Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Speculative Fiction/Horror/Short Story
Approximate word count: 45-50,000 words
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An avid outdoorsman, Daniel Powell takes advantage of the natural wonders of Northeast Florida, where he lives with his family. Powell teaches at a small college in the same area. In addition to this collection, he has a novel, An Autumn Harvest, and a dystopian thriller, Survival, available. For more, visit Powell’s blog.
Fourteen short stories that could be pegged to a variety of genres. What each has in common is that they are dark and (thankfully) not true. At least not yet.
The stories in These Strange Worlds are varied. They are all speculative fiction, since they take place in a world that doesn’t currently exist, but some are horror or something else. Each has a dark side, yet some also have humorous moments. What they all have in common is Powell’s ability to draw you into a new, strange world he’s imagined and force you to care about the characters he’s created.
My favorite story is Raising Tom Chambers. From the title, I wondered what, if anything, this story had to do with the former NBA star and I was amused when I found out. This story also says a lot about the human condition – how we need companionship, and how far we might go to meet that need.
No significant typo or proofreading issues. No active table of contents, which makes it difficult to jump to any specific story if desired.
Rating: **** Four stars