Review Short Story Collection: Deadman’s Tome Final Contact

Posted October 31, 2017 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Candace Robinson. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Review Short Story Collection: Deadman’s Tome Final Contact Deadman's Tome Final Contact by Brian Melechy Quinn, Candace Robinson, David M Hoenig, Dj Tyrer, Eric S Brown, James Grim Desborough, Kristofer Velasquez, Nadeleine Swann
Also by this author: Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault, Hearts Are Like Balloons, The Bride of Glass
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Release Date: September 1, 2017
Publisher: Deadman's Tome
Format: ARC
Source: Author, Candace Robinson
Pages: 76
ISBN: 1387191284
ASIN: B0755S8818
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository IndieBound
Minx's Rating:

Deadman's Tome presents First Contact. This volume of galactic terror features stories that warn of the consequences of bold space exploration, exploitative mining, venturing too far, and contact with foreign entities. You see, dear reader, we are not alone, and our first contact might just be our last!


Deadman’s Tome Final Contact is a collection of eight short stories that all fit nicely into the science fiction genre. Each story is independent of each other but share the common theme of finality. For a sampling of what to expect you can look forward to space exploration, aggressive aliens, asteroid mining, wormholes, children being used as vessels, alien octopods, and echoes of a past revisited. As you can see there is a wide variety of elements that can appeal to almost any reader. There are several indie authors who were pulling out all the stops to bring you some tantalizing horror creations such as:

  • A Slow Death by James ‘Grim’ Desborough

  • Dancers in the Darkness by Eric S. Brown

  • Motherlode by David M. Hoenig

  • Eldritch Dreams by Brian Malachy Quinn

  • A Layer Hidden by Candace Robinson

  • The Octopus in the Corner of the Room by Madeleine Swann

  • Echoes Remain by DJ Tyrer

  • Ships Passing in the Night by Kristofer Velasquez

Of all the stories that I read the one that really stood out to me happened to be A Layer Hidden by Author Candace Robinson. Now I know you are thinking “of course it stood out to you because Ms. Candace gave you this book for review.” That is where you are wrong my friends, A Layer Hidden stood out to me because it involved children being used as hosts for purposes unknown. Seriously, I love my kids but kids can be creepy. If they weren’t then they would never be included in horror stories and films. There is just something so wrong about innocent children scuttling around or telling you that they want to kill you. So, so, so wrong. It was a creepy and good read!

Overall, I did enjoy some stories more than others and but each story did flow and was complete. They are more like snapshots of the last moments of a journey and you are a voyager who is chronicling their moments. Overall, I would recommend Deadman’s Tome Final Contact for readers looking for science fiction short stories that are sure to grab their attention.

*Thank you to Author Candace Robinson for this complimentary copy of Deadman’s Tome Final Contact*


About Candace Robinson

Author Candace Robinson

Candace Robinson is just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. Her days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. She live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! She resides with her husband and daughter.

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