This is a post I’ve been meaning to make for the past week or so, but therein lies the unfortunate result of working in a grocery store before one of the biggest food holidays of the year. Amazingly, I managed to get today, the day before Thanksgiving off. I’m not complaining, especially since that means I can hopefully finish up some editing and formatting and, most importantly, finally announce all the great stories and authors t be appearing in this year’s World Unknown Review, tentatively to be released on December 15th.
Volume II will feature:
“Don’t Remember” by Garrett Marco
“First Symphony” by Russell Proctor
“The Grind” by S.L. Dixon
“Nanos Khund and the Traveller” by Luther M. Siler
“Monday Morning Coffee” by Shan Jeniah Brown
“The Melancholy of Devotion” by Helen Mihajlovic
“The Courier” by Shawn Proctor
“The Haunted Note” by Jennifer White
“Selective Memory” by Adam L. Bealby
“Into the Sun” (novella) by Fallon Brown
That’s nine great stories and one novella chosen from around 26 stories from 22 different authors in five different countries. The final selection span four different countries (the USA, the UK, Canada, and Australia), which just blows my mind. WUR has now crossed two oceans! There’s a certain duality to a few of the stories in the volume, too, which urges me to say things like “zeitgeist” and “society” and “reflective of the nature of our world,” but I’ll save that for the introduction. There was a lot of doom-and-gloom futures, spooky ghosts and present tense narratives in the submissions as a whole, which may speak to something bigger or might just be an interesting coincidence. But, as with the last volume, secondary to just Really Damn Good Stories was Variety, so there’s a little slice of everything, each story unique in tone and atmosphere, even if, this year, quite a few of them shared oddly specific themes that compliment each other quite well.
I’d like to thank all the authors who sent me their stories; I had some really tough decisions to make in choosing these ten tales to share with the world under the World Unknown banner. And I hope you all enjoy reading them as much as I did.