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Mad Scientist Journal's themed anthologies have become an annual highlight for me. I keep an eye out for their kickstarters and do what I can to help -- because it means I get to hold a book like this in my hand at the end! I was a bit skeptical of Utter Fabrication's theme at first because "unusual stories and buildings" felt somehow less defined than their previous choices, but I was delighted by what I got. Highlights include: Evan Dicken's "Every House, A Home," Dorian Graves's "The Orpheus Well," M. Lopes da Silva's "Thump House," Georgie Hinojosa's "The Safe House," and Timothy Nakayama's "Remnants." And that is to say nothing of the excellent artwork.
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2017
I normally take anthologies with a grain of salt - they are usually hit or miss with a few notable moments. However, this anthology was really great, with mostly high points. The theme is so interesting - spaces that do not align as you would expect with the physical world. Of course, this gave it sort of a paranormal slant, but they book is focused on the places themselves, which I think really sets it apart from the usual paranormal short stories. Be aware: there are dark and horror-tinged moments but I was ok with them.
While many of the stories were interesting and unique, I was particularly charmed by Alanna McFall’s Can’t Lock Me Down, and I was really pulled into the writing and premise of E.R. Zhang’s Sector 5.
If you enjoy eerie writing and appreciate a diverse collection of authors and writing styles, I strongly recommend this anthology - I will be looking forward to see what they do next!