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Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror - Volume Two by [Zelazny, Trent, Morris, Edward, Stone, J. Daniel, Blixt, David, McKee, Chad, Hemphill, JC, Garrison, A.A., Brooks, Jane, C.M. Saunders]
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Edward Morris is a chairman of the editorial board for the Public Sculpture of Britain series.

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  • Publisher: Grey Matter Press; First edition (15 Dec. 2013)
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This is quite a refreshing take on horror and the macabre. So many short story collections get mired down in the same old topics and subjects that many get tiresome to read. This boredom does not relent just by soaking every page in gore (despite what some think) so it's exciting when you discover short horror tales like these that try to push the genre into a more unpredictable direction.
Included are
MISTER WHITE by John C.Foster: Paranoia reigns as a man tries to outrun the deadly and mysterious Mr White.
DREAMING IN AND OUT by Carol Holland March: A woman's bizarre dreams, though troubling, may lead to an escape from her own hellish existence.
MOONLIGHTING by Chad McKee: A man questions his moral standing as he is introduced to a twisted game by a friend.
WORMHOLE by J.Daniel Stone: Personal tragedy and curiosity lead two people to explore an old asylum that still holds frightening secrets.
REMEMBER ME by David Blixt: A coachman picks up a traveler and teaches him a bleak lesson in being very careful of what you wish for.
THE FIRST YEARS by David Siddall: An old man lives alone and enjoys his solitude but is he as mild mannered and innocent as he seems?
THE ELEMENTALS AND I by C.M.Saunders: The human testing phase of a new drug expands reality to a worrying degree.
RELEASE by Jane Brooks & Peter Whitley: One man's loving obsession with his girlfriend doesn't end even in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.
WATER,SOME OF IT DEEP by David Murphy: A friendship with an acid-tongued man leads a would-be poet down a harrowing path of personal hardship.
ACCEPTANCE by Kenneth Whitfield: Welcome aboard on to this cruise-ship from hell. Don't bother with the life jackets, you wont need them.
VARIATIONS OF SOULLESSNESS by A.A.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99bada14) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a51a0dc) out of 5 stars Perfect Collection of Horror (I hate that we are forced to title our reviews. Just saying.) 6 Feb. 2014
By RJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Usually I choose a couple of stories from anthologies and review those, but for the second time this year, I’ve read a collection where I loved EVERY story. 2014 has been good to the reader in me. So, because there aren’t a shit ton of stories in this book, I’m going to give you all a couple of thoughts about each one. No need to thank me.

Anyway, here goes:

MISTER WHITE by John C. Foster

I love spy stories, but this one has teeth (of the horrific variety). The writing style of this author only enhances the creep factor of “Mister White.” I’m not sure what to call said style, but it crawls beneath your skin and kind of lurks there. How’s that? Anyway, definitely leaves you with a few shivers.

DREAMING IN AND OUT by Carol Holland March

Captivating writing coupled with surreal and subtle horror. I read this one a couple of times just to experience the storytelling again. I’m weird like that.

MOONLIGHTING by Chad McKee

One of my top three favorites in this collection, I’ll probably read this story several times in the future. Imagine you could do all the things the darker corners of your brain like to dream about (don’t pretend I’m the only one, you jerks), and get away with it? This story truly grabbed me, mostly because I imagine such a world exists out there somewhere, and it’s just waiting for the right person to find it.

WORMHOLE by J. Daniel Stone

A tragic tale about love and loss, deepened by the knowledge that the darkness described hides inside all of us (if we’re honest); solid writing with a poetic flavor I enjoyed.

REMEMBER ME by David Blixt

I saw where this was going as I read the first page, but then the author made me doubt my suspicions. Crafty, that one. Another of my top three favorites, the surprise ending shouldn’t be a surprise, but it is. You all think I’m crazy now, don’t you.

THE FIRST YEARS by David Siddall

“Every society has its monsters. Some live down the street. Others wrap themselves in the cloak of government.” I think the cover blurb says it all. Fantastic writing with subtle, psychological horror (My favorite kind.). Loved this one.

