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Weird Dream Society: An Anthology of the Possible & Unsubstantiated in Support of RAICES

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Playful, whimsical, or dark, but always thoughtful and tinged with the inexplicably weird,the Weird Dream Society brings together twenty-three stories from the most innovative creators in speculative fiction.

Nathan Ballingrud, Carina Bissett, Gregory Norman Bossert, Karen Bovenmyer, Christopher Brown, Emily Cataneo, Julie C. Day, Michael J Deluca, Gemma Files, A.T. Greenb
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Published May 26th 2020 by Weird Dream Society
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Paul Jessup
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay, anyone who knows me knows I like my fiction Weird. That’s Weird-weirdly-weird with a capital W weeiiirrrrdddd. So, you may think, what does one weirdo think of this weird collection? I adored it. This is weird as it should be, weird that does what weird does best. But I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I? Most reviews save that kind of judgement to the last paragraph, teasing its way through plot overviews and rambling review commentary and all sorts of stuff like that.

But I’ve never been
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Charles
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not an easy anthology to read, not because it's not good but because it's often bleak. The works are often surreal and difficult, but very rewarding, and like the cause the anthology is raising money for, definitely worth facing and grappling with.

Favorites include "Butter-Daughters" by Nin Harris, "They Said the Desert" by A. T. Greenblatt, "Crossing" by A.C. Wise, & "The Pyramid of Amirah" by James Patrick Kelly.
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Rowena Andrews
‘Weird Dream Society’ is an accurate name for this collection. It is weird, in so many different ways and it makes for an interesting collection, that is incredibly bleak at times. It’s described as ‘whimsical or dark’, and I would say that it definitely leans more towards the latter, although not to the point where it was overwhelming or completely devoid of hope. The strongest stories in the collection, were those that were not weird just for the sake of being weird, but used the strangeness, ...more
Natrosette
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A haunted desert, consciousness rotting away, statues that move after dark, woods that kidnap and devour, beings that can erase you from memory with only their touch – all of this and more is found in the 23 short stories of the Weird Dream Society anthology.

The blurb for Weird Dream Society describes the tales as “playful, whimsical, or dark, but always thoughtful and tinged with the inexplicably weird.” I agree with most of this, but I can’t think of many tales that I interpreted as playful or
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Alex
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The title of this anthology is apt -- most of these stories are strange and ephemeral and leave you filled with emotions and snatches of visions that you can’t quite shake. With the attention on statues right now, “And Sneer of Cold Command” by Premee Mohamed is worth the price of admission for this anthology. Everything else is a bonus.

“Snow as White as Skin as White as Snow” by Karen Bovenmyer is a prose poem musing on the nature of princesses. “The Bricks of Gelecek” by Matthew Kressel felt v
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Mackenzie Fletcher
I know that weird may at times be a rather intimidating moniker, but that each of the contributing authors was able to fully embrace it meant that the extraordinary became ordinary and the worlds and happenings far more unique and captivating. The short story format enabled even small ideas to be explored for their practicalities and implications.

Moreso than the worlds, many of these stories left me sitting, quiet and pensive, contemplating what on Earth had just happened (in a good way.) This
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Eule Luftschloss
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A child ascending to goodhood in a pyramid. A guy during a pandemic, patting his cat. Somebody on the run, a ghost: All this and much more you can find in this short story collection.

This is a perfect example for speculative fiction short stories in the sense that you won't know what you'll be getting. Some stories could be contemporary, some are set in the distant future, some in a setting that
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Tom Davidson
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many great stories. Weird, wild, and captivating. Beautifully edited.
Darrell
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it
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This collection of speculative fiction was published in order to support the refugee and immigrant center RAICES. In the introduction, the editor compares the treatment of present-day South American refugees to the way Jews were treated during World War II, which is an apt comparison. After all, FDR turned away thousands of Jewish refugees and sent them back to Germany due to fear that they would threaten national security. Many of them ended up dying in the Holocaust. Unfortunately, history is ...more
Heather Miller -- Quaint and Curious Volumes
Weird Dream Society is a collection of twenty-three short stories that should most definitely be called weird fiction. In all honesty, the first few stories in this book fell flat for me. It’s one thing to be weird. It’s another thing to be pointless. (For example: a story with the title ‘Application for the Delegation of First Contact: Questionnaire, Part B‘ is literally a list of bizarre questions. That’s it. No answers. No reference point.)

