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It’s a treacherous region, the future. You can’t see far, and the footing is uncertain at best. Ghosts and phantoms stalk the haze around you, and their chittering will lead you astray. There are no maps to this territory, but sometimes a brave soul strides out ahead into the haunted shadows. Those who return to the campfire of the now often bear tales of the visions seared It’s a treacherous region, the future. You can’t see far, and the footing is uncertain at best. Ghosts and phantoms stalk the haze around you, and their chittering will lead you astray. There are no maps to this territory, but sometimes a brave soul strides out ahead into the haunted shadows. Those who return to the campfire of the now often bear tales of the visions seared into their minds while they were out there, in the mists. We have scoured the earth for these most daring of travelers – the ones who have ventured out into the future and returned wraith-laden. Fifteen of them agreed to share their stories. Their enthralling accounts will seize you, and you might find it difficult to fight free of them afterwards, but any risks are overshadowed by the dazzling wonders that await. So muster your courage, and dive into the pages. Haunted Futures of all kinds await you, with open arms and suspiciously toothy smiles.


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It’s a treacherous region, the future. You can’t see far, and the footing is uncertain at best. Ghosts and phantoms stalk the haze around you, and their chittering will lead you astray. There are no maps to this territory, but sometimes a brave soul strides out ahead into the haunted shadows. Those who return to the campfire of the now often bear tales of the visions seared It’s a treacherous region, the future. You can’t see far, and the footing is uncertain at best. Ghosts and phantoms stalk the haze around you, and their chittering will lead you astray. There are no maps to this territory, but sometimes a brave soul strides out ahead into the haunted shadows. Those who return to the campfire of the now often bear tales of the visions seared into their minds while they were out there, in the mists. We have scoured the earth for these most daring of travelers – the ones who have ventured out into the future and returned wraith-laden. Fifteen of them agreed to share their stories. Their enthralling accounts will seize you, and you might find it difficult to fight free of them afterwards, but any risks are overshadowed by the dazzling wonders that await. So muster your courage, and dive into the pages. Haunted Futures of all kinds await you, with open arms and suspiciously toothy smiles.

57 review for Haunted Futures

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Naylor

    I received this book for free via Goodreads First Reads. Short story collections by different authors are hard to rate. You will always get a few stand out stories and some that you just don't enjoy for whatever reason. In this collection there were a couple of stories I just didn't get or understand. I am assuming this is due to my own deficiencies rather than any fault of the authors. There were also some stories that raised huge issues that I feel could be expanded into longer works while other I received this book for free via Goodreads First Reads. Short story collections by different authors are hard to rate. You will always get a few stand out stories and some that you just don't enjoy for whatever reason. In this collection there were a couple of stories I just didn't get or understand. I am assuming this is due to my own deficiencies rather than any fault of the authors. There were also some stories that raised huge issues that I feel could be expanded into longer works while other stories dragged a little. The theme of haunted futures was interpreted in a lot of ways. That is a terrible sentence I will leave on my review. The theme of haunted futures was interpreted in 15 different ways. That sentence is slightly​ better. There is enough to make me want to seek out a couple of the authors other works. I also could not help but think of authors that could have added to this book too. I think a second edition would be interesting. Individually the stories would rate from 2 stars to 5 stars. As a collection it gets 4 stars from me and I think everyone could find something they enjoy within the pages of it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    InfernalFluff

    4.5 stars I was lucky enough to win this book in a giveaway! Which I was pretty excited about, because not only did the premise seem rad but one of the stories came from Warren Ellis, who I’m quite fond of. So I went in pretty blind but sure I would like at least one story. And I certainly did (would not be opposed to a full length novel around the Ghostmakers premise *hinthintwinknudge*), but I also got 14 other well-crafted and immersing worlds. Even though the theme was the same, each story wa 4.5 stars I was lucky enough to win this book in a giveaway! Which I was pretty excited about, because not only did the premise seem rad but one of the stories came from Warren Ellis, who I’m quite fond of. So I went in pretty blind but sure I would like at least one story. And I certainly did (would not be opposed to a full length novel around the Ghostmakers premise *hinthintwinknudge*), but I also got 14 other well-crafted and immersing worlds. Even though the theme was the same, each story was impressively different in style, tone and the world’s the authors built. And I would be delighted to visit some of them again and see what’s become of their inhabitants. I would certainly be down for longer versions of Comfort Food, Shift and Future Noir. I have to gush a little now though. Because I absolutely adored Split Shadow by SL Huang. I think it’s my favorite of the lot, the writing is tight and vivid, and the messages of resiliency and hope are just *clenches fist* so good. I want to go out and pick up Huang’s novels just to ravenously consume more of her writing. Of course a couple of the stories didn’t gel with me, something I couldn’t put my finger on irked me about Retirement Plan and I just didn’t get Futures Past, maybe it was too modern art for me. But that is 100% my personal opinion and I can still see the skill of these stories. This all seems par for the course with anthologies, but there was still more than enough to keep me pretty riveted and certainly haunted after each story, and hopeful for a volume two.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Edward Cowling

