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The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town (The Uncanny Chronicles Book 1) by [Miller, Gregory]
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The Uncanny Valley…

“…is a macabre serenade to a small town that may or may not exist, peopled with alive and dead denizens who wander about the hills and houses with creepy fluidity. Told by individual inhabitants, the stories recount tales of disappearing dead deer, enchanted gardens, invisible killer dogs, and rattlesnakes that fall from the sky; each contribution adds to a composite portrait that skitters between eerie, ghoulish, and poignant. Miller is a master storyteller, clearly delighting in his mischievous creations.”

Thirty-Three Tales.
Thirty-Three Tellers.
One Lost Town.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2156 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: West Arcadia Press; second edition (Jan. 3 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HQW3AHA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,028 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I appreciated Miller's use of multiple perspectives to create a mosaic narrative about both the light and dark sides of small town life.
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Really enjoyed this book, well written and leaves you wanting more. I highly recommend this one. It has a subtle scariness.
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stupid book
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97e4a810) out of 5 stars 255 reviews
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97ba62f4) out of 5 stars Uncanny Scary! April 7 2012
By S. Singer - Published on Amazon.com
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Ever Read Sherwood Anderson's "Winnesburg, Ohio" and wish it was creepier? Ever wish the ghosts in "Spoon River Anthology" would reach out of their graves and grab you around the throat?

If so, have I got a book for you! Gregory Miller's "Uncanny Valley" is both extremely literary and terrifying. He uses the most subtle and inviting narrative voices to coax you in deeper and deeper into the story until you begin to notice something strange moving out of the corner of your eye - something shuffling toward you... and then the story's over. And as you blink in bafflement, you can't help wondering if that thing you just glimpsed is still there somewhere in your house waiting for you to shut out the light.

I've never seen flash fiction used to such good effect. Usually it seems like a gimmick. Not here. This book is full of short (some very short) vignettes about strange happenings at a mysterious town somewhere in Pennsylvania. As you read on, a bigger picture starts to form. The reader starts to see more than any one protagonist and gets only an outline of a very strange place, indeed. And then it's gone.

Be warned those readers who need beaten about the head. There are no hulking zombies attacking bystanders. There are no bloody dismemberments. No masked maniacs. At least there's none in the light of day. This is a book of nocturnes, about that thing staring at you from the closet as you shiver under the covers and when you turn the light on... it's just your clothes. And then you turn off the lights and it's still there staring at you.

In short, this book will give you nightmares. It will disturb you.

But in an age of mass produced shlock, where horror has become synonymous with torture porn, THIS nightmare is worth it!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97ba6540) out of 5 stars A creepy, thrilling read! June 18 2011
By Stephanie Kreuz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town, Gregory Miller manages to frighten, mystify, and entertain all at once. The book is composed of 33 stories, all compiled by the fictional radio station WRDB as part of a narrative project asking listeners to describe an event that occurred in their town in 2,000 words or less. The stories are written by Uncanny Valley citizens of all ages and occupations, and were sent to the station without return addresses.

Some tell tales of ghost hauntings, unexplained deaths, and seemingly sane people taking a turn for the worst. Each story is unique, especially seeing as the letters weren't "edited" and some have poor grammar and spelling, reflecting the character's writing ability. Even when the story is half a page long, the characters come alive in the stories they tell, the things they choose to believe, and the way their voice is written.

With each story revolving around a completely strange happening in the town, the reader is left to wonder what could possibly happen next, and I never found myself getting bored. In the first story, readers learn of a old couple reliving their wedding day with an obsessive wife who wants everything to be exactly as it was when they got married, and a husband who decides he can't take it anymore. There's a photographer who finds an abandoned home and when his curiosity gets the better of himself, he comes across something that scars him forever. And in yet another tale, when two young girls come across the eerie doll collection of their eccentric piano teacher, their mouths smeared with food, the reader is left to wonder if the dolls are alive or if the teacher is truly insane.

As the book progressed and more was revealed about this forgotten town, I couldn't help but want more. The stories are captivating and so creepy I found myself looking over my shoulder when I read. But the terrifying moments were worth it for this enthralling tale of a little town lost in a battle of good versus evil. At 135 pages, The Uncanny Valley is relatively short, but the tales within make this small book pack a punch. Well-written and unique, Gregory Miller's newest book is a must-read if you're looking for a little fright.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97ba6780) out of 5 stars Uncannily Good! Feb. 3 2015
By Char's Horror Corner - Published on Amazon.com
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4.5 stars! This collection was fantastic!

Thirty-Three Tales. Thirty-Three Tellers. One Lost Town.

This is a collection of stories written by people that live in the Uncanny Valley. According to the super-cool premise, these 33 stories were culled from over 12,000 stories received as part of a contest, the goal of which was to write a story about why your hometown is special.

Each story here lists the name, age and occupation of the author. These range from the very young to the very old and include everything in between. The only thing they have in common is the Uncanny Valley.

There are a few wonderful illustrations that punch up the stories and I loved them. I liked being able to use my Kindle's zoom feature, so I could look more closely at the details.

I found this collection to be both utterly charming and creepy. I thought the premise was unique and fun. The short stories are actually short which was refreshing and made this collection very hard to put down.

I highly recommend this collection! There's something in it for everyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97ba6924) out of 5 stars Haunting, mysterious and evocative Nov. 5 2012
By Sheila Deeth - Published on Amazon.com
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Recollections of memorable local events submitted to a newspaper contest fill this book, or so the story goes. But these weird tales from the Uncanny Valley have a low-key mystery flavored with sudden shocks that's truly uncanny, from the perfect recreation of a less than perfect wedding to the horror of something unseen going bump in the night. The voices of different narrators/writers, and their ages and occupations, add a hauntingly down-to-earth touch that'll leave readers listening, watching and waiting as pages turn, and staring nervously through the window.

I would try to tell you my favorite from this collection, but that's like trying to choose a favorite friend. Just read `em. Pick your own and enjoy the mystery of thoroughly old-fashioned scares in a nearby world without the glamor, bling and romance of modern movies' weaker fare. May the "thin place[s]" keep you on your toes if you visit Uncanny Valley, and may these cool stories and scary pictures entertain you as you plan your trip.

Disclosure: I got this ebook free. Lucky me! I love it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97ba67f8) out of 5 stars More Stories from Uncanny Valley, Please! Jan. 15 2014
By Joy Killar - Published on Amazon.com
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The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town by Gregory Miller was absolutely mesmerizing! From the first page, I found myself spellbound and did not stop reading until the book was complete. Mr. Miller writes in a manner that is at once simple and charming, yet one can sense the underlying tension which lends such a masterful creepiness to the overall storyline. I loved the way the stories intertwine and one begins to feel “at home” with the characters. I felt as though I was taking a stroll down the main street of Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon, all the while expecting something sinister in the air. I am sincerely hopeful more stories will mysteriously appear from this small town.