THE ELEMENTALS AND I by C.M. Saunders

Another of my top three favorites, although I’ll admit to being a little biased. I’ve read this author before and he’s taking up considerable space on my “To Read” list. This tale begins simply, but drags you into a horrific supernatural world you’re glad “doesn’t” exist. Saunders has a very clean writing style that drags you into the story and pulls no punches once you’re there. I’ve always thought the pharmaceuticals industry was sketchy, and this story tapped into my suspicious nature. Honestly, I had to dump the contents of my medicine cabinet when I finished. And I’m glad I did.

RELEASE by Jane Brooks & Peter Whitley

I like The Walking Dead, but I’ve never been a fan of zombie fiction in general. This story changed that. I’d read any zombie anything written by these two. This story stays with you, because it makes you question the unquestionable and the answers aren’t comfortable at all.

WATER, SOME OF IT DEEP by David Murphy

Disturbing. The build is slow initially, but this story is worth reading through to the end, and I have to comment on the solid writing and characterization. Very well written.

ACCEPTANCE by Kenneth Whitfield

This started as an amusing story, but I kept wondering, where’s the darkness? I did NOT see it coming and then it just slapped me in the face. Awesome.

VARIATIONS OF SOULLESSNESS by A.A. Garrison

I can’t say a lot about this one without giving away spoilers. Some might be able to, but I’ve written and deleted about three paragraphs now, because I give away things you shouldn’t know. Anyway, exquisite writing and I chuckled more than a few times. Perhaps the chuckling is a sign I have no soul, I don’t know. Read this one. Seriously.

CHAPELSTON by Rhesa Sealy

Crime, Sherlock, and serial killers: These are a few of my favorite things. All of them, along with stellar storytelling, are in Chapelston. I imagine this as a bigger story, and I really wish there was more, which is a good thing, in my opinion.

LAST CALL by JC Hemphill

So, what’s your life worth? This is the question “Last Call” leaves you with, along with a few others. An action-packed story that stays with you long after you reach the end.

CITY SONG by Edward Morris & Trent Zelazny

This haunting tale is the perfect closer for this anthology. I admire the writing style of these authors. Definitely looking for more of their work.

So, in summary: Go buy this book. Don't look at me like that. Do it now. It has something for everyone, even if you’re not into horror. I promise.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a51a130) out of 5 stars This is a masterful collection of twisted stories. 5 Jan. 2014
By John Gregory Hancock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to admit, I was prepared to like this anthology, but was unprepared for how much I'd like it. Not only are the offerings well-written, and to the point "dark", I found myself impressed with the originality of both the individual stories and the collection as a whole. I'll try to point out some things I liked about the stories (without spoiling):

Mister White, by John C. Foster
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Delicious Brutality, crushing inevitable fate and horrified dreams. Yep, that's about it.

Dreaming in and Out, by Carol Holland March
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Viewed through the visceral mesh that is a woman's particular horror.

Moonlighting, by Chad McKee
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Not all games use inanimate tokens to move across the shadowed board. Sometimes, it's us.

Wormhole, by J. Daniel Stone
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Making art of Death and the Afterlife is dangerous: sometimes life imitates art.

Remember Me, by David Blixt
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This story loves puns. Hard, pointed, cruel puns.

The First Years, by David Siddall
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A moldy telling of a tale of power, supernatural addictions, and how bullying is never really that great an idea.

The Elementals and I, by C.M. Saunders
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A wonderfully written nightmare painted with pharmaceuticals, human trials and unexpected interference.

Release, by Jane Brooks & Peter Whitney
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This story probably disturbed me the most. Love at its most opportunistic, I suppose. Literally "visceral" as in viscera. Enough said.

Water, Some of it Deep, by David Murphy
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A nearly archeological dissection of a disagreement between acquaintances, with alarming and disastrous consequences.

Acceptance, by Kenneth Whitfield
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What could be more innocent than an ocean cruise? and Nursing the grandaddy of all hangovers? and hallucinations of predators? Honestly, none of this is innocent, though it is, at times, humorous. Or is that a humerus?

Variations of Soullessness, by A.A. Garrison
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Everybody's a literary critic, apparently… even in a spine tingling soulless fashion.

