Nightmares From Eberus - A Speculative Fiction Collection

Rated 3.10/5 based on 10 reviews
JC De La Torre - author of the critically acclaimed Rise of the Ancients saga - gives you a new speculative fiction collection featuring 10 astonishing stories.

From the controversial Lucifer's Lament and Killing Osama to the vampire yarn Serial and the time travel adventure Continuum Force, De La Torre touches all the genres of Spec Fic.

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About JC De La Torre

JC De La Torre is a speculative fiction author who lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida - a suburb of Tampa. De La Torre has written two critically acclaimed novels, the Rise of the Ancients saga, and Nightmares from Eberus - A Speculative Fiction collection. He also is a featured columinist for Bleacher Report on Tampa Bay sports.

De La Torre is married to his lovely wife, Rita, and their family consists of their Yorkshire Terrier, LeStat, and their two cats Artemis and Marius.

JC has a passionate love for speculative fiction, especially Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternate Realities, and the Occult. His writing will include all of these sub-genres as well as other interesting excursions. His fast paced writing style and descriptive narrative has been compared to best selling authors Dan Brown and Clive Cussler. JC's work features action, adventure, horror, a bit of the supernatural, and essentially something for every one.

Fans can visit JC De La Torre at http://www.jcdelatorre.com

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Reviews of Nightmares From Eberus - A Speculative Fiction Collection by JC De La Torre

Carol reviewed on Oct. 28, 2011

An interesting collection of short stories spreading across a range of fantasy sub-genres. Not all of the idea themes are well developed.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
Tweezle reviewed on April 2, 2011

I will say that I enjoyed reading a sampling of stories from the different genres. It kept me interested, but I will admit, I don't read story after story - but read one here and there.

The stories themselves were entertaining, however some seemed to end abruptly. The one that first comes to mind is "Reality". It moved right along until the end, when it seemed liked the author had been interrupted and someone else stepped in and quickly finished it. The flow was lost, and it was truly a disappointment.

The stories were entertaining and a very light read, but be warned - there are many grammatical errors. (Please note - I have a version from mid 2010, so it may have been updated and corrected since then.)
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
John L reviewed on Oct. 15, 2010

Have not read a collection of short stories for a long time and this made me wonder why. Enjoyed most of the stories, especially serial and shockers.
Worth reading, good to have a collection of different genres - it makes for much more consuming reading.
If only I could get around my loathing of e-books.........
(reviewed 60 days after purchase)
d bettenson reviewed on Sep. 29, 2010

Nightmares from Eberus is a collection of eleven short fiction stories of a variety of genres. Tales of the future, stories of vampires, horror stories and other odd tales of the present are all part of De La Torre’s “Nightmares from Eberus”.

The storyline in each of the various stories is well written, and one leaves each story satisfied - not wondering where the end is.

Though I found this ebook, “Nightmares from Eberus” a great read, it does still need some editing for missed or extra words in a few places. Once finely tuned however, J.C. De La Torre’s book of short stories is a fine book!


I received this collection of stories as an ebook, and as part of a member draw on Librarything.com.

Dbettenson@yahoo.ca
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(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
Dennis Clarke reviewed on Sep. 12, 2010

Nightmares From Eberus: A Speculative Fiction Collection by JC De La Torre is a wonderful collection of stories that spark multi-level emotions and further imaginings. The author provides a fair range of genres in this collection, horror, sci-fi, paranormal, speculative etc. did find myself wanting to know more about a number of characters throughout this collection, asking, ‘what could have been?’ or thinking ,this could have been a great novella or novel if the premise had been further developed’. As I read a great deal of horror and sci-fi, I found myself wanting more stories like the creepy ‘Serial’, ‘Gator Country’ and ‘Shockers’, my favorites here. ‘Lucifer's Lament’ will most assuredly provoke some level of outrage in those that would deem it near blasphemy, however, for those that can appreciate the author’s take on the story line and can, for a short time at least, think outside the religious ‘box’, it should spark the reader to at least get a chuckle at some of the ideas and views that truly push at, or explode past the ‘box’ edges. The other stories fall somewhere in the middle. Overall, worth the read and I for one am looking forward to more from De La Torre.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
A. F. Stewart reviewed on Sep. 7, 2010

Nightmares From Eberus, A Speculative Fiction Collection by JC De La Torre is an interesting mixture of stories that create a book that is shaken and stirred, leaving it a bit murky around the edges. The majority of the short stories contained in the book are dark fantasy or creep into horror, but there are a couple of sci-fi tales thrown into the mix.

I liked the author’s take on the world of dark fantasy, with the standout tales for me being Shockers and Serial. Shockers is both a takeoff of ghost hunting shows and a chilling paranormal story, while Serial is a nice old-fashioned vampire tale. However, I really felt the author was off his game when it came to the sci-fi stories; they didn’t quite gel in my opinion, veering too near to caricature for my taste. Continuum Force – The New Guy in particular I didn’t enjoy; it seemed to be in need of a good edit. The idea behind the story was very fascinating and thought-provoking, but it just required more substance.

