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The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town

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The Uncanny Valley…

“…is a macabre serenade to a small town that may or may not exist, peopled with alive and dead denizens who wander about the hills and houses with creepy fluidity. Told by individual inhabitants, the stories recount tales of disappearing dead deer, enchanted gardens, invisible killer dogs, and rattlesnakes that fall from the sky; each contribution adds
Kindle Edition, 141 pages
Published January 3rd 2014 by West Arcadia Press (first published May 27th 2011)
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This collection was fantastic!

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 everything in b
I really have a yen
To go back once again,
Back to the place where no one wears a frown,
To see once more those super-special just plain folks
In my home town.

If you're familiar with the wonderful song by Tom Lehrer - (if not - watch and listen here -, you'll know that those smiling faces you encounter on a daily basis may be hiding deep, dark secrets. Really, REALLY DEEP, DARK SECRETS!

Uncanny Valley, nestled somewhere in Southwestern Pennsylvania, seems to
Jon Recluse
Jan 31, 2015 Jon Recluse rated it it was amazing
A truly wondrous collection of stories, yarns spun by the residents of the (possibly) fictional town of Uncanny Valley, Pennsylvania, about small town life in a place situated somewhere between the Twilight Zone and Oxrun Station.
Told in many voices, with a light heart and a touch of humor, these tales are delightfully macabre, and sure to please readers both young and old.
This collection is pure magic, in the same way McCammon's BOY'S LIFE is, rekindling a love of reading even in this jaded old
Mar 02, 2016 Ctgt rated it really liked it
Shelves: weird
Granpa says Uncanny Valley is a thin place

This is a bit of an odd duck. Can't really call it a short story collection although that is what it may appear on the surface. It's a collection of letters from the residents of Uncanny Valley in response to a contest to explain what makes your hometown special. While is doesn't really have an narrative thread running through the stories it does paint a vivid portrait of the town and it's inhabitants. The ending was quite intriguing and fell right in li
Utterly delightful, in a very creepy way. Some real gems among this collection. I loved the way the stories were introduced, and the ending was ....

No. I won't spoil it for you. If you like terse, thoughtful, and sometimes downright inexplicable horror stories, then I recommend you give this a go. One or two made me laugh out loud, some made me shiver, but there isn't a duff one among them.
Feb 11, 2015 Karl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There must be something wrong with me, this book was like A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at its worst.

I wanted to enjoy this, however, all the stories were so derivative and re-cycled and better told by other voices.

Sadly I now have to add Ray Bradbury to the list of authors who BLURB books that I have lost all faith in.

nuff said.
Jo Ann
Feb 17, 2015 Jo Ann rated it really liked it
A nice collection of short, spooky stories that are actually short and to the point. They were fun to read and I liked the fact that they had a common thread that connected them all. The author's prologue was a great hook that intrigued me to want to read this kindle book. Give the residents of Uncanny Valley a visit you won't be sorry.
Feb 24, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town is like an adult version of the book for young people titled "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark." I give this book five stars for being what it is - not a literary masterpiece, but a great collection of short, spine-chilling tales with just the right combination of atmosphere, spookiness, and fun.
Ray Campbell
Mar 18, 2014 Ray Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
This modest collection of stories is really well done. The book begins with an introduction that explains that an NPR affiliate called listeners to submit stories regarding urban legends and folk tales from their local committees. The idea is that thousands of pieces were submitted from a town called Uncanny Valley - "these are the 19 an editorial panel selected". The tales get progressively creepier until the epilogue explains that Uncanny Valley disappeared after a disaster in the mid-19th ...more
This book was the February 2015 book read for the goodreads group Literary Horror.

In the prologue we are told that a radio station asked from listeners for stories that typifies their hometown. The radio station received submissions from a town called Uncanny Valley. The middle of the book comprises of 33 submissions from Uncanny Valley, stories about 1-4 pages long. The stories are told by males and females, young and adult. However, at the end of the book, one is made to wonder if the stories

Recollections of memorable local events submitted to a newspaper contest fill this book, or so the story goes. But these weird tales from the Uncanny Valley have a low-key mystery flavored with sudden shocks that’s truly uncanny, from the perfect recreation of a less than perfect wedding to the horror of something unseen going bump in the night. The voices of different narrators/writers, and their ages and occupations, add a hauntingly down-to-earth touch that’ll leave readers listening, watchin
Benoit Lelièvre
Jun 25, 2011 Benoit Lelièvre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It`s difficult to judge The Uncanny Valley for what it is, because it`s somewhat of a very elaborate business card. It`s a collection of flash fiction stories, built towards the goal of describing a surreal city somewhere in Pennsylvania. Some of the stories (including the first one of the collection) are as good as short stories from the best writers, but some sound a little middle-gradish, with ghosts and all. Since he kept it short, Gregory Miller kept it enjoyable. Worth a look. ...more
Oct 08, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Uncanny Valley is a well written, thoroughly enjoyable book of short stories. Most of the stories (especially the early ones) had more of an eerie quality over horror with a down-home folksy feel to them. It made me think ~ what if Mayberry were haunted? Toward the end, the intensity gained momentum, tying the stories together and making a satisfying conclusion. A fun read.
Feb 09, 2015 Canavan rated it it was ok
Oct 27, 2016 Noel rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
4.5 stars

The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town is a collection of short stories written by thirty-three citizens of fictional Uncanny Valley. The atmosphere of this book is fantastic. Cozy, whimsical, macabre, and horrifying all at once. I was incredibly impressed.

