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Weird Dream Society: An Anthology of the Possible & Unsubstantiated in Support of RAICES Kindle Edition
-Paul Jessup, Vernacular Books Guest Review
"..the dream-like quality of the stories delivers on the promise of the title....the collection as a whole weaves in moments of profound strangeness, places where the rules of the universe seem to bend and buckle....There are ghosts of a shopping mall, and little girls with superpowers, and a man who can change skins....For fans of dark fantasy and science fiction, there's a whole lot to like..."
-Charles Payseur, Quick Sip Reviews
- ASIN : B086WMBZ3P
- Publisher : Reckoning Press (May 26, 2020)
- Publication date : May 26, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1482 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 334 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0998925284
- Lending : Enabled
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- #3,054 in Horror Short Stories
- #3,303 in Horror Anthologies (Books)
- #3,701 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
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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 whimsical, the vast majority would be better described as bleak, though not entirely hopeless. What I appreciated about these strange, dark stories is that most of them, and all of my favorites, were not weird for the sake of being weird but rather delivered a point. There were only a few that missed the mark and, to me, seemed aimless. These were, predictably, my
This anthology is often an uncomfortable read, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an enjoyable one. If you know you’re not a fan of stories that make your skin crawl or questions that might not have satisfactory answers, this is not the book for you. That doesn’t mean that this anthology is only for fans of horror; I’m certainly not one and I really liked most of the stories. If you were intrigued by the premises listed in the intro of this review, I’m willing to bet that you will find at least a couple of stories here that you love.
Averaging my ratings for every individual story, Weird Dream Society is a 4 out of 5 star read for me. This anthology does not only contain great stories but also supports a great cause, with proceeds from the book going to support RAICES, an organization that “envisions a compassionate society where all people have the right to migrate, and human rights are guaranteed” and works towards this vision by providing legal services for immigrants and refugees. It’s worth mentioning that a number of the short stories in this book contain themes of immigration and/or otherness. Weird Dream Society will be published on May 26th, 2020, and I recommend you pick up a copy if you’re a fan of weird speculative fiction.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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 descriptive, making some of them very dense reads, even when they are fairly short. A few of the stories stood out for me as definite favorites. “Butter-Daughters” by Nin Harris is a beautiful blend of the surreal and the academic, reading very much like a history or anthropology article but still containing elements of story. “Skin Like Carapace” by Steve Toase manages a masterful amount of world-building through tiny details and things that are left unsaid. “Higher Works” by Gregory Normal Bossert tells the story of what could very well be a near-future society of nanotechnology and underground musical/visual performances, with the characters making the story even more engrossing. I also loved “Jewel of the Vashwa” by Jordan Kurella, which features some of the best use of an unreliable narrator that I’ve ever seen in a story.
If you like your short fiction surreal and weird, check out Weird Dream Society. Proceeds from the anthology go to benefit RAICES.
The editor provided me with a copy of the anthology for review consideration.
“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 very much like a dying earth story, and comes highly recommended to those who love that subgenre. “They Said the Desert” by A. T. Greenblatt explores community and belonging and purpose with some excellent ghosts. It sits at that convergence of weird west and postapocalyptic as the Trigun cartoon. “Meat for Scritches” by Chip Houser is a strange tale where we all just want to make sure the kitty is fed set against the background of an unspooling apocalypse.