Edited By Jessy Marie Roberts
Authors: Seán David Gardner, S. Furlong-Bolliger, Wanda Morrow-Clevenger, John H. Dromey, Ken Sieben, Patricia Puckett, Peter Giglio, Steven Gepp, J. Roff Michau, Robert Bagnall, Patrick Shand, Matt Adams, D.S. Jones, Kirk Jones, Paul Starkey, Ken Staley, A.J. French, Tim Reed, Marc Sorondo, Kevin McClintock, Adam Knight.
Published in 2011 by Pill Hill Press
Available in paperback from Pill Hill Press and online sources Priced $14.99
It’s been a long time since I read a short story anthology – probably the last one was Skeleton Crew by Stephen King. I’d been meaning to buy one of the many on offer at Pill Hill Press for some time, and decided now was as good a time as any. The I Told You So anthology is a collection of twenty-one short stories about conspiracies, conspiracy theories and the people who become involved in them.
I was surprised by the wide variety of conspiracies used to incorporate in these stories. Mainly I was impressed that all the authors decided to steer clear of the obvious JFK, Marilyn Monroe, Roswell or 9/11 stories, and instead focused on lesser known or wholly fabricated ones. Stories set in the future, involving superheroes, mother-nature and conspiracies about conspiracies. The many differing style show a wide range of ideals and talents. No two stories are alike in tone and content – or length, ranging from a couple of pages to twenty or more.
The authors themselves come from all walks of life, some are well published, having dozens – or in one case hundreds – of published credits to their name. There are some that have only just started out and claim this as their first sell. Despite the experience level all the authors put out well thought out pieces, with engaging characters and ideas. You usually find at least one clunker in an anthology – even if your name is Stephen King – but I was pleased to find I enjoyed every single one featured in this collection.
For a small print company, Pill Hill Press has obviously put a lot of time and effort into their operation, and their selection process for stories. I would recommend this collection to anyone.