Five-Star Review for Ominous Realities Calls out My Story “Angie”


Ominous Realities, the anthology from the fine folks at Grey Matter Press, has garnered an interesting (well, to me anyway) 5-star review that not only heaps praise all over it but also manages to get a bunch of that praise all over me, too.

Ominous Realities is Grey Matter’s third antho–Dark Visions Vol. 1 (also with a story from me, “Show Me”) and Splatterlands came first, then Ominous Realities, then Dark Visions Vol. 2.  If you haven’t picked any of these up, you’re missing out.  Grey Matter, in an extremely short time, has rocketed to the head of the class of small press horror publishers, due to a great eye for talent, respect for both authors and readers, and some high-quality production standards.

Anyway, Dale L. Elster, the Amazon reviewer, left a great-5-star review for Ominous Realities, that managed to single out my story.  Here’s the first part of what he said about “Angie,” one of only two zombie stories I’ve written:

“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.”

Okay, that’s pretty good as is, but wait!  Dale has more to say about “Angie.”

“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!”

That’s pretty sweet!  Go get Ominous Realities!

And, oh, by the way, I’ve got a super-secret announcement to make very, very soon that concerns my friends at Grey Matter.

Hold on to your hats!


About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 80 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in the great, unspoiled vastness of the Midwest. He has a tremendous wife named Debbie, three pugs, Sadie, Tovah and Muriel, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. View all posts by John F.D. Taff

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