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Dark Moon Digest - Issue Number 6 Paperback – January 1, 2012
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There are some golden nuggets here, and not just plain horror, there is actually a great disparity in the carefully selected stories. Many of them gave me quite a scare, particularly Marshall Taylor's excellent story "Sinners and Sunshine". This is a brilliantly crafted narrative, developing a scenario with subtlety and then ending with an unputdownable, thrilling "gorefest", and wow, I had to put the mag down after that one to reflect...then I started to rock back and forth... Then there's Nick Wheeler's "The Circus Freak" which I can't emphasize my disgust of enough. Seriously, this one is just horrible. And I'm not easily scared. Believe me.
Maybe you're more into scif-fi. Well, it's got that too! E. Magill's "Somatoform Purgatory" which retains the bloody aspects of horror, but introduces more of a sciency atmosphere. And this one is sad. I really felt for a character in particular (and this character isn't even human). Another of my favourites is "The Sown" by Nicholas Keller, who I'm very pleased to have reviewed and been in contact with in the past. This story is brilliant with its suspense. It builds to breaking point and has a great ending that'll make you flip back to the first page. Fantastic job!
Comic horror? It's got that too. I refer to CL Raven's "The Ferryman" (I'm digging the fact that this one was written by identical twins) which is, in a word, hilarious. It has its suspense, don't get me wrong about that, but my God can these girls work the comedy into it as well. I laughed, cringed, all the while my eyes were glued to the page.
There are many more, some that reach to the more conventional realms of horror, and even some flash fiction. But one of the most interesting is "Number 48" by Bronte Olson. This uses a second person narrative, which I love. It's difficult to sustain a story in that perspective, but Olson pulls it off well, and this one sent shivers down my spine (cliched phrase, I know). Read it, and I dare you not to think about the strangers you encounter every day...
I've barely scratched the surface. This magazine is full of fiction worthy of your attention. There's even some book reviews at the back, and suffice to say, I read one of those books.
King, Herbert, Laymon...watch your backs...