The Spectrum Collection

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10 Dark Tales that span the genre of Dark Speculative Fiction. By Serenity J. Banks,Carson Buckingham, Adrian Chamberlin, John Irvine, Maureen Irvine,Tracie McBride,Sylvia Shults, David M. Youngquist,John Prescott, Simon Kurt Unsworth

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About John Prescott

John Prescott lives in the deep Southern woods of Mississippi with his wife Edie, son Grafton Caine, and their two cats. He loves to spend time with his family, take long walks, and draw. He is, of course, an avid reader. He somehow finds time to umpire baseball and softball while working as an art director. He maintains a Web site dedicated to his writing at, where he oversees a healthy, growing forum and encourages anyone to sign up. John's first short-story collection, Before Sunrise, has met with gratifying success, and he recently headed an international anthology entitled M is for Monster, released Halloween 2010. Pray is John’s first novel.


Review by: Triskaideka Books on Jan. 15, 2011 :
The Spectrum Collection from Dark Continents Publishing
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Pages 104 (Kobo epub version)

Spectrum is an interesting collection of stories and poetry from a new publisher entering the market. I know a couple of the writers in this collection but everyone else was new, and to tell the truth, there were several surprises in this nice -- yet short -- collection. All the stories are spec fiction in nature and all bar one really hooked me.

We have a ghost story with a bit of a twist and very well thought out; a struggling writer facing rejection who is a vampire in a world where The Happening occurred causing zombies, mutants and a lack of blood. We have a twisted story about a goat, to say more would give it away. There are a couple of zombie stories one had more oomph than the other (and that's just my opinion). It's hard to get oomph in a zombie story these days, but these do it well. In this collection, though, there is one clear winner: Lemminaid by Carson Buckingham. The execution of this short story won me over, as well as the build up, the twist and the characters.

All the stories here are awesome and well worth your hard earned dosh. You won't go wrong with this collection in your e-reader or on your shelf. If you like spec fic, if you like to smirk after each story and nod your head thinking 'neat', then check out these writers and their stories here-in.

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(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: jim mcleod on Jan. 12, 2011 :
The Spectrum Collection is the second release from Dark Continents Press. Like it's predecessor, Pray, it offers up an excellent read.

Within its pages are ten tales of dark speculative fiction, from in the main relatively new authors. There are tales of ghosts, evil old women, vampires, zombies, and mutant spider women. So far so good.

It's common in such collections that the quality can vary greatly between each story, from excellent to plain awful. Thankfully John Prescott, knows his stuff, the tales told here range from very good to excellent. There are a couple of poems here, I won't comment on them as I have never got poetry, well other than dirty limericks.

So what are my favourite tales.

The Elms, Morecambe - Simon Kurt Unsworth. this is a heart wrenching ghost story, that sticks with you long after finishing it. Simon Kurt Unsworth is quickly turning into one of my all time favourite short story writers.

Wicked Appetites - Sylvia Shults. A tale of vampires, mutants and an author trying to make in big in a world after the Happening. nice twist at the end

Lemminaid - Carson Buckinham. An extremely well crafted chilling ghost story about revenge and retribution. . This is only the second time I have read Carons' work. Must change that and track down more of her work. This is writing of a first class standard.

Archies Tale David M. Youngquist It pains me to pick a zombie tale, I'm just burned out to the zombie genre. But credit must be given for a well told and action packed zombie tale, that keeps me reading to the end. A hard task for zombie tale.

The End of Leonard Bangston - John Prescott. A tale of getting to know your family a little to well and the nasty old woman who lives at the end of your street. That's all I,m saying other than it will be a long time before I eat brawn again.

Come on folks support the new boys in town and grab your self a copy.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

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