    I liked it, but then again I'm a nerd for this stuff, or is that geek? Lots of writers, given a brief to picture the future. Great stuff! To be honest it's not the sort of thing to sell in mega numbers, but that's not always a bad sign. Lovecraft was pretty much ignored in his own lifetime. My one moan is Warren Ellis, who seemed to write his piece to use up a rainy afternoon. A nice piece of experimental SF. I'd like to see them given the brief of what their own home town will be like on 31st De I liked it, but then again I'm a nerd for this stuff, or is that geek? Lots of writers, given a brief to picture the future. Great stuff! To be honest it's not the sort of thing to sell in mega numbers, but that's not always a bad sign. Lovecraft was pretty much ignored in his own lifetime. My one moan is Warren Ellis, who seemed to write his piece to use up a rainy afternoon. A nice piece of experimental SF. I'd like to see them given the brief of what their own home town will be like on 31st Dec 3000! Nice book and a keeper.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    A variety of stories with many versions of haunted futures.Some are terrifyingly relative-they could really happen.Others -let's hope they only stay stories.All very interesting and well worth reading. A variety of stories with many versions of haunted futures.Some are terrifyingly relative-they could really happen.Others -let's hope they only stay stories.All very interesting and well worth reading.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ian J

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Turnip

    Haunted Futures is a short story anthology filled with stories involving either some kind of haunting, or indeed the future. The content ranges from high-tech to fairy tale, from militias to the everyday. While there is an obvious thread throughout the stories, there is no single feature that they all have in common. This anthology feels like a true exercise in speculation — authors writing the things they know best, wrapped about the idea of an uncertain and changing future. There’s a good varia Haunted Futures is a short story anthology filled with stories involving either some kind of haunting, or indeed the future. The content ranges from high-tech to fairy tale, from militias to the everyday. While there is an obvious thread throughout the stories, there is no single feature that they all have in common. This anthology feels like a true exercise in speculation — authors writing the things they know best, wrapped about the idea of an uncertain and changing future. There’s a good variation in length (although I was a little irked at three quite long stories jammed together at the end of the book), but with such a variety of content, I feel that any reader whose eye has been caught by the title would find something there to keep their interest. While I felt like a few of the stories could have used a little more polishing, they were all extremely well-written, and nothing jarred. I’ve read a lot of short story anthologies as ebooks, as they lend themselves quite well to that format, but this was the first one that I’ve read that I would consider purchasing a physical copy of, largely on the strength of one story. It’s a beautiful book that I feel everyone will connect with for at least one story. 4.5/5.0 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jan Priddy

    This is a challenging collection to review. I would give some of the stories here four or five stars and others one star (or none at all). It is a bad sign when I am not only rewriting sentences but correcting grammar. It might be worst of all when I get to the end and think: so what? Some of these stories only had a situation or an attitude or a voice (instead of all that and more) and were poorly written on top of that (the ones I wanted to end). There were other stories that had purpose and h This is a challenging collection to review. I would give some of the stories here four or five stars and others one star (or none at all). It is a bad sign when I am not only rewriting sentences but correcting grammar. It might be worst of all when I get to the end and think: so what? Some of these stories only had a situation or an attitude or a voice (instead of all that and more) and were poorly written on top of that (the ones I wanted to end). There were other stories that had purpose and heart and intention. Stories that took a dangerous look at serious troubles and explored people and problems in ways that took my breath and left me pondering. (The one by Felicity Shoulders is still with me as I revisit this review more than two years later.) I went to SF many years ago while I was in college because I was looking for both mystery and answers. Maybe I wanted more intelligent questions, it's true. I did not need to read Handmaid's Tale (which is excellent) to know what sexism looks like, but the story and the people in it were truthful and frightening in their truth. I did not need the many flawed classics of dystopia to tell me what could and does go wrong in my world. Horror does not appeal to me unless it leads somewhere I have never been. Ghosts need to do more than frighten. Slashers might just as well give it up. I do not need reality dumbed down or jazzed up or turned into a comic book. SF should be as rich and complex as real life or it becomes worn out and trivial. A waste of time. A great SF writer said earlier today that 90% of SF/F is "crap" and that is unfortunately true of this collection. (The writer added: Ninety percent of everything . . . ) The remaining 10% here, however, is memorable and worthy and pretty darned wonderful. I will not go through the list, but the first and a couple other, later stories might be the ones most worth reading. Pick up the book and read at least the first, and do not feel too bad if you find nothing sustaining in most of the rest of them. At least the cover is good. I can not read past a bad cover. (I have an essay coming out in a journal and just today saw the cover. If I could, I would take my essay back rather than put it behind that abomination.) So, take my review for what it is worth, or ignore it as obviously the work of a crank. To say I have read worse is faint praise. There is some great work here, but most of it is not worth skimming.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Hockey

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dustin Arnold

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Wallace

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maryellie

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nick

  13. 5 out of 5

    Richie O'Hara-Beamand

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karina

  15. 4 out of 5

    Phil W

  16. 4 out of 5

    Matt Neil Neil

  17. 5 out of 5

    Thord D.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tom

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ann Theis

    PW

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

  23. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  24. 4 out of 5

    jeremy hulette

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ian Welke

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ulrika Klein

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ken

  28. 4 out of 5

    Louise

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leroy Rodriguez

  30. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  31. 4 out of 5

    Tim Gray

  32. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  33. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Smith

  34. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

  35. 4 out of 5

    Hazel

  36. 4 out of 5

    Betty

  37. 5 out of 5

    Kim Friant

  38. 4 out of 5

    Melly Mel

  39. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Fantom

  40. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  41. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Piper

  42. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

  43. 5 out of 5

    Gazmend Kryeziu

  44. 4 out of 5

    Lea Cornell

  45. 5 out of 5

    Sue

  46. 5 out of 5

    Gordon Bingham

  47. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

  48. 4 out of 5

    Edgar Connell

  49. 4 out of 5

    Eli

  50. 5 out of 5

    Brian Stabler

  51. 5 out of 5

    Carla

  52. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

  53. 4 out of 5

    James

  54. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Miller

  55. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Herbert

  56. 5 out of 5

    Diana

  57. 5 out of 5

    Pam Mooney

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