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A married couple with an undead houseguest. A shape-shifting robot with a photographic memory. A gourmand mob boss with a taste for the unusual. Welcome to the world of Silent Screams. Containing twenty-six stories from a variety of fresh voices and industry veterans, Silent Screams is an anthology of dark speculative fiction focused on drawing awareness to the plight of t A married couple with an undead houseguest. A shape-shifting robot with a photographic memory. A gourmand mob boss with a taste for the unusual. Welcome to the world of Silent Screams. Containing twenty-six stories from a variety of fresh voices and industry veterans, Silent Screams is an anthology of dark speculative fiction focused on drawing awareness to the plight of those who are unable to speak for themselves. Simultaneously humane and horrific, each included tale presents a vision of the macabre animated by a beating heart of compassion. The world's voiceless victims cry out. If you listen closely enough, you just might hear them. Praise for Silent Screams: "The stories lurking in this dark, grim anthology are wildly original and consistently excellent." - Jeff Strand, author of PRESSURE and DWELLER "Silent Screams cuts below the fatty tissue to the meat of those suffering silently. It's a brave, compelling and empathetic journey inside often-missed stories, and a terrific read." - John Palisano, Bram Stoker(r) winning author of NERVES and GHOST HEART "Read this at your own peril. These stories sink their teeth into your marrow and haunt your bones." - Gail Z. Martin, author of THE SHADOWED PATH


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A married couple with an undead houseguest. A shape-shifting robot with a photographic memory. A gourmand mob boss with a taste for the unusual. Welcome to the world of Silent Screams. Containing twenty-six stories from a variety of fresh voices and industry veterans, Silent Screams is an anthology of dark speculative fiction focused on drawing awareness to the plight of t A married couple with an undead houseguest. A shape-shifting robot with a photographic memory. A gourmand mob boss with a taste for the unusual. Welcome to the world of Silent Screams. Containing twenty-six stories from a variety of fresh voices and industry veterans, Silent Screams is an anthology of dark speculative fiction focused on drawing awareness to the plight of those who are unable to speak for themselves. Simultaneously humane and horrific, each included tale presents a vision of the macabre animated by a beating heart of compassion. The world's voiceless victims cry out. If you listen closely enough, you just might hear them. Praise for Silent Screams: "The stories lurking in this dark, grim anthology are wildly original and consistently excellent." - Jeff Strand, author of PRESSURE and DWELLER "Silent Screams cuts below the fatty tissue to the meat of those suffering silently. It's a brave, compelling and empathetic journey inside often-missed stories, and a terrific read." - John Palisano, Bram Stoker(r) winning author of NERVES and GHOST HEART "Read this at your own peril. These stories sink their teeth into your marrow and haunt your bones." - Gail Z. Martin, author of THE SHADOWED PATH

31 review for Silent Screams: An Anthology of Socially Conscious Dark Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Werner

    This isn't a review of the story collection, just a brief note to explain why I didn't finish it. Because the book was a gift from my friend Andrew Seddon, who has a story included, I treated it as a review copy, and gave it an honest good-faith effort; I read eight of the 26 stories. But out of these, only two actually worked for me --and one of those had a glaring logical hole in the plotting. (The other one was Andrew's "Tyrant's Fall," an excellent tale, set in a dystopian science-fiction mi This isn't a review of the story collection, just a brief note to explain why I didn't finish it. Because the book was a gift from my friend Andrew Seddon, who has a story included, I treated it as a review copy, and gave it an honest good-faith effort; I read eight of the 26 stories. But out of these, only two actually worked for me --and one of those had a glaring logical hole in the plotting. (The other one was Andrew's "Tyrant's Fall," an excellent tale, set in a dystopian science-fiction milieu, which would have fit in well in the other anthology I just finished, Just Desserts.) That's not a very high proportion of successful stories, and several sessions of reading convinced me it wasn't going to improve. IMO, the anthology was well-intended, and the stories were meant to convey good messages; but the messages were lost, obscured, or undercut by flawed conceptions and execution. (Also, I'm not a big fan of surrealism or self-conscious attempts to be pretentiously "literary," which were often in evidence here.) I had come to the point of viewing reading the book as an unpleasant chore; and when that becomes the case, it's time to bite the bullet and not throw any more time down the rat hole, because an unpleasant chore is something reading shouldn't be.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eric Guignard

    Some good stories promoting social messages, with a dark twist. Being such a varied group of authors, some stories resonated more or seemed better written than others, but otherwise a good mix of voices and styles. Some of my favorites included: ** DOWN BUT NOT OUT AT THE END OF THE WORLD by LISA MORTON ** THE HEATED DOOR by JAMES VAN PELT ** MRS. LEARY'S HOME FOR THE LIVING IMPAIRED by SEAN M. DAVIS ** HAND by CHANTAL BOUDREAU ** FRANKS by GARTH UPSHAW ** A PRESENTATION TO THE IMPERIAL SOCIETY OF MAN Some good stories promoting social messages, with a dark twist. Being such a varied group of authors, some stories resonated more or seemed better written than others, but otherwise a good mix of voices and styles. Some of my favorites included: ** DOWN BUT NOT OUT AT THE END OF THE WORLD by LISA MORTON ** THE HEATED DOOR by JAMES VAN PELT ** MRS. LEARY'S HOME FOR THE LIVING IMPAIRED by SEAN M. DAVIS ** HAND by CHANTAL BOUDREAU ** FRANKS by GARTH UPSHAW ** A PRESENTATION TO THE IMPERIAL SOCIETY OF MANCERS by STEPHEN S. POWER ** THE UNTELEPATHIC MAN by IGOR TEPER Overall: Four-and-a-half out of Five stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Any anthology of stories will contain certain selections that resonate more with some readers than others, but the majority of stories in this collection are certain to leave the reader with an awakened awareness of some true-life evils that are typically hidden in the darkest shadows of our culture. Admittedly, I am not a typical fan of dark fiction, but I was intrigued by what might be meant be "socially conscious dark fiction". I found, as I was reading many of these stories, a sense of horror Any anthology of stories will contain certain selections that resonate more with some readers than others, but the majority of stories in this collection are certain to leave the reader with an awakened awareness of some true-life evils that are typically hidden in the darkest shadows of our culture. Admittedly, I am not a typical fan of dark fiction, but I was intrigued by what might be meant be "socially conscious dark fiction". I found, as I was reading many of these stories, a sense of horror and disgust arising (something I am not typically accustomed to with my standard literary diet), and there were times I had to put the book down to digest this new fare. As I thought about what I had read, I came to the realization that this is a great medium for helping the reader to have a visceral reaction to real-life horrors that we often turn a blind eye to. I SHOULD should be supremely disgusted by human trafficking, the epidemic of eating disorders, and the exploitation of impoverished people (among the many other issues highlighted by this book). I found the selection in Silent Screams to be a well-crafted anthology of stories that are designed to make readers think deeply about the world they live in. Although many of the selections are dark and horror-inducing, there are a few delightful pieces that make good use of humor and levity as well. I highly recommend this book for both those who love dark and speculative fiction, as well as those who, like me, want to add a little variety to their bookshelf.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nik Aitken

  5. 4 out of 5

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  6. 4 out of 5

    Haley Rhoades

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Inglis

  9. 4 out of 5

    Auntie Raye-Raye

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Maddux

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  12. 5 out of 5

    Valeria

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elise

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Swanson

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steve DuBois

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Stokes

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Alexsa

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gazmend Kryeziu

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sally

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gregory

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wynter Marie Midnight

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paul Vittay

  26. 5 out of 5

    Micielle

  27. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy Rogers

  31. 4 out of 5

    Amy

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