fiction is good enough to re-read because he always includes unexpected plot twists, characters with depth, and endings that leave some food for thought. My favorite story in this collection is “Shadow of Death” – an interesting extra-Biblical re-telling of David and Goliath from King Saul’s tormented perspective. My second favorite is “The Cost of Freedom” which re-imagines JFK’s assassination as part of an alien plot to take over Earth. But Fowler doesn’t just imagine world events, he creates new characters and unexpected encounters like in his story “To Know a Lie from a Hacksaw” – a grim, but humorous story; and “Starlight” – another one of my favorite stories which involving a bullied, young teen with a strange new power. With 40 short stories of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, Fowler offers up some of his best short fiction in this collection. Readers of speculative fiction who don’t mind a little grim bite to their reading will enjoy this book.