Gifts from the Dark: A Miscellany of Dread by
Angelika Rust (Author),
Catherine Lenderi (Editor)
Charlotte Stirling (Designer)
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A stalker, leaving a trail of paper roses. A recurring nightmare, suddenly real. A young mother, fleeing those who want to take her child. An old lady, left alone in a strange land. A man, driving to see his girlfriend, on a road where a serial killer roams. A woman, striking a deal with the king of hell to save her soul. A collection of stories & poems, each a small gift from the dark place where fear and dread dwell. Cake & Quill - Writing for the Greater Good since 2015 http://cakeandquill.wordpress.com Authors are: Charlotte Stirling, S.A. Shields, Chloe Hammond, J.R. Biery, James Warren McAllister, W.D. Frank, Tina Rath, Rubianne Wood, Angelika Rust, Russell Cruse, T.M. Hogan, J. Cassidy, Donald B. Stephens, Tom Greenwood, Adam Oster, Bradley Darewood
Reader Review submitted by Book Club representative John Lock
The foreword informs the reader that a group of writers got together, picked a theme (Dread) and then collated their individual contributions to form an anthology of short stories and poems. Whilst a couple of these contributions did appear to be hastily compiled, the majority were well thought out and effectively written.
From the opening story depicting the dread of an unknown stalker, to the final contribution of a serial killer on the 10 Freeway, the stories, in the main, are as portrayed, dark and anxiety-inducing. The poems are thought-provoking, from the threat of Mr. Bark to the poignant Wrath Of A Limbless God.
Whilst maybe not everybody's genre, the stories are written with a trait of fear and dread, sometimes punctuated with subtle humour, but always interesting.
Gifts From The Dark is a balanced collection of stories and prose which enhance the dark side of our minds. The proceeds of this book are going to a well deserved charity and is therefore, well worth a read.
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