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What Has Two Heads, Ten Eyes, and Terrifying Table Manners?: An Anthology of Science Fiction Horror Kindle Edition
WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS? features more than a dozen never-before-published short stories that combine Horror and Science Fiction elements. These original tales, written by some of the best new genre authors, range from the horrifying to the humorous, the thought-provoking to the thought-twisting. All are diabolically entertaining.
A microwave leading to another dimension!
An angry little girl harboring a hungry evil!
A spaceship with mythical beast stowaways!
A woman who gives up sleep, and her sanity!
An aging starlet who makes the ultimate flesh sacrifice!
And much more!
If you enjoy movies like ALIEN, THE THING, EVENT HORIZON, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, and PHANTASM, you'll love WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS?!
"I love this book, a collection of short stories which are fabulously different, from the insane and dead funny to spine chilling and creepy, if you love the surreal, with horror meets science fiction; this beautiful collection is a must." -C. Andrenelli, Goodreads reviewer
"Really imaginative stuff, well written, fun to read. Some of the stories had me thinking long after I'd turned off my Kindle." -R. McDowell, Goodreads reviewer
From the Back Cover
"Microwave Technology" by Evan Purcell
"Crooked Head" by Steve Billings
"An Amuse Bouche" by Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi
"Homecoming" by James Austin McCormick
"Halo" by Ben Pienaar
"Green" by Vince Liberato
"Black" by Ashley Norris Hurd
"Beauty Is Skin" by Daniel Hale
"Time to Find Charley" by Catherine Edmunds
"Out to Pasture" by KC Grifant
"Mesozoic Appetite" by Thomas Kleaton
"China Doll" by Frank Collia
"Nighty Night" by Lisamarie Lamb
"The Silence of Hestia" by Paul Starkey
- ASIN : B00KLOX8JA
- Publisher : Dark Park Publishing (May 29, 2014)
- Publication date : May 29, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2484 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 177 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,614,722 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Our hero is just such a character. He’s a man of the people who is determined to use his undue entitlements for the greater good of humanity. He’s a standout among his kind, however. The father, who he hates, lives with the rest of the entitled elite in a floating city called Eden, viewing the humans below like the ants they are to them. Edenites have access to all the most advanced technologies and, as a consequence, live in a world that is heaven relative to the hell below them. And his father, the most self-serving bastard of them all, is also the most powerful of the Edenites. So when the old man invites his estranged and alienated son, whom he hasn’t spoken to in over twenty years, up to the cloud city in the sky, his son is sure dear old dad is up to something nefarious, as that’s all he’s ever up to.
Our hero is not disappointed on his arrival. Within hours he is fighting for his life. His father is missing the one thing a man who has everything money can buy still can’t possess, youth. But that’s a problem easily solved for the old man. It just comes down to transferring his consciousness into his son’s, and electronically possessing him. The boy will lose claim to his own body and live out the rest of his life banished to the deepest darkest recesses of the old man’s unconscious, assuming he isn’t blasted into oblivion altogether.
The son, expecting treachery, doesn’t exactly come ill-prepared to take on the old man. But the old man is a master plotter and schemer extraordinaire who has spent a lifetime amassing a fortune at other’s expenses by never once letting up on his Machiavellian plays. The son, by contrast, has just had a day to prepare his defenses. Will his mindchip be enough to protect him? Or did his father steal that technology too as he has stolen so many others over the years?
How exactly the rest of their drama plays out is the fun that comes of reading the story. I will tell you this much, it was all just too terrifyingly realistic. It feels more like a crystal ball look on the future, a drama of inevitability, rather than a writer’s wild imaginings. And it’s the kind of drama that would easily have sustained me for an entire novel. Hopefully the author will try some longer-form fiction with just some of the ideas floated in this story.
There are other crowd pleasers, of course, quite a few in fact. One more story I may never shake is called Halo, by Ben Pienaar. Halo refers to a mind implant device sold for behavior modification. It goes through a series of rigorous trials on monkeys before being tested on humans. But is eventually okayed for public use. For less than the price of a car, people can have them implanted in hospitals anywhere in the first world to cure depression, kick bad habits. The behavior modifications in versions 2.0 and 3.0 ultimately get extended to promote exercise, increase attraction to healthy foods and aversion of unhealthy ones. Those on Halo also feel a keen interest to learn and be productive. It’s easy to see how a device like this could spread in popularity. After all, we have any number of drug regimens and other protocols for these things in place now, but none of them are a fraction as effective.
Over time, Halo doesn’t just become a desirable addition to one’s life, it becomes mandatory. Crime is reduced to next to zero, and… well the ripple effects throughout society are more tremendous than you might think. All is well with the world finally, right? Lol. Not exactly. As they say, the path to hell is paved with good intentions. Halo opens us to a riveting, all-too compelling and believable near future dystopian world that puts many to shame.
Honestly, it’s been a long time since I’ve read sci-fi anthologies and shorts, preferring full length novels. But this collection reminded me of the importance of expanding my reading palate. So many wonderful ideas enclosed in these pages could easily be expanded into novels. More to the point, you get treated to more earth shattering views of the future in less time and for less effort than you could possible get with novels.
Like any collection the stories do vary, but even the least interesting are 3 or 3.5 star reads while the best are 4 or 4.5 star level (which is why I have awarded 4 stars overall.) I will mention that I found the order of the stories to be less than ideal, in that some of my favorites were slotted earlier in the collection that I would have liked and some of the later stories were among the weaker in my opinion.
Overall and excellent creative collection of stories, highly recommended for fans of sci-fi.
What a superbly crafted piece of fiction Homecoming is. This is of course James’ forte as he conjures up a paradise for the wealthy elite (who obtained their wealth by less than ethical methods) suspended in the clouds.
After hacking into Alex’s brain on the Internet, his devious and thoroughly nasty father, who he hasn’t seen for two decades and wasn’t keen on meeting again, lost the battle to live forever and died, but not before harnessing his mind into circuits and God knows what else so he exists as energy patterns. What he lacks is a body and, you guessed it, Alex is his first choice. “It’s called “It’s called digital induced possession,” Alex explains to Sian his wife, who had made the trip with him. No slouch himself when it comes to virtual technologies, his company is the leader in the field, to which his father had no compunction in helping himself.
Is a holographic highway to a floating world in the atmosphere the future? I’m not sure I’m ready for that. Nor do I fancy arachnids and optispheres doing my bidding, even if they are cybernetics.
I am sure it is food and drink for sci -fi afficionados, but all I know is it scares the hell out of me. The end will keep me up at nights now.
Read it if you dare.
I only wish that the title of the anthology as a whole were different. I think it sells the material short. All the same, excellent selections from authors who clearly understand how to create chilling details in a short space and who clearly understand how to jam words together the right way. I definitely recommend it; well worth the time.
Top reviews from other countries
1. Evan Purcell's "Microwave Technology"
2. Daniel Hale's "Beauty is Skin"
3. Paul Starkey's "The Silence of Hestia"— the BEST story of this anthology;
4. Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi's "An Amuse Bouche"
5. Ben Piennar's "Halo"
6. Vince Liberato's "Green"
7. James Austin McCormick's "Homecoming"
Those who prefer monster-centric stories with a strong infusion of science fiction would like this anthology.