Chapelston, by Rhesa Sealy
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I have a hard time describing this one. Mystical and mysterious and like viewing something tantalizingly important through a barely-translucent chunk of quartz. Until the end. Then you didn't want to see.

Last Call, by JC Hemphill
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You don't have to go home, but you can't stay… wait, what the hell was that?

City Song, by Edward Morris & Trent Zelazny
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Not sure exactly what I was reading, but it IS like a song, a nattering of refrain and lyric, with instruments both electronic and human playing a requiem for what once was, to distract us from what will become.

I had a hard time putting this down, which is what people usually say, but I mean it like a wave a'coming, you move on the next story and you find you're still mentally digesting the previous one.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a70d72c) out of 5 stars Another Fine Horror Anthology 26 Dec. 2013
By RichardPF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Once again, the good people of Grey Matter Press have published another anthology of compelling horror stories. This is their fourth book so far, and it continues a trend of fine collections of new horror stories. This anthology doesn't really have a theme, and presents a nice diversity of styles and topics, from ghost tales to Lovecraftian stories. Some of my favorite stories from this collection include:

Wormhole by J. Daniel Stone: A Lovecraftian tale
Release by Jane Brooks & Peter Whitley: A love story,of sorts.
Acceptance by Kenneth Whitfield: A cruise gone wrong.
City Song by Edward Morris & Trent Zelazny: A musical tale.

Pick up any of the 4 horror anthologies from Grey Matter Press,and I bet you won't be disappointed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99d2bed0) out of 5 stars It's a hattrick! 5 May 2014
By Mr Read-A-Lot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After giving 5 stars to Grey Matter Press's Ominous Realities and Dark Visions I couldn't help but give them the hattrick and award a third 5 star rating to Dark Visions 2.
If I'm totally honest this collection didn't grab me from the outset like OR and DV1 but to be fair the opening stories in those were in my opinion amongst the best in each respective anthology. Here, I found the better stories came later in the book.
If I had to pick a couple of favourites I'd go with David Blixt's Remember Me and The Elementals and I by C M Saunders.
Picking these two out however says as much about personal taste as the quality of work presented here as all of the stories are of a high calibre.
If you like your fiction dark then these anthologies from Grey Matter Press come highly recommended. On to Splatterlands next!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a51a5f8) out of 5 stars Unto Darkness Once More 11 July 2014
By Dale L. Elster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
With its predecessor, "Dark Visions: Vol. 1" the Grey Matter Press editorial team of Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson transported me back to that special time in my youth when I was reading one fantastic horror anthology after another, featuring some of the greatest voices of horror and dark fiction of that era.

With "Dark Visions Vol. 2" they've done it again.
And they've somehow upped the ante!

Working once again with both new and established talent in the horror genre today, Grey Matter Press has produced a volume of tales that is sure to be imprinted on your consciousness long after you've read them. As with their other collections of dark fiction, Rivera and Lawson have assembled a volume with no "skimmers" in them. Each tale is a good read, tightly written and well-crafted by the various authors.

My favorite piece in the book by far is "Release," written by Jane Brooks and Peter Whitley. Not only is this story one of my favorites in the book, it is simply one of the best pieces of short fiction I have ever read! Superbly crafted, it takes the most popular creature in the genre today and takes you to a place so dark and disturbing that you just may find yourself carrying the imagery of this tale right to your own deathbed. I know I will! The entire volume is worth the price for this story alone.

When horror fiction touches the consciousness of the reader on this level, you know that both the author and the publisher have gotten it right, and this collection is proof of that synergy. I would encourage anyone reading this review to check out the other anthologies from Grey Matter Press, such as "Ominous Realities" and "Splatterlands" for further examples.

As with all their publications, this book is very reasonably priced, beautifully designed both inside and out, and the Kindle edition is flawlessly formatted, free of misaligned pages or typos - a breeze to navigate! I especially enjoy the Table of Contents linking the reader to the stories of their choice - a very convenient feature for us "re-readers" out there!

"Dark Visions, Vol. 2" is another superb release from Grey Matter Press and the editorial team of Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson, who appear to be quickly becoming the Lennon and McCartney of the dark fiction anthology world! Just as that famed duo left their mark on the music charts, Rivera and Lawson are leaving theirs on the horror genre's bestseller lists!

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