"As it became obvious they were not about to plunge to their deaths just yet, Bill gingerly took his hands off the steering wheel and rubbed his chin. He slowly opened the window and stuck his head out. There appeared to be nothing holding them up apart from the inky night air."
In September of 1996, a collection of speculative fiction authors founded Vision Writers. Now, in celebration of eighteen years bleeding on the page, we present 18, a collection of stories showcasing our best emerging talents.
Featuring cave crocodiles and spell absorbing beards, a séance with soul, a night in a gypsy caravan to make all your wishes come true and a journey through hell that will make you swear to be good. Come with us to rebuild the world clock, face the dragon queen and hide from the thing under the bed.
Being that my story is one of those contained in these pages and I know the other contributors also I can't make a truly unbiased review (obviously I think it's awesome and you should read it now). However I will level a challenge at you. One of these stories was written by a girl, sweet sixteen. I bet you can't tell which one.
Overall, this is an enjoyable collection of stories. It contains a good mix of fantasy, science fiction, and horror stories. Most of the stories were interesting and enjoyable to read, though not exceptionally memorable. My favorite stories were Nightfall and 18 Little Beds. I think Nightfall is an exceptionally written short story. It introduced a world and characters that I would enjoy visiting again. It did not have a certain, clear cut ending but also the ending did not feel like a cliffhanger. An ambiguous ending worked in this situation and was satifying, a combination which I rarely see and so appreciate. 18 Little Beds was also a well written story. It was haunting and emotional; this story will definitely stick with me for a long time.
18 is a selection of short stories from some of Australia's new and emerging Speculative Fiction authors. In the interests of full disclosure, I note that I am one of the contributing authors.
The Bad Stuff: As with any collection of stories from various authors, the stories and the writing styles vary greatly. The stories are from new and emerging authors at different levels in there writing journey and there are going to be some stories you will like, and some you do not.
The Good Stuff: There is a great collection of short stories in this book, with something for everyone who reads Spec Fiction. Considering the e-book is available for free, it is a bargain. If you are looking for a series of short stories to occupy you on the ride to work, this book will give you a few to choose from.
Fantastic value, a selection of short stories ranging from quirky to downright scary (I'm not just saying that because I am one of the authors, I actually believe it's true). I give it 4 out of 5 golden bookmarks.