What is TALES OF TINFOIL?
It is a dark reimagining of every conspiracy theory that ever lived. It is the JFK assassination, Area 51, the moon landing, the surveillance state. It is a French spy posing as Abraham Lincoln, it is a video game designed by the CIA, it is "Suicide Mickey." It is Adolf Hitler and it is Elvis Presley.
In this short story collection, today's top fiction authors pull back the curtain on the biggest conspiracies of all time. Who really killed JFK? What happened in Roswell, New Mexico? Is Elvis still alive? With stories that run the gamut from touching to thrilling to utterly deranged, Tinfoil will take you on a tour of paranoia you won't soon forget.
Twelve short stories, twelve conspiracy theories, twelve twisted rabbit holes.
Hold on to your hats.
I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Tales of Tinfoil is a collection of stories that are all based on conspiracy theories. So honestly being the historian I am, there are some historical events that I am wary to believe at face level. I came in expecting, a little egoistically, that I knew all the major tales. I of course was wrong. So not only are these tales of conspiracy theories, but after the fictional story, the author writes on the actual conspiracy theory and how it relates to the fictional account.
There are 12 stories that are part of this anthology and they are all based on different theories, from JFKs murder to a weather station in Alaska that can actually change the weather. Probably one of the ones that I liked the most was the story about Elvis still being alive down in the Caribbean. Obviously the truth behind this story is that ever since Elvis Presley had a heart attack and died, there have been people who have sworn they have seen him. From his property to the streets of Las Vegas, there have been claims that he is still walking among the living. This story takes a young woman, and the girlfriend of her grandfathers on a trip to the Caribbean as there have been many stories of Elvis living on an island. The young lady does not believe it, but with her grandfathers push, she decided to go. What started as a wild goose chase, may have some truth to it, but due to the reluctance of the “Elvis” the woman will never truly know if the man that she listened to sing, was the son of the long lost Rock and Roll Star.
With 12 stories by 12 different authors, there is good writing and bad writing, but overall this is a strong anthology that taps into people’s fears that what we are being told is not the full story. Not only that, but there were a couple stories that I could honestly see has having had happen, or have the possibility to happen. Honestly, we know that the government uses games to recruit individuals, so the story about the game taking some people to the brink of sanity is not that far fetched.
My only issue with this anthology is that it is really long, and there are some stories that are dry, so it does take quite a long time to read. I think that if it had been split into two different anthologies it would be easier to read and individuals who may get bored with the full 12 story, may not so much. I say that because in the digital age we have now, larger books are thought of as cumbersome, and I know of people who look at the word length and then move on without even trying it. Shortened attention spans affect books as well.