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Seriously, if you never want to go on a road trip, read this book.
When I saw there was an anthology with SF Barlkey, Scott Savino, Tobias Wade, Nick Botic, Kyle Harrison, Blair Daniels, Michael Squid, and so many other talented authors -- I preordered this before I even read the description.
The icing on the cake was seeing that KH did New Hampshire (my home state). But NH really isn't that bad, I swear. It's only, like, half that bad. Really though, that story creeped the hell out of me. Don't plan to drive at night for a week or so after reading this book.
As awesome as the above-mentioned writers are, the thing I love about anthologies is discovering new authors. This time, I was blown away by Miranda Hernandez's contribution for Wyoming. Beautiful prose and devastating plot line. The end will definitely leave you with chills.
Another quick note: the grammar, formatting, and editing for this anthology was pristine. Normally you'd expect a few typos and quirky design issues, but everything here felt very professional. Great work, everyone!
There aren't any real gems here, just possibly a handful of stories out of the 51 that are good enough to be called "writing " in a professional sense. The rest? I stayed with it because I have a lot of down time in my job and I thought the travelogue format would make for an interesting time. Nope. Many of these read like entries on internet pages with titles like "You Won't Believe What Happened To These Travelers ". Most of the rest are at the level of a middle-schooler's idea of a campfire story. Can't really gripe because it was cheap, but it sure tells me a lot about what passes for storytelling in web publishing.
I have the paperback version of the book, and trust me, all the errors are there. This is one of the most poorly edited set of stories I’ve seen. A very few good tales; many seemed like the author just ran out of material and gave up or hurriedly slapped an ending on to be finished. Several stories were out and out ‘THAT’S the actual ending?!’ Several stories were very similar to one another and a couple of them, I will swear came from tales the author had seen on either ‘The Twilight Zone’ or ‘Tales From the Darkside’, though they’re not 100% the same, but enough like them that it feels almost like plagiarism.
I was pulled out of a story with every grammatical error, capitalization error, spacing error, spelling error, and/or font change. The very few tales that are good are the ones that either have no errors or few errors. I was surprised that so many authors confused ‘its’ and ‘it’s’. One other spelling error that really stood out to me was ‘ammature’ for ‘amateur’.
Overall disappointed in this collection. They are extremely quick reads, but not really worth the time. The two stars are for the tales I enjoyed.