Reviews of Dark Fiction

Future Tense: Tales of Apocalyptic Vision by Michaelbrent Collings

4.5/5 stars!

An opportunity to read a Michaelbrent Collings collection came my way and I jumped at it! Mr. Collings never disappoints, and this volume is no exception.

I have a fondness for short stories that started in my early teens and remains to this day. I have read hundreds of collections over the years and this one stands out as one of the best. Not all of the stories worked for me, which is not unusual, but the ones that did worked very, very well.

My favorites were:

THE FLOOR IS LAVA This tale was…insane! I thought it would go a certain way, but it went off the rails early on. I live for these types of stories-what type is that you may ask? It’s the FUN,

THE SHORTEST CON Here, we have witches, vampires, trolls and werewolves. I guess there is a Colling’s book called THE LONGEST CON and this tale takes place in that world. Now, I have to read THE LONGEST CON too, because this was a blast of a story with a rich environment that I want to learn more about.

THAT’LL SELL What happens if you’re an author and one of your characters comes alive?

I CAN DO THIS ALL NIGHT. I only have once sentence about this tale. It’s a woman’s world. HELL YES to this one!

BUTTON MAN This story was deep and hit home. How dangerous is the phrase “I was only following orders.” ?

THE STRANGER is the the final tale and it’s more of a novella than I short story. This is the kind of narrative that I’m used to from Mr. Collings-tightly woven, with deep insights into the minds of his characters. Suspense abounds in this one and my entire body was tensed up throughout.

Overall, the stories that worked for me were spectacular! I’ve read several of Michaelbrent Collings’ books at this point, but this was the first story collection. It seems the man has conquered the art of writing tales that feel real, feature characters you can root for, and that create worlds that are interesting and unique. If these are the things you look for when choosing your next read, then choosing this one will surely float your boat!

Highly recommended!

Thank you to the author for the eARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!

Future Tense: Tales of Apocalyptic Vision Book Cover Future Tense: Tales of Apocalyptic Vision
Michaelbrent Collings
Horror, Dark Fiction, Short Stories, Science Fiction
Written Insomnia Press

Worldwide bestseller and master of terror Michaelbrent Collings invites you to peer into the future, to uncover things long hidden, and to experience worlds of a Future Tense…

A world where suicide is illegal – unless you agree to kill yourself over and over again...

A place where childhood games turn back the clock – and bring with them monsters long forgotten...

A home where secrets abound – until the killing begins...

A reality where a writer's dreams can make her rich – if she's willing to sacrifice the universe...

All these, and more: stories of darkness and of light.
Stories of despair, and lingering hope.

Stories of a future unknown, where ignorance feeds our souls, and where the only hope that remains in a world gone dim… resides in Tales of Apocalyptic Vision!

Michaelbrent Collings, a double Bram Stoker Award finalist and voted one of the Top 100 All-Time Greatest Horror Writers by Ranker, invites you to brave a future unlike any you have experienced. Because the future is what we make of it… and we have made a monster.

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