On average, the stories in Nightmares From Eberus are reasonably enjoyable, ripe with intriguing premise and often tinged with a nice edge of satire, although sometimes that satire moved too close to unrealistic exaggeration. Still, it was a satisfying enough book to read, if not an exceptional one. At least for me.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Catherine Milkowski reviewed on Sep. 2, 2010
(no rating)
Not usually being one for picking up short stories I can honestly say this is one of the reasons why. Most of these are rather boring and / or cliche. Others have a few things that got them positive votes.
'Continuum Force - The New Guy' had a typo on the first page and thus set the quality of the first two stories. 'Serial' was interesting, despite being obvious anti-twilight, and would make a decent mystery novel. 'Gator Country' was tacky and predictable, as was 'Reality'. 'Shockers' would have given me nightmares if it where a movie. 'Lucifer's Lament' was ... interesting. It appealed to my experience that various religions tend to be rather similar and no one religion (or history) is perfect. I wouldn't mind reading a full novel length version. 'Killing Osama' had some interesting language but was otherwise boring. 'Until the End of Time' made for a good laugh. 'Rise of the Ancients - Alulim', well, if I can find a copy I may decide to read the series it's based on.
Overall, the writing could definitely been better but the ideas where entertaining.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Kim Stone reviewed on Sep. 2, 2010
(no rating)
The premises of the stories were very good. I like the dark flavor of the stories. The grammar and misuse of words was more than I could stand. i.e. A mafia don is the Patriarch not the Matriarch. The stories felt rushed. I think the author needs to slow down. Quantity does not make up for quality. Keep trying J.C.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
mmyoung reviewed on Sep. 2, 2010

It is both interesting and disconcerting to read an author seemingly influenced by the very books one read as a teenager and young adult. Or, perhaps, the author was influenced by reading books written by other authors who were influenced by the books one read as a teenager. Sometimes these recognitions of influence result in delight -- ‘that is a wonderful direction in which to take that idea’ or ‘that is a much neglected old friend that I am really glad to see revisited’ and sometimes they result in frustration as the reader believes they know from the first line where a familiar story is going. The reader may become impatient as the author introduces to a new audience a familiar story line or they may be surprised as the author decides to take that familiar story in a new direction.

The short story is itself a form that may short circuit golden opportunities or safeguard an author from making a particular bad stumble. The reader may be frustrated that they were given just a glimpse of a fascinating universe or relieved when a story they find uninspiring ends just before becoming tedious. At the same time a collection of short stories may give a reader a chance to explore the versatility of a newly discovered author. If the first story in the book does not delight the second may send the reader online to find out if the author has written anything else in the same vein.

The short stories in this collection range across a number of genres. Continuum Force - The New Guy, reads as if it is the first of many stories to be set in the same universe. It has a slightly Strossian feel and is an interesting variation on the by now overly-familiar ‘what happens if we go back in time and change something?’ story. Some of the more existential implications of the story are not explored but the author leaves open the possibility that there will be a return to that universe. Tawney’s Stars feels like a lineal descendent of an early Heinlein story with the twist that it modulates Heinlein’s underlying misogyny through objectification. The best audience for the story is probably quite a bit younger than this reviewer. Sequel is again a story set in a universe that the reviewer would welcome returning to. The wonderfully anti-Twilight and True Blood premise was a breath of fresh air to a reader who has read more than their fair share of overly “emo” stories about vampires. Gator Country is reminiscent of early King short stories and though the reader knew there was going to be a twist it wasn’t quite the twist expected. The story was short, sweet and with that moment of frisson that one looks forward to. Reality, like Sequel, is a venture into modern horror. The story is rather formulaic and ends just at the point where this reader thought it was really beginning to take off. Shockers starts off as if a tribute to Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House then transforms into another deconstruction of reality television and finally mutates again into a chillingly down-to-earth and matter-of-fact examination of the aftermath of a night of terror. The effect of reading this was, for this reviewer, much like reading a pianist running through variations on a theme--as if the author was demonstrating their skill at varying tone and pace. In Lucifer’s Lament De La Torre plays with an interesting idea though it feels as if it is the wrong length--that it would have packed more of a punch had it been half as long although it had enough ideas in it to be a novel. There are too many characters in this story for the reader to become emotionally invested in any one of them and the shifting of voice and point-of-view distance the audience. It would be interesting to see the author return to this story and rework it in a longer or shorter form. Killing Osama begins by playing into one set of stereotypes, finds an interesting way to insert the war on terror into the mix, undermines another set of stereotypes and ends with a nice twist. Until the End of Time opens strongly and once again departs from the expected denouement. Unfortunately the author has not yet developed an ability to convincingly vary his writing style to reflect the different time periods the reader glimpses. Rise of the Ancients - Alulim might read better if it were encountered earlier in this collection as the author returns to themes touched on in several previous stories. Once again the story is both too short and too long--long enough to introduce a large number of characters and too short to allow the reader to come to know them well. As is true in a number of the other stories the author does quite a bit of world building and ends the story in a way that suggests that more is to come.

In summary. This is a collection of stories that will probably best be appreciated by a reader younger, and less well acquainted with the various genres, than the reviewer. The author excels at beginnings and interesting premises but in general does less well at delivering on them. Two of the stories, Sequel and Gator Country, stand out as well conceived and well worth rereading and several of the stories brought back to the reviewer the fun they had reading when first exploring science fiction, science fantasy and horror.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
merle ureshii reviewed on Sep. 1, 2010

The introduction is written in a funny style making curious about the stories that will follow.
I loved the vampire story, the island story and the haunted house story was my favorite - it scared and shocked me, letting a bad feeling in me :).
Killing Osama is captivating but I would have preferred a other end t it. It kind of depressed me.
All in all I really enjoyed reading this book, once a story started I couldn't stop before the end.
The only story I didn't like was the last one, it is not my kind of thing.
Looking forward to the next short stories book!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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