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Ominous Realities: The Anthology of Dark Speculative Horrors

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Offering a collection of terrifying stories of science fiction, dark fantasy and speculative horrors, OMINOUS REALITIES is a dark thrill ride that explores what is in store for mankind.

The terrifying journey takes you on an exploration of post-Apocalyptic worlds, to experience societies where dark corporations control every aspect of life, where humanity must consider horr
Paperback, 332 pages
Published December 7th 2013 by Grey Matter Press
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Vince Darcangelo

Once again, Grey Matter Press has delivered the anthology goods. Ominous Realities is the finest indie collection I’ve read in a while. These dystopian tales chill and unsettle, balancing skill, imagination and smarts.

Take “On the Threshold,” an eerie, Lovecraftian tale of science and madness from William Meikle. Last year, I read Meikle’s novel The Hole, and thought it was enjoyable but flawed. Here, Meikle is in control from the creepy opener in the lab
Rich D.
Apr 25, 2014 Rich D. rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on my blog The Horror Bookshelf

Ominous Realities is the brand new anthology from the awesome people at Grey Matter Press and serves up 16 extraordinarily written tales that fall within the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. I must say when I was contacted by Anthony Rivera of Grey Matters with an offer to review the anthology, I jumped at the chance. These stories, despite their variety of styles and genre classifications, all have one thing in common - giving you a gl
Sylvia Becker
Apr 07, 2014 Sylvia Becker rated it it was amazing
When I first heard about Ominous Realities, I thought that it would be just another anthology. I was wrong. This title simply shocked me with its originality and unique perspective and the variety of topics it covered. This book is a collection of character-driven stories with strong narrative voices that intrigued me from the very first paragraph and made me read on.

I am shocked that this anthology has not been hailed as one of the most interesting reads of the year. Ominous Realities is a grea
Table of Contents

"How to Make A Human" by Martin Rose

"Angie" by John F.D. Taff

"On the Threshold" by William Meikle

"Doyoshota" by Ken Altabef

"Third Offense" by Gregory L. Norris

"Metamorphosis" by J. Daniel Stone

"We Are Hale, We Are Whole" by Eric Del Carlo

"Pure Blood and Evergreen" by Bracken MacLeod

"John, Paul, Xavier, Ironside and George (But Not Vincent)" by Hugh A.D. Spencer

"And the Hunter, Home from the Hill" by Edward Morris

"Born Bad" by Jonathan Balog

"The Last Bastion of Space" by Ewan C F
Matt Andrew
Jan 05, 2015 Matt Andrew rated it it was amazing
This is the first Grey Matter Press publication I've read and this was amazing. All the more so seeing as how it's an anthology of shorts on a certain theme--apocalyptic or dystopian worlds, in this case. So many times, my anthology reviews follow the basic tune of "most were good, a few weren't," and there's nothing wrong with that--the editor(s) have a monumental task in sifting through the hundreds to thousands of submissions in finding the right recipe for their particular theme or ...more
Apr 14, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with a great set of out of the box stories. To start off 'How to Make a Human' by Martin Rose is an excellent story of robots try to resurrect humanity. This is followed by one of my favorite authors John F.D. Taff, his story 'Angie' is a great survival story in the apocalypse. The book just keeps getting better with the contribution of William Meikle and his tale 'On the Threshold'. Its a great science experiment gone wrong, of course it is, what else would it be. There are ...more
Adrian ( Shotbolt
Dark sci-fi at its very best.

A truly superb collection of short stories. All very different and very refreshing. Enter into these dark works and lose yourself for a few hour's.
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