Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Great Unknown” as Want to Read:
The Great Unknown
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Great Unknown

by
3.8  ·  Rating details ·  20 Ratings  ·  7 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
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Great Unknown, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Great Unknown

Community Reviews

(showing 1-50)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
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
...more
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
...more
Lisa
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 …

This is the blurb:


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
...more
Jane
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
James
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.
Philip
rated it really liked it
Mar 22, 2014
Patrick Lenton
rated it really liked it
Apr 08, 2014
melanesian reading
rated it liked it
Jan 04, 2016
Felipe Barahona
rated it really liked it
Feb 17, 2015
Lynette Washington
rated it it was amazing
Apr 30, 2014
Gerard Elson
rated it really liked it
Sep 24, 2013
Jim
rated it really liked it
Sep 23, 2013
Craig Hildebrand
rated it it was amazing
Jul 19, 2014
Glen Hunting
rated it really liked it
May 18, 2015
Emily
rated it liked it
Apr 27, 2014
keys
rated it it was ok
Jun 01, 2014
Matthew
rated it really liked it
May 01, 2015
Craig Hodges
marked it as to-read
Sep 24, 2013
Mark
marked it as to-read
Oct 12, 2013
Debbie Robson
marked it as to-read
Oct 14, 2013
Jennifer
marked it as to-read
Oct 16, 2013
Claire Miller
marked it as to-read
Oct 30, 2013
A.S. Patric
Oct 31, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Sarah
marked it as to-read
Nov 14, 2013
Kkneen
is currently reading it
Dec 18, 2013
Sue
marked it as to-read
Dec 21, 2013
Rory Costello
marked it as to-read
Dec 26, 2013
Daniel
marked it as to-read
Jan 09, 2014
Shane Dougall
marked it as to-read
Jan 24, 2014
Roland
marked it as to-read
Jan 30, 2014
Maya
marked it as to-read
Jan 30, 2014
Jess
marked it as to-read
Feb 06, 2014
Ahlon Gavins
marked it as to-read
Feb 06, 2014
Dawn
marked it as to-read
Feb 26, 2014
Mitchell
marked it as to-read
Feb 27, 2014
melissa j davies
marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2014
Morgan Bell
marked it as to-read
Apr 02, 2014
Panda
marked it as to-read
May 11, 2014
Amanda
marked it as to-read
May 12, 2014
Jen Knox
marked it as to-read
Jun 25, 2014
Russell
marked it as to-read
Jun 25, 2014
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
147 followers
Angela Meyer is a writer & professional reader (commissioning editor, interviewer, festival chair, former reviewer), based in Melbourne.

Her debut novel, A Superior Spectre, will be published by Peter Bishop Books (Ventura) in August 2018. Previously, she authored a book of flash fiction, Captives (Inkerman & Blunt).

Her work has been published widely, including in Best Australian Stories, t
...more
More about Angela Meyer