If you're looking for a quick, delightful Halloween read, definitely give this a try.
Jan 12, 2015 Shaina rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: horror fans
Recommended to Shaina by: BookBub
Shelves: horror
I read The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town as one of my read-a-thon books during Bout of Books 12. The Uncanny Valley is a collection of flash fiction about a small town in Pennsylvania. After a radio station prompts listeners to write in about strange occurrences in their hometowns, thirty-three residents of Uncanny Valley, PA share short tales about the weird, mystical, and downright horrifying happenings they've experienced in their little slice of the USA. You've got ghosts, vampires, ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Marissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-reads
Things that usually suck:

Flash fiction.
Flash fiction horror stories.
Free books from the Kindle store.

Things that did not suck at all:

Uncanny Valley.

Uncanny Valley is a collection of short flash fiction (some previously published, some written for the collection) of day-to-day stories that have taken place in the town of Uncanny Valley. (Maybe I've lived in PA for too long, but I had my fingers crossed that the town name was a riff on Happy Valley. Turns out Miller is from State College. I'm not
Joseph Ferguson
Feb 19, 2016 Joseph Ferguson rated it it was amazing
Spoon River Anthology meets Tales from the Crypt in this collection of short pieces, ostensibly written by denizens of Uncanny Valley, PA, as entries to a local radio essay contest.

The anecdotes, all short and easily digestible, are written by a range of people from children to spinsters (In one case a really, really, really old spinster), and paint an ever-deepening and disturbing portrait of a town that is not quite right.

Miller absolutely nails the myriad styles of illiterate youngsters,
Jeff French
May 04, 2015 Jeff French rated it really liked it
The Uncanny Valley- A hard place to find and a harder place to leave

If I were given any one of these stories and asked to read it by itself, upon completion, my reaction would probably be 'meh'. What really makes this collection work is the story behind them. A Pennsylvania radio station started a small town, cultural preservation initiative. Listeners were asked to describe a specific event that typifies the culture of their hometown. As letters started pouring in, there were some unusual ones,
Joshua Hair
Nov 11, 2015 Joshua Hair rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of my favorite collections of all time. Something about the continually increasing darkness of each story kept me entranced at all times. I had never heard of Mr. Gregory Miller until I found this as a free ebook, but now I own everything he's written. It astounds me that his name isn't out there publicly.

The Uncanny Valley is about just that, a small little town referred to by its inhabitants as simply Uncanny, and boy is it! Each tale is told from the point of view of a diff
May 14, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Super creative! Very unique! Loved it!

This book is a collection of 33 short stories that tell the story of the main character: Uncanny, Pennsylvania. The Prologue sets the stage perfectly: a local public radio station was searching for short essays talking about why their town is special or unique. Most wrote about the expected, but 33 letters came in about Uncanny. All told spooky tales. And all are reprinted in the book as they were received (creative way for the author to give justification f
Sebastian H
Mar 30, 2014 Sebastian H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Brevity. Vagueness. Mystery. Wonder. These are all qualities shared by some of the best short-story writers out there; qualities that the writer of this collection clearly possesses.

A definite favorite; it's a short and delightful read that encompasses a peek into a much larger universe, reflected in a small town full of both childish breath-takers and grownup scares.

One of the finest exponents in the genre, and a must read for anyone who has enjoyed the short-story works of writers such as Ra
Jan 06, 2015 C.L. rated it it was amazing
Gregory Miller catches the spirit of the rumors that fill a small town. In an original collection of "witness accounts", the dark side is revealed in Uncanny Valley. People in Pennsylvania, especially Pittsburgh, can relate to the locations. People from small towns can relate to the people - from the weird old lady to the hiding places kids love to go to forbidden woods - each tale is unique in a twisted way. I loved the fact that Miller didn't have to use swear words to give me the chills. ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Bailey rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book, but I was pleasantly (or perhaps unpleasantly?) surprised. It had a sort of dark humor in some places, and in others it was downright creepy. It definitely lived up to its title, in my opinion... I read it in one sitting and enjoyed it a ton. I would recommend it for anyone who's looking for a quick, somewhat spooky read, and even more highly recommend it for fans of the 'Welcome to Nightvale' podcast. The two have a very similar tone. ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Shelly rated it really liked it
If half stars were possible I would give this 4.5 stars. Nicely varied short stories all based in the same just a bit odd town of Uncanny. Some a bit creepy, some a bit touching, all were entertaining which is hard to achieve in anthologies.
Bob Peake
Feb 28, 2016 Bob Peake rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural
A nice set of short stories "written" by the residents of this town, about their uncanny experiences. A fun read, with stories that are individually not that long!
Megan Flynn
Oct 25, 2015 Megan Flynn rated it really liked it
Just the right amount of creepy.
Oct 28, 2016 MARILYN HOLLINGSWORTH rated it it was amazing
Best Short Stories in Years

Short stories are not usually my thing; there's not enough "meat" to a short story and I often finish the story feeling somewhat cheated. This book is delightfully different. If you read only one book of short stories this year, make it THIS book. You'll be glad you did.
Laura Cushing
Nov 01, 2016 Laura Cushing rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read a creepy not gory short story collection for Halloween, and this fit the bill nicely . A series of letters received from the residents of Uncanny Valley take the reader on a tour through a small town with some unusual residents and strange occurrences. Very eerie and enjoyable to read.
Deb Lee
Oct 28, 2016 Deb Lee rated it really liked it
A fast enjoyable read

Very entertaining and spirited. Can read in An afternoon easily. Loved the concept and detail to to each word and how it is presented. Have fun with this thriller.
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