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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The imaginative stories in The Great Unknown take inspiration from vintage American TV programs such as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits—and their contemporaries and successors—paying tribute to the cultural influence these shows have had on lives ‘down under’. Episodes of these programs were often metaphors for equality, justice, the nuclear threat and other issues, ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Spineless Wonders
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Helen Bookwoods
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The problem with a lot of literary anthologies is that they are very diverse. This showcases a range of writing but most readers will only find a few stories in the collection that speak to them. Angela Meyer’s anthology of ghost/speculative/strange/uncanny stories circumvents this. If that’s the kind of writing you like, you can read The Great Unknown from cover to cover.

The writers in this collection were asked to take as a starting point the sort of eerie, otherworldly feel that the TV series
Cameron Trost
The Great Unknown is an anthology of strange short fiction by Australian authors. I was expecting to get lost in seriously quirky mindscapes in this anthology, but very few of the contributions actually took me there. The overall quality of the writing is good, and there are examples of exceptional prose, but there are also a lot of weak and unoriginal plots, as well as stories that build up and then end with neither a conclusion nor a mysterious loose end. The notable contributions to this anth ...more
Guy Salvidge
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Disclaimer: I have a story in this anthology.

The Great Unknown is a collection of short stories by established and emerging writers, most of them Australian. Edited by Angela Meyer, the stories riff on The Twilight Zone and associated weirdness. Some are spookier than others and a few are genuinely unsettling. I'm yet to read an anthology where I liked everything and that was the case here, but I enjoyed more than half of the stories and that seems a good strike rate. Some brief thoughts on my f
Russell Darren
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Reading a scary book is something new to me. It is unlike watching a scary movie in the way that the suspense is created in your own head. The monsters look the way that no one else but you can see, and that in itself is kinda scary, the sounds they make, only yours to hear. This collection of short horror stories by a group of Australian authors had ups and downs in my opinion. There were moments when I couldn't stop reading, needing to find out what happens. There were also moments of a cultur ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I don’t usually post about books I haven’t finished reading, but hey, it’s nearly Christmas and you might well be wracking your brains to think of an interesting gift for a friend – and The Great Unknown might be just what you are looking for …

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In this anthology, editor Angela Meyer, pays tribute to the undeniable cultural influence that American TV programs such as Twilight Zone and Outer Limits have had on our lives ‘down under’. ‘These TV dramas,’ Meyer says, ‘ were often met
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Loved some stories, could take or leave others.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it
It's pretty much impossible for a non-reviewer like me to say anything smarter than 'I liked this one and I didn't like this one' when 'reviewing' a short story collection, so here goes. Krissy Kneen's 'Sleepwalk' is genuinely creepy and put ideas in my head so I was nervous when the cat stared intently at something I couldn't see (he does this most days, but now it's creepy). Rhys Tate's 'The Koala Motel' should have a better title: it builds such horrible menace and made me dread reading on. C ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fun collection overall. Some stories failed to really move anything for me, but others - like The Koala Motel and Sleepwalk - induced just enough terror to make me jump at a shadow or two, but (thankfully) not enough to sacrifice my underpants.
Mark Rossiter
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've only read one story from this collection so far, so I won't go into detail just yet ... but I will say that the one I read was terrific. Five stars from me, Margaret.
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Angela Meyer’s debut novel A Superior Spectre (Ventura Press, ANZ & Saraband, UK) was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, the MUD Literary Prize, an Australian Book Industry Award, and the Readings Prize for New Australian Writing. She is also the author of a novella, Joan Smokes, which won the inaugural Mslexia Novella Award (UK), and a book of flash fiction, Captives. Her work has been widely pub ...more

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