While a few of the stories had me shaking my head won
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Samantha
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First i would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

First I want to say the introduction was beautiful. The cause the proceeds of this book go to is wonderful.

I love short story collections and I love weird stories. Stories that aren't the typical status quo you find on every bookshelf. I live for stories that make you think. I love unreliable narrators. This book contains stories that have all of those things.

Skin like carapac
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Dawn Vogel
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
(This review originally appeared at History That Never Was.)

Weird Dream Society: An Anthology of the Possible and Unsubstantiated in Support of RAICES, edited by Julie C. Day, is an anthology of weird speculative fiction stories that run the gamut from unbelievably surreal to quite believable. The twenty-three stories range in length and scope, but they come together to form a whole that is very evocative of the name “weird dream society.”

The language throughout the stories is lush and descripti
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Kitty Pollock
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Weird Dream Society by Julie C. Day
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Publisher: Reckoning Press
Publish Date: 26 May 2020
Star Rating: 3 stars

The ‘Weird Dream Society’ is as the tin says a book full of weird dreams from many different sources. I love dreaming, I love escaping into another world for a few hours and and not knowing whats going to happen but also being aware that I’ll get to wake up, so if it’s a nightmare that’s reassuring!

Twenty three dreams live in this book, and as an anthology this
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Trish Isiderio
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I was given an ebook of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This anthology of speculative fiction short stories is an effort in creativity, originality, and the ability to immerse one's self in worlds and lives that are not your own.
There are a number of stories here that fell short for me; they did not meet the full potential of their ideas and while they tickled the imagination, it did not deliver much impact.
There are also, however, a lot of extraordinary stories that
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Mary
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I appreciate the concept of Weird Dream Society, but it just wasn't for me. That does not mean it is not well done, because it is. The writing is solid and it lives up to it's title, Weird Dream. The stories read like Weird Dreams and The basic theme is rather dystopian, which is not my thing. However, because this is more personal taste I'm not take off any stars based on that. I did enjoy The Ghost who loved a Mannequin quite a bit. I could really let my imagination go as I followed "ghost" ar ...more
Krystal Alvarez
Sep 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Thank you Netgalley for providing and giving me this opportunity to read this arc in exchange for a honest review.

Weird Dream Society is a collecting of short stories. Sadly, these short stories did not entice me or have my mind reeling for the next exciting twist I was hoping for. I am a fan of weird and bizarre stories/fiction and these just did not do it for me.

Each story is well written by each debuting author. The stories are okay but did not capture me. This is okay though because I was
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Radwa
A collection of super weird stories and all of them are from new-to-me authors, I'm guessing a lot of them are debut authors. There's horror, sci-fi, magical realism, post apocalyptic, dystopian, parallel universes and more. And like any anthology, I loved some stories, and didn't care for others, and skimmed/skipped a few that didn't grasp me at all.

Some of the stories that stayed with me: The Ghost who loved a Mannequin, Crossing, Glasswort,Ice, Flyover Country, And Sneer of Cold command, The
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Teresa Grabs
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Weird Dream Society is a collection of short, weird stories. I love short, weird stories and was excited to read this but none of the stories really caught me and it ended up being an unpleasant reading experience. Each story left me hoping the next was better, but that didn't happen.

Thank you NetGalley and Reckoning Press for the opportunity to read an advance reading copy.
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Melissa
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free ARC and I am leaving my honest review.

The proceeds of this anthology goes to RAICES. While I appreciate the charitable intent, I didn't enjoy many of the stories nor were there
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Julie C. Day's novella THE RAMPANT (Aqueduct Press) is a 2019 Lambda Literary Award finalist. She is also the author of the genre-bending collection UNCOMMON MIRACLES (PS Publishing). Julie's short stories have been published in a wide variety of magazines, journals, and anthologies such as Black Static, The Dark, Split Lip Magazine, Podcastle, Interzone, and the Cincinnati Review.

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