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  • Paperback: 636 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (2 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1291751092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1291751093
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,065,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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If you like reading short stories, a mix of sci-fi, as well as scary, dark tales you might consider Edge of Oblivion. The anthology features sixteen short stories, a start and finish 'one a night' bedtime read. Or perhaps you'd prefer to read one in the day - some of these little chillers are not everyone's idea of a bedtime read.

This compilation includes stories from some of my favourite independent authors such as Bernard Schaffer, David Hulegaard and Tony Healey. The book also gave me an opportunity to read stories from several authors whose works I had not encountered before. Brendan Swogger, William Vitka and Keri Knutson. I enjoyed their stories; quite different, but chilling in their own right. I'll be checking up on the books they have written.

Not only did I enjoy the read, but it's also good to know that all the proceeds from the book are going to a very worthy cause - the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
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In any anthology of short stories there is always at least one that the reader does not want to end so abruptly; a story that should be a novel, a story that could be a great film! This collection contains several such titles that will leave a permanent scar on your mind (in my opinion, the best are 'Remotely Viewed', 'The Torch Singer', 'Still' and 'A Taste for Eyes').

You will want to return, oh yes, to relive the vivid portrayal of horror and to share the fears and suffering of a host of tortured characters trapped in their own world of despair.

I've given 'Edge of Oblivion' five stars based on the stories that I liked the most.
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I say pick n'mix as each story is stand alone, unique and enthralling to read. A great commuter read or those who want to read but just cannot find the time to read a long book. It is a great book to read before bed, as you can generally get through at least one story before turning the light off...although, I warn caution...reading some of these stories before bed may have influence your dreams...the authors skills in scene setting and assumption allows your mind to wander, and you are left in wonderment of how the authors can portray such a clear image in so few words.

I am looking forward to getting it in paperback...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hulegaard Books on 30 Jan. 2014
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At full disclosure, yes, I am one of the contributing authors to this anthology. However, don't let that discount the sincerity of this review. Pretend my story isn't even included, and buy this book because Tony Healey is spectacular. Buy this book because Bernard Schaffer is a future NY Times best-seller. Buy this book because William Vitka, Courtney Cantrell, and Simon Cox are all marvelous talents. Buy this book because Brendan Swogger, a sixteen-year old prodigy, will raise the hairs on the back of your neck with his story.

There are so many good reasons to buy this book, including the fact that all proceeds are going to a worthy charity. Not only will this collection of sixteen stories surprise and delight you, but you can also feel good about where your money is going.
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Fantastic Collection of Talented Authors 30 Jan. 2014
By Hulegaard Books - Published on Amazon.com
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At full disclosure, yes, I am one of the contributing authors to this anthology. However, don't let that discount the sincerity of this review. Pretend my story isn't even included, and buy this book because Tony Healey is spectacular. Buy this book because Bernard Schaffer is a future NY Times best-seller. Buy this book because William Vitka, Courtney Cantrell, and Simon Cox are all marvelous talents. Buy this book because Brendan Swogger, a sixteen-year old prodigy, will raise the hairs on the back of your neck with his story.

There are so many good reasons to buy this book, including the fact that all proceeds are going to a worthy charity. Not only will this collection of sixteen stories surprise and delight you, but you can also feel good about where your money is going.
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All your best crazy dreams and nightmares 3 Feb. 2014
By Sharon Bayliss - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though I got an ARC, I was happy to purchase a copy as well since all the proceeds go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. If this anthology didn't benefit charity, it would still certainly be worth your time. It's full of all sorts of sci-fi goodness ranging from hard sci-fi, to horror, to dystopia, and even some magical realism, from a variety of talented authors.

These are the type of stories that aren't afraid to be really out there, in a good way, of course. They were bizarre, scary, twisted, and dark. It felt like it could have been a dream journal, full of all the best and most disturbing dreams.

My favorite story was Jingle, Jingle by Keri Knutson. This story creeped the hell out of me, but it was more than just a creepy story. She managed to create dimensional, believable, likable characters in the space of only a few pages, with realistic dialog that propelled the story. You cared about the characters enough to make the horror all the more frightening. I've never really considered buying and Elf on the Shelf, but now I definitely will not! If you already have one in your attic, this might not be the best story for you to read. :)

I also really enjoyed The Torch Singer by Nathan Yocum. It was strange, but beautiful. Lyrical, with dramatic imagery. All in all, a well-crafted story that stuck with me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant Collection 31 Jan. 2014
By Michael P. McParland - Published on Amazon.com
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Few things in this world, or many others, can please and entertain like a wonderful collection of stories. This collection is a beautiful and wonderful mix from of Sci-Fi from many talented and great authors. Not a single weak story or even moment in the bunch. For all lovers of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and those who just dream of greater and other things beyond this world and or our comprehension I recommend this collection of stories. It will keep you entertained for countless hours and years to come through revisiting it. You can make no mistake here. Buy it or you'll regret missing mind bending and expanding experiences.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An excellent collection of mind-bending, creepy sci fi. 31 Jan. 2014
By Matt Cox - Published on Amazon.com
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Disclaimer: I was provided an advance copy of Edge of Oblivion in exchange for a review.

This is a collection of short stories from a number of emergent science fiction writers, as well as some established authors. Themes range from whimsical to eerie to the horrific, the settings from alternate future to steampunk.

Quite a few of the entries (Tunnel, Jingle, Jingle, Remotely Viewed, and Box 2012 come to mind) have a Rod Serling-esque quality that lends a surreal creepiness to the narrative. Others, like Torch Singer, invoke a sense of the Lovecraftian.

No sci-fi anthology would be complete without a space battle, and Tony Healey's F'er out of space sees a bounty hunter get more than he bargained for while in pursuit of a sultry galactic assassin. The inspiration he drew from Enemy Mine is clear, and the ending far from expected.

Higher Order questions humankind's reliance on technology while exploring issues of human nature in a crisis of biblical proportion. Avarice, greed, and spiritualism duel with the fate of civilization in the balance. In The Last American Mortal, we see a society that values youth and beauty above all else, using age as a mark of criminality.

Distopia is not off the menu with Still, a post-apocalyptic commentary on a humanity deprived of oil. In A Taste For Eyes, the protagonists are caught between an oppressive police force and mutated birds - which one is more monstrous is up for debate.

Mercy and Schadenfreude brings the reader on a journey into madness, exploring the boundary between reality and delusion as a man struggles to maintain his relationship with his institutionalized wife. Angel Eyes, saved for last, is a bleak vision of a future where the privileged live apart from the masses, high up on floating platforms. Their cruelty can only go unpunished for so long before one downtrodden woman embarks on an ill-conceived mission to find out what happened to her family.

All in all, Edge of Oblivion is a compelling addition to any library. Some of the stories contain disturbing images, so it may not be appropriate for sensitive readers.
Quite an anthlogy 19 Mar. 2014
By Ronald L Bower - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a different type of literature than I have read before, and I enjoyed most of the stories. It was a good read overall and I would recommend it to those of Si-Fi interest and the introductions by Tony were very informative. I helps to know some new writers and gives a heads up on new books coming in the future.
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