Those fine, fine folks at Grey Matter Press (and they are fine, fine folks) just released the complete table of contents, story descriptions and release date for their next collection, Ominous Realities. If you’ve been keeping track, this is their 4th anthology this year–Dark Visions Vol. 1 (with “Show Me” by…ummm…me.), Splatterlands, Dark Visions Vol. 2, and now Ominous Realities, also featuring a story by me.
My story in Ominous Realities is called “Angie,” and its one of only two zombie stories I’ve written. It’s a little riff on the Rolling Stones song of the same name.
The release date for Ominous Realities is Dec. 10, just two weeks from now. Here’s what Grey Matter had to say:
Grey Matter Press announced today that the publication date for the company’s first volume of science fiction, horror and speculative fiction, Ominous Realities, is slated for December 10, 2013.
“We are very excited to see the release of Ominous Realities in time for the upcoming holiday season,” said co-editor Anthony Rivera. “This collection offers a number of truly fascinating stories that combine horrific themes within the genres of both science fiction and speculative fiction. As publishers of dark fiction, we honestly feel that futuristic, post-apocalyptic and otherworldly storylines lend themselves to the overall horror category. The wide variety of exceptional work contained in this volume is going to prove that dark fiction is not easily categorized and can span many genres.”
Ominous Realities will be available for purchase in ebook version for the Amazon Kindle on December 10. A trade paperback will released in the following weeks. Grey Matter hopes to have both versions available in time for holiday gift-giving.
Ominous Realities contains 16 dark tales that will take readers on a journey through both space and time. Included in the collection are stories from a number of award-winning established authors whose work has been appearing in respected science fiction, speculative fiction and horror anthologies for many years. The anthology also includes stunning new work from some of the freshest faces penning genre fiction today.
Contributors to Ominous Realities include William Meikle, Hugh A.D. Spencer, John F.D. Taff, Bracken MacLeod, Edward Morris, Paul Williams,Gregory L. Norris, Ken Altabef, T. Fox Dunham, Martin Rose, J. Daniel Stone, Eric Del Carlo, Jonathan Balog, Allen Griffin, Alice Goldfuss andEwan C. Forbes. The anthology is edited by Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.
“There’s an exceptional amount of truly talented authors in this collection,” said Sharon Lawson. “Readers are going to be taken on a thrilling, dark and dangerous journey into alternative versions of reality without the limitations of time or gravitational pull. Ominous Realities explores post-Apocalyptic worlds, societies where corporations have run amok, situations wherein humanity must consider dangerous and frightening alternatives for the survival of mankind, as well as a number of horrifying scenarios that pose dire consequences to the consensus reality in which we currently live.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS and STORY SYNOPSES FOR OMINOUS REALITIES (in order of appearance)
“How to Make a Human” by Martin Rose
As the end times near, a scientist creates a race of intelligent robots, providing them the blueprint to resurrect humanity after the impending destruction of mankind. Proving far more difficult than planned, there’s finally a glimmer of hope, but it comes with dire ramifications.
“Angie” by John F.D. Taff
The apocalypse is at hand, and a divorced couple must join forces to ensure their mutual survival as society collapses. Navigating the dangerous back roads of rural America, they discover the meaning of true love, but it comes with horrifying implications.
“On the Threshold” by William Meikle
Mankind has forever been fascinated with its place in the universe. But just exactly how far is science willing to go to prove we are not alone? Two scientists aim to find out exactly what terrifying dangers exist beyond the threshold.
“Doyoshota” by Ken Altabef
Something terrifying is happening to the residents of Doyoshota, Nevada. One by one they are beginning to hear an onerous hum that has increasingly debilitating effects. Many believe it’s a government program, but there are others convinced of its far darker origins.
“Third Offense” by Gregory L. Norris
In an oppressive society where creativity is banned and advertising is all-pervasive, delivered directly into the optical implants of the citizenry, a young factory worker attempts to escape his governmental enslavement with horrifying results.
“Metamorphosis” by J. Daniel Stone
During an otherwise uneventful journey on a New York subway train, a brother and sister experience a series of chance encounters that reveal their unearthly destiny. Together they discover their twin bond has the ability to affect the world in a hauntingly dark way.
“We Are Hale, We Are Whole” by Eric Del Carlo
After global climate change has reformed the continents, multi-national corporations have stepped in to control every aspect of the survivors lives – especially healthcare. How far will man and corporation go in the struggle to sustain life and profit?
“Pure Blood and Evergreen” by Bracken MacLeod
Two young strangers from different towns, victims of ethnic cleansing, share a pained friendship while struggling to survive in a harsh internment camp. The boys’ actions start a chain of events that leave their lives, and those of their tribes, hanging in a dangerous balance.
“John, Paul, Xavier, Ironside and George (But Not Vincent)” by Hugh A.D. Spencer
The world is under attack from clouds of bio-mechanical destruction whose origins are unknown. With the end near, one man spends his last days taking care of an enigmatic client who seems to be of great importance to those in charge.
“And the Hunter, Home from the Hill” by Edward Morris
Superheroes are a mainstay of popular fiction. But could it be possible that accounts of their exploits are actually based in reality? It could be that the quiet old man living down the street is hiding his own dark secrets.
“Born Bad” by Jonathan Balog
Orphaned and raised by the church, Lucien wants nothing more in life than to become a priest like those that raised him. But constantly plagued by his concerns with Catholic doctrine and harboring a frightening secret, he finds his goal slipping from his grasp.
“The Last Bastion of Space” by Ewan C. Forbes
With privatization run amok, the simplest pleasures now come at a premium. For one young couple barely getting by on their meager incomes, they have no choice but to turn their minds over to corporate control.
“Every Soul is a Grimoire” by Allen Griffin
Harvey and Cameron are agents tasked with the well-being of a man who has a dangerous knowledge of the occult. Being near the man has resulted in new memories having been planted in Harvey’s mind, blurring his reality and opening the door to a terrifying evil.
“From the East” by Alice Goldfuss
Lost in a jungle after a global cataclysm, a scientist struggles to determine what may have caused the end of the world. Driven by her professional convictions, she finds herself in a struggle both for her own life and for the existence of humanity.
“Deciding Identity” by Paul Williams
Facing the dire consequences of a collision of two worlds, the citizens of each are given the choice of who shall live and who shall die. Will spending a day walking in the shoes of one’s counterpart in the other world make the horrifying decision easier?
“The Last Elf” by T. Fox Dunham
The fate of humanity depends upon the dark machinations of a sociopathic Nazi concentration camp commander. Having spent a lifetime chasing the enemies of Germany, the insane man finds himself on the verge of his crowning achievement – ultimate extermination.
Me again. A little editorial note here before I let you go. Go get Ominous Realities. Go get Dark Visions Vol. 1 & Vol. 2. Go get Splatterlands. Because Grey Matter Press knows what it’s doing. It’s attracting great writers and treating them right. It’s producing well-edited and well-designed books. It’s marketing them well and treating readers with respect. That’s worth supporting these days. I know Grey Matter has some exciting plans in store for 2014, and they’ve earned your support.