Horror Anthology / Matthew Cash

Visions from the Void



An experience in visual and written art.

Synopsis Blurb

If you are expecting a neat, predictable set of stories TURN BACK NOW.
If you want horror but hate bizarro or getting “the feels” THEN STEP AWAY.
This collection of tales is what happens when one man’s art meets 12 authors’ fiction, and when writers are free to ignore their genre of choice and typical story conventions.

12 eye-challenging op-art designs were used to inspire these 12 mind-bending stories, which contain everything from futuristic sci-fi to fantastical comedy, and heartfelt life musings to near-cosmic nihilism.


Content Review

I am going to recommend you don’t read these straight through like I did.  The heck with Xanax, I may need an antipsychotic after that.  This is not a regular anthology.  It’s just not.  These stories range from bizarro to thriller, Psychological Horror to Sci-Fi Horror, Occult to Dystopian.  Not in that order.  Not in any order.  Some stories blur the lines of the subgenres as they pull your sanity apart. Others flow with elegant prose or dark humor.  All of them are a touch disturbing, to say the least.

“Shut Up And Dance” by Kayleigh Marie Edwards
This is a twisted little tale about two very different sisters.  It is well told with an ending that will haunt me for a long time.

“Checkmate” by Adam Millard
A slick sci-fi thriller up to the climax and end, where it becomes just horror.  A very captivating story.

“Ten Minute Warning” by Em Dehaney
The end of humanity is subject to your definition of “humanity” in this haunting tale of one family’s struggle during an apocalyptic event.

“Uncommon Time” by John McNee
A dark tale of mystery and the occult; past and present churned together in an unnatural and horrifying composition.  Delightfully vivid characters and sequences.  *I found John’s Afterword to be a bit more disturbing than he may have intended.  Be sure and read all of the author afterwords.

“Exile in Extremis” by Paula D Ashe
A creative and well-done piece constructed of communiques. This is a dark story of dark concepts that I cannot even put into words.  The ending sequence is mind crushing.

“The Prickles” by Kit Power
An incredible flowing prose of captivating imagery and deep concept… it gave me the prickles.

“The Jazziverse” by Jonathan Butcher
A dark bizarre tale of occult and music and the bond between father and son.  Very creative.  Purely enjoyable.

“Third Eye” by Lydia Faust
This story is horror on so many levels.  Sci-fi horror or bizarro horror or psychological horror if you like, but Horror.  So much horror.

“Brother Can You Spare a Paradigm?” by David Court
The author says in his afterword that this twisted little thriller is not horror.  But I beg to differ.  If you have ever studied philosophy at all, the horror is there.  Taunting you from the abyss.  This is what I call extreme first person.  It isn’t just the character telling his story, this dude talks to you. TO You.

“The Cruellest Gift” by JG Clay
Futuristic view of where society might be headed; psychologically horrifying in its philosophical realities.  A very intriguing story.

“It Sucks When You’re all Seed and no Feathers” by Duncan P Bradshaw
A dark and disturbing bizarre tale that reflects too much of the ugliness of society in its unique telling.

“Grotto” by Matthew Cash
A modern Lovecraftian horror story, masterfully crafted by Matthew Cash.  Wonderful characterization.  Disturbing sequences.

The authors’ interpretations of each of the respective art pieces is truly creative and sometimes disturbing.  The entire premise of this collection is incredibly impressive, the resulting eclectic stories delightfully disturbing.  Take the time to really look at each picture of the inspiring artwork before you read the story and to read the author’s afterword after each story.  This book is not just a good read, it is an experience in visual and written art.

Visions from the Void is officially shelf-worthy.

Get it on Amazon now!
US Link: Visions From The Void
UK Link: Visions From The Void



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