Genre: Anthology, science fiction, horror
world to die. The end result ~ a collection that is at once both grim yet compulsive reading; every bit as horrific as it is thought provoking.
I was really looking forward to this and thought it was an interesting concept and, indeed, there are some great story ideas here that will totally keep you hooked. But, at the same time, unfortunately there are just as many offerings that are distinctly average by comparison. Every doomsday scenario ever thought about under the sun is featured here and then some. But whilst some of them work, sadly there are one or two that really do just fall a bit flat on their faces. This is a problem that seems to be inherent with any anthology but is more noticeable here with all of the stories following a common theme.
Highlights for me included the story “The barrier between here and there” which invoked fond memories of old-school, traditional, Lovecraftian horror and which certainly started the collection off with a bang. But others that also resonated with me included John McCraig’s “EMP”, “Best Intentions” by Rebecca Snow and “Not With A Bang” by author collaboration, Brooke and Scott Fabian. By far the creepiest story here though has to be David Dunwoody’s “The Hour.” I don’t want to spoil anything but this story stood head and shoulders above all the rest and left me itching and squirming long after I had moved onto the next story......and the next....and the next!
Overall, this isn’t a bad collection of grim fiction. Like I say, some of the stories included were better than others but there were none that were truly awful, just some that were a little under par. Reading chapter after chapter of yet more ways for the world to die inevitably begins to take its toll after a while – which is why I would probably recommend reading this in smaller chunks rather than in one big session! Be warned ~ there are no happy endings here and, after a while, the whole thing can get a little bit depressing ~ but if you like end-of-the-world scenarios and are looking for something a bit different, then you check this out!
Just remember to stock up on canned goods and drinking water before picking this up. Just in case because you never know....