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Review - Tales from the Monoverse

Tales from the Monoverse A Last Waltz Anthology From the green of vegetation to the blue of the ocean, and from crimson blood to orange flames, the world that surrounds us is full of countless tints and shades, immeasurable in their variety. And yet… what if that wasn’t true? What if life was like the films of yesteryear, grayscale palettes devoid of hue entirely? How would we react to even a sliver of actual color invading our reality—would it bring out the best, or worst, of our humanity?

Last Waltz Publishing is proud to present Tales from the Monoverse, a monochromatic anthology featuring sixteen stories of grayscale worlds, where instances of color are exceedingly rare and beyond priceless. From men to monsters, and from decades long past to the distant future, some of the indie scene’s most imaginative writers examine the impact of color upon a colorless existence.


Tales from the Monoverse features 16 short stories, all told in monochromatic schemes. I loved the idea of this and how each author takes the reader back in time, much like watching TV shows of the past. When the slightest hue is detected, some people will do just about anything to have it, to see it. There is much to explore in these bleak and colorless worlds.

A few of my favorites are below.

The Marbled Scarab - I loved the setting of this story and how well Manx put it all together.

Lady In Red- I really enjoyed the noir vibe this one gives off along with the haunting story.

A Colorful Appetite – A world filled with dirt eaters and where things taste like gray. I thought this was unique and loved how well the author portrayed the bleakness in this story.

Azure- Philip is willing to do pretty much anything to get the rarest colors of them all, and he ends up getting more than he bargained for.

Technicolor Tears – Another great tale with noir vibes. Walsh is serving up some justice, and it was entertaining watching it all unfold.

Many new to me authors in this collection. I did enjoy each one and though everyone did a great job with their gray worlds. If you enjoy noir type reads, horror and thrillers, give this one a go.

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