Monday, December 1, 2014

RELEASE: BROKEN WORLDS

RELEASE: Broken Worlds

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I stole the words below from off Thomas Brown's website. He's sort of proud of his winning tale in this superb collection. He should be. This is a super book for you to put on your Holiday shopping list! Dystopian Horror at its best!


Blaze McRob


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"Earlier this year I was incredibly humbled to place first in the annual Almond Press Short Story Competition. From my entry and a number of shortlisted entries by some genuinely talented writers, Almond Press has successfully compiled its third anthology – BROKEN WORLDS.
The anthology theme is self-explanatory, but when compared with the press’ previous two anthologies it really sings – first we had THE FALL, then AFTER THE FALL. Now we can read about what comes next. Dystopias. Discrimination, repression, suppression, strange worlds and familiar ones, fear and perhaps a little hope. As with most anthologies, the flavours, voices and styles of writing are broad and should appeal to a wide variety of readers.
Almond Press works tirelessly to produce its annual anthologies and it would mean a great deal to me if we could help to make this one their biggest success yet. They are a small, independent press based in Scotland and I’m sure they will be appreciative of any support we can give them. The ebook is released today, with a paperback (their first!) to follow next month. So please do pick up a copy and tread with careful feet over the broken remnants of our world, and those like it…"
BROKEN WORLDS – Tales of Dystopia
The Sad Man – by Thomas Brown
Vision of Paradise – by Clare Banks
The Deepening Well – by Sam Hurcom
The Paperboy – by Gemma L Thompson
The Farm – by George Vernon
Dreg Town – by Steph Minns
It Was the Best of Times – by Konstantine Paradias
Urbanova – by Christian Cook
Carved in Ice – by Doxa J. Zannou
Watch – by Miles Gatrell
Water Rats – by Terry Holland
Pioneer – by Joe Saxon
Leadership Gene – by Francis Beckett
Equity Lamp – Adam “Bucho” Rodenberger
Graduate Scheme – by Holly Seddon
Silva’s Plague – by Ian Green
Meat is Murder – by David Turnbull
Machinations – by Shira Hereld
The Last Canvas – by Paul Dawson
Screens – by Alix Owen
The Rebel’s Daughter – by Virginia Ballesty
The Insects – by Gavin Bryce
The Secret Rooms – by Claire Smith
The Architect – by Gavin Haran
3AM Job – by Mark Schultz
Cover art by Daniel Tyka

 http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Worlds-Dystopian-Thomas-Brown-ebook/dp/B00Q7OD3H0/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417482875&sr=1-1&keywords=broken+worlds



Book Description

November 26, 2014
The worlds breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places...

- Ernest Hemmingway

In a future of bleakness and roboticism, a totalitarian government enforces upon the people a lifestyle that lulls them into a state of obedience. Your career and social status are predestined and you cannot alter it - this is a reality that walks a fine line between evoking sensations of fear and inducing a sense of futility.

A dystopian reality can sometimes turn out to be as powerful and strong as it can be fragile, collapsing in on itself from one second to the next. As a race, we are fascinated with what comes next, what's over the hill and, inevitably, what happens if we're left all alone. How can things go on? What lessons can we learn?

Broken Worlds takes a peep into an all too possible future. Narration and style change from story to story, but the core of this volume is human emotion. Coloured by their cultures and backgrounds, the storytellers featured in this volume take the idea of a society at extremes and weave a variety of outcomes.

We invite you to read and hope you enjoy this collection.

The Sad Man by Thomas Brown (competition winner)

From the fifth-floor window of his inner-city flat, a man keeps watch for his friend, the Sad Man.

Pioneer by Joe Saxon

Lidia lives in the waterworks, always hungry, until she receives a message from the supervisors of the upper floors.

The Insects by Gavin Bryce

Thia is a city with millions of electronic eyes. On his retirement day, Roman Huxley has planned a special retirement present for the entire megacity.

Screens by Alix Owen

A story inspired by the advent of Google Glass; when one young man contracts a biomechanical disease, he is forced to see what the world has become while everybody else was social networking.

Machinations by Shira Hereld

A marriage is slowly falling apart as both partners become more and more reliant on mechanical Andros for everything from housework to intimacy.

The Architect by Gavin Haran

A local obituarist tracks the sinister transformation of his town through the introduction of mysterious architectural constructions with unexpected consequences

The Deepening Well by Sam Hurcom

Can a state of mind be considered dystopian - how would the end of history affect the last survivng individual?

3AM Job by Mark Schultz

On a future Earth, where absolute free market capitalism controls the globe, a freelance butcher accepts an early morning job which turns out to be far more profitable than it seems at first glance.

The Farm by George Vernon

A farmer and his family are threatened by their rebellious herd.

Vision of Paradise by Clare Banks

In the late 21st Century, a mind-altering drug is added to water supplies to combat global depression, but when a young housekeeper learns about a secret society's ambition to get it removed, her beliefs are challenged as her employer commits suicide to safeguard the group's anonymity.

The Last Canvas by Paul Dawson

In an apocalyptic future ruled by strange men, the only humans allowed to live are they who can illuminate what it is to be human - through their art, literature, music, philosophy and wisdom.

The Leadership Gene
by Francis Beckett

He was a marketer, bred to write clever phrases. She was bred for leadership. No one could ever know of their love.

Also in the collection...

Watch by Miles Gatrell

Water Rats by Terry Holland

The Rebel's Daughter by Virgina Ballesty

Meat is Murder by David Turnbull

Equity Lamp by Adam "Bucho" Rodenburger

Dreg Town by Steph Minns

It was the Best of Times by Konstantine Paradias

Carved in Ice by Doxa J. Zannou

Silva's Plague by Ian Green

Urbanova by Christian Cook

Cover art, Broken Worlds by Daniel Tyka

All proceeds from this collection go towards running writing competitions for aspiring writers!

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the support, Blaze! Almond Press are great.

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    1. You are most welcome, Thomas. May you write many more of these great stories!

      Blaze

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