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Close Encounters of the Urban Kind

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  5 reviews
We've all heard the stories of what happens to those who go to lovers' lane and of the folly of flashing your lights at another car at night. We all know someone who knows someone that survived a meeting with Bloody Mary and another who picked up a hitchhiker that then disappeared. And we all know these stories aren't true. They're just urban legends. Right? Wrong. Sometim ...more
Published (first published April 4th 2010)
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A great, suspenseful exploration of the boundaries of our world. The drag races story gave me shivers, while Nathan Crowder's usual strength shines through in a fascinating, hair-raising story.
Joshua Palmatier
Close Encounters of the Urban Kind

The theme of this anthology is to use an urban legend—either something well-known, something made up, or something local to a particular region—and give it an alien twist or alien explanation. In other words, involve aliens in some way. I was invited to participate in the anthology and had fun writing my own version of that theme. Here are my thoughts on the rest of the stories in the anthology.

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In Close Encounters of the Urban Kind, editor Jennifer Brozek has put together a collection of short stories in which urban legends are explained by alien encounters. The level of explanation varies, as do the types of aliens involved. Many of the urban legends used as inspiration for the tales are well-known, others are local phenomena, while some are new legends created by the authors. I thought it interesting that alien explanations for urban legends are not more common after reading Close En ...more
I'm usually a little skeptical of anthologies that have fairly narrow themes, as the contents of them tend to get a little repetitive. So I was a little surprised at how much I enjoyed this one (a collection of urban legends being retold as first encounter with alien stories). As with any anthology, there were a few stories I didn't care for, but most of them were really well done and had more variety than I had expected. Bonus points for short sections at the end of each story where the authors ...more
The theme behind all these stories are encounters with aliens in urban (or semi-urban) environments, based on (or inspired by)urban legends.(see? the title is pretty descriptive).

Alas, the stories range in quality. Some are very dull and unimaginative, others are just ok, and there are some that are quite readable.
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Jennifer Brozek is an award winning editor, game designer, and author.

Winner of the Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication, Jennifer has edited ten anthologies with more on the way. Author of In a Gilded Light, The Lady of Seeking in the City of Waiting, Industry Talk, and the Karen Wilson Chronicles, she has more than fifty published short stories, and is the Creative Director of A
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