“Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light…”
Stories of darkness and light — physical… otherworldly… and in the human spirit. From dangerous to romantic to chilling, this collection showcases seven absorbing tales and an unforgettable cast of characters.
In Kate Shrewsday’s “To Hear the Dead Proclaim,” a trans-Atlantic air traveler comforts her seat mate with a sympathetic ear. His story allows her into the mind of a genius, but some conversations are best left unspoken.
In “Flutters,” Angela Amman takes us into the steamy Savannah heat, where the last surviving daughter in a family of women with extraordinary powers struggles to maintain her mother’s legacy at all costs.
Helen has lived her life obsessed with a statue, going so far as to travel the world for a glimpse of it in person. The consequences of her trip reveal an ancient curse and leave Helen’s life forever changed in Mandy Dawson’s “Awakening.”
Previously published as a stand-alone short, Cameron D. Garriepy’s “Requiring of Care” follows Lucy Montgomery to an unusual job interview. The would-be nanny is pulled into the world of Violet, a little girl who holds fragments of a haunting story.
“Bad Deal,” an excerpt from Andra Watkins’ debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis (Word Hermit Press, 2014), introduces us to an unusual little girl named Emmaline Cagney. Emmaline longs to fly from the dark side of her mother’s affections, but what strangers lurk in the shadows?
From Kameko Murakami: A terrible accident robbed Danaë of her life, but not by killing her. Instead she is cursed, invisible to the world, with one exception: the dying. When her path crosses that of the one living man who knows she’s there, Danaë must decide if she is to remain “Unseen.” [Previously published.]
“Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light, Edie.” Nyctophobic Eden Summerhill has nowhere to go but the lonely family farmhouse she’s inherited, but the darkness is waiting there for her in “Love Apples” by Elizabeth Yon.
The seven stories here range from the psychological thriller to parental betrayal to the more standard ghost story, but they will all creep into the corners of your mind and take up residence there.